Amar Babu takes over Lenovo APAC Leadership

Amar Babu ( BM 1989)

Lenovo has appointed Amar Babu to succeed Ken Wong as the company?s Asia Pacific region leader. Babu is moving from the position of services and operations leader in the intelligent devices group to take over from Wong who is headed into the role of solutions and services group president. Based in Mumbai, Babu will oversee Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and India / South Asia.  He was the Lenovo Asia Pacific vice president and chief operating officer for three years, and prior to that was managing director for India and South Asia starting from 2007.  In his services and operations role, Babu was responsible for delivering PC, smart devices, mobile business and data centre group across North America, Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America. As the India MD he helped grow Lenovo?s PC market share from 8% to 20% in less than a decade. Prior to Lenovo, Amar worked at several leading Indian and global corporations, including Citibank, Idea Cellular, HCL Information Systems, and intel.  He has been a key figure in the Indian IT industry and was a member of the Manufacturer?s Association for IT (MAIT), where he served on its executive committee for three years, and worked closely with the government to create policies and initiatives to accelerate India?s digital transformation. He also serves on Lenovo?s diversity and inclusion board.

Mr. Ashish Mittal, a 2011 HR batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , has been recently appointed as the Head of People Function (HR) at Aviva .

(PMIR - 2011)

We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Ashish Mittal, a 2011 HR batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , has been recently appointed as the Head of People Function (HR) at Aviva . Mr. Ashish Mittal is a seasoned HR professional with over 12 years of overall experience in companies like Bank of America, Microsoft and Aviva India. In his journey at Aviva since 2013 he has covered a broad spectrum of roles and has played a key role in strengthening the strategic business goals of the organization by ?partnering? with teams for building efficient & effective HR practices. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him from the entire XLRI family.

Mr. Manish Kalra has been appointed as the Chief Business Officer, at ZEE5 .

(BM - 2001 )

We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Manish Kalra, a 2001 BM batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , has been appointed as the Chief Business Officer, at ZEE5 . In his new role, he will be responsible for overall AVOD business, developing the platform and content marketing strategy, including, strategy for user acquisition and retention campaigns, partnerships and alliances for distribution and consumption of the AVOD content on the platform, and driving overall growth. Over the last 10 years, he has taken up various leadership roles like CMO, CBO, and CEO in various online organisations like Amazon, , , and Homeshop18. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes from the entire XLRI family.

Mr. Vikram Sharma has been appointed as the Human Resource Director at JW Marriott Kolkata.

( PGCHRM-2020)

We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Vikram Sharma, an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus, PGCHRM Batch, has been appointed as the Human Resource Director at JW Marriott Kolkata. Using his vast experience and nifty managerial skills, Mr. Sharma has brought dynamic energy to JW Marriott Kolkata. He has fostered his talents by excelling in the fields of strategic recruitment planning, manpower resource deployment, compliance and documentation, and the likes. In his current stint with JW Marriott Kolkata, he is employing his gamut of expertise to administer recruitment, and strategic HRM, training and development accompanied by other administrative responsibilities. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes from the entire XLRI family.

We congratulate Mr. Chaitanya Peddi, a 2012 batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur .


We congratulate Mr. Chaitanya Peddi, a 2012 batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , for receiving a $15 million investment from Salesforce for his HR tech platform Darwinbox . Mr. Chaitanya Peddi co-founded Darwinbox and is currently head of product. Darwinbox is a technology company that provides cloud-based workforce management and analytics application for businesses. Prior to this, he worked as a senior consultant in Ernst&Young and a Product Development Analyst at Verizon. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him from the entire XLRI family.

KPMG India appoints Sunit Sinha as Head of People


NEW DELHI: KPMG India has appointed  Sunit Sinha  as Partner and Head of People, Performance and Culture (PPC). He will be based out of Gurugram. In his role, Sinha will lead KPMG in India?s human resources function which comprises talent management and  strategy , driving the people culture and professional development to further KPMG in India?s operations and growth, according to a statement. He has over 23 years of experience and comes with expertise in organizational strategy and transformation, human capital strategy and leadership development, organisation design, post-merger integration, culture transformation and HR transformation in a digital world.

Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, for joining the board of National Health Service (NHS) England.

(GMP- 1982)

We congratulate Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, a 1982 batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , for joining the board of National Health Service (NHS) England. Mr. Rakesh stepped down as the CEO of UK multinational consumer goods company, Reckitt Benckiser, in 2019 after being associated with the company for more than three decades. He looks forward to contributing to NHS's strategic agenda of providing high quality, affordable care to British people and tackling challenges posed by the current pandemic. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him from the entire XLRI family.

Ms. Tanya Naik, being appointed as the Head of Omnichannel at merchant eCommerce platform Pine Labs.


We feel incredibly proud to share the news of Ms. Tanya Naik, a 2008 BM batch alumna of XLRI Jamshedpur , being appointed as the Head of Omnichannel at merchant eCommerce platform Pine Labs. With more than a decade of experience in the banking and payments space, she has been a part of the founding team of PayPal in India. She has also served as the Vice President, India Solution Sales, Treasury, and Trade Solutions at Citi Bank India. She has worked in transaction banking, handled corporate and institutional banking, and has ensured seamless cross-trade payments across 100+ markets. Her overall experience in banking, partnerships, and pure-play fintech will play a critical role in expanding Pine Lab's omnichannel payments, services, and Pay Later EMI, says Nitish Asthana, President, and COO, Pine Labs. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to her from the entire XLRI family.

 Mr. Angira Agrawal, has been appointed as the COO, at Skylo Technologies.


We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Angira Agrawal, a 1996 BM batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur , has been appointed as the COO, at Skylo Technologies, the world?s first and most affordable end-to-end solution connecting machine and sensor data via satellite. In his new role, he will oversee all operations and customer-facing activities throughout the US, India and beyond, ensuring a positive customer experience during a period of rapid growth. He joined Skylo from Vodafone Idea, where he served as head of the enterprise business for the North and East of India. He is passionate about how technology can disruptively create and improve new economies, while impacting society for the better.

Madan Pillutla named Dean of Indian School of Business


Hyderabad:  The Indian School of Business (ISB) announced the appointment of Professor Madan Pillutla as its sixth dean. Prof Pillutla is a globally renowned management academician and leader in the field of organisational behaviour, currently at London Business School (LBS). He will succeed the dean Rajendra Srivastava and will formally take over on July 1, 2021. A visiting faculty member at ISB since its founding, professor Pillutla currently serves as a professor of Organisational Behaviour, a department he chaired in the past, at LBS. Having served as the deputy dean of Faculty, Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Committee, and the Faculty Representative on the Governing Body of LBS, he brings extensive administrative experience. ?Madan?s appointment comes at a transformative phase for ISB. In the nearly 20 years of our existence, successive generations of very capable deans have built the school to its current pre-eminence and we are excited about the important role ISB will continue to play in business education in India and internationally. In Madan, we are fortunate to find the combination of academic excellence, deep administrative expertise and, importantly, someone who is familiar with the unique culture of ISB,? said Harish Manwani, chairperson, ISB Executive Board. ?At LBS, he has a proven track record of delivering important outcomes which include improved research productivity and increased gender diversity that are equally important to ISB?s future progress. He holds a distinctive vision for the institution, and we are certain that he will take ISB to new heights,? he added. Dean Rajendra Srivastava added, ?I am excited to hand over the baton to Madan and believe that the school will see tremendous progress with him as dean. We have worked closely together over the last 20 years and I look forward to continue working with him as I transition into a faculty role as the Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation over the next few months.? Prior to LBS, Prof Pillutla taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a highly acclaimed institution of higher education in Asia. He holds a doctorate in Organisational Behaviour from the University of British Columbia, a master?s in Business Analytics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and a post-graduate diploma in Management from the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur which conferred upon him a distinguished alumnus award in 2019. Commenting on his appointment, Prof Pillutla adds, ?It is a privilege to be selected as the Dean of ISB. It is particularly special to lead an institution that I have been associated with since its inception. ISB has gained a position of pre-eminence on the strength of its excellent faculty and students. As business education transforms globally and in India, I am excited about the opportunities for ISB to set new benchmarks for others to follow.?

