Leader’s Profile – Season 4

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan,Director – Financial Services Mr. Ajay Srinivasan is Chief Executive — Financial Services at the Aditya Birla Group since July 2007. In this role, Mr. Srinivasan sets the vision & provides strategic direction & leadership to the Group’s financial services covering several verticals such as life insurance, fund management, private equity, wealth management, retail Broking, capital markets based lending, corporate financing, infrastructure finance and general insurance broking. Under his leadership, the financial services business has grown rapidly with a current turnover of USD 1.3 billion, assets under management of USD 20 billion, over 5.6 million customers and a workforce of over 17,500 people.

Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Srinivasan was based in Hong Kong as Chief Executive — Fund Management, Prudential Corporation Asia. He oversaw a business that spanned 10 markets, including Japan, with total funds under management of about USD 70 billion, which made it at the time the second largest retail fund manager in Asia. Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Srinivasan was managing the India operations of Threadneedle Asset Management as the company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He has two decades of experience in the financial services industry and a proven track record for building successful businesses. Mr. Srinivasan is engaged with several bodies, including the Financial Planning Standards Board, the CII Committee on Financial Sector Mr. Srinivasan holds a BA honours in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Amit Sarda

Mr. Amit Sarda, MD, Soulflower Amit Sarda is a Member of the Regional Advisory Committee at Central Excise Department, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India. He is also the President of Young Entrepreneurs’ Society and the Director of Soulflower Co. Ltd. He took apparel venture public, set up handicraft & personal care facilities in Thailand and launched a successful brand in Asia Pacific. He specializes in brand genesis & management, product launches & placements.

Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan

Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan, CEO & Director, Adani Logistics Limited Anil started his career as Marketing Manager in International group- consumer Marketing. He worked with Maersk as a Regional Manager for 10 years. After that he worked with APL(American President Line) for more than 8years . During the tenure at APL he reached the position of Managing Director – India Region He completed his B.Sc from Maharajas College. He has done “General Management of Shipping” from IIM Ahmedabad. He has completed his International management program from Stanford University. Currently he is the CEO & Director of Adani Logistics LTD. Awarded Best performer consistently for 16 years.

Mr. Anil Sardana

Anil Sardana is the Managing Director & CEO of Adani Transmission Limited since 1st May 2018. Till 30th April 2018, he was the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power since 1st February 2011. Till 31st January 2011 (beginning August 2007), he was the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices.

Prior to telecom stint, Anil was Executive Director on the Board of Tata Power. He was also the founding CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL/NDPL) having taken over in that capacity when the company was set up in 2002. Anil is credited with having spearheaded the dramatic turnaround of Tata Power Delhi Distribution, having achieved benchmark performance standards-including world record Reduction of Aggregate Technical and Commercials Losses. Tata Power Delhi Distribution was also bestowed the prestigious ‘Silver National Award for Meritorious Performance’ for two consecutive years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 in Power Distribution by the Prime Minister.

Anil spearheaded two major M&A’s namely with NTT DOCOMO of Japan and a reverse equity swap & merger to create most valuable Infrastructure company VIOM with the highest tenancy in the industry. Anil led the transition of TTSL by launch of Tata DOCOMO, Tata Photon brands. These brands achieved stupendous success. He also launched several innovative schemes including Pay per-use & per-second billing.

Anil has more than 38 years of experience in the infrastructure space, particularly in the Energy and Telecom sector having managed complex transitions, developments & operations as well as Engineering, Procurement and Construction assignments. He had also worked at NTPC (14 years) and BSES (7 years) prior to joining Tata Power. He held the Chairman’s position at CII National Committee on Power from 2012 onwards till April 2018.

Mr. Ashish Hemrajani

Mr. Ashish Hemrajani, CEO & Founder of BookMyShow Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and Founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform, offering tickets for movies, plays, concerts, sports games and live events. Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Bigtree.

In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit/debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow as we know it today. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like Stripes Group, Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. BookMyShow has also ventured into international territories and has expanded its operations to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. While BookMyShow embodies the true spirit of entrepreneurship and is a classic example of how a simple idea can go a long way in resolving a pertinent problem, Ashish also continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it. BookMyShow also gives back to the society through BookASmile, the charity initiative of the organization. Since its inception, BookASmile through the power of Re. 1 has positively impacted millions of lives across the country and continues to generate smiles within the lesser fortunate sections of the society. Hemrajani believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed, including sailing. The BookMyShow captain cool considers the sea as a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta.

Mr. Dilip Gaur

Mr. Gaur is Managing Director of Grasim Industries Limited & Business Director of Pulp & Fibre Business. He is also Director of Aditya Birla Management Corp. Pvt. Ltd.

