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B. R. Shetty
B. R. Shetty

Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty (known as Dr. B. R. Shetty) is the Executive Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi based NMC Healthcare and UAE Exchange. The company when established in 1975 was initially interested in hospitals and hospitality, but since then has diversified into sectors including pharmaceuticals, global financial services, retail, advertising and information technology.

Career:

Dr. Shetty arrived in the UAE in 1973. As a trained pharmacist he quickly spotted an opportunity in the country’s healthcare sector and realising that healthcare facilities in the UAE were rudimentary at that time and foreseeing tremendous potential, he established New Medical Centre (NMC) in 1975 which expanded significantly over the years and is today the UAE’s largest private healthcare provider. Owing to the reputation and popularity of NMC Healthcare (as NMC is now known), its hospitals and medical centres cater to over two million patients annually across 12 facilities spread over 5 cities and 4 emirates. It is the first healthcare company from the GCC and the first company from Abu Dhabi to be listed on the premium segment of the prestigious London Stock Exchange and is part of FTSE-250 index.

Dr. Shetty identified expatriate aspirations to contribute back to the loved ones left behind in their home countries. This led to the birth of UAE Exchange. Over 30 years after its inception, UAE Exchange is a leading global remittance and foreign exchange brand with a presence in over 30 countries with almost 700 direct offices, touched USD 27 billion in 2013 making it a top player in the global market including USD 8 billion to India accounting for 12% of the foreign inward remittances.

In order to achieve his dream of providing services across the entire healthcare value chain, Dr Shetty founded Neopharma, the UAE based pharmaceutical manufacturer in 2003. Inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Abu Dhabi, Neopharma is centred on using the concept of modular manufacturing following global benchmarks in manufacturing technology and putting in place efficient control mechanisms. Neopharma has its own research and development wing and offers quality medicines at affordable prices. At the same time it has contract manufacturing for international pharmaceutical giants across both innovator products as well as generic brands. Neopharma has relationships with Merck, Pfizer, Biocon, Astra Zeneca, Jubilant Pharma, Boots UK, Hetero Pharmaceuticals and many others.

In addition to his business activities, Shetty is also involved in several philanthropic activities. He was an investor in a medical institution in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, is the founder and patron of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association in the emirates, and is a member of the Advisery Board (Financial Sector), Economic Department, Government of Dubai, UAE and the Pharmaceutical Committee, Dubai. He is also the chairman of Abu Dhabi Indian School.

Awards and recognition:
Shetty has been honoured by the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2007 and the Padmashree by the President of India in the year 2009 for his contribution in the field of trade and industry.

Barry Meyer
Barry Meyer

Early life:

Born in New York City to Perry Meyer and Lillian Katz Meyer, Meyer grew up in a Jewish family, Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in New York and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1967, however his Ohio license was suspended in 2005.
Warner Bros.

Meyer joined the Warner Bros. Entertainment in 1971 as Director, Business Affairs for Warner Bros. Television, following two and a half years in both the legal and business affairs departments of the ABC Television Network. In 1972, Meyer was named Vice President, Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television. In 1978, he became Executive Vice President for the television division and in 1984, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Inc., taking charge of all of the Studio’s television operations.

In 1994, Meyer took on added responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer, which included oversight of the Company’s general operations (including studio facilities, legal and business affairs, general administration, human resources, labor relations, strategic planning, real estate development and government affairs), as well as all of the Studio’s television production and distribution operations (including Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation and the domestic and international television distribution divisions). Meyer was also an integral architect in the formation of The WB Television Network, which went on the air in January 1995 and played a similar role in the founding of The CW.

Barry M. Meyer became Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. on October 4, 1999 after having served as the Studio’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer since April 1994.

Under Meyer’s leadership, Warner Bros. has consistently ranked as one of the strongest, most profitable and best-positioned studios in the industry. In 2009, Warner Bros. Pictures’ domestic division had its most successful year ever, and both the domestic and international division had their ninth consecutive billion dollar-plus years at the box office.

Meyer often serves as a key advisor on industry-wide production, labor and regulatory issues. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Cinema-Television; a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of America; a member of the Board of the Museum of Television & Radio; a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; a member and former Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; a member and past member of the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society; and is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities.

Meyer was honored with the American Jewish Committee’s 2006 Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award for his many humanitarian efforts. In March 2013, Meyer stepped down as CEO of Warner Bros. and was succeeded by Kevin Tsujihara.

Ben van Beurden
Ben van Beurden

Ben van Beurden (born 23 April 1958) is the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc. Van Beurden joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Career:

Van Beurden’s career in Shell spans both Upstream and Downstream businesses. He has held a number of operational and commercial roles including those in Chemicals and LNG. In his 30 year career in Shell, van Beurden has worked in a number of geographies, from his native Netherlands, to Malaysia, United Kingdom and the United States. Before becoming the CEO of Shell, van Beurden was the Director of Shell’s Downstream business from January to September 2013. Prior to this, he was the Executive Vice President Chemicals from December 2006 based out of London, when he served on the boards of a number of leading industry associations, including the International Council of Chemical Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council. He has held a number of key roles in the group’s Upstream and Downstream businesses, including the post of Vice President Manufacturing Excellence from January 2005.