Sameer Nagarajan, Global President- HR at Cadila Pharmaceuticals


We feel immensely proud to share the news of Mr. Sameer Nagarajan, a 1988 HRM batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, being appointed as the Global President- HR at Cadila Pharmaceuticals. Having worked at Ciba-Geigy and Microland, A F Ferguson & Co, Hindustan Unilever Limited, and Dabur, he has transformed the nature of engagement with the blue-collar workforce and led to significant organizational growth internationally. A passionate believer in professional development, he is also a qualified MBTI facilitator and pursues his applied behavioral science interests. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to him from the entire XLRI family.

Krish Shankar, Group Head, Human Resources at Infosys.


We are immensely proud to announce that Mr. Krish Shankar, Group Head, Human Resources at Infosys , also the Hon. President of National HRD Network, India, and a 1984 PGDHRM batch alum of XLRI Jamshedpur , has been felicitated with the HR Lifetime Achievement Award, at The Great Manager Awards by The Economic Times. Mr. Shankar has over 30 years of experience and has led several global HR functions in organizations like Bharti Airtel, Hindustan Unilever, and Unilever. Prior to joining Infosys, he was the Head of HR for South Asia at Philips. In his wide-ranging experience in these organizations, he has led the transformation of HR into a strategic partner, facilitated organization-wide transformation and capability development, and was instrumental in building a strong talent pool through a series of leadership development initiatives.  We extend our heartiest congratulations to him and wish him all the luck for his future endeavours, from the entire XLRI Family!

Sandeep Kataria becomes first Indian to be appointed as Global CEO of Bata.


We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Sandeep Kataria becomes the first Indian to be appointed as the global CEO of  Bata  Group A 1993 BM batch alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur , he was previously the CEO of Bata India Limited. With 24 years of experience at Unilever, Yum! Brands, and Vodafone in India and Europe before joining Bata India as CEO in 2017, he has been directly involved in leading businesses and powerhouse brands that command impressive consumer following and extensive global reach. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes from the entire XLRI family!

Educational Initiatives Appoints Poornima S P as VP - Human Resources

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Poornima specializes in Talent Attraction, Talent Management, and Employee Engagement.

Educational Initiatives (EI), edtech company, announced the appointment of Poornima S P as its Vice President of Human Resources. As part of the senior management team of Educational Initiatives, Poornima will be responsible to design and implement holistic HR policies to meet short & long-term business requirements, focusing on talent management and development, managerial and leadership capability development, and domain-oriented expertise. An alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur, Poornima specialises in Talent Attraction, Talent Management and Employee Engagement. A large part of Poornima?s career spanning over two decades, was with Tejas Networks focusing on organisation effectiveness, operational excellence, and driving HR programmes. Poornima?s earlier stints were with Cisco and Intuit in their formative years in India. Prior to joining EI, Poornima worked as a Senior HR Consultant with Rapido. Speaking on Poornima?s appointment, Srini Raghavan, Co-Founder and CEO, Educational Initiatives said, ??I am pleased to welcome Poornima as part of our senior management team. Poornima?s extensive expertise in the human resources domain will play a critical role in shaping EI?s 21st Century culture mindset and establishing a strong foundation to drive productivity through effective resource planning. I look forward to Poornima strengthening the people strategy at EI as we continue to position ourselves to lead an exciting industry transformation.? Commenting on her new role, Poornima said, ?Educational Initiatives is a pioneer in the edtech sector and I am excited to work with a highly committed team. I am eager to build a strong pipeline of inspired and passionate individuals capable of supporting the demanding and ever evolving dynamics of the K-12 business ecosystem.? As a leader in the K-12 education space, EI leverages cutting-edge research along with tech-based solutions to revolutionise the way children learn. Poornima?s hiring will further help EI fulfil its vision of creating a world where children everywhere learn with understanding.

Xlers in the news! We are incredibly proud to share that Mr. Ashutosh Taparia, a 2009 BM batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, has been appointed as the Managing Director ? Client Coverage, at CredAble,


In his new role, he will be responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for the Platform business across India. A conversant Trade and Supply Chain Finance professional,  he?s worked across a diverse range of corporates, commodities, and markets within India during his eleven-year illustrious career in the banking industry at HSBC. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes from the entire XLRI family.CredAble, a FinTech company that is transforming supply chain finance with its various technology-enabled funding programs for stakeholders in corporate supply chains announced the welcoming of Mr. Ashutosh Taparia as Managing Director ? Client Coverage. In his role; Taparia is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for the Platform business across India to which he says, ?the role of FinTech has gained even larger importance and CredAble is truly transforming supply chain financing with increased impetus for adequate capital and flexibility, to deliver value and growth. I am delighted to join CredAble and our mantra is to keep it simple ? ?Ask, Listen, Solve? as we decipher complex problems and deliver simple tech-enabled solutions.? Mr. Taparia is a conversant Trade and Supply Chain Finance professional, working across diverse range of corporates, commodities and markets within India. Until recently, he was SVP and Head Business Development, South India for HSBC. During his eleven-year career in the banking industry, he held several leadership roles like VP Business Development and SVP Business Development and has also worked with Accenture for a brief period. ?I am elated to welcome Ashutosh as Managing Director ? Client Coverage of the company. As a professional Ashutosh has a penchant for problem-solving and relishes building relationships ? both of which are his primary drivers for motivation.  We believe that Ashutosh will prove to be an asset to the company to help it grow further,? said Mr. Nirav Choksi, CEO & Co-Founder, CredAble on Mr. Taparia?s appointment. Highlighting on the changing scenario of the supply chain management, Mr. Taparia mentioned, ?The pandemic has ?compelled? organizations to re-think and re-strategize their supply chain management which is resulting in processes & policies being implemented, aiming to build resilience within the ecosystem. Never has the importance of suppliers being paid early been as important for a company as extending their payment liability, as we see it today.? Mr. Ashutosh Taparia is an alumnus XLRI, Jamshedpur & SRCC, DU and semi-qualified CFA & CA (CFA L2 & CA PEII). On the personal front, Ashutosh is an avid cricket enthusiast, watching as well as playing and can spend hours re-visiting old India wins, over and over again! He lives by the motto ? work hard and laze harder!

