M. Murty is an Indian business executive. He was the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Asian Paints, the largest Indian paint company. Murty, who joined Asian Paints in 1971, had retired in 2008 as the head of decorative business of the organization. However, when the promoters of Asian Paints decided to step down from their executive positions, Murty was roped in to take over as the new professional chief executive. Under Murty’s leadership, Asian Paints scaled new heights, becoming the fourth largest decorative paint-maker in the world. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the “CEO of the Year” award for 2009-’10 by Business Standard, a leading Indian business publication.
He is the richest person in Ireland. He is of Indian ancestry who chairs the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, a construction firm responsible for Mumbai’s biggest buildings. He has an 18.4 percent stake with the Tata Group, the company that owns Jaguar, Land Rover and Tetley Tea. He got his Irish passport in the early 2000s.
He is the co-founder of Microsoft, along with Bill Gates. He is also the chairman of Charter Communications and Vulcan Inc. He is the owner of the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA, the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL and the Seattle Sounders FC in MLS.
He is the Managing Director of Marine Service GmbH, a shipping engineering and consultancy office. He is known for criticizing Bill Gates’ move for billionaires to give away a large percentage of their wealth to charity. Instead, Kramer has called for higher taxes so that the government can do its job of helping the people better.
He is the Chairman and co-founder of Nike. He is also a noted philanthropist by regularly donating to the University of Oregon. The school’s library is named after his mother, the law school building after his father and the athletic gym after his late son. He also opened Nike factories in the US that adhere to strict standards after finding out that the factories in Indonesia were sweatshops that operated under despicable conditions.
Pramod Bhasin stepped down as President and CEO of Genpact, India’s largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company, becoming non-executive Vice Chairman in 2011.
Pramod is a British Chartered Accountant from McLintock & Co, London, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce.
He became an officer of GE. His career with GE and RCA spanned 25 years across the US, Europe and Asia. He was the head of GE Capital in India and in Asia, having earlier worked with GE Capital’s Corporate and Finance Group in Stamford, Connecticut, US.
Pramod started GE Capital International Services (GECIS) in 1997 as the in-house BPO division of General Electric (GE) when K.P. Singh convinced Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, to outsource certain services to India at Gurgaon. Under Pramod GE hired Raman Roy, pioneered business process outsourcing in India, and expanded its operations from India to countries including China, Hungary, Guatemala, Poland, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Romania, South Africa and the United States.
In 2007 the International Quality and Productivity Center at the Shared Services and Outsourcing Global Conclave named Genpact the Global Shared Services Leader of the Year and awarded Pramod Bhasin their Lifetime Contribution Award.
A consultant and advisor in the domain, Pramod Bhasin served as the Chairman of India’s National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) for the year 2009-10, and became a member of the Board of Trustees of NASSCOM Foundation. He is also currently serving as President at TiE Delhi-NCR.
Punit Renjen is chief executive officer of Deloitte Global. Previously, he served as chairman of the board, Deloitte LLP (U.S.), and prior to that, chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Outside of Deloitte, Punit is a member of the boards of directors at United Way Worldwide, US-India Business Council, and Japan Society; and a member of the board of trustees for the US Council for International Business. He speaks regularly on research regarding the attributes of exceptional organizations, particularly the importance of a well-articulated and lived workplace culture of purpose.
Punit has held several leadership roles within Deloitte, including CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP in the US member firm. During his tenure as US Consulting CEO, the US consulting practice experienced tremendous growth despite an ongoing recession, helping it to become one of the largest consulting organizations according to leading analysts’ rankings.
Punit was born and raised in India. He attended Willamette University in Oregon where he earned a master’s degree in management, and now serves on the board of trustees. In 2015, Punit was named among the 100 most influential business leaders who have graduated from schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. He is married and has a son.
“Confidence — it fuels business investments, innovation, and long-term growth. However, the current climate of uncertainty has greatly diminished that confidence slowing economic recovery.”
Building business confidence; driving growth
For the past three years, Renjen has commissioned the Deloitte Core Beliefs & Culture Survey. The 2014 survey found that focusing on purpose rather than profits builds business confidence and drives investment. This is a critical finding — and underscores the significant impact a “culture of purpose” can play in fostering a thriving community.
An array of key indicators shows an economy of fits and starts. Everything from hiring to business inventories is up one month and down the next. As a result, many businesses continue to sit on excess capital rather than put it to productive use. But not all businesses. Those committed to creating meaningful impact for all stakeholders (including clients, employees, and communities) foster strong cultures of purpose. This sense of purpose inspires confidence among leaders and stakeholders alike — and can lead to a competitive advantage in a time of economic volatility.