Not just CXOs! SPJIMR Alumni Achievers include NASSCOM Chief, Olympian, Serial Entrepreneur and more News Desk |
March 17, 2020
The common ingredient among the top achievers, including Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM; Olympian and National Badminton Champion Dipankar Bhattacharjee; Mahesh Madhavan, CEO of Bacardi; Rajesh Jejurikar, President - Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra and Mansi Madan Tripathy, Vice President, Shell Lubricants, Indian sub-continent, is that all these super achievers have their common alma mater SPJIMR Mumbai!
SPJIMR Alumni Achievers

What is common between Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM, Olympian and National Badminton Champion Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Mahesh Madhavan, Global CEO of Bacardi and Deepak Iyer, President of Mondelez International, India? Well, all these super achievers have their alma mater SPJIMR Mumbai in common!

Much respected for many teaching-learning innovations like Abhyudaya (a unique pedagogic innovation to foster social responsibility through experiential learning), ADMAP (a course to nurture CXOs who can "get things done"), DOCC (to sensitise students towards Indian ethos by working with nonprofit sector), SPJIMR Mumbai has nurtured not just successful CEOs and CXOs but also successful professionals in diverse areas like Public Policy and Sports!

This special article by profiles some of the top alumni achievers from SPJIMR Mumbai. After reading their achievement you will perhaps agree that SPJIMR alumni are amongst the top 3 MBA colleges in India.

Top 10 Alumni Achievers of SPJIMR Mumbai

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1993

Let’s start with a women achiever. Debjani is the President of National Association of Software & Services Companies, popularly known as NASSCOM, which is the association of all leading IT, ITES and Technology companies. Debjani took over this prestigious role in April 2018. In January 2018, she was felicitated by the President of India under the auspices of the ‘First Ladies’ program, which honours exceptional women pioneers in their respective fields. She has also been listed in the ‘100 Most Influential Woman in UK-India Relations: Celebrating women’ list.

A veteran of the technology industry, and a champion of gender-diversity in corporate India, Debjani was the first woman to lead Intel India, Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), and now NASSCOM. Over her illustrious career spanning over two decades, she held diverse leadership roles across geographies in South and Southeast Asia at Intel.

Debjani was also the Member of India Advisory Board at Cisco from April 2017 to April 2018. Prior to this, she was working at Intel Corporation as Managing Director, South Asia and VP SMG. She was in Intel Corporation from the year 2007.

Mahesh Madhavan, Global CEO of Bacardi

Mahesh Madhavan, Global CEO of Bacardi
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1988

SPJIMR has produced many top CEOs and CXOs who are leading top Global and Indian companies. SPJIMR alumnus Mahesh is the Global CEO of Bacardi, the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world, since September 2017. He rose from General Manager (Marketing) for India to getting more responsibility within the company.

Mahesh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited and was elected a Director by the Board in September 2017.

A more than 20-year veteran of Bacardi, Mahesh most recently led Europe for Bacardi as its Regional President where he was responsible for commercial operations. During his tenure with Bacardi, he has held leading roles within various emerging markets including Regional President of Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA), Managing Director of India, Managing Director for Thailand and the Philippines, and Managing Director of South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Mahesh is based at the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ rum, GREY GOOSE vodka, DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most awarded blended Scotch.

Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Olympian and National Badminton Champion

Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Olympian and National Badminton Champion
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 2012

Dipankar Bhattacharjee, an ace sportsman who has done his country proud, has 21 years of work experience in the Petroleum Marketing sector. Currently the Senior Manager at one of the largest commercial organization in India and a Fortune 500 company, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Deepankar is a two-time Olympian and a three-time Indian National Badminton Champion. He was the Captain of the Indian Badminton Team at Thomas Cup 1996

If you think that top B-schools prefer only the CAT Toppers, think again! A Badminton player from Assam, Deepankar has represented India at many International tournaments including Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics. He was the Indian National Badminton Champion thrice and a runner-up twice. At Barcelona Olympics, he reached the pre-quarters.

Dipankar is the Founder of Dipankar's Badminton Academy, Guwahati and is grooming future Olympians at the academy.