Prior to his current assignment, he has done stints with Ultra Tech Cement Ltd. as Deputy Managing Director & Chief Manufacturing Officer, with Hindalco as Head of Copper Business, with Birla Carbon as Managing Director of the Egyptian business and as President & Country Head of Group’s Edible Oil & Oleo Chemicals business in Malaysia/Philippines

Mr. Gaur joined Aditya Birla Group in 2004 after spending 24 years at Hindustan Unilever Ltd in Foods, HPC & Specialty Chemicals Business and was a member of the Foods Management Committee.

Dilip is a Chemical Engineer by training and has undergone several National & International programs in Management & Leadership Development including AMP at Harvard. He has spent best part of his professional career in Managing Transformational changes and turning around fledgling businesses across geographies. He enjoys working in a multi-cultural global business environment and is a firm believer in the Power of ‘Teams’.

Mr. Govind Shrikhande

Mr. Govind Shrikhande is the Mentor and Adviser since July 2018 to CEO ‘s and private Equity Companies respectively EX Managing Director, Shoppers Stop Ltd. He stepped down after 17 years of successful stint in June 2018.
As the Managing Director of Shoppers Stop Ltd., Mr. Govind Shrikhande spearheaded all the formats of Shoppers Stop Ltd viz., HOME STOP, CROSSWORD, HYPERCITY.

He joined Shoppers Stop in April 2001 as Vice President of Buying and Merchandise and rose through various positions to become Managing Director in 2009. He stepped down after a successful stint of more than 17 years wef June 30 , 2018.

Since joining Shoppers Stop, Mr. Shrikhande has played a key role in the company’s tremendous growth from 7 stores in 2001 to 81 stores at present. He was also instrumental in the re-branding initiative of the brand – Shoppers Stop in the year 2008, which reinvigorated the brand, market positioning, and product and service offerings. Post this re-branding exercise, Shoppers Stop has emerged as the undisputed leader in The Bridge-To-Luxury Category of Department Stores in India.

Dr. Jaideep Devare

Dr. Jaideep Devare, MD, Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd. Dr. Jaideep Devare is the Managing Director of Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd. (MIBL), and a member of the Company’s Founding Team. MIBL has designed and developed customized insurance solutions for the under-penetrated and under-served markets across rural India, and reached insurance solutions to over 8 million customers in over 150,000 villages since inception in 2004. MIBL has been a profit-making and dividend-paying company since inception. Dr. Devare joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in 1992 in Corporate Affairs. He has diverse experience across the various sectors of the Mahindra Group. His varied assignments include being a core team member of the Mahindra-Ford Project for setting up the joint venture with Ford Motor Company in India, Executive Associate – Office of the Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., and Managing Director of Mahindra Auto Specialties Ltd., one of the first automobile companies in India to pioneer the designing and marketing of custom-made cars.

Dr. Devare holds a Ph.D in management, with a doctoral thesis on Joint Ventures in the Indian Insurance private sector. He also holds a Masters degree – Master of Management Studies (M.M.S.) with specialization in Finance, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.E.) in Production Engineering. Dr. Devare is a member of the Insurance Institute of India’s (III) Committee on Research Grants. He is also on the Governing Body of the Indian Institute of Cost Management and Research (IndSearch), an autonomous institute affiliated to Pune University, India, and a member of the Governing Council at Fr. C. Rodrigues College of Engineering, Mumbai. He is also a member of the Service Excellence Academy under the Mahindra Leadership University (MLU). Dr. Devare is a recipient of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2017 (Financial Services Industry) for “Outstanding and Exemplary Achievements in Entrepreneurship”. The APEA is a regional recognition program organised by Enterprise Asia, with nominations by invitation only.

Mr. Nasser Munjee

Mr. Nasser Munjee Educated in the UK and the US, my entire career has spanned the creation of financial institutions in India and an abiding interest in the problems of development in an emerging economy. My career began with the creation of the first mortgage company in India – the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) – with which I was associated for twenty years, rising to be its Executive Director. At the request of the Chairman of HDFC, I was asked to create a new institution on the lines of HDFC but this time for infrastructure finance as mortgage finance had come to be well established and the country now needed huge investments in infrastructure. I created the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) in joint partnership with government and both domestic and international institutions. I took over as Managing Director and CEO of the company. After seven years of its creation and successful operation, I resigned in protest as the government in power at the time attempted to nationalize the institution and subsume it into the State Bank of India.

After this experience, I decided to keep out of institutional management and use my experience in a number of different activities as advisor or non-executive director. I am presently on the Board of eight public companies in India, a few internationally and am involved with several other institutions as chairman, member of the board, or as a trustee.

