Anita Belani   appointed as an Independent Director on the board of  IDFC Asset Management Company Ltd.

Anita Belani (PMIR 1987)

Ms. Anita Belani,  has been appointed as an Independent Director on the board of  IDFC Asset Management Company Ltd. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics, and specialized in HR from XLRI. In her illustrious career spanning almost 3 decades, Anita has taken on various HR as well as Business leadership roles.

Arijit Biwas - National Award for best adapted Screenplay- Andhadhun

Arijit Biwas (PMIR 1991)

 Arijit Biwas has won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award at the 66th National Film Awards 2019 for the movie  Andhadhun .

Gates Foundation appoints Hari Menon as Country Director for India

Hari Menon (BM 1996)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed Hari Menon as the Country Director for India Menon takes over from Nachiket Mor, who held the position for the past three years and resigned last month to return to his prior work as a donor and investor in India's development sector, the foundation said in a statement. In his new role, Menon will oversee the foundation's priorities in India to improve conditions of family health, sanitation, digital financial inclusion, agriculture, and gender equality, it added.  "India has made tremendous progress on expanding access to health coverage, good nutrition, safe sanitation, digital financial services, agricultural productivity, and women's economic empowerment.  "We look forward to supporting these initiatives through our technical and global expertise, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life," Menon said.  Currently, Menon is Director, Global Program Advocacy & Communications, based out of the foundation's headquarters in Seattle. He holds a graduate degree in business management from XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering & Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. 

Anand Nayak Appointed as an Additional Director in the Board of ITC Limited

Anand Nayak (PMIR 1973)

The Board of Directors of ITC Ltd appointed Anand Nayak as Additional Directors also as Independent Directors of the Company   Mr. Anand Nayak is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur from where he graduated in 1973. He joined ITC Limited in the same year and served the Company for more than 42 years until his retirement in December 2015.  During his long tenure with lTC, he held various portfolios and worked across several businesses as well as at Corporate Headquarters where he headed the Human Resources Function from 1996 to 2015. He also served on the Corporate Management Committee of ITC for over 18 years from 1997 to 2015.

Global Customer Data Science Firm Dunnhumby names Manoj Madhusudanan as Head of India

Manoj Madhusudanan (BM 2000) 

London headquartered dunnhumby, the global leader in Customer Data Science, announced today the appointment of Manoj Madhusudanan as Head of India. Manoj will focus on ensuring that dunnhumby India operates successfully as a key strategic location for dunnhumby and its clients.  Prior to this, Manoj spent three years in London as the Managing Director for InsightBee by Evalueserve, a Cloud-based business research platform that successfully merges skills from research team members located around the globe – which he led from concept to commercial reality.  Manoj has also served as the Global Head of Operations for Evalueserve’s Corporate and Professional Services Business Unit, responsible for global operations across five continents, overseeing a 700-person research team. Prior to Evalueserve, Manoj was a management consultant with Accenture. “I am thrilled to begin my new role as Head of India,” said Manoj. “dunnhumby is an exciting company that is changing the game in Customer Data Science, and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to work with such a brilliant team that has great passion to excel.”

Lenovo India appoints Ashok Nair as the Director for India Service Operations

Ashok Nair ( BM  1994)

Lenovo India announced the appointment of Ashok Nair as the Director for India Service Operations. Ashok Nair holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Surathkal and a post-graduation in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Ashok will report to Alex Fu, Executive Director of Asia Pacific services and work alongside Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director & CEO-Lenovo India. He will be responsible for leading the growth strategy to make Lenovo, India the “Best in class” within the IT service industry. Ashok will focus on driving sustainable, profitable means across multiple routes-to-market and on making Lenovo services a key differentiator in the market. He has a large breadth of experience in sales and marketing across industries such as Consumer products, IT, Telecom and Internet. Ashok comes with over two decades of experience in increasing brand and presence for consumer-focused businesses in India and South Asia, across IT businesses like Intel as well as new-age businesses in educational technology. His previous stint was with Math Adventures where he was responsible for leading New Business initiatives, organic and inorganic, which entailed extensive channel sales management, incubating the start-up business, and leading the innovation strategy. In his previous innings at Lenovo, he started as Director of Sales for India and Sri Lanka region, setting up a sustainable channel infrastructure for the PC business and closed his stint as the Director of SMB, delivering P&L objectives and growing volumes of sales across all business units.

