If only there was an operating manual for being a CEO. If only there was a rulebook for making good and bad decisions. We delve into the professional life of a CEO to explore the valiant yet vulnerable side. They don the badge of a strong business leader all the time, but at the end of the day they are only human.
Did they always plan to be at this position or was it just a happy coincidence? What was it like for them to be in the spotlight in the first 90 days after they took on the mandate? How did they stand tall in turbulent times? What are some of their go-to success mantras? How do they manage areas of weakness and conflict? And much more.
Join host Deepali Naair in a warm, open conversation with a select group of CEO’s to uncover their story of triumph and tribulation. Only on Aawaz.
Sanjay Behl, ex-CEO, Raymond - Deepali Naair [ 23:19 ]
Sanjay Behl, ex-CEO, Raymond
Sanjay Behl is a highly accomplished leader with a proven track record. A young student from Banaras with big aspirations, Sanjay started his professional journey with Hindustan Unilever. He has also operated in leadership capacity at Nokia and Reliance in India and Asia Pacific. However, he proved his mettle when in just three years from the time Sanjay took over as CEO, Raymonds’ stock doubled, outpacing the Sensex’s rise of 34%, revenue grew by 37% and profit more than tripled. Currently Co-founder and CEO India for Nextqore, Sanjay has built a very rich and diverse expertise in business leadership and management.
In this unfiltered chat, Sanjay shares some fun anecdotes from his journey and sacred mantras that he imbibed along the way.
Manish Maheshwari, MD, Twitter India - Deepali Naair [ 21:52 ]
Manish Maheshwari, MD, Twitter India
A graduate from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School, Manish Maheshwari always envisaged being a CEO. He has had an admirable yet unconventional career path where before joining Twitter India as MD, he worked for well-known MNCs like McKinsey, Procter & Gamble (P&G), and closer to home, with Flipkart, and Network18 Digital. With such a diverse career with stellar companies, what does it take to be armed with the right skills to lead such varied organisations.
Catch Manish in this open conversation where he shares some of his valuable life mantras.
Apurva Purohit, President, Jagran Group - Deepali Naair [ 21:52 ]
Apurva Purohit, President, Jagran Group
One of the most influential businesswomen in India, Apurva Purohit is a paradigm of being a pathbreaker in a male-dominated industry. Before heading The Jagran Group (Dainik Jagran, Mid Day, Inext, Inquilab, and Radio City) as President, where she has been credited with the listing of Radio City on the local stock exchange, Apurva successfully built TV brands like Zoom at Zee Telefilms and launched one of the largest media buying agencies in the country, Lodestar. She has been ranked as one of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today and was featured on Fortune India's Most Powerful Women in Business list.
In this episode, listen to her unveil secrets on how to thrive in a man's world, what keeps her going, and why she’s never had to write a CV in 30 years.
Sudip Ghose, MD, VIP Industries - Deepali Naair [ 29:06 ]
Sudip Ghose, MD, VIP Industries
Sudip Ghose has over two decades of experience in Sales & Marketing, where he successfully executed leadership roles across different spheres like strategic planning, brand marketing, and consumer behaviour, to name a few. Before joining VIP Industries, Sudip was at Samsonite, Onida, Whirlpool, Reliance Communications, and Bausch & Lomb. He strongly believes in the ‘It’s ok to be second’ mantra.
In this freewheeling conversation, Sudip shares some precious lessons learned and skills developed from being a grassroots level marketer, going on to becoming an MD.
Nandini Dias, CEO, Lodestar UM - Deepali Naair [ 29:58 ]
Nandini Dias, CEO, Lodestar UM
Touted as one of the most prominent faces in India’s advertising industry, Nandini Dias is currently the CEO of Lodestar UM, a leading marketing agency in the country. Nandini has the distinction of having launched over 400 brands in media and managed media investments for over 175 clients. She garnered her credentials as an influential businesswoman with the strategic acumen she developed in a well-orchestrated professional journey.
Tune in to the inside scoop of her leadership style and how she maintains a work-life balance.