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Leaderspeak with Rakesh Verma

MapmyIndia MD Rakesh Verma on his many professional firsts
     Print Edition: Sep 15, 2013

Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia

My first guru
Dick Cornelison, entrepreneur and founder of Condar. I learnt from him that one shouldn't work in a company to become popular, particularly if one is in a finance role

My first boss

Pran Nath Ugra at Bank of India, a truly wonderful Kashmiri gentleman. His motto was "Never come late". He was always at his work station before the rest of us reached

My first job

At Bank of India. sitting at the cash and ledger counters I learnt the true meaning of 'customer service'

My first promotion
Becoming part of General Motors' Saturn Car Project in 1984. It gave me an opportunity to work in a wellfunded $1.7 billion start-up

My first disappointment
Not being able to study commerce, but having to do engineering instead as per my dad's wish. Still, I haven't done too badly with what I learnt

 Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia
Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia

As told to Vivan Mehra

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