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy Assumes charge as the first full time director of  IIM Amritsar: 

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy (PMIR 1986)

Professor Nagarajan Ramamoorthy has assumed charge as the first full time director at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar. In his earlier stints, he has worked with the Indian Airlines, Brakes India Limited of TVS group and Voltas Limited of Tata group. He has even taught at University of Maryland, Marymount University, and University of Houston-Victoria, according to a release shared by the institute.  He received his PG- Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur and Ph.D in business and management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business., University of Maryland, USA.  He has extensive international experience which include two Fulbright teaching and research scholarships to Bulgaria (University of National and World Economy, Sofia) & Latvia (University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera), Inter-Country exchange scholarship to Austria (University of Applied Sciences, St. Polten), among others. He has served on the Peer Review team for Fulbright council for three years in the USA. He has been on the editorial boards of several leading international journals.  

BW Businessworld has recognised Rekha Menon as the BW Most Influential Woman Of India

Rekha Menon (PMIR 1981)

A thought leader, an active voice for social causes and an industry influencer, Rekha is responsible for forging and maintaining Accenture’s relationships with key external stakeholders. Some of her external positions include – Nasscom’s National Executive Council, American Chamber of Commerce in India’s (Amcham) National Executive Board. She is also on the Board of Governors at XLRI School of Business. Rekha joined Accenture in 2004, and since then held several strategic and leadership roles - her last two roles were - as the lead for Geographic Operations for India, ASEAN and APAC Delivery centres, and Human Resources lead for Accenture’s Growth Markets. A gold medalist from the XLRI School of Business, she has more than 25 years of experience - as an entrepreneur at Talisma Corporation and Aditi Services; and on assignments with and on executive management teams of Levis, Cargill and Akzo Nobel. Rekha is actively engaged in Accenture's Inclusion and Diversity and Corporate Citizenship initiatives - an active advocate of giving back to society and improving the way the world lives, she champions her support for society through her association with not-for-profit organizations—Pratham Books and Akshara Foundation. A driving force behind Accenture’s social impact initiative under Skills to Succeed, by the end of 2020, Accenture will equip more than 3 million people globally with the skills to get a job or build a business, and through Tech4Good, we will continue to invest in technology innovation that makes a meaningful difference to the lives of the underprivileged.

Bimlendra Jha has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement

Bimlendra Jha (BM 1995)

Bimlendra Jha has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement with effect from March 1, 2019. At the company’s board meeting he has been inducted as an Additional Director and MD & CEO - Designate.Bimlendra Jha joins Ambuja Cement from Tata Steel Ltd. where he has spent nearly three decades of his career. Over the past six years, he has held multiple leadership roles including Executive Chairman Long Products Europe, Executive Director on the Board of Tata Steel Europe and CEO Tata Steel UK. He will look after operations in UK, Sweden, and Canada. He is a B. Tech in Ceramic Engineering from IIT Varanasi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Marketing and Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur.

ITC Ltd has elevated 46-year old Amitav Mukherji as Head of Corporate Human Resources

Amitav Mukherji (PMIR 1995)

ITC Ltd has elevated 46-year old Amitav Mukherji as head of corporate human resources, continuing with its trend of appointing younger executives in leadership roles. Mukherji is succeeding R Sridhar who superannuated earlier this month. An ITC spokesperson confirmed the appointment. A lifer at the cigarette-to-biscuits company, Mukherji is an economics graduate and holds management degrees from XLRI , Jamshedpur , and Cornell University . He has cross-functional experience such as sales and brand management, and was head of HR of the foods business in his last role. He is also actively involved in designing and teaching at learning and development programmes at the corporate level.