Retailers Association of India Onboards Bijou Kurien as Chairman

(BM 1981)

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Bijou Kurien has been associated with the growth of Indian retail for over 35 years. The Board of Directors of Retailers Association of India (RAI), at its meeting on 30 September 2020, appointed Bijou Kurien, Independent Consultant and Member - Strategic Advisory Board, L Catterton Asia (a part of the LVMH Group)  as the Chairman and Kulin Lalbhai , ED, Arvind Ltd. as the Vice Chairman of RAI. Over the 15 years since inception, B S Nagesh had lead RAI as the founding chairman. He has been instrumental in bringing all modern retailers in India together to mutually benefit and grow the industry. In his role as the Chairman, he helped lay the foundation for an integrated cohesive industry that sticks together through thick and thin. Speaking about the new appointments BS Nagesh said,  ?We have decided to hand over the reins of RAI to new hands.  This combination of Bijou as the Chairman, Kulin as the Vice Chairman and Kumar Rajagopalan as the CEO will add tremendously to the work already been done in the industry during COVID-19 times. With Kulin joining, we get a young leader with omni experience who represents the second generation of businesses.? An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Mr. Bijou Kurien has been associated with the growth of Indian retail for over 35 years. After earning his spurs at Hindustan Unilever Ltd., he joined the founding team at Titan Industries, where he helped build powerful brands in the Watch and Jewellery Industry like Titan, Fastrack, Sonata, Tanishq etc.. He helped create India?s largest exclusive brand retail chain. During his stint with Reliance Retail, he was at the forefront of one of the most ambitious retail ventures ever which dramatically transformed the Indian retail landscape. Currently, he is an independent consultant and member of the Strategic Advisory Board of L Catterton Asia (a part of the LVMH Group). An Independent Director on several listed and unlisted companies, he advises select consumer product companies and mentors a few start-ups. Mr. Kulin Lalbhai is the Director at Arvind Fashions and Executive Director at Arvind Limited, where he drives new initiatives at the consumer businesses of the group. He has been instrumental in setting up several new retail concepts and also spearheads the group?s digital initiatives. He also plays an active role in the overall Corporate Strategy. Kulin holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Stanford University. Prior to his current role, he has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

XLRI Jamshedpur to mentor India?s First ?Robotics Technology Park?


Jamshedpur, Sept. 25:  In order to give thrust to ?Digital India?, ?Aatma Nirbhar Bharat? and ?Make in India? initiatives of Govt. of India, the first ?Robotics Technology Park? of India is getting setup at Greater Noida, NCR Delhi under a special ?MoU? done with state Govt. of U.P., where research firm ?Innogress? is promoter of this project. Recently Innogress has invited top most B-School of India XLRI, Jamshedpur to mentor its ?Greater Noida Robotics Technology Park? (GNRTP) project, which is going to be first ?AI? (Artificial Intelligence) and Robotics Technology focused Tech. Park in India and South East Asia. While accepting Mentorship and Advisory Board invitation for ?Greater Noida Robotics Technology Park?, Dean (Academics) and Professor Information Systems of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Dr. Ashis K. Pani said ?XLRI has been always in driving seat for technology and innovation led growth of our country, with taking up advisor and mentorship of this unique Greater Noida Robotics Technology Park Project, we at XLRI have demonstrated our commitment to help Indian industries to foster innovation and economic growth by guiding through competency development in High Tech and emerging Tech. areas like ?AI? and Robotics?. Dr. Pani further said ?I shall be personally mentoring ?GNRTP? for ?AI? Technology Ecosystem Development and its Management, creating one of the largest co-located market place for ?AI? and Robotics Technology at NCR Delhi?. ?We at XLRI always remined a pioneering thought leader in Digital and ?AI? Tech. space, and our Research experience at XLRI on evolution of Digital and ?AI? Tech. led market and economic development is going to help India and state of U.P. in particular to foster innovation led growth by guiding implementation of Greater Noida Robotics Technology Park. It is a matter of great satisfaction that one of our XLRI Alumni, Sumant Parimal , is promoting this Tech. Park, which itself demonstrates how seriously our students gets motivated during their study at XLRI to bring innovation led growth in national and international economy ?,  Dr. A.K. Pani adds further. Welcoming XLRI?s Dean decision to join ?Advisory Board? of ?GNRTP?, GNRTP Promoter and Partner and Chief Analyst of Innogress Sumant Parimal said ?Prof. A. K. Pani and his team at XLRI have guided many industries in High Tech. space, and pioneered in inculcating innovative thought leadership in its students through various electives and courses based on emerging innovations and Technologies, which ultimately becomes driving force for promoting such a path breaking project like ?GNRTP?. So, I attribute such an unique project concept, which is first of its kind in India, to the initial learning happened at XLRI ?. ?I am excited to get mentorship of XLRI again with an intent to build a World Class Robotics Technology Park having Innovation CoE (Center of Excellence), R&D, Design, Engineering, Testing to Manufacturing facilities for Robotics and ?AI? at Greater Noida, UP, in NCR Delhi region with an objective of creating a largest Co-Located Market Place in Robotics and ?AI? based Tech., Products, Solutions, Services in India ?, Sumant Parimal adds further. ?When the World is looking for an alternative manufacturing and supply chain base out of China, India is emerging as one of the preferred investment and manufacturing to supply chain hub destination, and Greater Noida Robotics Technology Park is true demonstration of commitment of India to become global technology to manufacturing to supply chain hub? Sumant said. Now ?GNRTP? project is open for receiving interest of national and international investors for investing in this strategic project through equity route. ?GNRTP? is also open for receiving interest from potential technology partners in ?AI? and Robotics space for joint ventures. Through ?GNRTP? Project, Innogress targets to create 2% to 5% of the Robotics and ?AI? Global industry market size in its proposed ?GNRTP? ecosystem at Gr. Noida with yearly trade output value potentials up to $10 B in collaboration with partners and Tech. vendors.

Positive Impact Rating 2020: IIM Bangalore, XLRI Among Top 30 Global Business Schools

The Positive Impact Rating features 30 leading schools that have performed well in this student rating.

New Delhi:   Two Indian Business schools, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and  XLRI - Xavier School of Management, have been featured in the first edition of Positive Impact Rating 2020, launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The two Indian Business schools have been listed along with top management institutes in the likes of London Business School (UK), Esade Business School (Spain), Eada Business School Barcelona (Spain) and Edhec Business School (France). IIM Bangalore  has been featured in the level 4 (Transforming schools) while XLRI found its place in level 3 (Progressing schools) of the rating. The purpose of this Positive Impact Rating 2020 is to measure how business schools contribute to solving societal challenges by energizing the school and its culture, by educating current and future leaders, by providing relevant research results and offers for continuing education, by participating in the public debate and by being a role model institution.  In this first edition of the Positive Impact Rating, which is, according to the officials, a new rating conducted by students and for students, it sets out to learn from a varied set of top schools around the world. The Positive Impact Rating features 30 leading schools that have performed well in this student rating.

IIFL Wealth elevates Ronak Sheth (PGCBM 2005) as Senior Partner & Head Marketing

(PGCBM 2005)

IIFL Wealth, Indian wealth management company has elevated Ronak Sheth (PGCBM 2005) as Senior Partner, Head Marketing. Earlier he was the Partner & Head - Client Experience with IIFL. Ronak joined IIFL in 2009 as AVP - Learning & Development. He will be based out of Mumbai office. Prior to IIFL, Ronak and was working with Next Link as head - market & brand development for around and also an  an alumnus of XLRI.

