Core Advisory Group

Core Advisory Group

Alagu Balaraman
Enterprise (Strategy and Operations)

Alagu has specialized in the areas of business and operations strategy, supply chain design and information technology for over 25 years. During this time he has both consulted and held executive positions. In consulting, Alagu has had the opportunity to work with companies of all types and sizes: from small entrepreneurial firms, to Indian and multinational FMCG firms, to large oil behemoths in the oil & gas sector.

He brings to the table an ability to help frame or clarify business strategy, and drill it down to operational plans. He has a particular research interest in the field of strategy execution, the science of validating what is planned is doable and what is doable gets done. He has helped numerous CEOs, both entrepreneurial and corporate, in driving business agendas through their own people.

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Jason Kingston
Enterprise Strategy Consultant and Performance Enhancer

Kingston, has his Masters from Harvard University and took his BA from Columbia University.

As an organizational strategy consultant, Kingston has helped many organizations, including major corporations and government entities, increase efficiency and improve their overall performance. He has designed multiple analytical systems and audit frameworks to measure how well organizations are achieving their desired outcomes, as well as how effectively they are using their key resources, namely the use of time, staff, and money. He has used the results of these analyses to identify critical areas for improvement and to make valuable recommendations for change. Kingston has helped governors, state legislators, corporate executives, and others to maximize the use of resources and to improve their operational performance.

Kingston has been acclaimed by many for his work, including the governor of Kansas, business roundtables, and educational leaders. Kingston is also an accomplished business developer, having raised millions $US through successful pitches to private, non-for-profit, and municipal organizations. He is a skilled listener and persuasive speaker, a seasoned negotiator and excels in client relationship management.

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Sujata Mukhopadhaya
Enterprise Talent Development Strategist

A recognized human resources leader with 23 years of experience known for the successful design, development and alignment of organizational talent strategies that drive measurable business results.

Sujata brings to the company a business aligned senior executive strategically focused on leveraging human capital and talent development as critical business growth drivers. Passionate about unleashing the unique talent that each person brings in, Sujata has demonstrated capability to design and implement workforce structures and talent development programs targeted to drive excellence in organisations.

A rich and diverse experience of having worked in different parts of India , Europe and South-East Asia , Sujata’s approach is to define organizations through the capabilities they possess. In her career spanning over 2 decades she has worked closely with senior business leaders to help shape key capabilities in the organisations around service orientation, a change mindset, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, innovation, and efficiency.
Sujata believes that the outcomes of leadership and HR practices are the capabilities that an organization requires to deliver value to customers, investors, and communities.

She specializes in

  • Human Capital strategy & Succession Planning
  • Workforce Planning & Resource Management
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership & Talent Development
  • Organisation Effectiveness & Development
  • Change and transformation
  • Diversity strategy
  • Coaching & Mentoring

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Jailendra Kumar
Technology and Innovation Champion

Jailendra is an entrepreneur,mentor and a business leader of immensely valuable experience in offering Technology advisory with a view to leveraging it for Cost reduction, Productivity and performance enhancement, and acquisition of new Intellectual property (IP).

With a strong background in technology and business leadership,he has worked in numerous engineering disciplines – Computing, Communication, Semiconductors, Robotics and Aeronautics that make him a well-rounded technologist and an able business manager. Most recently at BAE Systems, his role was to promote technology innovation in India, bringing together industrial, government and academic partners in development of cutting-edge capability within India. He has deliberated on the subject of innovation and technology exchange with academia, industry bodies and govt. departments within India and abroad.

Jailendra has a passion for starting and nurturing new businesses. He has set up the India Development Centre for Samsung Electronics System LSI division and headed it for over four years before co-founding Solex Semiconductor along with technocrats from Silicon Valley. Before joining Samsung, he worked for Philips Semiconductor, setting up an interconnectivity competence group at Bangalore.Prior to Philips, he worked for over a decade at the Defence Research and Development Organization and Indian Space Research Organization on new technology frontiers.

