Monday, June 20, 2005

Shantonu Aditya (84 BMD) to join Sahara One as CEO

MUMBAI (June 10, 2005): SET Discovery president Shantonu Aditya has quit and is joining Sahara One as Chief Executive Officer. His responsiblity will extend to all Sahara's media and entertainment businesses (excluding news).

Aditya is likely to join Sahara One in the first week of July, a source said. SET India and Percept officials were not available for comment.

Sahara's media and entertainment businesses operate under Sahara One. Last year, Sahara entered into a joint venture management company with Percept. Aditya will replace Peter Isaac who was heading this company.

Sahara has ambitious movie plans with 40 projects on the floor. Aditya will drive this as well as the domestic and international distribution of movies. Sahara is also planning launch of a movie channel later this year.

...Aditya joined SET India in 2001 to lead Sony's distribution business. He went on to head the distribution joint venture company between SET India and Discovery Communications India set up in 2002.

SET Discovery expanded its bouquet and currently distributes not only the Sony and Discovery group of channels but also MTV, Nick, Animax, Ten Sports, Sab TV, NDTV 24x7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit.

A management graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur, Aditya had worked with UB group ( McDowell &Co ) in sales and marketing in Delhi and luggage major Blow Plast in various capacities.

XL Celeb Watch

Ramchandra Rao (80PMIR) has joined the Hinduja group as Senior Vice President (HR). He was earlier the Vice President (HR), Wockhardt

Shantonu Aditya (84BMD) is joining Sahara One as its CEO. Shantonu was earlier the President, Alliance One (a JV between Discovery and SET) and the Head of Distribution of Sony Entertainment Television, India.

Gautam Sen (84BMD) will be the Editor of Top Gear, an auto magazine from the BBC stable, which is being launched in india by the Times of India group. Gautam ws earlier the Editor of Delhi-based "Auto Motor & Sport".

Dr Om Sitoula (84BMD) was decorated with Mahendra Vidya Bhusan Class 1 by His Majesty King Gyanendra of Nepal. Mahendra Vidya Bhusan Class 1 is the highest medal of Nepal for academic achievement

Abhijit Bhaduri's (84PMIR) forthcoming novel Mediocre But Arrogant ("a story of love and life in the fictitious Management Institute of Jamshedpur (MIJ)") was featured in the article "A Novel Pastime" in Business World (June 13th)

Ajay Bagga (90BMD) who was CEO, Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund has taken over as the new CEO of Sabre Capital. Sabre India is an AMC, promoted jointly by Sabre Capital (of former Stanchart CEO, Rana Talwar) and Tamasek Holdings.

Homecoming 2005 - Invitation from XLRI

Please block your dates, make your travel reservations, and do plan to be at XLRI for the

Homecoming 2005
Nov 19-20 (Sat-Sun), 2005

I am sending this invitation on behalf of the collective comprising of the
- President, XLRI Alumni Association (Mr Bushen Raina, 73BME & MD, Tata Tinplate),
- President, XLRI Alumni Association - Jamshedpur Chapter (Mr Rana Sinha, 78BMD & MD Telcon), &
- Director, XLRI, Fr N Casimir Raj
...and yours truly;0)

... So please do plan to return to/revisit the roots: have a trip down the memory lane, network with those who passed through the same portals across batches, interact with the current batch and faculty (and old stalwarts in the mess, hostel and staff;0), discuss and participate in what XL and alumni need from - and can do for - each other, etc.... and of course, touch base with the alma mater (remember Bodhi Tree? Dadu's? Evening Dosawala? Enright Hall?;0)

The first Homecoming 2004 was organised last year, with reasonably favourable response from the alumni community... to be honest, we got the brainwave slightly late for many outstation alumni to plan to join in. The information also did not reach many... still, we had a gathering of around 80-100

That is why I am sending this advance invite - I will keep on updating you as the format of the two days gets finalised.

But please do plan to be here for the Homecoming!!

It will be great for all of us to have you here once again

Dr Madhukar Shukla
Alumni Coordinator &
Professor (OB & Strategic Management)
Jamshedpur (India) 831001

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Moving to Bombay

Hi all,

I'm moving to Bombay. Will be busy with shifting procedures for the next month or so. But hope to get settled down soon.

