01 Oct 2019 17:01 IST

IIM Bangalore hosts CEO conclave

Leaders say positivity and a right winning attitude will take students a long way

The IIM Bangalore Alumni Association (IIMBAA) hosted CEO Conclave 2019, on September 28, at the campus, providing an opportunity for management professionals, who are on the way to becoming CEO/CXOs, to interact with and learn from business leaders.

Naveen Tiwari, Founder and CEO, InMobi Group, said, “The three things that I care about while creating an organisation are mindset, culture and leadership. People should have a growth mindset, which fosters curiosity to learn. We should create an environment that breeds innovation by trusting people to do great things. A true leader carries the ability to find positivity, the dichotomy of being bold and predictable, and the know-how to win.”

Ajay Nanavati, Chairman, Syndicate Bank; and Vipul Parekh, Co-founder of BigBasket.com, exchanged insights from their challenges as leaders while leading big brands. Nanavati said, “Speed is of the essence. Be ruthless about prioritisation. Don’t sacrifice the future for the present. Segregate ‘important’ from ‘urgent’. Be consistent, authentic, believable, and credible in communication. And, tap into your networks.” Parekh said, “One should have the ability to understand how to deploy strategy. Being able to plan in the short-term but staying with long-term strategy for sustainable growth is critical. (Leaders) anticipate changes and develop a culture of making people agile.”

Keeping up with data explosion

Sunita Naik, Senior Managing Director & Country Head — India, State Street Global Advisors, was in conversation with Karthi Kumar Marshan, Chief Marketing Officer, Kotak Mahindra Group, on ‘keeping up with data explosion – how to lead in a digital economy’. Sunita said, “If you hire smart people, they will push you to do better.”

Srikanth Iyer, Co-founder and CEO, HomeLane; and PC Musthafa, CEO, iD Fresh Food (India) Pvt Ltd, spoke on ‘creating and scaling new business categories in unorganized businesses’. Musthafa said, “Profitability, sustainability and scalability are important for any business. Technology is important to scale. Planning is important, and so are 3Ms — man, money, and machine.”

Rama Shankar Pandey, Managing Director, Hella India Lighting Ltd; Gopinadhan KG, Client Director, EMA Partners India; and Prof K Kumar, Dean, Alumni Relations and Development; were part of a panel on millennials and their attitude towards work. Pandey said, “Millennials must see passion, purpose and partnership in what they do,” while Gopinadhan added, “Millennials prioritise job role over salary. By 2022, 60 per cent of the workforce will comprise millennials. So, we need to create an environment to enable them to flourish.”