Mr. R. Mukundan

Mr. R. Mukundan, MD & CEO, Tata Chemicals Ltd. Mr. R. Mukundan, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Chemicals Limited, joined Tata Administrative Service in 1990, after completion of MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He is an Engineer from IIT, Roorkee and an Alumnus of Havard Business School.

During his 27 year career with Tata Group, he has held various responsibilities across the Chemical, Automotive and Hospitality sectors of the Tata Group. He serves on Executive Committees of various industry forums viz. Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Employers’ Federation of India, All India Management Association etc. .

Dr. Raman Ramachandran

Dr. Raman Ramachandran, MD, BASF India Ltd.and Head, BASF, South Asia Dr. Raman Ramachandran Ph.D is the Chairman and Managing Director of BASF India Ltd. and Head of BASF Group Companies in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka). Prior to this he was Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, Asia Pacific and was responsible for the Agriculture Solutions business (one of BASF’s 13 Operating Business Units) for the Asia Pacific Region. He has been with BASF since year 2000. Raman has over 25 years of diversified experience in research, operations, Marketing, New Business development and strategic planning, spanning Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He has lived and worked in US, Philippines, Kenya, Singapore.

He has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science and PhD from University of Adelaide, South Australia. He pursued his research interest for the next 6 years at Institutes/Universities of International Repute such IRRI, Philippines, ICIPE, Kenya, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. During his academic career he has published more than 25 research papers in International Scientific publications and has won a number of awards including Robert S McNamara Fellowships of the Economic Development Institute of World Bank in 1990.Raman is also a Newfield Certified Executive Coach and is passionate about leadership development. Married to Lata, Raman has two daughters Deepika and Amita.

Mr. Ranjit Shahani

Mr. Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman & MD, Novartis India Ltd. Mr. Ranjit Shahani is Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Novartis India Limited. He started his career with ICI in India in their businesses of Fibres &Speciality chemicals. Later, he rose to the position of General Manager with ICI / ZENECA in the U.K., overseeing their Asia Pacific and LatAmPTAoperations for their Petrochemicals and Plastics division. This was followed by a period as CEO at Roche Products Limited, after which he moved to Novartis in India in 1997, following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy as CEO Healthcare. Mr Shahani is President, Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce. He is President Emeritus of Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI), is Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and was on the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA, Geneva).

He is a thought leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry and has been actively involved in advocating for a strong Product Patent law in the country and Data Protection and liberalization of the price control mechanism for Pharmaceuticals. He has also strongly canvassed for deterrent legislation against counterfeit drugs and liberalisation of FDI in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Mr. Ravi Kirpalani

Mr. Ravi Kirpalani is currently working as the Managing Director and CEO of thyssenkrupp India, since March 2016. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Castrol India.

Ravi brings over 34 years of experience in sales, marketing, strategy development and as a CEO of a large and successful listed company. He has worked with global and culturally diverse teams and led major transformational programmes. Ravi has a deep passion for customer relationships , building brands and developing people. He enjoys engaging and energizing people and helping build a culture based on values. Ravi has lived in the UK, Middle East and India and worked with the leadership teams in many countries. A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, he brings a global mind-set and is completely at ease in working with different cultures and in matrixed organisations. Ravi studied Economics at St Stephen’s College Delhi and has an MBA from IIM Kolkata.

Ms. Richa Arora

Ms. Richa Arora, COO, Consumer Products Business, Tata Chemicals Richa Arora, in her current role as COO of the Consumer Products Business at Tata Chemicals Ltd, is leading the transformation of the unit to a player of significance in the wider foods industry, while continuing to strengthen the core salt business.

A result oriented leader, with a passion for making nutrition intrinsic to food, Richa has 30 years of wide ranging experience spanning Business operations, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Communications. She has worked across many industries & cultures, and also in highly competitive & challenging environments (foods, consumer durables etc.) Prior to Tata Chemicals, Richa had set up Five by Six Consulting – a boutique strategic marketing consulting firm, advising companies like McCain Foods, Britannia and Wipro (Consumer). Before Five by Six, Richa worked as Head of Marketing & Innovation at Britannia, and in leadership positions at Balsara and FCB-Ulka. Currently serving on the CII National Committee on Nutrition 2017-18 CII, Richa is also part of National Committee FMCG 2017-18 & the CII Maharashtra Forum on Agriculture & Food Processing. Besides Business, Richa is passionate about photography, which is more than a casual hobby: She has had solo & group exhibitions in India in the last 6-7 years, including the India Art Fair. Richa is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and a Chevening scholar from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia as its Executive Vice President. Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest FMCG Company and one of the most valuable companies in the country.

Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). Sanjiv was a high ranker and award winner at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s final examination.

Sanjiv has been with Unilever for nearly 26 years and for the last 17 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002-06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 -08), Chairman of Unilever – North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.

Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust, member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and Chairs Xynteo’s ‘India 2022’ coalition. He also chairs FICCI’s FMCG Committee and CII’s National Committee on MNCs.

A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Mr. Sunil Mathur

Mr. Sunil Mathur, MD & CEO, Siemens Ltd. Mr Sunil Mathur is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Ltd since 2014. In this role he is responsible for Siemens in South Asia represented mainly by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan as also Siemens Group Companies in India. He is currently a Member of the Global Leadership Team of Siemens. Prior to 2014 he was the Executive Director and Chief

Financial Officer of Siemens Ltd from 2008 responsible for the same countries. During his stint as CFO of Siemens India, he was a Member of the Global Finance Management Team. He has been with Siemens for over 30 years, holding several Senior Management positions in Germany, where he worked in the Power Generation Division as also as CFO of a Global Business Unit in the Industrial Automation Division of the Company. He has wide experience of integrating companies,creating Joint Ventures, M&A as turning around non performing businesses in an International environment and has worked in Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. Mr Mathur is on the National Councils of the CII & FICCI as also on their various Committees. He is also a Member of the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Indo- German Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. V S Parthasarthy

Mr. V S Parthasarathy (fondly known as Partha) is a man with multiple thinking hats and a global leader. In his role as Group CFO & Group CIO, he facilitates Mahindra Group in accomplishing its vision of” being amongst the Top 50 most admired brands in the world by 2021”. He is a member of the Mahindra Group’s supervisory board called “Group Executive Board”. He is a Chairman of Mahindra eMarket Ltd., and on the board of 4 listed companies and 7 other M&M Group Companies.

He is a Chairman of FICCI CFO Council & Association of Finance Profession of India (AFPI) – Governing Council. He is also the Vice President of BCCI (Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Managing Committee. He is also member of the Governing board of IES Management College.
Partha started his career with Modi Xerox as a Management Trainee. Before joining Mahindra & Mahindra in 2000, he was the Associate Director at Xerox. Partha’s journey at M&M begun with an HR stint where he brought about organizational transformation…Performance management system, policy deployment, strategic planning and journeyed through Deming Prize. Later he spearheaded functions like Finance, M&A, IT and International Operations prior to his being appointed CFO of M&M in 2013.

He has received many accolades and recognitions in the field of Finance, M&A & IT; some notable awards being:

Mr. Vivek Bhargava

Mr. Vivek Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer, iprospect India A digital marketing veteran with a two-decade experience, Vivek Bhargava is the Chief Executive Officer of DAN Performance Group, wherein he heads and is responsible for all the digital performance agencies of Dentsu Aegis Network. An early frontrunner in the digital revolution in India, Vivek believes that ‘digital’ is much more than a mere marketing medium, playing the role of a catalyst and multiplier across every aspect of business. He consults an impressive roster of clients and advises them on the most effective digital strategies for their brands. Prior to this, Vivek was the CEO at iProspect India, a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. Vivek has donned the role of an investor in the reality television show The Vault which funds innovative start-ups by promising entrepreneurs on the merit of their business idea instantly.

He is a TEDx speaker, where he recently delivered a talk on ‘Money can buy happiness.’ He is a regular orator at global events such as ad:tech, SES, SMX, I-com and the Apex Digital conferences in India. He has been invited by educational institutes of repute, namely IIT Mumbai, IIM Bangalore and 20 others. He is the Co-Chair at SEMPO APAC and on the advisory board of industry bodies like ad:tech, DMAi and DMTI. He is on the board of Young Presidents Organization Mumbai. Vivek has been awarded for his invaluable contribution to the digital marketing fraternity on several occasions, couple of the coveted recognitions being titled ‘Marketer of the Year’ and named one of the top 50 digital icons of India. Under his able leadership, iProspect India has won over 100 industry awards globally along with bagging the ‘Agency of the Year 2015’ label at the 5th Asian Customer Engagement Forum. Vivek actualized his entrepreneurial edge back in 1997 when he founded Communicate 2. The company joined hands with iProspect from the Dentsu Aegis Network in 2012. He led iProspect Communicate 2 as the Founder and Managing Director. The company was rebranded as iProspect India at the end of 2015 and Vivek has been holding reign as Chief Executive Officer ever since. iProspect India is home to over 250 people across four offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai. It offers brands an entire spectrum of result-oriented digital marketing strategies. Vivek is a proud national level table tennis player and has won multiple laurels in the sport worldwide, one of the highlights being when Vivek bagged the bronze medal in the 39+ table tennis nationals held in 2015. He is also an avid chess player and an amateur paragliding pilot. A complete travel buff, he has travelled to more than 50 countries on various projects and tournaments.