Lauded for his “deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses”, Van Beurden is credited with turning round Shell’s struggling chemicals division. From a loss making enterprise in 2008, the Chemicals business now contributes 5 percent of net earnings. He also worked for a third of his 30-year Shell career in its liquefied natural gas business, which has become a crucial driver of the group’s growth.

In 2014, he was paid €24.2 million.

Personal life:

Born on 23 April 1958, Van Beurden is a Dutch citizen. With his wife Stacey, he has three daughters and a son. According to his official bio, he enjoys reading, running and travelling with his family.

Bernard Arnault
Bernard Arnault

He is a French businessman and art collector. He is the Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A.  He is also the Chairman of Christian Dior S.A.

Bhumibol  Adulyadej
Bhumibol Adulyadej

He is the King of Thailand. He is the longest-reigning monarch and longest-serving head of state in the world.

 

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the former chairman and chief executive of Microsoft Corp., the largest personal computer company in the world. He has always been considered as one of the richest men in the world, with Gates topping the list consistently from the mid-1990s to 2009.  In a way, Gates has already touched the lives of billions of human through the Windows operating system and the MS Office productivity suite. More than that, however, Gates has formed a foundation that would help conduct research on curing and preventing the AIDS disease, upgrading sanitation and improving education all over the world.

Bill McDermott
Bill McDermott

William R. “Bill” McDermott (born August 18, 1961) is the CEO of SAP SE, a position to which he was appointed on May 21, 2014. From February 2010 until May 20, 2014 he was co-CEO of SAP, along with Jim Hagemann Snabe (de).

Early years:

One of four children born to Kathleen (died 2010)  and Bill McDermott, he was raised on Long Island, where he became an entrepreneur while still a teenager, by purchasing a local delicatessen for $7,000 in promissory notes. The deli, Country Deli, paid his way through Dowling College, where he studied Business Management. He is a grandson of basketball player Bobby McDermott.

Career:

After Dowling College, McDermott earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business. After running his own business through high school and college, he began his professional career at Xerox, where he worked for 17 years and rose through the ranks to become the company’s youngest division president.

He then served as President of Gartner and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations at Siebel Systems. He was recruited to SAP in 2002 as the CEO of SAP America and quickly rose, adding to his responsibility South America, Asia Pacific and then Global Field Operations. In 2008 he was appointed to the SAP Executive Board. In February 2010, he became co-CEO of SAP AG. On May 21, 2014, he was promoted to the position of sole CEO of the company, now known as SAP SE. He became the first American to hold that position.

Affiliations:

McDermott is a member of the Business Roundtable  and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT).

Writing:

He wrote a memoir, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office, with Joanne Gordon. The book was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2014. The book won an Axiom Business Book Award.

Personal life:

McDermott and his wife, Julie, a breast cancer survivor, have two sons.

In early July 2015, McDermott slipped and fell at his brother’s house while visiting for their father’s birthday. He landed face-first on a tumbler he was carrying, which broke, causing severe cuts and fractures. After several surgeries, doctors were unable to restore sight in his left eye, which was removed. He continued to lead SAP through telecommuting while recuperating, and returned to headquarters in October.

Birgit Rausing
Birgit Rausing

She is the wife of the late Gad Rausing, who inherited Tetra Laval, the largest packaging company in the world. After he passed away, Birgit took ownership of Gad’s assets, including his shares in the packaging giant.

Bob Dudley
Bob Dudley

Robert Warren “Bob” Dudley (born September 14, 1955) is the group chief executive of BP. He had served as president and chief executive of TNK-BP and on June 18, 2010, was assigned to be BP executive in charge of the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Early life:

Dudley was born in Queens, New York, grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in suburban Chicago in 1973. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, where he joined the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi and served as District 3 Archon. He then obtained a master of international management (MIM) degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Career:

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with BP executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 16, 2010. Pictured, from left, are BP CEO Tony Hayward, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP General Counsel Rupert Bondy, BP Managing Director Robert Dudley, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Attorney General Eric Holder, Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

He joined Amoco in 1979. He worked in a variety of positions including negotiating deals in the South China Sea. In 1994 to 1997 he worked for Amoco in Moscow. He became a general manager for strategy. After BP acquired Amoco he assumed a similar position at BP.