Muthukrishnan Ravi (BM 1986)  reappointed as Managing Director, Manali Petrochemicals Limited and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Petrochemical Division of AM International Holdings Privat

(BM 1986)

The board of Manali Petrochemicals Limited has reappointed Mr. Muthukrishnan Ravi (BM 1984-86 Batch - XLRI) as Managing Director, Manali Petrochemicals Limited and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Petrochemical Division of AM International Holdings Private Limited, Singapore for a further period of 3 years commencing July 2020. For more than 10 years Mr. Muthukrishnan Ravi is associated with AM International Holding Pvt Ltd as Chief Executive Officer, Petrochemical Business and Managing Director of Manali Petrochemicals Limited. For more than 10 years Mr. Muthukrishnan Ravi is associated with AM International Holding Pvt Ltd as Chief Executive Officer, Petrochemical Business and Managing Director of Manali Petrochemicals Limited.

Swaminathan Subramanian Joins Sterlite Power as Group CHRO

(PMIR 1998)

Sterlite Power, a global power transmission player, today announced the appointment of Mr. Swaminathan Subramanian as the Group Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) of the company. In his role, Swaminathan will be responsible for leading the HR function across India and Brazil. Swaminathan has more than 22 years of experience working across domains like Consulting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Compensation & Benefits and HR Governance with an in-depth exposure to markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East. He has worked with renowned firms like Standard Chartered, Barclays, JP Morgan and Fullerton. Prior to joining Sterlite Power, Subramanian was associated with Reliance Capital as Chief People Officer for Financial Services business of the ADAG Group. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Pratik Agarwal, Managing Director, Sterlite Power, said, ?We have grown rapidly in the last few years and I am delighted that Swami has joined us as Group Chief Human Resource Officer to steer this strategic function. His strong track record will help us strengthen our culture and attract future ready talent.? Mr. Swaminathan Subramaniam, Group CHRO, Sterlite Power, added, ?I am excited to join Sterlite Power, which has Social Impact underpinning its strategy, Innovation as a way of life and Talent as a key stakeholder shaping its journey. I look forward to working with the leadership team to deliver a meaningful employee experience.? Swaminathan holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and an MBA in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur.

XLRI Features in Global Top Thirty List for Positive Impact


XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur have been ranked among top thirty global business schools in the first edition of Positive Impact Rating (PIR) 2020. The rating was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The rating is done by students and for students. An official release from PIR said it is the first time that students around the world assessed their business schools on how they perceive their positive impact in the world. The two Indian schools have featured alongside other premier management institutions in US, Canada and Europe. "The purpose of this PIR 2020 is to measure how business schools contribute to solving societal challenges by energizing the school and its culture, by educating current and future leaders, by providing relevant research results and offers for continuing education, by participating in the public debate and by being a role model institution," XLRI, Xavier School of Management said in a release. Under the rating process the impact of business schools is measured in three areas (energizing, educating, and engaging) which are further divided into seven other dimensions. These dimensions include assessing the programs offered and the learning methods used, and how students actively engage. It assesses a school?s culture and governance, which are predictors for becoming a positive impact school. Fr. P. Christie S.J., Director, XLRI - Xavier School of Management commented, ?We are happy to see that XLRI has featured in the list of 30 leading Global Business Schools in the First Edition of Positive Impact Report 2020. This PIR rating would inspire us to work more diligently towards attaining our vision and mission."

Aloke Paskar Appointed JKTechnosoft President & CEO

(BM 1986)

Noida-based global software solutions provider  JK Technosoft Ltd  has appointed  Aloke Paskar  as the President and Chief Executive officer of the company. He will be responsible for the overall functioning of the company and will report to the Board of Directors.Having more than three decades of experience, Paskar?s expertise lies in P&L management, business operations, business transformation, and global delivery management across the USA, UK/Europe, APAC, Middle East, and Latin America. Holding a graduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier?s College, Kolkata and Post Graduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur, in his long-standing career Paskar has been associated with world-renowned organisations like HCL, NIIT,  Capgemini , TEOCO and was also the co-founder of TechSpan/Head strong. ?I?m delighted to join  JK Technosoft  at an exciting time in the industry where changing business environment, demands transformation both for our customers and ourselves. With a long history and strong financial foundation, JK Technosoft is poised to bring new-era business solutions to our customers and become a leader in our chosen segments. We have invested in the right direction and I?m looking forward to working with our customers and our exceptional team to build customer-centric partnerships over the coming years,? Paskar was quoted as saying in an official press communique.

Raghu Reddy appointed as the Chief Business Officer (CBO) by  Xiaomi India .

(BM 2008)

# XLerInNews We are excited to share that Mr. Raghu Reddy, a 2008 batch alumnus, has been appointed as the Chief Business Officer (CBO) by  Xiaomi India . Our many congratulations to him, and best wishes for all his endeavors! # AlumniPride   # XLRI   # XLMJ

Sridhar Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of ACC Limited .

(BM 1994)

We are happy to share that Sridhar Balakrishnan , a 1994 Batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur has been appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of ACC Limited . Mr. Sridhar has a rich and diverse experience of working across the construction products, media and FMCG industries at senior leadership levels. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at ACC. Our congratulations and best wishes for this new role and the journey ahead! hashtag # XLRI hashtag # alumnipride hashtag # CEO hashtag # BusinessLeaders

Deepak Hota  conferred with "Most Admired Leader"by IIPA and FEIL

(BM 1983)

We are excited to share that Deepak Hota , a 1983 batch alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur has been conferred with 'Most Admired Leader' award by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL). Mr. Deepak is the Chairman and Managing Director of BEML LTD. and this award has been presented for his outstanding contribution as a leader focused on developing people and organisational capability. Our many congratulations to him, and best wishes for all his endeavors!

Sumant Parimal, Tops an online competition conducted by the Forbes  magazine for IT professionals and AI experts

(GMP 2005)

XLers in news! Sumant Parimal, a GMP alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur , of the 2004-05 batch, has emerged at the top in an online competition conducted by the  Forbes  magazine for IT professionals and AI experts from around the world. Mr. Parimal is the founder and Chief Analyst at 'Stark Consulting Services Inc- Our Brand: 5 Jewels Research', a niche research analyst and consulting firm. Our congratul ations and best wishes! education-today/news/story/ bihar-s-sumant-parimal-wins -forbes-online-competition -becomes-only-indian-to-wi n-1634409-2020-01-06  alumnipride   alumni   XLRI   XLersInNews

Manish Bhandari  has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at GE Current

(PMIR 1992)

XLers in News! We are excited to share that Manish Bhandari, a 1992 batch alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur , has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at  GE Current, a Daintree company . Mr. Bhandari has several years of rich experience in the digital-ready energy and infrastructure management space and was group president for the discrete & industrial portfolio of businesses at Emerson prior to  this. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from  INSEAD . Our hearty congratulations, and best wishes for all his endeavors! https:// home/20191211005504/en/ GE-Current-Daintree-company -Appoints-Manish-Bhandari  XLRI   #alumnipride   CEO

Paytm Appoints Rohit Thakur as  Chief Human Resources Officer 

(PMIR 1993)

We are happy to learn that Rohit Thakur, a 1993 batch alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur  has taken on a new role as the Chief Human Resources Officer at  Paytm . Rohit is a seasoned HR professional with more than 26 years of experience across industries like Technology, Consumer, and Energy. Before joining Paytm, he was associated with  Accenture in India  as the Head of HR. We wish him the best in this new role and all of his endeavors!  XLRI     CHRO     Paytm      HR      alumnipride

Gates Foundation appoints Hari Menon as Country Director for India

(BM 1996)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed Hari Menon as the Country Director for India Menon takes over from Nachiket Mor, who held the position for the past three years and resigned last month to return to his prior work as a donor and investor in India's development sector, the foundation said in a statement. In his new role, Menon will oversee the foundation's priorities in India to improve conditions of family health, sanitation, digital financial inclusion, agriculture, and gender equality, it added.  "India has made tremendous progress on expanding access to health coverage, good nutrition, safe sanitation, digital financial services, agricultural productivity, and women's economic empowerment.  "We look forward to supporting these initiatives through our technical and global expertise, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life," Menon said.  Currently, Menon is Director, Global Program Advocacy & Communications, based out of the foundation's headquarters in Seattle. He holds a graduate degree in business management from XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering & Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. 

