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India's hottest young executives

Managers are racking their brains for strategies to beat the slowdown. But hotshots remain hotshots. We present 5th listing of India's young and happening executives.

     Print Edition: Feb 8, 2009

R. Suresh MD, StantonChase International
R. Suresh
Normally, a gathering of headhunters is always electric. Top corporate moves are tracked and there’s a rush of anecdotes. But, early this January is not exactly a “normal” time as we gather in groups at our respective venues in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to debate a robust list of over 150 names of the young (40 years and under) movers and shakers of India Inc. We have been at it since 2002, so some obvious changes are not exactly going unnoticed: Straight off, the mood is not “upbeat” and there is a sense of quiet, which conveys the serious and no-nonsense attitude of corporate-India at work. Slowdown is up close and personal now.

Hastha Krishnan CEO, Ma Foi Global Search
Hastha Krishnan
Given the criticality, we went about this assessment with the best in the business— most of whom have been a source of constant help since the inception of the exercise: R. Suresh, MD of StantonChase International; Sonal Agarwal, CEO of Accord Group India; Hastha Krishnan, CEO of Ma Foi Global Search Services; and Purvi Sheth, VP of Shilputsi. Needless to say, their standard of selection has been getting sharper and meaner over the years. Every name was debated on not just the person’s record, but also merit in his/her current job. In some cases, we became mute spectators of the involved debate on how close a contender was to making it further depending on their positions in the organisation— and in one instance, even the proximity to the top boss.

Sonal Agarwal CEO, Accord Group (India)
Sonal Agarwal
Of course, we also landed with people in between hot jobs, had to remove some short-listed contenders as they had crossed our age limit and drop others because they were not based in India, which was material to the selection process.

Purvi Sheth VP, Shilputsi
Purvi Sheth
Going by the dark clouds over the business landscape, the hotshots listed here have no time to celebrate. Businesses are cutting costs and holding back investments, customers are hanging on to their money and managers are racking their brains for strategies to beat the slowdown. But hotshots are, well, hotshots. Let’s see how they fare. The game has just begun.

Hotshots 2009Hotshots 2008
Alok Mittal (36)
Managing Director, Canaan Partners

Anup Bagchi (38)
Executive Director, ICICI Securities

Anup Maheshwari (37)
Head of Equities & Corporate Strategy, DSP
BlackRock Investment Managers

Anurag Jain (38)
MD, Perot Systems, Asia-Pacific

Apurv Nagpal (38)
Managing Director, Saregama India

Kishore Gotety (37)
Country Head, RREEF

Kaushal Sampat(38)
COO, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services

Milind Pant (38)
Chief Marketing Officer, Yum! Restaurants
(India)

Monica Tata (39)
Vice-President and Deputy General Manager,
Entertainment Networks, South Asia, for
Turner International India

Neeraj Bharadwaj (40)
Managing Director & Country Head, Apax
Partners India

Neeraj Garg (37)
COO, Mass-market Branded Formulations
Business, Piramal Healthcare

Rajesh Jaggi (40)
Managing Director, Peninsula Land

Rajan Anandan (40)
Managing Director, Microsoft India

Rajesh Kamat (35)
CEO, Colors

Rohit Sharma (37)
COO, Zapak Digital Entertainment

Shailesh Chaturvedi (40)
CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Apparel India

Sharat Dhall (40)
Managing Director, TripAdvisor India

Shefali Goradia (40)
Partner, BMR Advisors

Siddharth Roy Kapur (34)
CEO, UTV Motion Pictures

T.R. Ramachandran (40)
CEO, Aviva India

Suresh Raju (37)
Executive Director, TVS Capital Funds

Vidhya Srinivasan (38)
Head of Strategy, Aditya Birla Retail

Vivek Gambhir (40)
Partner, Bain India

Vikram Ramakrishnan (35)
Principal Consultant, Booz & Company

Zubin Irani (37)
Managing Director, Carrier Airconditioning
& Refrigeration, India

(Names in alphabetical order)
 Abraham Joseph
VP (R&D), Bajaj Auto

Angshik Chaudhari
Director, Operations, Cisco Globalisation Office

Anshuman Singh
CEO, Future Logistics & Value Fashion Retail

Arjun Bharathan
Country Head (India Operations)
Austrian Energy & Environment GmbH

Ashish Gupta
COO and Country Head, Evalueserve

Ashok Vemuri
Member of Executive Council, Senior VP & Global Head
(Banking & Capital Markets), Infosys Technolgies

Dhanpal Jhaveri
Executive Director, Future Capital Holdings

Girish Baliga
Partner 3i (India)

Girish A Wagh
Head (Small Car Project) Tata Motors

Jaspreet Bindra
Country Manager (Online Business Services)
Microsoft India
He’s now Head (Entertainment & Devices) Microsoft India

Kumar Karpe
Country Manager (Financial Services Sector) IBM India
He’s now Head, Financial Services Sector, IBM India

Leena Nair
Executive Director (HR), HUL

Madhusudhan Kela
Head-Equity, Reliance Mutual Fund

Pankaj Razdan
Deputy CEO (Financial Services)
Aditya Birla Group

Pramod Arora
COO, Oberoi Constructions

Ramesh Mangaleswaran
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sameer Suneja
CEO, Perfetti Van Melle India

Saugata Gupta
CEO, Consumer Products, Marico

Shailesh Rao
MD, Google India

Srinivas Pallia
VP Enterprise Solutions, Americas, Wipro Technologies
He’s now VP, Business Technology Services, Wipro Technologies

Shubhajit Sen
VP (Marketing), GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
He’s now Executive VP, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

Surjeet Singh
CFO, Patni Computer Systems
He’s now Chief Financial & Operations Officer
and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions

Tejpreet S Chopra
President & CEO, GE India

Vivek Bhandari
Director, IRMA

V. Vaidyanathan
Executive Director, ICICI Bank

(Current positions as per information available with BT)

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