Nirmalya Kumaris aLondon
Between 2001 and 2009, he also served on five Boards of Directors of Indian
firms includingACC LimitedandZensar
Kumar was until recently a member-group executive council at Tata Sons.
He wrote a blog post about his exit from this role that went viral. Before
this, he was a Professor of Marketing and Director of Aditya Birla India Centre
atLondon Business School.
He previously served on the faculty ofHarvard
Business School, IMD-International Institute for Management Development(Switzerland), andKellogg School of ManagementatNorthwestern
He has authored seven books on marketing and business-related topics. He
is notable for proposing the culture of "3Vs": valued customer, value
proposition and value network, explained in his bookMarketing as Strategy:
Understanding the CEO's Agenda for Driving Growth and Innovation. He
appears on the lists of Thinkers50, World's Best B-School Professors, and 50
Most Influential Business School Professors. In 2011, he received the Global
Village Award by Thinkers50 for the person who contributed most to the business
community's understanding of globalization and the new frontiers established by
emerging markets. In 2012, he received an honorary fellowship from School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.