Anand Nayak Appointed as an Additional Director in the Board of ITC Limited

(PMIR 1973)

The Board of Directors of ITC Ltd appointed Anand Nayak as Additional Directors also as Independent Directors of the Company   Mr. Anand Nayak is a Post Graduate in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur from where he graduated in 1973. He joined ITC Limited in the same year and served the Company for more than 42 years until his retirement in December 2015.  During his long tenure with lTC, he held various portfolios and worked across several businesses as well as at Corporate Headquarters where he headed the Human Resources Function from 1996 to 2015. He also served on the Corporate Management Committee of ITC for over 18 years from 1997 to 2015.

Global Customer Data Science Firm Dunnhumby names Manoj Madhusudanan as Head of India

(BM 2000) 

London headquartered dunnhumby, the global leader in Customer Data Science, announced today the appointment of Manoj Madhusudanan as Head of India. Manoj will focus on ensuring that dunnhumby India operates successfully as a key strategic location for dunnhumby and its clients.  Prior to this, Manoj spent three years in London as the Managing Director for InsightBee by Evalueserve, a Cloud-based business research platform that successfully merges skills from research team members located around the globe ? which he led from concept to commercial reality.  Manoj has also served as the Global Head of Operations for Evalueserve?s Corporate and Professional Services Business Unit, responsible for global operations across five continents, overseeing a 700-person research team. Prior to Evalueserve, Manoj was a management consultant with Accenture. ?I am thrilled to begin my new role as Head of India,? said Manoj. ?dunnhumby is an exciting company that is changing the game in Customer Data Science, and it?s an honour to have the opportunity to work with such a brilliant team that has great passion to excel.?

Lenovo India appoints Ashok Nair as the Director for India Service Operations

(BM  1994)

Lenovo India announced the appointment of Ashok Nair as the Director for India Service Operations. Ashok Nair holds a bachelor?s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Surathkal and a post-graduation in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Ashok will report to Alex Fu, Executive Director of Asia Pacific services and work alongside Rahul Agarwal, Managing Director & CEO-Lenovo India. He will be responsible for leading the growth strategy to make Lenovo, India the ?Best in class? within the IT service industry. Ashok will focus on driving sustainable, profitable means across multiple routes-to-market and on making Lenovo services a key differentiator in the market. He has a large breadth of experience in sales and marketing across industries such as Consumer products, IT, Telecom and Internet. Ashok comes with over two decades of experience in increasing brand and presence for consumer-focused businesses in India and South Asia, across IT businesses like Intel as well as new-age businesses in educational technology. His previous stint was with Math Adventures where he was responsible for leading New Business initiatives, organic and inorganic, which entailed extensive channel sales management, incubating the start-up business, and leading the innovation strategy. In his previous innings at Lenovo, he started as Director of Sales for India and Sri Lanka region, setting up a sustainable channel infrastructure for the PC business and closed his stint as the Director of SMB, delivering P&L objectives and growing volumes of sales across all business units.

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy Assumes charge as the first full time director of  IIM Amritsar: 

(PMIR 1986)

Professor Nagarajan Ramamoorthy has assumed charge as the first full time director at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar. In his earlier stints, he has worked with the Indian Airlines, Brakes India Limited of TVS group and Voltas Limited of Tata group. He has even taught at University of Maryland, Marymount University, and University of Houston-Victoria, according to a release shared by the institute.  He received his PG- Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur and Ph.D in business and management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business., University of Maryland, USA.  He has extensive international experience which include two Fulbright teaching and research scholarships to Bulgaria (University of National and World Economy, Sofia) & Latvia (University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera), Inter-Country exchange scholarship to Austria (University of Applied Sciences, St. Polten), among others. He has served on the Peer Review team for Fulbright council for three years in the USA. He has been on the editorial boards of several leading international journals.  

BW Businessworld has recognised Rekha Menon as the BW Most Influential Woman Of India

(PMIR 1981)

A thought leader, an active voice for social causes and an industry influencer, Rekha is responsible for forging and maintaining Accenture?s relationships with key external stakeholders. Some of her external positions include ? Nasscom?s National Executive Council, American Chamber of Commerce in India?s (Amcham) National Executive Board. She is also on the Board of Governors at XLRI School of Business. Rekha joined Accenture in 2004, and since then held several strategic and leadership roles - her last two roles were - as the lead for Geographic Operations for India, ASEAN and APAC Delivery centres, and Human Resources lead for Accenture?s Growth Markets. A gold medalist from the XLRI School of Business, she has more than 25 years of experience - as an entrepreneur at Talisma Corporation and Aditi Services; and on assignments with and on executive management teams of Levis, Cargill and Akzo Nobel. Rekha is actively engaged in Accenture's Inclusion and Diversity and Corporate Citizenship initiatives - an active advocate of giving back to society and improving the way the world lives, she champions her support for society through her association with not-for-profit organizations?Pratham Books and Akshara Foundation. A driving force behind Accenture?s social impact initiative under Skills to Succeed, by the end of 2020, Accenture will equip more than 3 million people globally with the skills to get a job or build a business, and through Tech4Good, we will continue to invest in technology innovation that makes a meaningful difference to the lives of the underprivileged.

Bimlendra Jha has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement

(BM 1995)

Bimlendra Jha has been appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cement with effect from March 1, 2019. At the company?s board meeting he has been inducted as an Additional Director and MD & CEO - Designate.Bimlendra Jha joins Ambuja Cement from Tata Steel Ltd. where he has spent nearly three decades of his career. Over the past six years, he has held multiple leadership roles including Executive Chairman Long Products Europe, Executive Director on the Board of Tata Steel Europe and CEO Tata Steel UK. He will look after operations in UK, Sweden, and Canada. He is a B. Tech in Ceramic Engineering from IIT Varanasi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Marketing and Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur.

ITC Ltd has elevated 46-year old Amitav Mukherji as Head of Corporate Human Resources

(PMIR 1995)

ITC Ltd has elevated 46-year old Amitav Mukherji as head of corporate human resources, continuing with its trend of appointing younger executives in leadership roles. Mukherji is succeeding R Sridhar who superannuated earlier this month. An ITC spokesperson confirmed the appointment. A lifer at the cigarette-to-biscuits company, Mukherji is an economics graduate and holds management degrees from XLRI , Jamshedpur , and Cornell University . He has cross-functional experience such as sales and brand management, and was head of HR of the foods business in his last role. He is also actively involved in designing and teaching at learning and development programmes at the corporate level.

