The event began with an Inaugural Address by Shilpita Panigrahi, student of XLRI Jamshedpur, who welcomed the guest speaker, Sanjeev Krishan, and the GST team members offered a bouquet. The session’s guest was Mr. Sanjeev Krishan, Chairman, PwC India.
Sanjeev Krishan is the Chairman of PwC in India. Previously, he served as the Deals leader. Sanjeev has been with the firm for 30 years. He has successfully led the firm’s Transactions, Private Equity, and Deals business over the years, getting the firm to a pre-eminent position amongst its Private Equity clients and their investee companies. Sanjeev frequently interacts with the media on various issues ranging from insolvency to mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, he regularly participates in seminars, panel discussions and events held in India, as well as overseas, and is also part of FICCI’s National Committee on Stressed Assets.
Sanjeev Krishan spoke about several issues and provided a great insight into the fire chat questions posed by the audience. He began discussing the qualities required to be a successful leader in any firm. Shilpita Panigrahy and Ankit Agrawal, the moderators of the event, queried Mr. Krishan on how PWC works closely with technological innovation and advised three mantras for budding managers of tomorrow for handling complex problems in the industry. The primary mantra was about the risk-taking capability of the managers and the guts to accept their failures in the initial phase of their careers. He discussed the key drivers that PWC plans to focus on in order to increase its footprints in tier 2 and tier 3 Indian cities like Bhubaneswar and Jaipur. He also explained how PWC implements the BXT approach while developing solutions keeping business and technology on the same page with changing customer requirements. He mentioned that he aspires for the 80/20 Pareto rule for the company in the future where-in 80% of its revenue would come from 20% of the major clients. He went on to discuss the importance of public collaboration with PWC to achieve net zero carbon emissions and promote sustainable developments.
The session ended with a few questions from the audience on technological advancements and how PWC maintains the trust of its customers. Mr. Sanjeev put forth his end notes on the mission and vision of PWC, throwing some light on its unbeatable journey and tailoring its way to a promising future in the upcoming years.