|MADHUKAR KAMATH AND RAJEEV AGARWAL:
Doing what's closest of their hearts
going back to where he came from and the other is picking up where
the former left off. We are talking about Madhukar Kamath and
Rajeev Agarwal, who takes over as the CEO of Bates India-a
job that Kamath is leaving to return to Mudra Communications as
the successor to the agency's founder and his mentor, A.G. Krishnamurthy.
"It's an agency close to my heart and the new appointment is something
I really aspired to," gushes Kamath, 50, whose single-point agenda
apparently is to put Mudra in the top-five league. The younger Agarwal
(he's 45), who quit O&M subsidiary RMG David in October last year,
plans to do something equally ambitious. "My job is to break new
grounds," he says. All the best, gentlemen.
|RAJAT GUPTA: End of a brilliant
After three, three-year record-breaking terms as
the head honcho of the world's best-known consulting firm, Rajat
Gupta will step down on June 30. We think a standing ovation
is in order. Not only was the IIT-Delhi and Harvard Business School
alum the only foreign-born partner to head McKinsey, but he also
almost trebled the firm's revenue from $1.2 billion in 1993 to $3.4
billion in 2002, and took it to key emerging markets like India
and China. Gupta may not have got a fourth term at the office, but
the fact that some of Corporate America's recent failures-Enron
and Kmart, for example-had a McKinsey link made that a certainty.
Gupta's departure from the firm is unlikely to change one thing:
his hardselling of India.
|SURESH KRISHNA: New horizon
After Ranbaxy, it is the Chennai-based Sundram
Fasteners' turn to take a shot at becoming an Indian multinational.
Last fortnight, its low-key CEO Suresh Krishna-a scion of
the TVS Group-announced plans of setting up a $5-million (Rs 23.8
crore) subsidiary in China to cater to the mainland and then Taiwan
and Korea. Sundram Fasteners is already one of General Motors prized
suppliers. And China could well be Krishna's first stop on the global
|SUNITA NARAIN: Raising a ruckus
How many businessmen can claim that when they
are on a roadshow to sell their company's products, the Prime Minister
of the host nation not only drops in to say hello, but actually
ends up appointing you as his advisor? As it turns out, only one.
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys
Technologies, who has been made the IT advisor to Thailand's Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinwatra. Apparently, Thaksin is so impressed
with Murthy's achievement that he now wants his help in developing
Thailand into an information technology powerhouse. For Murthy,
ever willing to espouse industry and non-industry causes, this must
be a big feather in the cap.
|PRASOON JOSHI: Going great guns
Next Stop: Cannes
I think they should have the creative person,
rather than copywriter of the year award," gushes 33-year-old National
Creative Director of McCann-Erickson India, Prasoon Joshi,
adjudged 'Copywriter of the Year' at the just concluded Advertising
Agencies Association of India's (3As of I) Triple A Awards for his
work on yes, Coca-Cola, but also Chlormint, and Heal Foundation,
among others. It was a kind of double-win for Joshi, what with his
''Thanda Matlab Coca-Cola'' campaign bagging the 'Campaign of the
Year' award for McCann. For the young gun, who has won domestic
awards in Abby, RAPA, or various ad clubs, virtually by the dozens,
the coveted stuff will of course be a Cannes Lion, preferably gold
for television work, something that India has never bagged before.
Carry on, Mr Joshi.
|YAMINI KUMAR: All for a noble cause
It wasn't a difficult decision for Yamini
Kumar when she was asked in January 1999, whether she would
like to establish and head the Indian branch of GE Elfun, a volunteer
group comprising its employees and retirees. As her social worker
mother's frequent companion to the slums in south Delhi, Kumar's
job was probably preordained. In the last four years, the 30-year-old
LSE grad has championed the cause of Elfun (conceived in 1928 as
the Electrical Fund to manage investments of senior executives and
converted into a philanthropic arm in the mid-eighties) in India,
partnering with NGOs for primary education, blood-donation drives
and aids prevention. Her stellar work has won her a seat on Elfun's
global board, as the Asia-Pacific Director. Says she: ''Unfortunately
in India, you ask someone for Rs 200 for charity and pat comes the
money; you ask for two hours of their time and it's a different
story.'' Are you listening?