How I survived cancer and built a business with grit and determination

Ranjeet Kumar  (GMP) 2009

Ranjeet was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma says he survived because he decided to live every day and built a business with grit and determination. "I cannot thank my XLRI and NIFT batchmates enough for their contribution to my treatment. One of my batchmates sourced a medicine which was not available in India. It miraculously worked and here I am, six years later working. In the meanwhile, Team Pumpkin is now a 100+ team across Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru working with clients like Axis Bank, Big Bazaar, Big Basket, ITC, Coca-Cola and many more solving all their marketing problems.Apart from growing the company team wise and financially, we also decided to make Team Pumpkin an inclusive place"

London-based banking giant Barclays on Monday appointed Sandeep Das as Head  – India in private bank & overseas services

Mr  Sandeep Das( BM 1991)

London-based banking giant Barclays on Monday appointed Sandeep Das as head of private clients – India in private bank & overseas services, with effect from February 11, 2019.  Das has over 27 years of experience in private banking and in his previous role, he was the managing director of Standard Chartered Private Bank in India.  Karen Frank, chief executive officer, private banking and overseas services, Barclays said, “Sandeep’s extensive experience will support our strategy and capitalise on the strengths and resources of the Barclays brand and global business.  His track record in private banking in India will enable us to expand and deepen our client relationships to deliver solutions from across Barclays International."  He started his banking career with ANZ Grindlays in 1991 and had held diverse roles across products, distribution and segments in his 27 years of his career.  Das graduated in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi in 1989 and followed by MBA from Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in 1991.

Microland  has appointed  Deepak Shetty  as the Chief People Officer

Mr  Deepak Shetty  (PMIR  1994-96)

Microland  has appointed  Deepak Shetty  as the Chief People Officer, responsible for the Human resources function of the IT transformation company. Deepak is a HR veteran having led HR at  Philips Innovation Campus , and prior to that major stints at  Genpact  &  Hewlett-Packard . Deepak is a 1994-96 Alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur . 

HR veteran  Biplob Banerjee  has recently joined  Allied Blenders & Distillers as Chief People Officer

Mr  Biplob Banerjee  (  PMIR  1994)

HR veteran  Biplob Banerjee  has recently joined  Allied Blenders & Distillers as Chief people Officer, leading HR Transformation in his new role. Bringing experience of more than 20 years in HR, Biplob has played pivotal role in developing HR functions across multiple organizations such as  PepsiCo India ,  General Electric  &  GlaxoSmithKline . In his last role as Executive Vice President at Jubilant India, Biplob created a stellar team working closely with indu stry leaders such as Ajay Kaul & Pratik Pota. Biplob is a 1994 batch PMIR Alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. 

Zalora, one of Asia's largest One Fashion Destination, has appointed Gunjan Soni as its CEO

Ms Gunjan Soni (BM  2001-03)

Zalora, one of Asia's largest One Fashion Destination, has appointed Gunjan Soni as its CEO. Soni would be joining the firm by early 2019. A seasoned professional, Soni was one of the youngest partners at McKinsey India and was later Executive VP, Strategy at Star India, eventually launching Hotstar. Soni then moved to Flipkart, foreseeing the growth of fashion in India and revived Myntra and Jabong successfully. Gunjan is a 2001-03 alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, and one of the  rising women leaders of XL. 

HDFC Bank  has appointed Mr Vijay Razdan as the Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr Vijay Razdan ( PMIR 1986-88)

HDFC Bank  has announced Mr Vijay Razdan as the Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for the entire human resources function in the bank. An HR veteran of 30 years, Mr Razdan has varied experience across sectors such as FMCG, IT services and telecommunications. He has held leadership positions with marquee organisations such as ITC, HCL Technologies and Idea Cellular. Vijay Razdan is alumnus of XLRI having pursued the fabled PMIR course 1986-88.  

