Monday, January 24, 2005

Making Her Own Rules

Eco Times published an article on the 1980 batch Gold Medalist, Nidhi Reddy:

For Nidhi Reddy, XLRI alumnus, who runs Chennai-based Nidhi Reddy Consultants, success has been largely thanks to her “immense self-belief and being able to chart out her own path”, which has helped her face adversities and challenges with ease.

"I have not had any mentor in particular. I am glad that I have been able to trace my own path and have always done what I believed in..."

Read on...

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Tsunami: Appeal from Director, XLRI

January 20, 2005

To : The Alumni

Dear Alumni/ae :

All of us are shocked by the havoc done by tsunami in a few minutes in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. Many of our own have suffered material and personal loss.

Faculty, staff and students of XLRI have generously contributed to the tsunami relief. The staff have made sacrifices to contribute for the fund.

Our Alumni in the South are involved in relief and rehabilitation work. Among them, Mr K Pandiarajan, MD of Mafoi [an alumnus of 84batch] has involved a group of NGOs in the rehabilitation work. He has taken up this task, in spite of his heavy responsibilities with missionary zeal. He has adopted three pronged rehabilitation programmes :

- Adoption of children
- Vocational Training
- Entrepreneurship Development

Part of the XLRI collection will go to Mafoi, which has Sornammal Education Trust as its Development arm. The other part will go to Andamans which needs more help.

I invite all the Alumni to join us in helping Sornammal Education Trust to execute its development programmes. It will be a lasting development for those people. I request to be generous toward this project so that XLRI family can help at least 100 children.

Your generous demand drafts should be in favour of “Sornammal Educational Trust”, Chennai and sent to :

Mr K Pandiarajan
Managing Director
Ma Foi Consultants Ltd.
8, Khader Niwaz Khan Road
Chennai 600 006
Phone : 044-28333351
Email :
kpr [at]

Yours sincerely,

N Casimir Raj, S.J.
Director, XLRI
Email : director [at]

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

X-Factor 2nd Issue (Jan 05)

The wait is over.
Stop refreshing your inbox...
Stop asking your friends when it will come...
Say goodbye to those withdrawal symtoms...
The latest issue of The X-factor is here...
Its bigger than before. Its better than before.

Download your copy of
The X-factor:
Essential Reading for the XLer

Sunday, January 09, 2005

New Business Head of HT Media Marketing

exchange4media News Service reports (Jan 4, 05):

Benoy Roychowdhury (85BMD) will join HT Media Marketing Organisation as Business Head (Media Marketing) and will be based in Delhi. This is a new position created by the company.

Benoy Roychowdhury(left)during a meeting

The official communiqué issued by Rajiv Verma, CEO, HT Media, states that “This change is designed to create an organisational structure for HT Media Sales Organisation that will optimise and strengthen organisational capabilities and support the company’s growth and value creation strategy. Given the organisation’s agenda of growth in Bombay, refocus on Hindi and entry in new Categories like radio, it will be imperative that we strengthen our organisation capabilities to take on the challenges ahead.”

In past, Roychowdhury has worked with companies like Procter and Gamble and Whirlpool. He is and MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur of 1985 batch. His previous assignments included Director Market Development – Asia, being based at Hong Kong and Vice President Sales, Trade Marketing and Logistics for South Asia Market, He started his career as a Management Trainee at Godrej P&G....

Saturday, January 01, 2005

XLer CEOs in India

Somehow, this information never gets highlighted in/by XL... so this is just a partial list of XLers across batches, who head a company in India
[please note that this is not a comprehensive list - and lists only those XLers who are CEOs in India]

...any additions to this list are welcome

Manet Paes (71BMD)
Managing Director
Alliance Airways

Sankaran Raghunanthan (84BMD)
Blueshift Ltd

Ravi Mehrotra (85BMD)
Managing Director
Franklin Templeton India MF

Vineet Nayar (85BMD)
HCL Comnet

Raman Madhok (81PMIR)
CEO & Dy Managing Director
Jindal Iron and Steel

Amar Babu (89BMD)
Director (Sales Marketing Group) South Asia
Intel Corp

Ajay Bagga (90BMD)
Managing Director
Kotak Mahindra MF

Sujit Baksi (72PMIR)
CEO and India Head
Lehman Brothers BPO

Vikram Rao (75BMD)
Group Executive President
Madura Garments

K Pandiarajan (84BMD)
Founder & CEO
Ma Foi Consultants

CVL Srinivas (93BMD)
Maximise India

Rajiv Kaul (92BMD)
Managing Director
Microsoft India

N Krishnakumar (81BMD)
Co-Founder & MD
Mindtree Consulting

Madhukar Kamath (76BMD)
Managing Director & CEO
Mudra Communications & Advertising

Akash Khurana (77BMD)
Nimbus Communications

Jagdish V Dore (73BMD)
Managing Director
Novartis Enterprises

Georges Zacharias (82BMD)

B Muthuraman (75BME)
Managing Director
Tata Steel

Percy Siganporia (74BMD)
Managing Director
Tata Tetley

Bushen Raina (73BME)
Managing Director
Tata Tinplate Ltd

Rana Sinha (78BMD)
Managing Director
Telcon Ltd

Bijou Kurian (81BMD)
Chief Operating Officer
Titan Watches

Kalyan Ganguly (73BMD)
UB Group Beer Division

Anurag Behar (92BMD)
Managing Director
Wipro Fluid Power