It is difficult to slot the multifaceted Mark Bouris, 51. A chartered accountant by profession, Bouris, Executive Chairman, Wizard Home Loans, has written a book on wealth creation. A logical step considering he possesses just the right credentials-Bouris built a successful low-cost retail mortgage business in Australia before eventually selling it off to GE Money in 2004. That was not the end of his association with Wizard, though.
He has had an action-packed career so far and is gunning for more. An IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, AJAY SRINIVASAN, 43, is back in India to start his innings at the Aditya Birla Group as Chief Executive Officer overseeing the group's financial services venture. Consider his impressive job stints: after honing his skills at ITC's treasury and development financial institution ICICI Ltd, Srinivasan went on to head Prudential ICICI Asset Management in 1998.
Sound PerformerAfter all the hard work, comes the reward. ALOK MITTAL, who joined venture capital firm Canaan Partners as its Executive Director for India in March 2006, has been elevated to the post of Managing Director. "The new designation means more responsibility," says Mittal cryptically. A founding member of the Band of Angels in India, Mittal, 35, surely has the knack for hitting the right notes at the most opportune of times.
Big Fish, Small Pond
One of the world's most powerful advertising men, SIR MARTIN SORRELL, 62, Chairman, WPP, has big digital designs on India. Facing the media in Mumbai recently, the dapper Sir Martin underlined the group's plans for Indian operations while at the same time, maintaining a steely grip on the proceedings at the interaction.
A Deal in Peril
Sun Pharmaceutical industries' proposed acquisition of Israel-based taro pharmaceutical seems to have run into a bit of a problem and the man at the centre of it is none other than emerging markets guru, MARK MOBIUS.
Nearly two decades after he left India for a computer science scholarship at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, RANJAN DAS, 38, now finds himself back home to head the country operations for sap, the German enterprise software giant. "India's a vital market for sap and we already have nearly 2,000 customers here and plan to reach 15,000 customers by 2010," says the part-time soccer coach and movie buff.
Das will relocate from Silicon Valley to Mumbai later this month. Speaking to BT between hectic rounds of house hunting and trying to zero in on a school for his young kids, Das says, "Small businesses will be a key growth driver in the Indian market." Das comes well-equipped to handle this fast-changing market, having been an entrepreneur with solutions firm Patkari and also being instrumental in starting the xApps business for SAP.
(With Venkatesha Babu, Deepti Khanna Bose, Shalini S. Dagar, Krishna Gopalan and Pallavi Srivastava)