Star CEO (Medium)
Intercontinental consultants and technocrats*
Person: K.K. Kapila
Turnover (2009-10): Rs 120 crore
PAT (2009-10): Rs 9 crore
*This company is a client of YES Bank
Back in 1985, after becoming a Deputy Director at the International Airports Authority of India, K.K. Kapila decided to use his engineering and project management skills for own good, doing big government projects.
"Having worked within the government set-up, I was well-networked and knew the business in and out, which helped me break the ice," he says. His company's turnover in 1987-88 was Rs 7 lakh, and his first project was the Rajasthan stretch of National Highway 8 linking New Delhi and Mumbai.
Today, he specialises in highways, structures, airports, water supply, ports, transportation and tourism across India, the Asia-Pacific region, Eastern Europe and Africa. Most of these projects are government-funded and public-private partnerships. "I kept the prices fixed but promised timely delivery, zero defects and quality work," he says. Business has grown sharply over the past four or five years, with quite a few high-margin supervision contracts, says Kapila, who recently became the first non-European to be elected Chairman of the Geneva-based International Road Federation.