From 2003-2008 he was president and chief executive of TNK-BP. He was appointed when BP went into partnership with a group of Russian billionaires known as AAR. The deal was worth $6bn (£3.6bn at the time). Under Dudley, the joint venture increased oil output by a third to 1.6 million barrels per day. However, he fell out with AAR, who accused him of favouring BP. Disputes escalated and reached a point where BP’s technical staff were barred from working in Russia. In June 2008, Bob Dudley left Russia in haste when his visa was not renewed. At the time, he said he had faced “sustained harassment” from the Russian authorities. For five months, he attempted to run TNK-BP from an undisclosed secret location outside Russia but resigned in December 2008. Wikileaks revealed that Bob Dudley strongly suspected Igor Sechin, Russia’s deputy prime minister and chairman of the state-owned energy company, Rosneft, for organizing a boardroom coup that led him to feel life-threatened.

On April 6, 2009 he became a managing director of BP, and was given oversight of the company’s activities in the Americas and Asia.

On June 23, 2010 he was appointed president and chief executive officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization working with the oil leakage in the Gulf of Mexico, which affects five US states. As head of the organization, he oversaw responsible for the cleaning work in the Gulf, the cooperation with authorities, informing the public about BP’s activities surrounding the disaster and analyzing the damage caused by the disaster.

On July 27, 2010, BP announced that Dudley would succeed Tony Hayward as BP’s group chief executive on October 1, 2010. Dudley was also appointed to the board of directors.

In March 2013, Dudley was offered a seat on the board of Rosneft.

Bob Iger
Bob Iger

Robert Alan “Bob” Iger (born February 10, 1951) is an American businessman who has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company since 2005. Iger oversaw the acquisitions of Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and Lucasfilm in 2012.
Early life:
Iger was born to a Jewish family in New York City, New York, the son of Mimi and Arthur L. Iger. Iger’s father was a World War II veteran who served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Greenvale Marketing Corporation, and was also a Professor of Advertising and Public Relations. His mother worked at Boardman Junior High School in Oceanside.

Iger was raised in the Long Island town of Oceanside, New York, where he attended the Fulton Avenue School and later graduated from high school. Iger completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television & Radio from Ithaca’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Iger began his career as a weatherman for a local television station and joined the American Broadcasting Company in 1974. Iger was instrumental in convincing ABC to pick up David Lynch’s offbeat yet influential Twin Peaks.

In 1989, Iger was named to head up ABC Entertainment. He served as President of the ABC Network Television Group from January 1993 to 1994, while being appointed as Capital Cities/ABC Senior Vice President in March 1993 and Executive Vice President in July 1993. In 1994, Iger was named President and Chief Operating Officer of ABC’s corporate parent, Capital Cities/ABC. In 1996, The Walt Disney Company bought Capital Cities/ABC and renamed it ABC, Inc., where Iger remained President until 1999.
The Walt Disney Company
On February 25, 1999, Disney named Iger the President of Walt Disney International, the business unit that oversees Disney’s international operations, as well as Chairman of the ABC Group. Disney called the change a promotion for Iger; however, the company’s insistence was initially viewed with skepticism, as some thought Iger was merely being removed from day-to-day authority at ABC, since ABC had been struggling.

Iger was named President of Disney in 2000, and later succeeded Michael Eisner as the CEO in 2005, after a successful effort by Roy E. Disney to shake up the management of the company.

Disney named Iger the President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) on January 24, 2000, making him Disney’s #2 executive under Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner. Disney had been without a separate president since Eisner assumed the role following the departure of Michael Ovitz in 1997, after sixteen months at Disney.

On March 13, 2005, Disney announced that Bob Iger would succeed Michael Eisner as CEO. On March 26, Iger reassigned Peter Murphy, Disney’s Chief Strategic Officer, and pledged to disband the company’s Strategic Planning division. Iger also vowed to restore much of the decision-making authority that the division had assumed to the company’s individual business units.

Disney reconciled with former board members Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold, who in July 2005 dropped their “Save Disney” campaign and agreed to work with Iger. In the process, Roy E. Disney was named a Director Emeritus and Consultant.

On January 24, 2006, Disney announced it would acquire Pixar for $7.4 billion in an all-stock transaction. The merger installed animator John Lasseter as Chief Creative Officer of the Disney/Pixar animation studios and Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, the division that designs theme park attractions. This acquisition made Steve Jobs Disney’s top shareholder, with seven percent of outstanding shares, and gave him a new seat on Disney’s Board of Directors. In the same year, Iger also re-acquired the rights to Walt Disney’s first star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, from NBCUniversal by releasing sportscaster Al Michaels from ABC Sports to NBC Sports.

In August 2009, Iger spearheaded negotiations that led Disney to acquire Marvel Entertainment and its associated assets for $4 billion. As of August 2014, Disney has recouped over $4 billion at the box office through the Marvel movies.

Roy E. Disney, who had been critical of Iger for his role as Eisner’s deputy, issued this statement:

“Animation has always been the heart and soul of The Walt Disney Company, and it is wonderful to see Bob Iger and the company embraces that heritage by bringing the outstanding animation talent of the Pixar team back into the fold. This clearly solidifies The Walt Disney Company’s position as the dominant leader in motion picture animation and we applaud and support Bob Iger’s vision.”