He has a Master’s degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Master’s degree in Business from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, NC, USA. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, USA, Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India and Executive Council Member of Advanced Computing and Communications Society (ACCS), India. His biography is included in Marquis Who’s Who in World 2010 edition.

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Vinay Verma
Enterprise HR Consultant

His key skills lie in organisational restructuring, vision articulation & alignment, Leadership development, Performance management based on balanced score card, Designing HR architecture, Institutionalisation of Mentoring processes in organisations, Employee engagement, Organisational development & Change management Initiatives & HR due diligence in Merger & acquisitions.

He has served in the corporate sector for 18 years as Vice President, Executive Vice President & Director Human Capital in prestigious organisations in diverse business sectors such as Information technology, Finance, Manufacturing, Real estate, Infrastructure, Education & NGO. He has also been the CEO of large real estate projects with project outlay ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 3000 crores. As such he brings with him a unique combination of large & small organisational perspective with interesting cross functional.

He has successfully driven organisational vision alignment & employee engagement levels in several organisations during his corporate career. He has often been an invited member on the board of real estate & infrastructure companies (while serving in those companies as HR Director) to strategise, discuss & articulate organisational vision & human resource policies.

Vinay has been a visiting faculty to leading business schools at Mumbai & Pune for several years, has conducted management workshops in large corporate & has guest lectured at high powered HR workshops within India & abroad. He is widely travelled & is an avid golfer.

Vinay is an Honours Graduate, Post graduate in strategy management, Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington & holds an MBA degree from the FMS Delhi. He is also a certified facilitator in Leadership Development by Worlds view Consulting, South Africa & a certified Executive Coach from Results Coaching System (Neuro Leadership Group, USA) & accredited by International Coaching Federation, USA. He has conducted leadership workshops for various levels in different industry segments & has almost 100 hours of live coaching experience.

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Rahul Kumar
Enterprise Operations (BPO, Telecom and Customer Experience)

Vast experience in Telecom Network Operation and Management, Satellite and IT Infrastructure planning and implementation, International Business Development.

Successful track record of developing Corporate Strategies, Program Management, Global Delivery Engagement, Vendor Selection & Management, Relationship Management, Technology Initiatives.

Well-versed with guidelines for the IT / ITES / Telecom industry, as well as enhancement, optimization and compliance with Best Practices for organization-wide improvement.

Actively involved in the transitioning of processes in adherence with the client’s requirements.

Mapping business requirements & coordinating in developing / implementing processes in line with the pre-set guidelines; spearheading process transition initiatives.

Demonstrated proficiency in conceptualizing and implementing High Value Projects and bringing them to the Six Sigma level of operation.

Received an award for the article published in the HRD National Newsletter in the year 2005 on “Attrition in BPO’s Challenges and Retention Policies”

Key appts held – VP and CTO at WorldSpace Satellite Radio, COO at UTL Interactive Center, Head Ops – BPO at DIGITAL (HP), Director (Voice Operations) at Talisma and GM (Tech) at Motorola PagePoint, Served as Lt Col in the Corps of Signals, Indian Armed Forces. Director – Srijan Business Services, Co – Founder & Director Training at PRATIBIMB and Consultant & Advisor at KTMT,

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Vikas Saxena
Strategic HRD and Corporate Legal Matters

Vikas is the Founder & Chief Executive of PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE GROUP, a leading Consulting firm in Management, Strategic Human Resources Development, Talent Acquisition & Executive Search, Coaching, Training & Development, Strategic Business Development, and Corporate Legal matters.

He started his professional career as a legal practitioner in Allahabad High Court & Supreme Court of India. He has worked in several leading infotech companies including MNCs, and has occupied apex positions such as Vice-President and Global Head of HR & Training, and has over three decades of rich experience and a distinguished track record to his credit in the Corporate arena.

