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Austria-born, Matt’s first language is German, he says it with emphasis and characteristic pride. His exposure to cultural diversity started very early. The seeds of which were sown, even unconsciously in his youth, when he spent 2 years in Taipei where his father was posted.
It was in 1991 that he moved to the US and got his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, in Atlanta. Thus began a rather impressive career which saw him work for very large US based companies like UPS, IBM and shuttling between continents. In 1992, the US was hit badly by recession but he was lucky enough to land a great job at UPS, where he spent the next 5 years before moving on to IBM in NY. In process, he got to work in Atlanta, Germany, Mexico, Toronto among others which set a strong foundation for a global career. At UPS, he got consumed by the logistics business and later in IBM, he dabbled...
Corporate America is replete with examples of titans battling it out in the global arena, a merciless winner-take-it-all bid to maximise on market share. If the 90s decade was about the Cola Wars, then the most recent one has been about Samsung vs Apple. And no less intense! Arguably, for the first time we have an Asian giant locking horns with an American one – a harbinger of things to come? Maybe.
If we were to leave the romanticism aside and just focus on what the South Korean giant is doing here in India, it would be an astounding read, no less. An hour-long conversation with Samsung R&D’s CTO proved how right we were.
This is an attempt to capture broadly, Dr Aloknath De’s insights:
Umberto Milletti has been an innovator at the convergence of technology and content for nearly 20 years. In early 2005, Umberto founded InsideView and has since been leading our efforts to inform the entire enterprise.
In the mid-1990s, Umberto was a pioneer in e-learning as a co-founder of DigitalThink, where he designed and built one of the first multi-tenant software-as-a-service platforms to deliver and track learning for millions of participants. As an executive, Umberto helped lead the company to a successful IPO, revenues of $60 million, and its acquisition by Convergys in 2004.
Umberto holds a BS in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an MS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
We got Mr. Vijay Ratnaparkhe (based out of Bangalore) over a conference call to share his journey, a most exciting one we realised. An industry veteran with more than three decades of experience having worked previously with illustrious names like L&T, TCS & Infosys in senior positions, Mr Ratnaparkhe has worn several hats. In Robert Bosch Engineering, he has held three roles, over more than 10 years there. Initially, he joined as the COO, and thereafter spent some time in Germany to integrate with global leadership. Presently, he is the President & MD of Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions which leads engineering support for Bosch worldwide. A GIC (Global In-house Centre) which emphatically reserves 93% of its time on internal requirements within the group, and only about 7% is earmarked for the external world. The four focus sectors are: Mobility,...
We got Mr. Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EXL Services talking about his EXL's 17 year old journey, acquisition by Conseco followed by latter's bank corrupcy and then buying the company back by partnering with Oakhill Capital and FTV Capital.
A Technologist at heart and Business Leader in mind, Madhavan Satagopan is a Strategist, Trusted Advisor and a Specialist in incubating NextGen capabilities for large Organizations and customers alike, with an eye and passion for impact on society and industry. In his current role as Altimetrik’s Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for the company’s technology and business strategy alongside spearheading its research, innovation and inorganic growth initiatives. His ability to stitch together complex but precision solutions through a blend of business, solutions, architecture and technology has contributed significantly to the growth of many organizations. In his 24+ years of global and cross-domain industry experience with leading organizations such as Wipro, Covansys, Lehman Brothers and more, Madhavan has established specialist groups comprising of Solution Incubators,...
Manoj comes with over 10 years of work experience in varied functions like Marketing, Technology, Products and Strategy. He holds B.Tech in Computer Science Engineer from PEC Chandigarh and MBA from IIM Kozhikode. He has worked in senior leadership positions in diverse fields like Education, IT and e-Commerce with companies like Yahoo, Manipal Education and Flipkart.
His strength lies in his ability to conceive and implement the strategic plans to identify new market opportunities, initiate product and service introductions, and negotiate strategic partnerships to drive market expansion and revenue growth. He also has proven track record of taking projects from the phase of ideation to launch in national and international markets. His experience has been very instrumental in bringing business and operational efficiencies in Manipal Education and Flipkart. He has also mentored...
Mr. Iyer joined ICICI Infotech in 2000, in the BPO division to lead Assets portfolio. At that time the company was handling back office operations for the entire ICICI group companies. He left the company briefly in 2002, only to return in 2004, and has been there ever since - a glittering career at that. In 2009, he was handed over the reins of the China Unit, and subsequently in 2012 he went on further to head the BPO Product Delivery Centre.
Between the years, 12 – 16, financially, the company wasn’t up to it – Mr. Iyer showed his candid side - though operations were largely without blemish. Mainly constrained due to a debt overhang, coming out of the woods proved to be an uphill task. During this time, many of the old-timers moved out as well, which eventually paved the way for Mr Iyer to take up the role of CFO. What followed was restructuring of debt and eventually...