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Upcoming Podcasts at CNN Asia Business Forum

I’m right now in Bangalore to attend the CNN Asia Business Forum, which is an invite only event that brings together key business leaders and thought influencers to assess India’s position in a tumultuous global economy.
I’ve lined up podcast interviews with very interesting personalities. The list includes:

Ajay Singh, CEO of SpiceJet Airlines

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara Airlines

Nandan Nilekani, Cofounder of Infosys

Yesterday I had a very interesting interaction with Sunita Rajan, Senior Vice President, Advertising  Sales at CNN.

In the conversions, I look forward to digging into their career journey, life lessons and explore new ideas and innovations that capture their imagination.

Very excited for the event.


Got Questions for MD of LG Electronics India?


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As part of my continuing journey to interview corporate head-honchos for Kiruba.TV, I’m meeting up with Mr.Soon Kwon, the Managing Director of LG Electronics India.

Soon Kwon is a LG veteran and has been with the organization for the past 25 years.  He has had a wealth of experience in managing international markets, sales and administration.

He was the President and CEO of LG Electronics Business Solutions company before being appointed to the new role. Earlier, he served as a Managing Director at LG Australia in 2009. He has also held senior positions within LG in the US and Canada.  He is passionate about Golf and enjoys reading.

I’m off to Delhi to meet up with him and if you have any questions for him, please send it to me at Kiruba@Kiruba.com. I would be happy to ask him on your behalf.


My Turn to be Interviewed: Podcast with Rajeev Suri

At the India Digital Summit in New Delhi, organized by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India), I was introduced to a very interesting person. The person had an infectious smile, overdose of positivity and a boisterous laugh. Say hello to Rajeev Suri, a Senior VP with Reliance Group and who has had leadership roles at Infosys, Colgate-Palmolive and Cafe Coffee Day. More about at his Linkedin profile.

Rajeev and I share a common passion. Podcasting and interviewing leaders. I pulled him aside to get him on my show but he laid a condition that I should appear on his show too. The deal was stuck. Here is the video of our conversation where Rajeev asks me some very interesting questions. My part of the deal is due soon.

You can watch more of Rajeev’s podcasts here.


Podcast Interview with K.V.Prasad, Ford’s ‘What Next’ Guy.

I’m here at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum on an invitation from Ford and NASSCOM to conduct an unconference for digital influencers in the automotive space.  I decided to take this opportunity to fix an appointment for a podcast interview with Mr.K.V.Prasad.

K. Venkatesh Prasad is Ford’s “What’s Next” guy, responsible for fostering global cross-functional innovation at Ford.  He  is the founding leader of Ford Motor Company’s Infotronics Technologies Group – a globally distributed activity the company established in 1998.

In this capacity, he oversees Ford Motor Company’s engagement in global multimedia standards and the related development of vehicle communications & computing technologies. Earlier, Dr. Prasad led research in the area of computer vision, electronic imaging and pattern recognition.

He imagined the vehicle as a software platform where features and services could be beamed in from the outside – without incremental built-in hardware. That revolutionary mind-set led to the development of Ford SYNC. Software-based, the voice-activated SYNC system allows Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners to seamlessly connect to their cell phones, MP3 players and a host of other features and services in and through their vehicle – hands-free.

Prasad was born in Chennai and attended schools there and in Bengaluru, Pune and New Delhi. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from NIT-Trichy in 1980, and holds double Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Madras and Washington State University, Pullman. He completed his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering in 1990 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in USA.


Interviewing Manish Sharma, Panasonic India’s Director of Marketing. Got Questions for Him?

This week’s guest on Kiruba.TV is Manish Sharma, Panasonic India’s Marketing Head.  Kiruba.TV, is my podcast show where I interview achievers and top management professionals. This is a collaborative, crowd-sourced podcast show where you get to actively participate. If you have any questions for Manish, please leave them in the comment box below or mail them to me at Kiruba @ Kiruba.com. Alternatively, you can sms your question to 09841597744 or tweet it @Kiruba.

Here’s info about Manish Sharma.

As Director of Marketing, Manish Sharma has been formulating and implementing Panasonic’s marketing initiatives in India. He joined Panasonic in August 2008 as Product Head for VIERA range of Flat Panel Televisions and was subsequently elevated to Director of Marketing in April 2010. Manish comes with a rich 14 year experience and industry knowledge, having worked previously with electronic majors like LG Hotline, Samsung India & Haier India.

He has been instrumental in celebrity associations with Panasonic and endorsement of sporting events. With his understanding of Panasonic and the India market, he has helped the Panasonic brand to make it high on local flavor with a major youth connect.

Following the success of Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor’s association with Viera brand of Panasonic Televisions, Manish introduced another Bollywood star Katrina Kaif to be the face of Panasonic’s Home Appliances range. Panasonic becoming the Official Electronics Partner for the Delhi Daredevils Team and the Indian National football team has marked Panasonic’s foray into sporting events. Also Panasonic signed Dia Mirza as the face for Eco ideas – CSR initiative. These initiatives have been instrumental in channel penetration and consumer excitement for Panasonic products.



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