How I survived cancer and built a business with grit and determination

(GMP 2009)

Ranjeet was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma says he survived because he decided to live every day and built a business with grit and determination. "I cannot thank my XLRI and NIFT batchmates enough for their contribution to my treatment. One of my batchmates sourced a medicine which was not available in India. It miraculously worked and here I am, six years later working. In the meanwhile, Team Pumpkin is now a 100+ team across Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru working with clients like Axis Bank, Big Bazaar, Big Basket, ITC, Coca-Cola and many more solving all their marketing problems.Apart from growing the company team wise and financially, we also decided to make Team Pumpkin an inclusive place"

London-based banking giant Barclays on Monday appointed Sandeep Das as Head  ?  India in private bank & overseas services

( BM 1991)

London-based banking giant Barclays on Monday appointed Sandeep Das as head of private clients ? India in private bank & overseas services, with effect from February 11, 2019.  Das has over 27 years of experience in private banking and in his previous role, he was the managing director of Standard Chartered Private Bank in India.  Karen Frank, chief executive officer, private banking and overseas services, Barclays said, ?Sandeep?s extensive experience will support our strategy and capitalise on the strengths and resources of the Barclays brand and global business.  His track record in private banking in India will enable us to expand and deepen our client relationships to deliver solutions from across Barclays International."  He started his banking career with ANZ Grindlays in 1991 and had held diverse roles across products, distribution and segments in his 27 years of his career.  Das graduated in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi in 1989 and followed by MBA from Xavier School of Management (XLRI) in 1991.

Microland  has appointed  Deepak Shetty  as the Chief People Officer

(PMIR  1994-96)

Microland  has appointed  Deepak Shetty  as the Chief People Officer, responsible for the Human resources function of the IT transformation company. Deepak is a HR veteran having led HR at  Philips Innovation Campus , and prior to that major stints at  Genpact  &  Hewlett-Packard . Deepak is a 1994-96 Alumnus of  XLRI Jamshedpur . 

HR veteran  Biplob Banerjee  has recently joined  Allied Blenders & Distillers as Chief People Officer

(PMIR  1994)

HR veteran  Biplob Banerjee  has recently joined  Allied Blenders & Distillers as Chief people Officer, leading HR Transformation in his new role. Bringing experience of more than 20 years in HR, Biplob has played pivotal role in developing HR functions across multiple organizations such as  PepsiCo India ,  General Electric  &  GlaxoSmithKline . In his last role as Executive Vice President at Jubilant India, Biplob created a stellar team working closely with indu stry leaders such as Ajay Kaul & Pratik Pota. Biplob is a 1994 batch PMIR Alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur. 

Zalora, one of Asia's largest One Fashion Destination, has appointed Gunjan Soni as its CEO

(BM  2001-03)

Zalora, one of Asia's largest One Fashion Destination, has appointed Gunjan Soni as its CEO. Soni would be joining the firm by early 2019. A seasoned professional, Soni was one of the youngest partners at McKinsey India and was later Executive VP, Strategy at Star India, eventually launching Hotstar. Soni then moved to Flipkart, foreseeing the growth of fashion in India and revived Myntra and Jabong successfully. Gunjan is a 2001-03 alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, and one of the  rising women leaders of XL. 

HDFC Bank  has appointed Vijay Razdan as the Chief Human Resources Officer

(PMIR 1986-88)

HDFC Bank  has announced Mr Vijay Razdan as the Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for the entire human resources function in the bank. An HR veteran of 30 years, Mr Razdan has varied experience across sectors such as FMCG, IT services and telecommunications. He has held leadership positions with marquee organisations such as ITC, HCL Technologies and Idea Cellular. Vijay Razdan is alumnus of XLRI having pursued the fabled PMIR course 1986-88.  

Purva Misra  appointed as the COO of India Today Media Institute

(PMIR 1997)

Purva Misra has been appointed as the COO of India Today Media Institute, a training institute to develop talent in the fields of PR, advertising and media management. Purva,a 1997 alumnus of   XLRI Jamshedpur   is the Group head HR of   India Today   group and will be taking this added responsibility of COO of India Today Media Institute.

Pope reappoints Guilherme Vaz (80PMIR)  as Member Of Vatican?s Laity Council

(PMIR 1980)

Pope Francis has reappointed  Mr. Guilherme Vaz (80PMIR), on the reconstituted and enlarged Vatican Pontifical Council for the Laity. The appointment of the Mr Guilherme Vaz, was announced on October 6th. For 10 years Vaz was member of the erstwhile, Pontifical Council first appointed by Pope Benedict XVI and continued under Pope Francis. In recognition for his exemplary service to the Universal Church and the International community, Mr Vaz was conferred with the Papal Honour of Knight of the order of St Gregory the Great in 2016. Mr Vaz worked for 23 years, in the TATA group, before taking up the present assignment.  Mr Vaz is also a member of the Bombay Archdiocesan Board of Education and an adviser to the Archbishop of Bombay on Educational matters. Read More :

Vikram Misri is India's next Ambassador to China

(BM 1986)

The Centre on Friday announced the appointment of India's current Ambassador to Myanmar, Vikram Misri, as the next Ambassador of India to the People's Republic of China. Misri is a career diplomat from the 1989 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, and has served in various capacities at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, in the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi and in various Indian Missions abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

Sandeep Bakhshi  Appointed as MD & CEO of ICICI Bank

(BM 1983)

XLRI Jamshedpur feels extremely proud as Mr. Sandeep Bakhshi  from the 1983 Batch of Business Management is appointed the MD & CEO of ICICI Bank. Mr. Bakhshi has been the managing director and CEO of  ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited . Prior to this role, he was the deputy managing director of ICICI Bank. In this role, he headed the retail and subsequently the wholesale business at the bank.

Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan  appointed  the President of the AMA Academic Council 

(BM 1990)

XLRI Jamshedpur congratulates Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan  on becoming the President of the AMA Academic Council from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. Prof. Vanitha Swaminathan , an XLRI Jamshedpur alumnus from the batch of 1990, is the Thomas Marshall Professor of Marketing in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia and joined the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in 2002. Her research interests lie in brand strategy and consumer-brand relationships  Read more at:

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XLRI holds 28 th  Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics


6 th  February 2021: XLRI- Xavier School of Management, one of India?s premier B-Schools, today hosted the 28 th  Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics on virtual mode.   This year, Fr. Stephan Rothlin, S.J., Ph.D., Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd delivered the oration. Fr Rothlin gave his speech on ?China The Emerging Superpower: The Ethical Underpinnings.?    Fr. Stephan Rothlin?s oration speech emphasized on the ethical perspectives and explained the key elements of business ethics, which he has been teaching in business schools in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Taiwan for the last 23 years that will allow business leaders and entrepreneurs to understand and embrace the challenge of moral leadership in business. He shared his insights about business ethics in China, like the increasing importance of the local Confusion culture and its values. Case studies should be used as the most effective pedagogy for business ethics. Business schools should combine both the wisdom and traditions of India and China to cultivate moral virtues. Talking about China?s dramatic economic transformation, he referred to the data from the 2019 & 2020 OECD economic survey and shared some outstanding figures vis-?-vis the growth of China.  The growth has slowed in the first half of 2020 but remains strong. China has managed to control Covid-19 pandemic and will remain the major driver of global growth, as is reflected by China?s significantly high GDP growth.   In his oration, he said, ?China witnessed enormous trade frictions, which hurt not only both sides but also the global economy. As per the figures of the OCED, when we have 25 % of tariffs on goods worth USD 50 billion is another key factor, the impact of this trade frictions shaving off ? percent of Chinese and US GDP and reduce world trade by 0.4% by 2020. Import volumes in both the countries decline by ? percent, and in the US, CPI inflation rise by 0.2 ppt in both 2019 and 2020 as a result of higher import prices due to tariffs. Other countries are negatively affected through declining trade growth, through in the longer term, benefit from an improved competitive position in the US market. The saving rate remains very high, even though it has decreased over the past decade. China as an emerging superpower intends to be a major player in taking responsibility for the environment?.   He observed,? China has made impressive gains claiming to have lifted 700 million people out of poverty in 40 years since the open door policy. China should be given credit for the alleviation of mass poverty and handling the COVID-19 crisis very well after initial failures. If China manages to opt for a more sustainable economic growth, it would significantly impact the world economy?.           He pointed out, ?I consider social business as a bridge between business and academia. India has made much progress in this area for many years. Original research on Chinese moral philosophy and its contribution to the interreligious dialogue on business ethics must be very concrete. We have to further push for original research on case studies emerging from Chinese and Asian business experiences. The common complaint is that the case studies from the business schools are still too reliant on American and European case studies. We have to develop online resource distribution further?.    While presenting several case studies focusing on the importance of Business Ethics, Dr. Rothlin, in one of the case studies, weighs ?Business ethics and the sciences? and referred to the lesson from Sanlu?s Melamine ?Tainted milk crisis in China. Since science is reality-based, a business must be reality-based as well, and he said, ?The Covid -19 crisis certainly pushed us to take sciences more seriously. Failure to observe the scientific specification associated with companies' goods may result in serious harm not only to the customers of such products but also to the firm itself and its leadership.  Sanlu?s tainted milk crisis has a devastating effect until now, and the Chinese are very skeptical about consuming their own products. So if everyone cheats, then there is no advantage to be gained by cheating. Just as lying destroys trust in personal relationships, so fraud destroys trust in businesses?.   In his welcome address, Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI said, ?Globalization has further enhanced the importance of ethical, moral compass in business. Globalization means that business strategy and business ethics cannot be separated from each other. Corporations have entered a new era, the "prove-to-me" era. Unethical practices and organizations are not being shrugged off anymore. Even reputed organizations and some outstanding CEOs are named, shamed and fined, or imprisoned for their ethical lapses the world over. The culture of an organization is established by the tone set at the top. Chief executives must lead by example.?   ?XLRI has always emphasized the importance of adopting an ethical code of conduct within the corporate world. We believe that no management education curriculum is entirely complete unless and until the students are instilled with a set of values that are necessary decision-making ingredients for the corporate manager today. In 1991, XLRI, in association with a few select Tata Group Companies, established the XLRI-JRD Tata Foundation for Business Ethics to mark their long-standing commitment and contribution to business ethics in India. The Foundation seeks to address itself by publicly affirming the imperative need for adopting ethics in business and striving to shape an enabling eco-system to foster ethical business practices. Mr. JRD Tata, himself a role model extraordinary, set the bar high for the successive Ethics orations for over two decades as the first orator. We are delighted to have Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J. to deliver the 28th ?Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics? this year,? Fr. Christie further said in his address.        Brief Profile of Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J. Dr. Stephan Rothlin is the Director of the Macau Ricci Institute (  He is also the founder and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd., located in Beijing and Hong Kong ( He is a Jesuit priest from Switzerland who has been working in China for the last 22 years. His teaching and research interests are focused on international business ethics and responsible entrepreneurship, focusing on China. He provides educational consulting services to encourage corporate social responsibility. He advocates business communities and society to adopt the values of honesty, integrity, respect, transparency, and responsibility as indispensable elements for business excellence.   Dr. Rothlin earned his PhD. in moral theology at the State University of Innsbruck, Austria and is fluent in six languages, including Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German. From 2005 ?2013, he was Secretary-General for the Center for International Business Ethics, Beijing, and Chairman of the Association of International Business Ethics in Hong Kong. He has become a sought-after speaker on international business ethics throughout business schools in Asia.      XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics XLRI- Xavier School of Management, in association with a few select Tata Group Companies, established in 1991 the XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics, to mark their long-standing commitment and contribution to business ethics in India. The Foundation seeks to address itself by publicly affirming the urgent need for ethics in business and the need to bring about a conducive culture in which it can thrive.  The activities that this Foundation envisages are an annual ?JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics,? recognition and presentation of the ?JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics? to an eminent person who has distinguished oneself in business ethics, and the setting up of the JRD Tata Chair in Business Ethics at XLRI for the advancement of research in this field.   XLRI is the first B-school in the country to introduce a core course on ?Managerial Ethics? for both its HRM and BM programs.  Each year, XLRI confers a medal on the best student in Managerial Ethics at the institute?s annual convocation.


Ashish Kothari, Eminent Environmental Activist & Founder of Kalpavriksh delivers the Oration

16 th  January 2021:  XLRI- Xavier School of Management today organized the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration. Organized under the aegis of Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES), XLRI, in memory of the Founder of AMUL, Dr. Verghese Kurien, popularly known as ?the Milkman of India,? the oration aims to provide a platform to listen to and learn from thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals and policymakers who have made a significant contribution to the idea of an empowered, prosperous, and sustainable society.   This year, Mr. Ashish Kothari, Eminent Environmental Activist & Founder of Kalpavriksh virtually delivered the oration on the topic ?Eco-Swaraj: Recovery towards Justice and Sustainability?.   In his Address, Mr. Ashish Kothari urges that ?One has to be respectful of nature and recognize that other species and earth as a whole also have inherent rights not just because they?re useful for human beings. The principles of Swaraj set out in Gandhi?s texts have never been fully realized. Yet, they continue to resonate through Indian Civic culture to this day in the country?s grassroots environmental movement. Recognizing that living harmoniously with nature is central to Swaraj. Eco-Swaraj is not a movement in itself, but it describes patterns. Juxtaposing Eco-Swaraj with COVID-19 along with other ongoing global crises such as climate, biodiversity, and inequality will provide us an opportunity to rethink what development should really mean?.   In his speech Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI stated, ?Dr. Verghese Kurien was an ingenious thinker, a revolutionary, and a social entrepreneur who ideated the world's biggest agricultural development program. Dr. Kurien?s remarkable life and achievements are an embodiment of his faith in the common man's ability to exercise control over his destiny. His life and work exemplify the model for a responsible management leader, combining business skills with the larger good of the society and nation-building. XLRI instituted the oration in his memory to commemorate his legacy through propagating and disseminating the idea of an empowered, equitable and sustainable society   Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI welcomed Ashish Kothari and said, ?We are delighted to have Ashish Kothari to deliver the 7 th  Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration this year. His vast work on environmental issues like the environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives would help our students understand the current global environmental issues and inspire them to work for the greater good?.   Prof. Raghuram Tata, Convenor of XLRI?s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability (FACES) said in his address, ?FACES at XLRI was established with the mission to promote practices, policies, and dialogue that have an impact on holistic and sustainable development of society and enterprises. Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development is our humble initiative to pay tribute to the great visionary.?   ?The Oration is to commemorate the memory of Dr. Verghese Kurien since, needless to say, that there is no better model for sustainable development - both in terms of his life and legacy - than Dr. Kurien. It is an honor to have Ashish Kothari, a noted environmentalist and Founder of Kalpavriksh, with us today to deliver the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Oration this year,? Prof. Raghuram Tata further added.   Ashish Kothari is an Indian environmentalist working on environmental & development issues. He is one of the founders of Kalpavriksh, an Indian environmental NGO. He has been associated with peoples' movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan and Beej Bachao Andolan. Kothari has also been a teacher of the environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He has also been a guest faculty at several universities and institutes and Mellon Fellow at Bowdoin College, USA.   Ashish Kothari has been a member of the Steering Committees of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) from 1998 to 2008. He has also been a co-chair of IUCN Inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods concerning Protected Areas (TILCEPA) from 1998 to 2008. Ashish Kothari has also served on the steering group or governing board of the CBD (Convention on Biodiversity) Alliance, the ICCA Consortium, and Greenpeace International. At present, he is the chairman of Greenpeace India's Board. Ashish Kothari has also worked as members of quite a few Government of India committees, including Environmental Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the committee to Assess Implementation of the Forest Rights Act, and Committees to draft design the National Wildlife Action Plan and India's Biological Diversity Act. He coordinated the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process in India commissioned by the Government of India. Kothari is currently coordinating the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence) a process that provides a forum for organizations and individuals working on development alternatives across India to come together. [7]  Since early 2016 Ashish is co-coordinator of the Academic-Activist Co-produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ) project, an international, multi-partner process sponsored by the International Social Science Council.

