James Joseph Greco (born January 4, 1958) is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of Pilgrim Holdings and the President and COO of Newk's Eatery. Prior to joining Newk's, Greco held numerous other executive positions in the food service industry including Chief Executive Officer and President of Sbarro, Chief Executive Officer of the restaurant group Le Duff America, Chief Executive Officer of Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc., Chief Executive Officer of Fieldbrook Farms Corporation, and Chief Operating Officer of Natural Country Farms.
Early years and personal life:
Greco was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in nearby Hamden, Connecticut. He graduated from Hamden High School in 1976, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1980, and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, in 1983. Additionally, Greco has completed International Studies at City University, London, England.
Greco is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association. As well as being active on the Board of Advisors for the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University, Greco also serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Food Bank, the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Food Bank, and the Board of Directors of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Greco is the father of two sons, and resides in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife.
After graduating from law school, Greco served as a partner in Connecticut-based Greco and Greco law firm from 1983 to 1991, specializing in consultation to and representation of real estate and corporate clients.
Greco executed one of his first turnarounds at Ellington, Connecticut-based Natural Country Farms, a manufacturer of private label and food service fruit juices, where he served as Chief Operating Officer for five years.
Following Natural Country Farms, Greco served for seven years as Chief Executive Officer of Fieldbrook Farms, a $100 million manufacturer of private label ice cream in Dunkirk, New York. A team of investors, led by Greco, took over a failing Fieldbrook Farms and named Greco Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, he successfully designed and executed a strategic plan to turn the company around. Greco's efforts resulted in a doubling of profits and a large increase in productivity.
Lalit Agarwal is an Indian businessman, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of V-Mart Retail Ltd, a retail chain in India. Agarwal holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Bombay University and a Diploma in Financial Management from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Before founding V-Mart, Agrawal worked in the printing, packaging and retail space. He founded V-Mart Retail in 2002, and as of 2015, the company has over 122 stores in 105 Indian cities. The company went in for successful IPO in 2013, and is now listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India. As of 2015, its market capitalization exceeds Rs.1,000 crores.
Before setting up V-Mart, he was also involved in setting up of a printing and packaging unit, a water theme park in Kolkata and was associated with a retail chain till 2003. He has more than 16 years of rich experience in the retail industry. With a vision to establish the concept of “value retailing” in certain untapped regions of India, he setup up units of retail stores under the brand name of “V-Mart” in the year 2003. He spearheads the company and is responsible for formulating and implementing the business plans. Passionate about creating value for all the stakeholders in the existing ecosystem. Understanding the nuances of various businesses is what gives him kick. Fortunate to be part of retail revolution unleashing in India. Expanding current set of business is prime target right now, but would be open to opportunities, if any, which may or may not be related to retail. Open to Joint ventures or any alliances.
Lalit Jalan (no relation to Bimal Jalan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India) is the Director of Corporate Strategy and Affairs from 7 July 2014 to steer future growth initiatives and was for about seven years the CEO of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, part of the Reliance (Anil Ambani) Group, one of India’s largest corporate houses. He was relegated to the post of CEO from the Board level Director position in Reliance Infra as per the decision taken during the financial year ending March 2013. Apart from his major responsibilities in the Reliance group owned by Anil Ambani, he is also a Director of several other firms which are from his native town Kolkata and some bear his family name "Jalan" (for example Jalan Brothers Private Limited (CIN U17299WB1941PTC010594), Jalan Properties Private Limited, Jalan Infosystems Private Limited, Jalan Reality Private Limited, Data Ware Private Limited, Sunrise Engineering Private Limited, Shree Amrit Properties and Investment Private limited, Devine Dealers Private Limited, Data Management Systems Private Limited and Integrated Bureau and Maintenance Private Limited), which are not part of the Reliance Group or belonging to Anil Ambani.(Source Registrar of Companies, Kolkata where these companies are registered). He continues to hold the post of Chairman, BSES Rajdhani & BSES Yamuna Pvt. Ltd, the Electricity Distribution companies in Joint Venture with Government of New Delhi though the CEOs of these companies are removed frequently facing mismanagement of the Power Distribution System very often in the last 12 years. RInfra is one of India's largest integrated infrastructure company developing projects, through various Special Purpose Vehicles, in several high growth areas in the infrastructure sector including power, roads, metro, cement and EPC.
Lalit Jalan joined Reliance Industries Limited as Chief Executive Officer, Polypropylene Business in 1995. At 39, he was the youngest ever CEO at Reliance.
Jalan is a B. Tech from IIT – Kanpur in 1979. He did an MBA (Finance) from Wharton School and MS (Computer Science) from Moore School of Engineering, (where the first computer was built in 1945), University of Pennsylvania, 1982.
Lalit Jalan was born in Kolkata in a Marwari family. He did his schooling from St. Xaviers School during the early 1970s.
Lalit Jalan resides in Mumbai with his family which includes his parents, wife Anita who is a fashion designer and two sons, who are also Wharton graduates and handle his family business.