Rajesh Jejurikar, President - Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Rajesh Jejurikar, President - Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1986

Much respected for his ace understanding of the automotive industry, Rajesh is the President of Farm Equipment sector at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and a Member of the Group Executive Board. He also oversees Swaraj Engines Limited and the Mahindra Two Wheelers businesses.

Rajesh has had a very successful run in the corporate marketing sector. After having worked with Voltas (1986–90), FCB Ulka (1990–91) and Marico Ltd. (1991-2000), he joined the Automotive Sector at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., as Vice President (Marketing) and was part of the team that launched the Scorpio. His role was expanded in 2003, when he was appointed Executive Vice President (Sales & Marketing) for the Automotive Sector.

In 2005, Rajesh was given additional responsibility as the Managing Director of Mahindra Renault, where he oversaw the development and launch of the Logan in India. In 2008, he became Chief of Operations of the Automotive Sector and when Automotive & Farm Equipment Sector (AFS) was formed in 2010, he was appointed Chief Executive for the Automotive Division and Member of the Group Executive Board. Under his aegis, the Mahindra XUV500 was launched. After ten months as president of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd he re-joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. as Chief Executive (Tractor & Farm Mechanization) in 2013. In April 2014, he was given additional responsibility of the Mahindra Two Wheeler Business.

Mansi Madan Tripathy, Managing Director, Shell Lubricants, Indian sub-continent

Mansi Madan Tripathy, Vice President, Shell Lubricants, Indian sub-continent
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1996

With an experience of more than 20 years across industries, business models and markets, Mansi has been with Shell for the last six years and has worked in sales, strategy, procurement, marketing, consumer insights and data analytics. Currently, she is currently Vice President - Asia Pacific, Middle East and responsible for managing all business activities across the region which is one of the largest lubricants markets in the world.

Her current responsibilities entail driving a business with a 2000+ FTE strong cross-functional team and managing P&L over Billion Dollar. She has held positions of Managing Director -Shell India, Chief Marketing Officer at Shell Lubricants, Global Marketing Insights Director for Gillette, Asia Pacific Head for Consumer and Market Knowledge. As part of her global leadership roles, she has lived in India, Geneva, Singapore and Boston; working on diverse product categories, multifunctional and multicultural teams, channels and business models.

Mansi joined Shell in September 2012 as head of Marketing from P&G where she was positioned as Director, Global Shave Care at Procter and Gamble and has taken over the responsibility of Vice President of the company.

Pradeep Kar, Managing Director of Microland

Pradeep Kar, Managing Director of Microland
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1983

SPJIMR isn’t just known for producing CXOs. Many successful entrepreneurs also owe their learnings and success to SPJIMR. Well known IT entrepreneur Pradeep is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Microland. Positioned as the ‘Digital Accelerator’, Microland provides enterprises the means to adopt and consume NextGen technologies.  Incorporated in 1989 and headquartered in Bangalore, Microland has more than 4,500 digital-savvy technologists across offices and delivery centers in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

A true serial entrepreneur, Pradeep has founded and sold three technology companies:  (sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation); (India’s first Internet Business Solutions Company); and Net Brahma Technologies.

In 1999 Pradeep was honored as ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ by the World Economic Forum at Davos, an acknowledgement of his pioneering work bringing technology to India. He is also the Founding Member of the Bangalore Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and the former President of The Indus Entrepreneurs' (TiE), Bangalore Chapter.

Girish Wagh, Head, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit Tata Motors

Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit Tata Motors
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1997

Girish is currently the President of Commercial Vehicle Business Unit at Tata Motors. He is also on the board of Automobile Corp of Goa Ltd, Tata Motors Finance Ltd, Tata Cummins Ltd. and Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd.

Girish earlier worked in the capacity of Sr. Vice President (Tata Small & Passenger Car Segment) & Head Project Planning and Program Management of Tata Motors and is a key figure in the Tata Nano's project. He also designed and headed the project of Tata Ace mini truck

A mechanical engineer, Girish is a native of Pune and did his post-graduate programme in manufacturing from SPJIMR Mumbai. Girish Wagh got breakthroughs quite early in his career at Tata Motors that propelled his career into an orbit where Ratan Tata noticed him. He rose within the company to become President of Commercial Vehicles Business Unit within Tata Motors.

