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Oct 14, 2012
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Focus India taught us how to survive in chaos: Yves Carcelle

India taught us how to survive in chaos: Yves Carcelle

Yves Carcelle, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier, the most valuable and most counterfeited luxury brand in the world, speaks on the evolving Indian market and how Louis Vuitton maintains its brand value.

Deccan Chargers' owners on a sticky wicket

After rejecting the sole bid for Deccan Chargers, the team's cash-strapped owners are on a sticky wicket.

Hypercompetition to ruin Indian mobile market

India, the second largest wireless market after China, in terms of customer base, is today going through possibly its most challenging time amidst an uncertain regulatory environment, persistently high inflation, forex fluctuations and sustained hypercompetitive activity.

Kerala government plans to launch a budget carrier to cater to its Gulf diaspora

If things go as planned for the Kerala govt, foreign as well as Indian airlines will soon have serious competition on the lucrative Gulf routes. Air Kerala Ltd, a state-owned company headed by the chief minister, is awaiting the Centre's clearance to start flights to Gulf destinations.

US quantitative easing: How different things work

The US Federal Reserve has embarked on another round of quantitative easing (QE3) to stimulate the local economy. The move has profound implications for India as well.

Politics of Reform: Who said what

We need to contain subsidies as money doesn't grow on trees... No government likes to impose burdens on the common man, says Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister.

How India is capitalising on growth in African economy

A resurgent Africa has emerged as one of the fastest growing regions of the world. India has capitalised on the opportunities in the continent - bilateral trade with African countries has soared in the last decade.

Cigarette makers may gain with gutkha ban

Cigarette makers could benefit as the number of states that have banned gutkha rises to 14.

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

The recent Emerging Kerala 2012 Global Connect conference attracted 45 investment proposals worth over Rs 40,000 crore.
Reviews Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 800 and Dell XPS 14

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 800 and Dell XPS 14

The Dell XPS 14 has a stocky build for an ultrabook. At 2.1 kg, it is about 500 gm heavier than some of the lighter laptops. But this is a 14-inch machine and not a 13 incher and is still thin at 0.81 inch.
Features How Infosys helped chef Jean Michel Jasserand metamorphose into an entrepreneur

How Infosys helped chef Jean Michel Jasserand metamorphose into an entrepreneur

Jean Michel Jasserand, whose catering proved a substantial cost saver for Infosys, has transformed himself into one of the Bangalore's leading restaurateurs, setting up a string of successful outlets - all in six years.

Windows 8 is a whole new take on computing, but is the world ready?

Windows 8 is a whole new take on computing, but is the world ready?

Has Anil Agarwal gone too far, too fast in his quest to become the world's lowest-cost minerals mogul?

Based in London, Anil Agarwal is somewhat removed from the grainy details of what is going wrong in India. Experts are wondering if the Vedanta chief too fast in his quest to become the world's lowest-cost minerals mogul.

We are the lowest-cost producers: Anil Agarwal

Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal spoke to Chaitanya Kalbag and Suman Layak over almost an hour about his dreams, his plans for the company as well as the problems he faces.
Technology Android users need to be very discriminating while downloading apps

Android users need to be very discriminating while downloading apps

Android users need to be very discriminating while downloading apps.
Money Pros and cons of investing in exchange-traded funds

Pros and cons of investing in exchange-traded funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which offer both the flexibility of a stock and the protection of a fund, are becoming popular with Indian investors.
Careers Career: Gender-based wage gap at workplaces may disappear in coming years

Career: Gender-based wage gap at workplaces may disappear in coming years

Many companies are making a conscious effort to recruit more women and improve their gender diversity ratio, leading to occasional charges of reverse discrimination in sectors like FMCG and financial services.
Editors note 'BT has paid tribute to the best and brightest of women leaders in corporate boardrooms'

'BT has paid tribute to the best and brightest of women leaders in corporate boardrooms'

Our Prime Minister can seem like an accidental politician. Speaking publicly, he comes across as earnestly wooden, and when he addressed the nation on September 21, the eve of the autumnal equinox, you often felt the teleprompter was scrolling up faster than Manmohan Singh could enunciate.
Letters Report on Start-ups was most enlightening

Report on Start-ups was most enlightening

The cover story (Push to Start, September 30) was most interesting. Stray reports on start-ups are often seen in the media, but this consolidated coverage of the great mindset change taking place among seed funds and angel investor firms was most enlightening.
Special India Inc's most powerful women leaders of 2012

India Inc's most powerful women leaders of 2012

In less than four decades the Indian workplace has been transformed. Male bastions have been breached, glass ceilings have been shattered. Business Today's ninth listing of Most Powerful Women in Indian Business is our annual celebration of this trend. Full Coverage

Five women turn challenges into entrepreneurial opportunities

The number of successful women entrepreneurs is growing. They are now found in the most unlikely of places, from the most unlikely of backgrounds, finding opportunities few knew even existed. Business Today profiles five such unusual women entrepreneurs, who stayed the course, overcoming all obstacles.

Meher Pudumjee prefers to talk about her company's achievements

Thermax Chairperson Meher Pudumjee prefers to talk about her company's achievements rather than her own.

Nita Ambani plays different business roles with ease

Nita Ambani took one more definitive step in her journey from being the wife of the richest man in India, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, to being his business partner, in late 2011, when she was nominated to the board of EIH Ltd.

Chiki Sarkar says her biggest passion is finding new talent

Chiki Sarkar has proved her ability to spot talented authors and handle business.

