Ashish K Mishra

  • Ravi Pillai: From farmer's son to construction tycoon 28-11-2013 12:25 PM

    Ravi Pillai Chairman and MD, RP Group of Companies Age: 60 Rank in the Rich List: 34 Net Worth: $1.7 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: A huge shortage of skilled workforce. To overcome this, is planning to set up technical training institutes in India, Middle East...
  • I am no saint, says Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj 22-11-2013 12:20 PM

    Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto Age 75 Rank in the Rich List - 20 Net Worth - $3 billion Key Learning - Every top business school today teaches family business. The basic principles that come to my mind are love, truth and non-violence. You follow those, then there will be...
  • No easy road for Ashok Leyland 30-07-2013 12:54 PM

    Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman of Ashok Leyland, India's second-largest truck manufacturer, got a taste of shareholder activism at the company AGM on July 16. During a three-hour meeting, shareholders expressed displeasure at everything including results performance, dividend payout last fiscal (60 paise per share versus Re 1 the previous year) and...
  • Salman Khan: The hit machine 07-02-2013 12:59 PM

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  • A lean production system is bad for workers 07-09-2012 12:54 PM

    In 1936, Charlie Chaplin released his movie 'Modern Times'. The film starts with the shot of a herd of jostling pigs followed by a frame that captures a swarm of workers entering a steel factory. It makes a telling statement on the similarity in the behaviour of animals and humans....
  • RC Jain: Can't treat contract labour unfairly 06-08-2012 12:21 PM

    Ramesh C Jain Age: 65 Designation: Chairman, Industrial relations task force, CII and Former group vice chairman of Eicher Career: Mr. Jain is the former group vice chairman of Eicher and throughout his career he has held several top positions in CII's industrial relations committees. Currently, he is working as...
  • Mahindra & Mahindra's American speed bump 27-06-2012 10:51 AM

    On January 1, 1959, the government of Fulgencio Batista fell and Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba. Rumours started doing the rounds that all children would be taken against their parents wishes and sent to military schools or to Soviet labour camps. Americas Central Intelligence Agency launched Operation Pedro Pan....
  • CFL bulbs dim out in Delhi 14-03-2012 12:01 PM

    The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) had the right intentions. As incandescent bulbs use too much energy, it decided to replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). CFLs consume only a fifth of the energy used by the tungsten worms. Kerala had already shown the way by saving 300 MW...
  • Tata Motors focuses on going global 29-02-2012 11:55 AM

    As they say, looks can often be misleading. At first glance, the Engineering and Research Centre (ERC) inside the Tata Motors' factory in Pimpri doesn't seem to be the kind of place where great ideas are born. The paint on the walls is a dull shade of blue and white,...
  • IITJEE will be missed 23-02-2012 11:32 AM

    A former director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, professor MS Ananth, recollects a dinner table conversation with an Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. The IAS officer firmly believed that the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) could easily be replaced by any other exam in India. Like what,...
  • The Ice Candy Man and how he built Coldex 09-02-2012 05:50 PM

    You know, there is no easy way to say this, says Gaurav Jain, the 39-year-old managing director of Swastik Roadlines and explains. His father had started Swastik in partnership with two friends. Jain joined the company in 1999 when it was doing very well. It had 23 trucks. None of...
  • 'Media industry will take off with digitisation' 10-01-2012 01:20 PM

    Outgoing CEO of M&M's automotive division Rajesh Jejurikar tells Forbes India why he is excited about moving to Zee Entertainment. Rajesh Jejurikar Age: 47 Designation: CEO, Automotive Division at Mahindra & Mahindra Education: MMS in marketing, SP Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai Career: Joined M&M in 2000 and played a...
  • The Indian education of RenaultNissan's CEO 09-12-2011 10:58 AM

    Joseph Campbell, in his The Hero with a Thousand Faces, explained the making of a hero. The hero starts out ordinary; gets a call to adventure; undergoes severe tests and on survival gets a great boon. After this, he returns to an ordinary life and uses that boon to improve...
  • Second wind for Gamesa 17-09-2011 12:35 PM

    In early 2009, Ramesh Kymal got a phone call that changed his life. Kymal was then the managing director of the Indian subsidiary of Vestas, the biggest wind turbine maker in the world. For the past five years, Kymal had tried and failed to convince his bosses in Denmark that...
  • I don't socialise without my family: Pawan Goenka 05-08-2011 12:33 PM

    Pawan Goenka, 56 Profile: President, automotive sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Experience: A former General Motors executive Key Challenge: Building in-house research and development capability, taking the company's products to global markets Strategy: Giving direction to existing businesses and identifying new avenues of growth In my current role, I am not...
  • Singur is still the waste land 20-07-2011 11:32 AM

    On the night of June 21, around 10 pm, the police of West Bengals Hooghly district descended on Tata Motors half-built Singur plant and threw out the private guards there. In about half an hour, the new government in West Bengal, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, took over the...
  • Toyota has one small car and many big plans 16-11-2010 04:23 PM

    Hot, grimy, full of noxious fumes and occasionally splattered with dog-piss, the road Yoshinori Noritake was staring at in Bangalore seemed forbidding. The chief engineer now for Toyota's passenger vehicles division, he tugged uncomfortably at his custom made suit. The Peace Boulevard in Hiroshima seemed a distant dream from another...