So if this blog looks unrefreshed for awhile, please excuse.


Venkatesan Chandramouli joining Cadbury's as director Strategy

A year after he brought the ONIDA DEVIL back on television screens, MIRC electronics Head of Marketing, Venkatesan Chandramouli, has gone soft. That is, he's quit MIRC(which markets ONIDA brand) and is joining Cadbury India as Director of Strategy, Innovations & International Business.

An alumnus of XLRI, the 37 year old played a key role in transforming MIRC from aaa color TV company to a multi-product marketer, besides re-launching MIRC's famous mascot, the ONIDA devil.

At Cadbury, Chandramouli's key challenge he says will be growing the chocolates business. "It's an under-penetrated product" he says. Dentists, rejoice.

- Business Today, June 5th

XLRI News (1) - June 14th, 2005 Update

- The XLRI@NETTECH Certification Program: XLRI, in association with NETTECH, concluded a 30-day summer course on Network Management (Linux Environment) on June 14th, 2005. The certification program was attended by 220 students, from around 20 engineering colleges from all over India. The program was coordinated by Prof Ashis Pani (Sytems Area, XLRI).

- Prof HK Pradhan, Finance Area, is proceeding on a one-year lien from the institute. Prof Pradhan will be taking up the assignment as Advisor (Debt Management & Fiscal Policy), Commonwealth Secretariat, London for the South-Pacific Region, and will be located in Fiji & London.

- Dr Rajiv Mishra joined XLRI as full-time faculty in Operations Management area.

- Dr Suma & Uday Damodaran joined XLRI as full-time faculty in Economics and Finance Areas, respectively. Prior to joining XLRI, they were teaching at IIM, Kozhikde. With their joining the Institute, XLRI has now 43 full-time faculty on rolls.

- Fr Paul J Fernandes, SJ, Finance Area (and also an alumnus of 1986 batch) has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Students's Affair, and will be in-charge of hostels and students' activities.

- New Names on Campus:
XL Campus buildings have finally acquired a name and identity:
Father Enright Men’s Residence (the Old Men's/Boy's Hostel - the "original" hostel)
Saint Thomas Men’s Residence (the new Hostel, till recently called GH-3)
Nilima Acharji Women’s Residence (the old Girls'/Ladies Hostel, next to Enright Hall)
Mother Teresa Women’s Residence (the New LH)
Father Prabhu Hall (the new name of the Examination Hall)
SC Sarkar Gymnasium (the new Gymnasium building, with indoor badminton court)

- GMP Convocation:
The 4th Batch of 1-Year Full-Time General Management Program (Executive MBA) for practicing executives convocated on May 3rd, 2005.

- Preparatory Program for 2007 batch:
Since last year, XLRI had started a 10-day optional preparatory program for the incoming students to help them inducted, settle down and gell as a batch. Like last year, this year also more than 150 students (out of a PM/BM combined batch of 180+) have opted to attend. The program starts of June 15th.

- The regular teaching term will start from June 27th.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

A GG report from xlbang

It was time for the XLers in Bangalore to party on the 28th of May, and party they did !!
All the 270 of them and the 50 family and friends who turned up ! They burned up the dance floor and relived old memories as the drizzling Bangalore summer shower and cool breeze was the time for XLers from the 70s to the 2000s to reach out across 4 decades.

The chief guest for the meet was the XL Director Fr. Casimir Raj, SJ who spoke about the "alumni homecoming" at Jampot every year and invited the alumni to participate in this year's homecoming!

Other guests from Jampot were XLer of the 77 batch and current IR Prof Pranabesh Ray (aka "Pray"!) and the current head of the Jampot Alumni Association, Mr. Rana Sinha!

Our thanks go to the current batch of 2006 XLers doing their summers for their unbridled enthu and fight to make this meet a resounding success! The XLBang Alumni Committee would specially like to acknowlege the efforts that Desmond, Dhananjay, Surya S, and Vijay put in - three cheers to them! From the alumni side awesome effort was put in by Titto, S Suryanarayan and Kuru (but, of course!). XL kids, Nikhil, Nisha, Krishna, Lester, Rahul, & Rhea helped us out with the registrations. And a big thanks to Angira for the pics (we're waaaaitinggg...)