Purva Misra  appointed as the COO of India Today Media Institute

Ms Purva Misra (PMIR 1997)

Purva Misra has been appointed as the COO of India Today Media Institute, a training institute to develop talent in the fields of PR, advertising and media management. Purva,a 1997 alumnus of   XLRI Jamshedpur   is the Group head HR of   India Today   group and will be taking this added responsibility of COO of India Today Media Institute.

Pope reappoints Guilherme Vaz (80PMIR)  as Member Of Vatican’s Laity Council

Mr. Guilherme Vaz from the 1980 Batch of PMIR

Pope Francis has reappointed  Mr. Guilherme Vaz (80PMIR), on the reconstituted and enlarged Vatican Pontifical Council for the Laity. The appointment of the Mr Guilherme Vaz, was announced on October 6th. For 10 years Vaz was member of the erstwhile, Pontifical Council first appointed by Pope Benedict XVI and continued under Pope Francis. In recognition for his exemplary service to the Universal Church and the International community, Mr Vaz was conferred with the Papal Honour of Knight of the order of St Gregory the Great in 2016. Mr Vaz worked for 23 years, in the TATA group, before taking up the present assignment.  Mr Vaz is also a member of the Bombay Archdiocesan Board of Education and an adviser to the Archbishop of Bombay on Educational matters.

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Vikram Misri (86BMD) is India's next Ambassador to China

Mr. Vikram Misri  from the 1986 Batch of Business Management

The Centre on Friday announced the appointment of India's current Ambassador to Myanmar, Vikram Misri, as the next Ambassador of India to the People's Republic of China. Misri is a career diplomat from the 1989 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, and has served in various capacities at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, in the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi and in various Indian Missions abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

Sandeep Bakhshi (BMD'83) Appointed as MD & CEO of ICICI Bank

Mr. Sandeep Bakhshi  from the 1983 Batch of Business Management

XLRI Jamshedpur feels extremely proud as Mr. Sandeep Bakhshi  from the 1983 Batch of Business Management is appointed the MD & CEO of ICICI Bank. Mr. Bakhshi has been the managing director and CEO of  ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited . Prior to this role, he was the deputy managing director of ICICI Bank. In this role, he headed the retail and subsequently the wholesale business at the bank.

Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan  appointed  the President of the AMA Academic Council 

Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan , an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus from the batch of 1990 Business Management

XLRI Jamshedpur congratulates Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan  on becoming the President of the AMA Academic Council from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan , an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus from the batch of 1990, is the Thomas Marshall Professor of Marketing in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia and joined the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in 2002. Her research interests lie in brand strategy and consumer-brand relationships

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Shweta Mehrotra appointed the India and South Asia Country Human Resources Officer for Citi

Ms Shweta Mehrotra an XLRI alumnus

Heartiest congratulations to Ms Shweta Mehrotra on being appointed as the India and South Asia Country Human Resources Officer for Citi, effective September 1, 2018. Ms. Shweta, an XLRI alumnus has been with Citi for 13 years and has held a series of progressively responsible roles, including Talent & Diversity Head, APAC and Talent & Learning Lead for Institutional Clients Group (ICG) and Global Functions in Asia. She has also held leadership positions covering Operations & Technology and ICG in India.

XLRI Jamshedpur feels proud as its alumnus from the 1990 Batch of Business Management, Mr. Ravi Panchanadan takes over as the MD and CEO of Manipal Global Education Services. Mr. Panchanadan had been appointed the President and COO of MaGE in 2017. Prior to taking up this role, he managed consumer as well as enterprise businesses for MaGE. He was the Director & CEO of Manipal Education (Middle East & Africa Region), Manipal International University, Malaysia as well as the Chief Executive Officer of MeritTrac Services (a 100% subsidiary of MaGE).

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