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Power People | February 2015

Well-rounded Personality

R Ramakrishnan is the Vice Chairman, Joint MD and Group CEO of the Rs 4,500 Crore Polycab Group. Polycab is one of India´s leading cable & wires company. It has 16 manufacturing units with 6,000 employees and exports to over 30 countries. Prior to Polycab, Ramakrishnan played a very successful leadership role in Bajaj Electricals Ltd for 12 years. The company was transformed from a Rs 300 crore company in 1999 - 2000 to a Rs 3,100 crore company in 2011 - 2012. There was significant shareholder value creation, improvement in profitability and market share. Ramakrishnan also served in Asian Paints for 17 years and moved up from Management Trainee to the position of General Manager.

He is an active speaker in international conferences and has addressed the European Growth Summit in Barcelona, Asia Economic Summit in Hong Kong and India Leadership Summit in Chicago. His co-speakers at these events included luminaries like former US President Bill Clinton, Lord Chris Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, General Jim Jones of NATO, Prime Minister Esko Aho of Finland, Dr Anand Satyanand, Governor General and Helen Clarke, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Ralph Weyler of Audi, amongst others. He has also delivered talks at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan and London Business School.

Ramakrishnan is past President of the Bombay Management Association. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Indian Society of Advertisers and the Corporate Governance & Industry Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber.

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