The XL Alumni Comm also gave Rs.13,001 to Satish Venkatachaliah's Round Table as our annual contribution to a worthy cause.

Cheers to Panna & Nash (of BM 96)for winning the "much coveted" hamper for the first couple to dance.

And we would like to thank our sponsors who made the drinks, entry and dinner all economical for all of us! They are:

National Sponsors
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Principal Sponsors
Allegro Capital Advisors

Diamond Sponsors
Adecco People One

Gold Sponsors
Eicher Consultancy Services(ECS)
SAP Labs
Fortuna Consultants

Liquor & Beverages Sponsors

Batter Fried Prawns Sponsor (and were they yummy!!)
Pure Waterhouse (David D'Costa from the 1976 batch)

Gift Sponsors
Metro Cash & Carry
Indus League
Fortuna Consultants (Harinarayan of the '74 batch)

Media sponsors
Business Standard

The pens from Fortuna were much sought after as were Indus-League's T Shirts for the event (designed by Zameer!) which were a big hit and were sold out by midnight (if you have an extra t shirt pleeeze pass it on to me !)

Thanks are also due to Bob Punch who came down to MC for the meet all the way from Kolkata ! (sorry Kolkata, your loss!) and Anuja Singh who conducted the "make the mummy" game for the kids (no, not what you are thinking about !)

Lots of people turned up and some prominent XLers were N Krishnkumar (KK), Bijou Kurien (also the president/COO of the XLBang Alumni), Bharti & Jacob Kurian, John Idicula (Treasurer of the XLBang Alumni), Mervyn Raphael, Prateik Kumar, Saji Zacharia, Ravi Parmeshwar, NS Muthu, Azfar Hussain, Satish Venkatachaliah, Vishy Shenoy (the Biryani Merchant!) amongst others.

Some conversation pieces that were picked up by our undercover journalists:

"Do you really think I should invest in commodities....what should I do with my shares in the tech sector...?"
"Oh my god, how she's changed, she was such a nerd in XL, and just look at her now...! wow !"
"Since when have you been in Bangalore?? Seven months? And you haven't bothered to contact me??"
"Hmpfh, my batchmates never turn up for the alumi meet....idiots !!"
"So are you really looking out for Branding people for your company....wellll...I've got 3 years experience in sales and one year in Industrial marketing...could we meet sometime next week...? What's your cell number ?"
..."yaar, mujhe koi naukri dila de re...xljobs mein mere liye kuch nahin aata"
"I'm looking for guest lecturers to address my students...can you spare 1 hour in a month..?"

....till next year folks !

Gautam Ghosh

(P.S. This was my last report for the XLBang alumni ...Hyderabad, here I come !)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

FromMD(India) to Head (Asia-Pacific) - CVL Srinivas (93BMD )

CVL Srinivas, who is the managing director of Maxus India, will now also look after the agency's operations across the Asia-Pacific.

CVL Srinivas (93BMD - Maxi Secy, too!!)

Speaking to agencyfaqs! from Bangkok, where he is at the moment on a trip, Srinivas delineates his role. “My responsibilities would entail building the Maxus brand across the region. I will be working with the heads of the agency at various offices in APAC to further this objective.”

With blue chip clients such as Titan, Britannia, Hero Honda, Hutch, Walt Disney, Pidilite, Tata Motors (Maxus handles the SUV business) etc on its rolls, Maxus is a strong entity in India.

...“There are markets, however, where operations are not as large as in India, and I would concentrate my attention in these areas. Overall, growing the business in the region through new and existing clients is part of my responsibility,” says Srinivas, who will be based in India.

A mechanical engineer from BITS, Pilani with a management degree from XLRI, Srinivas took charge of Maxus India early 2004 after Bashab Sarkar, the erstwhile head of the agency, put in his papers the year before.

Prior to heading Maxus, Srinivas was the COO, north & south at Madison Media – an agency he joined in mid-1998.

He was part of the start-up team that set up Fulcrum in 1995, and spent a year before that at Lowe (then Lintas) working largely on brand Brooke Bond.


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