XLRI gets AICTE approval to start XLRI Delhi-NCR campus


Xavier School of Management (XLRI), which recently received AICTE approval, has commenced the admission process for the first batch of students at its Delhi-NCR campus for the academic session 2020-2022. The first batch will comprise 120 students (two sections of 60 students each) in the business management programme.

XLRI Holds ?27th Annual JRD Tata Ethics Oration on Business Ethics? November 29 th , 2018 at XLRI

The 27th JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics  by Dr. Jennifer J Griffin

This year,  Dr. Jennifer J Griffin ?   Raymond C Baumhart, S.J., Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Strategy, Loyola University Chicago, USA   delivered the oration   on the topic ?  ?Ethics in Action: Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century? . Please find below the YouTube link for:  The Twenty-Seventh JRD Tata  Oration  on Business  Ethics v=xQUX2rBq5BY&t=12s

The 5th Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration 22nd September, 2018

A day with Dr Jean Dreze Development Economist & Activist

The most famous resident of Ranchi is a wicket-keeper-batsman whose roots lie originally in the state of Uttarakhand. Another migrant to the capital of Jharkhand is equally well regarded in his profession, and equally independent-minded. The cricketer has provided Indians with a great deal of sustained entertainment, whereas this other resident of Ranchi has augmented their livelihood security, helping to save many of them from destitution. He played a central role in the conception of the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme; helped draft the NREGA, and continues to monitor its implementation. He also contributed to the Right to Information Act and the National Food Security Act of the Government of India. I was in Ranchi in early February, speaking at a convention of psychiatrists. I knew M.S. Dhoni was not in town; and, in any case, I would have had little to say to him (and he even less to say to me). But I did want to meet this other Ranchi vasi , and took care to make an appointment in advance. I made sure he would be in town, for, like his more famous fellow townsman, he travels a great deal, although he takes trains and buses rather than flights, and spends his nights in village homes rather than in grand city hotels. I had met Jean Dr?ze several times before. Once, in the early 1990s, when he was teaching at the London School of Economics, and living in a working-class tenement. A second time, in the late 1990s, when he was teaching in the Delhi School of Economics, and living in a jhuggi-jhopri colony in Timarpur. A third time, in the early 2000s, when he was visiting Bangalore, and I dropped him at the railway station where he took a train, travelling unreserved to places further south to study the implementation of the mid-day meal programme in small towns and villages across Tamil Nadu. On another occasion, I visited an NGO working among tribals in Odisha to find that Dr?ze had just left my hosts, having chosen to spend a week walking from Kashipur to Rayagada, stopping in hamlets on the way when he was not sleeping under the open sky. And one time, when we were due to meet in Delhi, he had to abruptly cancel as he had to fly urgently to Brussels. Dr?ze was in the process of getting Indian citizenship; that was hard enough, but even harder, apparently, was getting the Belgians to agree to his no longer being a Belgian. In between these episodic meetings, Jean Dr?ze and I had corresponded. We had commented on each other's work, sometimes critically. We both thought that the State had to complement the market and correct for its excesses; but in this balancing act, he veered more to the side of the State than I did. Jean Dr?ze is a year younger than me. We both took our PhDs in India; we have both worked mostly in India and written largely about India. But otherwise our personal biographies are very different; and one reason for my visiting him in Ranchi was to find out more about his life story. We met by arrangement at his office at the Department of Economics at Ranchi University, before proceeding on his motorcycle to the main road that links Ranchi to Hazaribagh. We drove for half-an-hour on the highway before turning off into a dirt track. We bumped along this path for a bit before parking the bike under the shade of a pipal tree. Then we went for a long walk, culminating in a rocky hill on which we sat, contemplating the countryside below. We looked out over a valley through which a stream flowed, with Munda homes painted a lovely shade of turquoise blue visible on the other side. Here, in this still largely unspoiled landscape, I got my friend to talk. Jean Dr?ze was born in 1959 in the ancient town of Leuven. His father, Jacques Dr?ze, is one of the world's great economic theorists and a celebrated teacher as well. Dr?ze p?re and his wife were also extremely public-spirited; and Jean grew up in an atmosphere composed equally of scholarship and service. One of his brothers became a left-wing politician; a second was a professor of marketing; a third is a translator. Jean Dr?ze himself took a first degree at the University of Essex before an interest in development economics brought him to the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi. While studying at the ISI, he met Amartya Sen with whom he has since written four books (and edited two others). I have heard Sen say that Dr?ze does 90 per cent of the work while he himself gets 90 per cent of the credit. This, of course, is an exaggeration; it is probably closer to 50-50, an intellectual collaboration in which neither could do without the other while their readers remain grateful to both. Sen teaches at Harvard. Dr?ze, having decided to live in India, taught first at our finest centre of economic research, the Delhi School. Then he moved to a job at Allahabad University and, later, to Ranchi. Teaching less privileged students and working in the poorer parts of India were part of his dharma as a development economist. It was also consistent with his character, which is that of an ascetic. He does not accept a salary. His needs are modest, to be met by book royalties and newspaper articles. Meanwhile, from his years doing fieldwork in rural India, he has acquired near-native fluency in Hindi. After several hours in the hills, we walked back to Jean's bike. We stopped for lunch at a roadside dhaba (bearing the lovely name, Mansarovar) before proceeding, at my request, to his home. This consists of one room at the back of a hut in a tribal village that lies at the city's outskirts, and surely (and sadly) will soon be swallowed by the city. On one side of the dwelling is a clump of bamboo; in front, a tamarind tree. Jean brewed me a cup of tea as we talked some more, while a crimson-breasted barbet called from the trees outside. In the course of our conversations, Jean Dr?ze told me that he hoped to start a newspaper column in Hindi. In his years as an Indian, he has written a great deal already in English. His columns have recently been collected in a book called Sense and Solidarity , with the self-deprecatory sub-title, Jholawala Economics for Everyone. The essays cover a wide range of themes; from food security to healthcare to the rights of children to the threat of nuclear war. They draw on a deep, profound understanding of the lives and struggles of peasants, tribals, workers and migrants. The prose is always clear, the analysis sharp but rarely polemical. Anyone with any interest in the fate of democracy and development in India should buy the book at once. I am, as I said, more or less as old (or as young) as Jean Dr?ze. We are both in the business (if he will permit me to call it that) of writing books and essays on India. And, since 2002, we also carry the same kind of passport. I am proud to be his contemporary, prouder of being (in professional terms) his colleague, and proudest of all of being his compatriot.

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