Naran is a practicing chartered accountant and a director of BCA Inc. He completed his training with PWC. He was then appointed as a lecturer in the department of Accountancy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was one of the founding partners of KMMT Brey. In 1999 the firm merged with KPMG and Naran was appointed as a director of KPMG. In 2007 he left KPMG to set up BCA Inc- a firm specialising in providing audit, accounting and business advisory services. He currently serves a director of Comair Ltd. He is also a member of the Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and chairman of the audit committee of the South African Sugar Association. He has previously served as non-executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd and Masonite Africa Ltd. He was appointed to the Hulamin board on 1 September 2016.