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People, places and products

Here is a look at people, places and products doing the round these days.

Print Edition: May 30, 2010

CHRISTINE GREYBE
She's Got Talent

She is in a race against time to expand in Asia-Pacific. After opening an office in Beijing in the first week of May, Christine Greybe, 45, President, DHR International, a $100-million US-based executive search firm, can't wait to open a knowledge centre in India. "This will be DHR's first such centre and will support searches across the globe," says Greybe, who specialises in cherrypicking business leaders.

The firm started its operations in India 18 months ago and has three offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. What next? A race again—this time the Mumbai and Delhi half marathons. That should not be too difficult for Greybe. A competitive runner at Rhodes University, she has even run against former Olympian Zola Budd.

Saumya Bhattacharya

CHIRAYU AMIN
Clean-up Man

If Chirayu Amin's administrative skills needed any further certificate, it should come from the following. First, this low-profile Gujarati entrepreneur has remained the President of the Baroda Cricket Association for three decades, surviving several political regime changes at the state level. Second, when he took over as CMD of pharma giant Alembic in 1983, the company had an annual turnover of less than Rs 100 crore.

Today, the 103-year-old firm clocks over Rs 1,100 crore. These twin talents—sharp business acumen and political tact—will stand the 63-year-old Amin in good stead as he prepares to clean up the mess that the Indian Premier League (IPL) finds itself in. Says the interim IPL Commissioner: "The immediate task for me is to clear the muck and take things forward." His agenda over the next few months: To stabilise the ship, make all future transactions within the IPL more transparent and put stringent procedures and systems in place.

Dhiman Chattopadhyay

VIJAY MALLYA
From Good Times to Hyper Luxury

Liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, 54, is set to erase all traces of the past from Bangalore's Vittal Mallya Road, a sleepy posh residential area till just about a decade ago. Two years ago, he put up the Silicon Valley's largest commercial property—the onemillion square feet, four-tower UB City on a sprawling plot of 13 acres. The project, developed in partnership with the Prestige Group, has evidently worked to Mallya's advantage. Now, he wants to extend that partnership to residential space as well.

Mallya's four-acre ancestral home behind the UB City towers will now make way for a 31-storey hyper luxury residential apartment block, the price of which might set new records in real estate markets. Says Uzma Irfan, Executive Director, The Prestige Group: "The project is in design stage." The developers plan to sell the 75 luxury apartments by invitation and the billionaire co-developer will occupy the sprawling penthouse with a 360-degree view of Bangalore's lung spaces and landmarks. The project has been in the limelight for the last two years, but it is only now that it is taking a concrete shape.

K.R. Balasubramanyam

HP MOBILE SCANNER
Now Scan on the Move

This is surely one helpful gadget—a mobile scanner, the size of a normal school pencil box. Hewlett Packard's Scanjet Professional 1000 is likely to be launched in India in the second half of May. It weighs 660 grams and fits into a brief case. The scanner is powered by a USB port, so it can just draw in power from the laptop or any other computer. The scanner was unveiled in Beijing on April 20. It scans a one-sided document in 20 seconds and a double-sided one in 26 seconds. PRICE: Rs 10,499

Suman Layak

WIMBLEDON
London Calling

Though the past few summers in London have been termed "hot" (not by Indian standards), in May, June and July, the city is possibly the most happening in the world. From the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in late May to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in June-July to "The Proms" that start in July, there is almost invariably something to do; there is even the London Rathayatra in June. If not, there is always the shopping on and around Oxford Street and some of the most innovative culinary experiences around anywhere in the world.

— Kushan Mitra

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