Deepak Iyer, Managing Director, Mondelez International, India

Deepak Iyer, President, Mondelez International, India

Deepak, President of Mondelez International, India has 20+ years of professional management experience spanning roles in Sales, Marketing, Franchise Management & General Management with P&L responsibility. Deepak managed portfolio of countries & is currently President & Managing Director at Mondelez International, India

Deepak joined Mondelez in August 2016. Prior to this, he was working at CEO & MD India at Bharti AXA General Insurance. Earlier to which he was working as Managing Director India at Wrigley.

Prior to Wrigley, Deepak was working at Pepsico from March 1996 to December 2012. He joined Pepsico as Sales Manager and later worked in many senior roles such as Executive Vice President, Franchise Director, Executive Director: North & East India & Subcontinent Countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal) and Senior Director – Africa.

Hardeep Singh, CEO of 7 -Eleven in India by Future Group

Hardeep Singh, CEO of 7 -Eleven in India by Future Group
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1994

Hardeep is the chief executive officer for the 7-Eleven retail stores in India by Future Group. The group is the master franchisee for this eponymous brand stores which is world's largest convenience chain. He had joined Future Group last year by virtue of the acquisition of Vulcan Express by the group. Hardeep was the founder of Vulcan Express and had grown the last mile supply chain capabilities for Snapdeal and other E-Commerce companies. 

Hardeep has over 20 years of experience in retail industry, such as leading the supply chain and logistics function at WalMart India and CEO of the first private container train operator on Indian Railways amongst others. 

In his early career, he worked at ABG and Asian Paints. At Unilever, he led initiatives such as roll out of VAT in the region and also established early e-commerce network for general trade, developed & executed new capabilities for modern retail customers like Walmart, Reliance and Future Gp. He then went on to become the CEO of Inlogistics, the first private container train operator to run on the Indian Railways network. As Sr. Vice President- Supply Chain and Logistics, Walmart, Mr. Singh led a 45% reduction in costs. He then transitioned to Vulcan Express (Snapdeal) as CEO before joining  7-Eleven India.

Vinita Singh, Trustee of NGO ‘We, the People’

Vinita Singh, Trustee of NGO ‘We, the People’
SPJIMR PGDM Batch 1994

Vinita Singh, Trustee of the NGO, ‘We, The People’, is currently deeply involved in building capacities on harnessing the power of Constitutional and legal rights for diverse groups including youth and rural women

She served as Director of the NGO, International Resources for Fairer Trade, from 1996 to 2002, where she pioneered methods to map and enhance conditions of work in multi-tiered supply chains in agriculture, textiles and crafts. This was followed by intensive work on issues related to homeworkers as Coordinator of the ETI homeworker programme in India. This resulted in the pivotal ETI Homeworker Guidelines and also the formation of its multi stakeholder homeworker group.

Since 2008, she has brought in a sharp focus on using the Constitutional and legal framework for issues facing workers. This greatly helped her in the facilitation of the ETI multi stakeholder intervention on Sumangali workers and in her long-standing role as Impactt India Associate.

Some more names of top CXOs who are SPJIMR alumni, include:

Lulu Raghavan, Managing Director, Landor Associates
SPJIMR PGDM, Class of 2000

Rajnikant Sabnavis,CEO, Future Consumer Ltd. 
SPJIMR, PGDM Class of 1991

Mr. Atul Sodhi, Head of Global DCM, Crédit Agricole,
SPJIMR PGDM Class of 1992

Shrinath Bolloju, Citi Head of South Asia Operations & Technology
SPJIMR PGDM Class of 1988 

Dhruv Kumar, Director - Head market Place and MEL
SPJIMR PGPM, Class of 2014

Mr Vipul Chawla, President of Pizza Hut International, a subsidiary of Yum! Inc.
PGDM Class of 1991,   

Abhisheik Vishwakarma, President - Transaction Banking Group, Yes Bank
SPJIMR PGPM, Class of 2006

Aayush Upadhyay, AVP, Deutsche Bank
SPJIMR PGPM, Class of 2013

Mahesh Rupanagudi, Investment Analyst at Harris Associates
SPJIMR, PGDM, Class of 2012

Bhavani Amirthalingam, Ameren, SVP Chief Digital Information Officer 
SPJIMR PGDM, Class of 1998 

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