He has published several papers in Law, National & International Affairs, Management, & HR. He is a Member of several professional bodies, including AIMA, NIPM, NHRD Network, ISTD, CHRP, Business Management Association (London), and Institute of Directors. He has been the Vice-Chairman of the IT Council of FKCCI. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, both at the National & International level. He is amongst the Guest and Visiting Faculty in several leading B-Schools and Engineering Colleges. He is an alumnus of AOTS, Japan.

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Jairaj Jaisinghani
Enterprise Financial Planning Reporting & Analysis

Jairaj has more than 20 years of experience in financial sector and is well conversant with international best practices on financial planning, reporting & analysis. In his capacity of CFO and as Finance Director / Vice President – Finance he has worked on establishing cash management & working capital facilities, developing financing plan for the Group’s capacity expansion programme & raising project term loans, developing various options for restructuring of legal entities in India, secured various export incentives & rebates for the company, established robust financial control & compliance systems, concluded transfer pricing arrangements, established standard cost system for manufacturing as well as service entities and streamlined insurance coverage of risks, assets and liabilities.

He is proficient in developing business strategy, financial planning, budgets & forecasts, financial reporting & business analysis, tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax; financial & legal entity restructuring, foreign trade policy, business financing & cash management, I-GAAP, IFRS as well as US-GAAP accounting, ERP, business process improvement and has led several computerization projects in all the businesses, including SAP & JD Edwards at Coats & Actavis respectively

He has good experience of dealing with three of the Big-4 accounting firms in relation to statutory audit, tax and transfer pricing matters (Deloitte, KPMG and E&Y)

Jairaj’s core area of strength is business process improvement with focus on systems and processes. He possess strong leadership and organizational capabilities and strong analytical & problem solving skills.

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S Nagarajan
People Skill Trainer

A passionate people-skills trainer with over 500 ‘outbound’ experiential-learning (OBL) programs successfully delivered under his belt, processing a wealth of experience in addressing people-related challenges and needs that exist in any organisation. He is adept at conducting programs on personal effectiveness, communication skills, synergy and team-alignment, raising the bar, enhancing leadership and managerial efficiencies (at all levels), vision/mission and goal setting exercises for leadership team, cross-functional and cross-cultural team building, etc.

His experience cuts across the industry spectrum to include the IT, ITES, Manufacturing, Educational, Pharma, BFSI, PSUs etc. He has worked with leading B-School in Bangalore and worked as an Associate Professor and Chairperson, ‘Centre for Personality Development’

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Rajesh Bhave
Enterprise Operations (Telecom)

  • MTech (Communication& Radat IIT Delhi)
  • Over 32 years of experience in Telecommunication Engineering and Management, with Indian Army and Telecom Industry.
  • Worked with some of the best Telecom MNCs for last 12 years such as Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies as also Indian Telecom majors such as BPL Mobile and Videocon Telecommunications.
  • Worked as CTO and Operations Director.
  • Worked at Army Headquarter’s Network Communications for Management of Indian Army’s ASCON (Army Static Communication Network).
  • As a consultant, helped an American Investment company to do Techno-Commercial Due Diligence of a Telecom Company to help them make an investment decision.
  • Major expertise includes:
    • Network Planning and Network Deployment
    • Network Operations & Maintenance
    • Network Optimisation and Network Performance Audit
    • Network Operations Process Audit
    • Network Operational Cost Audit and recommend cost reduction methods.

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Sumit Narang

Enterprise Research (Management Consulting, Sales)

Sumit has had 9 years of work experience spanning Management Consulting & Sales and Private Equity, He is currently the Head of Research for Ambit Pragma, a Private Equity fund focused on providing growth capital to SME’s. Prior to this, Sumit worked with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm as a Specialist for over 5 years. Before that, with Bajaj Auto Ltd. Sumitis an MBA (PGDM) in Marketing and an Engineer in Metallurgy, having a Distinction in both.

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