Nothing is much known of the career of Jalan from 1979 to 1996 except that he claims to have started his career at General Electric as a Strategic Planner where he learnt the ropes from Jack Welch at his peak. and having worked there for two years, he returned to India and joined his own family venture - ‘Jalan Brothers’( a distributor of plastic products( PVC, HDPE, LLDPE) ) in his hometown Kolkata. Jalan claims to have turned it into a Rs 250-crore business before acceding to his Wharton School batchmate Anil Ambani’s wish to join the Reliance Industries Limited. Jalan’s entrepreneurial experience, during which he tried almost everything from real estate, software, logistics, distribution to even cement, is now an over Rs 1,000-crore business looked after by his son.
In 1995, Jalan joined Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) as the Head of Polypropylene business. Jalan made the fastest ‘billion dollar hit’ in the industry by ramping up the business from zero to a billion dollars in 42 months flat, despite having no background in the petrochemicals industry. He also served as Head of the E-business at RIL, where he initiated practices such as e-procurement and SAP within the group.
Jalan has served Reliance Group in many roles, including holding charge as CEO of RInfra’s Delhi power distribution company, where he reduced power theft from 55% to 4-5% and turned around its operations. At 39, he was the youngest ever CEO at a Reliance company.
From 2003 onwards, Jalan has led the metamorphosis of Reliance Energy, a plain vanilla distribution company into the over Rs 23000 crore RInfra. Today RInfra is India’s largest integrated infrastructure development firm with interests in power, roads, metros, airports, cement and other urban infrastructure projects with a turnover exceeding $4.5 billion.
The areas of oversight given to Lalit Jalan in Reliance Group of Anil Ambani ( Called ADAG) have had their good share of controversies and complications. Power Distribution Companies in New Delhi: BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani Power companies for which Lalit Jalan has been the Chairman are always centre of controversies be it excess energy metering, removal of CEOs frequently and the recent controversy about CAG audit ordered by the Govt of New Delhi ( When Arvind Kejriwal was the Chief Minister) and threat of Revocation of License and Non Payment of dues to Power Suppliers like NTPC.
Laura J. Alber (born September 7, 1968) is an American businesswoman and currently the Director and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. since May 26, 2010, as well as its company president since July 2006. Ms. Alber previously served as President of the Pottery Barn brand, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. from February 11 2002 to 2006. She was responsible for the Pottery Barn Merchandising and Pottery Barn Kids stores.
After acquiring a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she spent several years with The Gap, Inc., Contempo Casuals, and as a small business owner.
She joined Williams-Sonoma in 1995 as a buyer in the Pottery Barn subsidiary brand and later rose to President of that division, serving in that capacity from 2002 to 2006. Alber moved to the newly created role of President of Williams-Sonoma in 2006 where she continued her lead of Pottery Barn and the company's global supply chain, logistics, and Middle East expansion.
In 2010 she was elected to the company's board and named as CEO, replacing retiring W. Howard Lester. At that time, she was the 10th highest paid woman in U.S. business, with an estimated compensation of $13,555,412. In 2011, the San Francisco Business Times named her one of the most influential women in San Francisco.
She is married with three children and a member of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary's advisory board.
He started out as the chief engineer for companies like Ryazantrubo Provodstroy Trust and Kuybyshevtrubo Provodstroy Trust. He then worked for Novafininvest. After becoming the manager of the company, he renamed it as Novatek. He is still the the CEO of the company that is involved in oil and gas production, as well as pipeline and roadworks construction. He is also the majority owner of Samara-JSC, a huge bank that was established in 2006.
Leslie Roy Moonves ( born October 6, 1949) is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.
Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that time, he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995. Moonves has been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999.
Moonves became Chairman of CBS in February 2016.
Moonves was born to a Jewish familyin New York City, the son of Josephine (Schleifer) and Herman Moonves, and grew up in Valley Stream, New York. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971. In his sophomore year he switched his major from pre-med to Spanish and acted in a few plays; following graduation in 1971 he moved to Manhattan to pursue a career as an actor, but after he played a few "forgettable" TV roles he decided to pursue the business side of television instead.
Moonves had upper management experience early in his business career. He was in charge of first-run syndication and pay/cable programming at 20th Century Fox Television. Also at 20th Century Fox Television he was vice president of movies and mini-series. Other positions included vice president of Development at Saul Ilson Productions (in association with Columbia Pictures Television) and development executive for Catalina Productions.
In his early career, Moonves was an actor. He landed a few television roles, playing tough guys on Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man before deciding on a career change. He also worked as one of casting director Caro Jones' first office assistants early in her career.
On April 7, 2003, Moonves portrayed himself in an episode of The Practice.
From early 2004, Moonves has made regular contributions to Late Show with David Letterman. One of these appearances was provoked by Letterman himself when he declared outrage that Jay Leno was featured prominently on the CBS website in an ad for CBS' telecast of the People's Choice Awards. On the Late Show, Letterman jokingly warned the "CBS stooge in the control room" to call his buddies "before things turn ugly." Moonves obliged. Later appearances have taken the same format, with Letterman discussing current events and the CBS network with the company's CEO.
On the March 23, 2015 premiere episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Moonves portrayed himself as the head of CBS, who then sends out a golden ticket that will grant whoever finds it a chance to host the Late Late Show, in an homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Moonves would also appear on the first episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 8, 2015. During this episode, Moonves was repeatedly shown with a giant switch which he could use to switch the network to reruns of The Mentalist (as CBS had aired reruns of scripted dramas in the 11:35 pm time slot over the summer between the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman and the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) if he was dissatisfied with Colbert's performance (which he did, briefly, twice during the show).