From Business Today
The Global Manager
June 25, 2008
. . . Brajesh Bajpai, 37, an alumnus of XLRI's Class of 1996, is the Regional Head, Middle East and North Africa at Mumbai-based FMCG major Marico, which he joined in 2006 as Country Head for Egypt, after spending over a decade with PepsiCo in India across functions as diverse as Sales, Marketing, Operations and Franchise & Brand Management. He has played a key role in the establishment and consolidation of Marico's operations in West Asia and North Africa. . .
. . . Bajpai and Katikala Natrajan represent a growing breed of global managers who have become a necessity in the rapidly globalising world of business. What’s apparent from the brief biographies of the three is that they have the talent and training to efficiently manage businesses in alien and cross-cultural settings. . .
. . . Taking a somewhat radical view, Bajpai says: “It is simply not possible to create a global manager. However, one important trait of a global manager is the ability to handle ambiguity and change. The person should have an open approach to life and situations.” . . .
Professor Venugopal and the institute are also covered in the article.
. . . Says P. Venugopal, Dean, XLRI Jamshedpur: “It has become important for students to be prepared to take on global challenges.”XLRI does this through its student exchange programme with B-schools in the US, France, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Belgium and Sweden. It sends its brightest students to spend the September-December term in their second year living and working abroad. Besides, it brings faculty from different countries to instil a global perspective in its students. . .
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