Monthly Meeting: February 2013

The 17th meeting of BBG Chennai was held on 21st February at ITC Grand Chola.

Our Chairman, Christie Cherian welcomed the gathering and kickstarted the monthly meeting. Firstly, he thanked Mr. Philippe Charraudeau of ITC Grand Chola who had sponsored the meeting. Then he made announcements of the meetings and social initiatives and other initiatives that BBG is embarking upon.

The first part of the meeting was a members Presentation by Nitin Seth, Executive Director (LCV & Defence), Ashok Leyland. He shared the story of Ashok Leyland and how it has build a sustainable and profitable business over the years. This was followed by a preview of the BBG website by Vikas Chawla from Social Beat who have re-designed the website to give it a more professional user interface.

Our patron and British Deputy High Commissioner for South India, Mike Nithavrianakis updated the members on the recent initaitives including the visit by British PM David Cameroon and also the forthcoming visit of British Deputy High Commissioner in Trivandrum. He also graciously invited all the members to the Queens Birthday Celebrations on the 6th of March. Mike also took the opportunity to introduce the speaker of the evening, Ravi.

Ravi Viswanathan is the President of the TCS Growth Markets business. He also heads the Chennai Operations, which has an employee base of over 64000 employees. He has been in the Tata Group for over 25 years and has been an integral part of TCS strategy formulation and execution teams. Over the course of the evening he shared the success story of TCS with an emphasis on its UK operations and how local employees form 50% of the workforce.

The evening concluded with notices from Balajee and Vote of Thanks by Louise Dawson.