The person: Karthik likes to meet up with people and his interest in biking makes him yearn for long lonely rides. He plays cricket, badminton, and loves to watch tennis. He loves South Indian food – no Pizzas please! - with special interest in authentic home made stuff.
The professional: Karthik is a commerce graduate and had completed his Masters in Financial Management from Pondicherry University. Karthik has 12 years of experience that includes marketing of financial services with Citigroup, TVS Group and Fullerton India Credit Company.
The person: Narayanan loves reading, reads lot of Philosophy and a strong believer of the concept "What you think, you will become". He practices Yoga, plays Cricket and Badminton for fitness. Loves travelling across deep rural villages, as he enjoys meeting people and help improving their livelihood.
The professional: Narayanan completed his Masters in Business Administration from TSM, one of premier B-Schools in South India. Narayanan has 17 years of professional experience with leading brands like, Vodafone, Airtel, Tata Docomo having handled Sales & Distribution portfolio for TN & KL regions. During his last stint with Tata Docomo, he was overseeing a sales turnover of Rs.1200 cr per annum, through a distribution network of 60000 retailers, 550 distributors, 1500 distributor sales executives, and 120 member sales team. At Tata Docomo, successfully piloted the Tango alliance with HUL, to take Tata Docomo services to rural TN leveraging the distribution network of HUL. This helped increase the rural distribution network by 23000 retailers, 145 distributors and a 50% growth in Rural revenues from 84cr to 120 crores per annum.
The person: Muthu is very much interested in organic farming and gardening. He is a willing listener of Carnatic music, though not an expert on the subject. Loves to meditate and also yoga practitioner. Also likes to observe simple life in line with Tamil culture.
The professional: Specialised in IT field with relevance to mobile technologies, having served industries like Pharma, FMCG, Retail, etc. by virtue of a key role in Ivy Mobility Solutions Ltd, for 11 yrs. He is an MCA with penchant for knowing new ideas and implementing the same in new environment.
The person: Ashish is an avid traveller, he loves travelling to different destinations globally to explore and enrich himself in Retail. He is also a fitness enthusiast, plays tennis, enjoys listening to music and read autobiographies.
The professional: Ashish is an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad and has done Retail Management from Symbiosis Management Institute, Pune. He has 16 years of experience in product buying & merchandising in both offline and online business. He managed multiple categories for Hypermarket, Supermarkets and Speciality stores in India. He is well versed with Retail environment which includes Buying & Merchandising, category management, Retail sales, Operations, Brand management, Market research, Vendor management, and related financials and business administration. Ashish has worked with companies such as Future Group and Wal-Mart India.
The professional: Manikkan has over 20 years of experience in financial services spanning fund management, corporate finance advisory and equity research across companies such as ICICI Venture, Babcock & Brown, ABN AMRO, UBS Securities (India), SBC Warburg.
Manikkan has extensive experience in execution of large M&A Advisory, Private Equity, privatization and capital market transactions across private and public sectors, domestic and international markets. He has specific interest in sectors of infrastructure, technology, renewable/ clean energy and a passion for mentoring venture firms to create sustainable and value creating business models. His expertise includes providing strategic advise in areas of fund raising, M&A and asset management to corporate clients. He has also been a successful angel investor for around a decade investing in and nurturing early stage companies to build value.
He has a B.E. degree, Masters of Management Studies & Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Law from Mumbai University and M.Sc in Business Economics from University of Buckingham, UK.
The person: Rajiv is a science fiction buff and can discover philosophy in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He loves studying and meeting entrepreneurs and draws his energy from their passion. Tennis, travel and Tamil food keep him going.
The professional: Rajiv is an experienced business leader with a 25 year track record in building and scaling successful businesses in eCommerce, retail technology , outsourcing and consulting at Cisco, Arthur Andersen, KPMG and Future Group - India's largest retailer.
He works with some of India's most interesting start-up entrepreneurs, in technology and consumer sectors. He helps them scale and realise the growth potential of their ventures. He is the founder of Next In Advisory Partners, a growth platform for such ventures and entrepreneurs. He is a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
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