Lynn De Souza is a soft-spoken yet tough professional

Lynn de Souza, Chairman and CEO of Lintas Media Group, is a soft-spoken yet tough professional who has spent three decades in the media industry.

Aruna Jayanthi has a gruelling schedule

The India CEO of the Paris-based IT services company Capgemini reaches home every day by 7.30 pm and gets back to work at 10 pm, answering e-mails and phone calls till half past midnight.

Vinita Gupta's biggest challenge is to attain a good work-life balance

Her contribution to Lupin Ltd, where she is a director, was best acknowledged when, in an interview in August, her brother Nilesh Gupta, also a director in Lupin, said Vinita was ahead of him in the race to lead the company

Abanti Sankaranarayanan says what counts are your achievements

Abanti Sankaranarayanan has been promoted twice within a year at Diageo, the world's largest spirits company. Sankaranarayanan, who joined Diageo India in 2010 as marketing director, was elevated as deputy managing director earlier this year and named managing director in July.

Ekta Kapoor on her biggest achievements

Balaji Telefilms Joint Managing Director Ekta Kapoor says converting a good show like Bade Ache Lagte Hain into ratings on Sony TV was a big achievement for her.

Jyotsna Suri's practical approach kept the company growing

It is her practical approach and financial prudence, among other factors, that have kept the company growing since she took over on her husband Lalit Suri's sudden death in 2006.

Zarin Daruwala says figuring in powerful list helps create goodwill

Despite the tough environment, ICICI Bank's Zarin Daruwala managed to grow revenue from wholesale banking by 35 per cent in 2011/12 to over Rs 26,000 crore.

Kirthiga Reddy built Facebook India from the ground up

Reddy, the social-networking website's first India employee back in July 2010, built Facebook India from the ground up and has taken it well past its start-up mode.

Vinita Bali is aggressively pushing healthy food products

Britannia Industries Managing Director Vinita Bali can talk endlessly about malnutrition and why it is a silent emergency but gets little or no attention.

Arathi Krishna loves operating machines

Arathi Krishna, Joint Managing Director of auto component maker Sundram Fasteners says her coworkers in the factory have stopped seeing me as a woman.

Aisha De Sequeira feels tough times are the best to build client relationships

Aisha de Sequeira, Managing Director and Head, Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley India says feels tough times are the best to build client relationships.

Schauna Chauhan Saluja believes in innovative thinking

Under its CEO Schauna Chauhan Saluja's watch, Parle Agro has managed to keep established brands, going strong, while launching new ones.

Roopa Kudva shares her biggest achievement of the year

For Roopa Kudva, MD and CEO, Crisil, this year's biggest achievement was the acquisition of UK-based analytics company Coalition in June for Rs 250 crore.

Archana Hingorani easily navigates choppy capital markets

The CEO of IL&FS Investment Managers, the private-equity firm that manages assets worth $3.2 billion, easily navigates choppy capital markets.

Sangeeta Pendurkar focus remained on building high-performance teams

Sangeeta Pendurkar, Managing Director, Kellogg's India, has focused on building high-performance teams

Tanya Dubash says everything "we did has been a huge learning"

Tanya Dubash, who oversees marketing initiatives for the Godrej companies, will complete 20 years with the group.

Current weak economic conditions do not worry Renuka Ramnath

Renuka Ramnath's private-equity firm, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, is riding high.

The past year has been remarkable for Leena Nair

The past year has been remarkable for Leena Nair, Executive Director, HR, Hindustan Unilever. She has been tasked with driving diversity across the 160 countries where Unilever has a presence.

Neha Kirpal is riding high on the success of India Art Fair

Neha Kirpal is riding high on the success of India Art Fair, the annual exhibition of modern and contemporary art she began in 2008.

Debjani Ghosh has been taking measures to quicken the pace of decision making at Intel

When Debjani Ghosh took over as Intel South Asia Managing Director, Sales and Marketing, in January, she felt the company lacked the speed a technology company should have.

Ritu Kumar kicked off boutique culture in India

Ritu Kumar kicked off boutique culture in India in 1966 when she opened her first store in Delhi.

Renu Sud Karnad feels non-stop growth can make an organisation complacent

HDFC Managing Director Renu Sud Karnad says non-stop growth can make an organisation complacent, eventually leading to stagnation.

Zia Mody shares the breakthroughs in her life

For nine years now, BT has paid tribute to the best and brightest of women leaders. This year Zia Mody, the managing partner of AZB & Partners, steps into the elite league of consistent honorees. Full Coverage

Shobhana Bhartia wants to benchmark HT with the best in the world

Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, Hindustan Times Group, says she wants to benchmark HT with the best in the world. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;}

Kalpana Morparia says her stint at ICICI put her on the path to a corporate career

Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JPMorgan India, says an ICICI job put her on the path to a corporate career.

Preetha Reddy shares her breakthrough moment

Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, says many hospitals in India have followed us and got themselves accredited.
People Round-up: People who made news last fortnight

Round-up: People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Verghese Kurien, Robert K. Shibuya, Paul Rooke, Tony Wheeler, Venkatesh Kini
Book 'Asian firms are making more outbound acquisitions than European ones'

'Asian firms are making more outbound acquisitions than European ones'

Asian firms are making more outbound acquisitions than European ones, says this book.
Leadership Spotlight Vadilal Industries MD Rajesh Gandhi admires Steve Jobs

Vadilal Industries MD Rajesh Gandhi admires Steve Jobs

Rajesh Gandhi, MD, Vadilal Industries Ltd admires Steve Jobs.