IIM Calcutta, the only triple-accredited management school, is one of the oldest and the best B-school in the country. The strong legacy of the institute can be attributed to its alumni who not only came from diverse backgrounds but have also pioneered in different fields. The institute has not only developed top business leaders and CEOs for various multinational companies but has also given wings mountaineers, leading authors, Sannyasi, Government officials, social workers, and academicians. Let us take a brief sneak-peak into some of the notable, distinguished, illustrious and famous alumni from IIM Calcutta.
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IIM Calcutta Notable Alumni
Mrs Indra Nooyi, Indian American Business Executive
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1976
Mrs. Indra Nooyi, the Indian American woman who has been awarded the “Best CEOs in the World” in 2018, is a notable and distinguished alumni from IIM Calcutta. Mrs. Nooyi has worked with several companies like Johnson & Johnson, the Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, Asea Brown Boveri, and PepsiCo. She served as the fifth CEO of PepsiCo. Notable alumni from IIM Calcutta, she had been a part of the company for 24 long years. Currently, she is among the Board of Directors at Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company.
Throughout her professional career, she has been honored with several accolades. She has been consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. She has been ranked number 1 in Fortune magazine’s list of Most Powerful Women in business for several years. She has been in a managerial role in several organizations – the World Economic Forum, World Justice Project, Eisenhower Fellowships, to name a few.
Mr Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder and CEO – Rediff.com
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1971
A successful entrepreneur and an excellent administrator, Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan a top and illustrious alumni from IIM Calcutta is the founder and CEO of Rediff.com, one of India’s most successful internet companies. He has also worked for the Government of India in various responsibilities. Besides serving as a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education, he has also chaired the responsibility of the Board of Governors at IIM Calcutta. He also writes columns in Business Standard and has authored a book named “The Wave Rider.”
He received the award of Elite Strategic Business Communicator in 2011 by Association of Business Communicators of India. He also bagged the CIO Choice Award for the best Enterprise Email Solution in 2016.
Mr Amish Tripathi, Indian Novelist
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1997
Ever thought that an IIM Calcutta alumnus authored the author of Shiva Trilogy, the fastest selling book in Indian history? Yes, Mr. Amish Tripathi, the famous Indian author known for works like Shiva Trilogy and the Ram Chandra Series is an illustrious and distinguished alumni from IIM Calcutta. He has written six books which have sold over 4 million copies across the country. They have also been translated into several languages like Tamil, Telugu, Spanish, Polish, and French. Before stepping into his writing career, Mr. Amish worked with several companies like Standard Chartered, DBS Bank and IDBI Federal Life Insurance. For his exemplary writing, he has received several recognitions like the Hall of Fame Awards 2019, Jashn-e-Youngistan Award 2018, Kalinga International Literary Award 2018, Icon of the Year Award 2017, Forbes Celebrity 100 List 2017 and many more.
Mr Gopal Vittal, CEO – Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia)
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1990
Mr. Gopal Vittal is an illustrious and distinguished alumni from IIM Calcutta. After graduating from IIM Calcutta, Mr. Gopal Vittal worked with Hindustan Unilever Limited. During his 20 years of career with HUL, he worked on several projects, the most successful one being Project Bharat- a rural reach strategy that aimed to penetrate the use of HUL products in rural India. He later joined Bharti Airtel. His leadership helped Airtel become the second most valuable brand in India by brand equity. He worked meticulously to make Airtel one of the largest telecom service provider in the country.
Mr Sunil Duggal, Ex-CEO – Dabur India
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1981
Mr. Sunil Duggal, notable and famous alumni from IIM Calcutta, had served as the Chief Executive Officer at Dabur India Ltd for 17 years, making him the longest-serving CEO of the company. Before joining Dabur, he had worked with companies like Wimco, Bennett, Coleman and Co. and PepsiCo. His stint as the CEO helped Dabur grow over 500% from 2004 to 2018.he also played a pivotal role in making Dabur a stand-alone FMCG player in the market. He is also the Non-Executive Director at Fem Care Pharma Ltd.
Mr Krishna Palepu, Academician
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1978
Mr. Krishna Palepu, distinguished and illustrious alumni from IIM Calcutta, is a professor at Harvard Business School for the past 36 years. He is also the Senior Advisor to the President of Harvard University for global strategy. Prof Krishna has published many articles and case studies in the areas of financial analysis, strategy, and governance. He has also co-authored some books like “Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution” and “Business Analysis and Valuation Using Financial Statements: Text and Cases.”
He is also a member of various boards like Brooks Automation, BTM Corporation, and Partners Harvard Medical International. He has also worked for several public company and non-profit boards. He has also been awarded a fellowship in the International Academy of Management.
Late Mr Malli Mastan Babu, Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker
IIM Calcutta, PGP 2004
The first Indian and South Asian to climb all seven summits and the first Indian to climb Vinson Massif and Carstensz Pyramid was an IIM Calcutta alumnus. During his life, Mr. Malli Mastan Babu had always been a courageous and passionate mountaineer, always inspiring others to stay a healthy life by organizing courses on hiking, trekking, yoga, etc. Mr. Malli has been recognized as the fastest seven summiteers in the world. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIM-C in 2011. He was also felicitated with the “Conjee Rustumjee Cohoujee Bey Award.”
Mr Shyam Srinivasan, MD & CEO – The Federal Bank Ltd
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1988
Mr. Shyam Srinivasan a top and distinguished alumni from IIM Calcutta serves as the MD and CEO of The Federal Bank Ltd, one of the major commercial banks in India. Previously, he worked with various leading multinational banks in India, South East Asia, and the Middle East. He also holds key positions in numerous organizations like the Indian Bank’s Association, Policyholder Protection Committee of IDBI Federal, the Global Executive Forum, IBA Committee, and several others.
He is also an excellent speaker. His exemplary leadership style has earned him several accolades like the Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award, The Greatest Corporate Leaders of India Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017 of IIM Calcutta.
Mr Amolak Rattan Kohli, Former Governor of Mizoram
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1966
A graduate from the first batch of IIM-C, Mr. Amolak Rattan Kohli a notable and top alumni from IIM Calcutta served as the Governor of Mizoram from 2001 to 2006. He is also the founder and Director of DAV Institute of Management, Faridabad – India’s first ISO 9001 Management Institute. He also served as an advisor to Industries Office of Finland Ltd and was an advisor to the Chief Minister of Mizoram.
He has also designed and conducted training workshops for managers, administrators and trade union leaders. He has done more than 300 seminars on team building, managing change, etc. He has also worked for the development of rural and tribal communities in the country.
Swami Mukundananda, Founder – Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog (JKYog)
IIM Calcutta, PGP 1984
An engineer from IIT Delhi and a management graduate from IIM Calcutta, Swami Mukundananda left the corporate world to follow Sannyas and dedicate his time to devotional pursuits. He is one of the greatest spiritual masters of today. He has in-depth knowledge of the Vedic scriptures, Bhakti Yog and Indian and Western philosophy. Swami formulated Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog(JKYog), a form of Yoga that incorporates both Hatha Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. He also founded an NGO of the same name to promote JKYog in India and the US.
Besides this, he also a lecturer at Fortune 500 companies and leading universities throughout the world.
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta has a long list of illustrious, famous, distinguished and notable alumni. Here are few more illustrious and famous alumni from IIM Calcutta.
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