Trying hard to downplay his credentials as a promoter-director at Lupin, Nilesh Gupta, group president and executive director says his leadership philosophy derives from some home-truths learnt from his father and the company chairman Desh Bandhu Gupta, and some text-book learning, which has led him to evolve his own, hands-on style. Sachin Kumar and Tejeesh NS Behl report.
The country's third-largest pharmaceutical company by market value, Lupin India, is eyeing Japan for its third acquisition, likely to be in the range of $100-200 million (Rs. 550-1,100 crore).
Hailing from the Marwari community that has its origins in Rajasthan, Balakrishna Goenka, chairman, Welspun Group, tells Hindustan Times that home-grown lessons - gleaned from everyday conversations in the family - in business do not necessarily translate into leadership skills, as those are some things one can only be born with, and not acquired. Manu P Toms and Tejeesh NS Behl report.
Flush with cash from the sale of his generic drugs business to Abbott Laboratories in 2010, Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Healthcare, has been identifying opportunities to put his billions into profitable use, for himself as well as his shareholders, for as he says, a leader needs to be smart enough to see a good deal when it comes his way, and cash in on it.
A leader’s job, says Chanda Kochhar, MD and CEO, ICICI Bank, is to be a step ahead of competition by thinking ahead of the game, even as she herself gets down to the task of giving shape to her legacy — propel the bank into the league of the world’s top 20 banks by size — within her tenure. Excerpts:
Anand Mahindra, the newly-anointed chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) group, is not the only scion in India’s family-promoted businesses to have spent long years honing leadership skills in preparation of a bigger role. Tejeesh NS Behl
He could well be the last chairman of the $ 15.4-billion group carrying the Mahindra surname. However, Anand Mahindra says it is more difficult to establish your credentials when you take on the mantle of the family business because people presume that you are here because of your last name.
In the end, it all played out according to script. Anand G Mahindra, 57, vice-chairman and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra was named chairman of the $15.4 billion group on Wednesday. Tejeesh NS Behl
& Manu P Toms
report. Anand's inheritance
His stint as a student of film-making, it is said, was only to prove a point that he wasn't taking it easy as the scion of a group bearing his surname started by his grandfather and his brother.
A start-up with a history, is how Nelco’s CEO PJ Nath describes his company, which was led for a while by the current chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, in the early 1970s.
His management style has evolved through years of hands-on experience of leading his company, a style which has filled in nicely for the absence of a management degree on his curriculum vitae.
Hubert Joly, president and CEO, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Leadership, and leaders by extension, cannot exist in a vacuum and can only survive if there are followers who feel a genuine connect with the leader, says Harish Manwani, COO, Unilever and non-executive chairman, HUL, in an interview.
Earlier this week, Kunal Bahl, founder-CEO of e-commerce site Snapdeal.com bought out eSportsbuy.com for an estimated Rs 50 crore. Vivek Sinha and Tejeesh NS Behl report. E-merging trend?
Success formula: Didier Michaud-Daniel
, CEO, Bureau Veritas. James Scouller
They might be known for selling toys for boys, but iconic premium American bike maker Harley-Davidson (HD) also has women on its radar in India.
More than a fortnight back, Tata Communications CEO Vinod Kumar let slip out at the company's 10-year celebrations of VSNL acquisition that it was evaluating a takeover of UK-based Cable and Wireless Worldwide, Tejeesh NS Behl
reports. How the Tata group has grown
With eight consecutive quarters of growth behind it, Hindustan Unilever has been able to ride the stress of rising input costs, a falling rupee and changing business environment, with some success. The company's chairman and parent company Unilever’s chief operating officer Harish Manwani talks to HT
US-based Financial Planning Standards Board is gearing up to replicate India's online examination model for certified financial planners in countries such as United States, Singapore and Malaysia. Sachin Kumar
and Tejeesh NS Behl
report. Walking in India’s footsteps?