Sometime this month, I’ll be interviewing Thota Tharani and I’m inviting you to join in this collaborative podcast. If you have any questions for him, please ask them in the comments section. I’ll pick up select questions and ask him on your behalf.
Here’s a little about the man.
Thota Tharani is an Indian Film Art Director and production designer. He is a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Art Direction. He is highly sought after in the South Indian film industry. He has won the award twice in 1989 and 1997. He has received the Padma Shri in 2001. Most recently, he is the art director of Sivaji: The Boss . He has been the art director for very well known India films from the ’50s till date.
Thota Tharani has been involved in the art of set design since he was just twelve when he helped his father. Be it the creation of a realistic set of the Dharavi Slums or the colourful transparent bus of Kaadhalan, Tharani succeeds in creating the right ambience and the right tone. His realistic sets for Nayakan are awe inspiring and the grandeur of the sets he created for Thiruda Thiruda or Mudalvan add to the flavour of the films.
Most recently, he was the art director of Sivaji: The Boss and Dasavatharam.
He has completed more than 100 feature films as a Set Designer and Art Director. His expertise in magnificent and larger than life sets has been well appreciated and awarded. With all his name and fame he still believes in designing on paper and is also very particular about designing on inch graph paper so that all the designs are on scale and can be easily erected.
Jim Farley is Ford Motor Company’s group vice president, global marketing, sales and service, effective Aug. 1, 2010. In this role, Farley is the company’s most senior marketing leader, reporting directly to Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and chief executive officer. His appointment marks the first time Ford has a single global leader for marketing, sales and service.
Just prior to this position, Farley was group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.
Farley joined Ford in November 2007. Since joining the company, he has led Ford’s drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research. In addition to his global marketing role, he will lead the company’s global sales and service operations – the first time Ford has a single global leader for marketing, sales and service.
Farley’s achievements at Ford include improving overall operation fitness of the company’s marketing and sales operations, his work to globally align the brand, and integration of the global marketing and sales team. In addition, he was instrumental in positioning Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America for continued future growth.
Prior to joining Ford, Farley was group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand. Before leading Lexus, Farley served as group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and Internet activities.
Farley joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic planning department. He served in several product and marketing positions, including Lexus product planner, manager of Toyota truck product planning, manager of the Toyota truck series team marketing and national advertising manager. He also was general manager of product management for Toyota Europe.
One of Farley’s most noted accomplishments is his responsibility for the successful launch and rollout of Toyota’s new Scion brand. As Scion corporate manager, Farley focused on product development, sales planning, customer services, logistics and distribution. He later was promoted to vice president of Scion and was responsible for all Scion activities.
Farley attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his MBA with a focus in finance. Farley and his wife, Lia, have three children.
Atul Bindal is President, Mobile Services of Bharti Airtel Ltd. He is a member on the Airtel Management Board (AMB), and chairs the Mobile Management Board (MMB).
Prior to this, Atul Bindal was President, Telemedia Services. In his previous roles, Atul has served as Executive Director South for the Mobility business, and before that as Group Chief Marketing Officer and Director Mobility.
Atul is a Mechanical Engineer from Delhi University, and a Post Graduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Before moving to Bharti, Atul was Commercial Director, Asia Pacific with DHL at Singapore with executive responsibilities for Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Pricing and E Commerce for the US$1.5Bln region.
Previously, Atul served with AlliedSignal/Honeywell for almost seven years across India, Asia Pacific and USA in various operating and functional roles. He was VP & GM Asia, Middle East and Africa for the Power Systems Business when he left Honeywell. Earlier, Atul has worked in various leadership roles in Marketing, Sales and General Management with American Express, Lipton and Shell.
Paul Mascarenas is Chief Technical Officer and Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2011. In this role, Mascarenas leads Ford’s worldwide research organization based in Dearborn, Mich., and Aachen, Germany.
Mascarenas is responsible for delivering on Ford’s commitment to offer more new products, faster than ever before, by working to leverage greater sharing and reuse of common vehicle and parts designs globally. Mascarenas is also helping develop and implement a Global Ford Brand Engineering DNA.
He has played a lead role in the development and launch of key North America products including the 2008 F-Series Super Duty, 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, as well as the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedans.
Before he was elected a Vice President in 2004, Mascarenas was Executive Director of Product Development for medium and large front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive cars in North America.
Prior to moving to Dearborn, Mascarenas was Vehicle Line Director for the Ford Mondeo, which is the Ford brand’s flagship sedan in Europe, Asia and South America.
Mascarenas joined Ford in 1982. Over the course of assignments in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, he amassed extensive experience in product creation with assignments in Product Planning, Program Management, Body Engineering and Powertrain.
Mascarenas holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King’s College in England. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was elected an SAE Fellow in 2009. He served as General Chairperson for the 2010 SAE World Congress and chaired the 2010 SAE Convergence event.