When Harish Manwani was named the global chief operating officer for Unilever in the United States on June 24, several miles away in Churchgate, a bunch of 22-year-olds rejoiced.
After all, it was a matter of pride for them as Manwani had studied in the same classrooms as they were studying in.
An alumnus of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Manwani was part of the 1974-1976 batch.
The institute has sent a congratulatory email to Manwani and is hoping to create ties with the company now that their alumnus is in charge of things. Unilever is the world’s second-largest consumer goods company and is sought after by marketing students.
“We hope to tie up with the company so that their product managers can come and interact with our students,” said Stephen D’Silva, director, JBIMS.
“He was the brightest boy in the marketing batch and his talent showed in his assignments. He was one of the few MBAs who stuck to one job all through his career and he has made it to the top,” said R Krishnamurthy, a HR consultant who had studied with Manwani.