A marked growth slowdown - both at home and abroad - and rising geopolitical tensions make this a testing period for business. Equally, companies must start gearing up for the next upturn, which could come sooner than many expect. IMA’s 2019 CEO Roundtable aims to set the context for what CEOs should expect from the operating environment as a new year rolls in.
- Day 1Thursday, December 5th 2019
- Day 2Friday, December 6th, 2019
- Day 3Saturday, December 7th, 2019
- Day 4Sunday, December 8th, 2019
- Welcome Dinner
- Rise of Titan
- The IndiGo Story: Driving Excellence
IndiGo is today India’s largest airline by passengers and fleet size, holding a market share of over 48%. Since its establishment in 2006, it has grown from a single-plane carrier to a fleet of 238 aircraft operating across 78 destinations, including 20 abroad. Over the years, IndiGo has built a reputation for high operational reliability and outstanding customer service. Critically, it has managed to stay profitable for 10 years running - no mean feat, given the industry’s reputation for low margins or even perennial losses. A key differentiating factor has been the Finance team at InterGlobe Enterprises - IndiGo’s parent company - which has helped enable both cost efficiency and operational excellence. Anil Parashar was previously Group CFO at InterGlobe Enterprises. There, he oversaw a number of key transactions and leveraged his financial acumen to lead InterGlobe through the various stages of its evolution, providing both strategic and financial leadership across the Group's businesses. Engage with Anil, and learn from the challenges he and his team at Finance overcame while helping to take a once-fledgling airline to the very top of its industry.
- Governance: The CEO’s Remit
Dr Mukund Govind Rajan served for 23 years with the Tata group, where he held a number of senior positions including that of Brand Custodian and Chief Ethics Officer of the Tata Group. During his tenure, he experienced cases not only of the highest standards of ethics and integrity that one has to come to expect of the Tata group, but challenges and dilemmas, too. He also had the opportunity to witness firsthand one of the biggest Board conflicts in India’s recent corporate history. Mukund will examine the role of the CEO and the Board in ensuring governance and share anecdotes and practices for business leaders based on his extensive experience.
- Sunset at Brunton Boatyard
Note: Assemble at Grand Hyatt jetty by 3:45 PM to depart at 4:00 PM. Please plan for comfortable clothing, walking footwear, sun shades and hats.
- Responsible Tourism
CGH Earth, a five-decade-old hospitality group, stands for creating experiential holidays and rests on core values – sensitivity to the environment, inclusion of the local community and adoption of the local ethos. This eco-friendly hotel chain is often credited as one of the major contributors to Kerala’s tourism industry. With a portfolio of 17 hotels comprising 409 rooms spread across Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, CGH Earth has been selling the concept of unique holiday experiences to both domestic and expat travellers. Jose Dominic, a Chartered Accountant by qualification, joined his father’s business in 1978 at Casino Hotel, Cochin leaving an accounting firm in Mumbai. He took over the reins of the enterprise, which grew into a group of hotels that came to be known as Casino Group of Hotels.
Meet Jose, a pioneer of responsible tourism, at Brunton Boatyard as he shares his fascinating journey of creating a profitable business that is focused on preserving our ecology, heritage, culture and community. Brunton Boatyard in Fort Kochi is inspired from its colonial history. A former shipyard in British times, it has been converted by us to faithfully reflect the symbols and signs of a historical period known for its stately grandeur and good taste as expressed through its ambiance, amenities, service and food
- The Economy: India in the Context of
a Changing World
After nine straight years of growth, the global economy is showing signs of fatigue and a recession is possibly round the corner. Advanced economies are under stress and whilst the US appears to be in good shape, its inverted yield curve would suggest that there are darker undercurrents to be watchful of. All of this assumes greater significance in the context of global trade wars, shifting geo-political equations and continuing stress within the Chinese economy. Within India, a slowdown is now firmly in place and is likely to take several quarters to play itself out. CEOs will need to reexamine business strategies and develop suitable responses.
Adit Jain will provide an assessment of global mega-trends and their implications for business. He will also comment on India’s medium-term economic prospects and offer a perspective on how companies can adapt to maintain growth and protect margins. Adit is IMA’s Editorial Director and has authored over a thousand pieces on business and policy issues over the years.
- Creating and Protecting Brand Value
Engage with Kiran Khalap, one of India's leading brand practitioners and consultants, as he outlines the imperatives of brand creation and protection in the digital century.
- Discussion Break
- Making Sustainability Part of Business
This panel discussion seeks to explore the issue of sustainable manufacturing and will be led by Mukund Vasudevan, Managing Director of Ecolab Food Safety and Hygiene Solutions, a company that offers solutions to manufacturing enterprises towards making their processes more efficient and environment-friendly. Sanjeev Sharma, Country Managing Director, ABB India, will offer perspectives on how companies are incorporating sustainability into their processes; the policy and regulatory issues that come in the way, or indeed aid them; the trade-offs they have to make; and the payoffs they are seeing.
- From Balakot to Article 370: India's Strategic Shift
The NDA government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and split Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories caught many by surprise. Looking ahead, this will have implications, not just for India’s domestic politics but also for foreign relations. How might events play out in the medium-term and over a longer horizon, particularly with the US, Pakistan and China? Might the Valley be expected to return to ‘normalcy’, or something like it, in the foreseeable future? And how, once the dust has settled, will the move impact the governance and development of this region?
Pramit is the Foreign Editor at the Hindustan Times. A specialist in the analysis of Indian foreign policy and political economy, he has served as a senior journalist for over three decades. He is presently a Fellow and Head of Strategic Affairs at the Ananta Aspen Centre of India, and an advisor to two consultancies, Rhodium Group and BowerGroupAsia. Pramit was a Member of the Indian government's National Security Advisor Board for four years. He will present his views on what led the government to take this bold step, how it is likely to play out on the ground, and it’s possible ‘fallout’, both local and international.
- Tri-Sector Professionals:
The New Stars
In our complex and interconnected world, solving any of society’s large and compelling problems will require all three of its major actors – the government, businesses and civil society – to work together. Regardless of scale or power, none can accomplish success without the active engagement and collaboration of the other two. But for such a partnership to work, leaders have to be able to work across all three sectors – private, public and nonprofit. They have to become ‘tri-sector athletes’. What are the characteristics of such leaders and how does one hone and imbibe the relevant skills?
In this session, Anuradha Das Mathur will explain about how the future belongs to tri-sector professionals and how every business leader should aspire to become one.
- Sunset Cruise
- Inspiring Change
Pradeep Sangwan is an adventurist who trekked the Himalayas as a youngster and was appalled to see the mounds of litter left behind by careless travellers, and by the official apathy he encountered. He founded the ‘Healing Himalayas Foundation’ with a mission to restore India’s prized mountain range to its pristine glory. The idea took birth a decade ago and today, several campaigns later, his organisation has cleared almost 400,000 kg of waste from the Himalayas. Pradeep will share the challenges he faced and the successes he achieved in his difficult but fulfilling journey.
- Leadership Lessons from
the Armed Forces
- Discussion Break
- Living Fully and Longer
Healthy living and a balanced lifestyle are about a lot more than complicated diets, rigorous exercise routines, ‘balancing work and life’, and so on. It begins with a first-principles-based understanding of how the human body functions – why it weakens and how it can be strengthened. Disillusioned with the conflicting and often ineffective advise thrown about by self-styled experts and even medical doctors, Rahul Bhasin has invested considerable time and energy researching this subject. He will share insights from his work that can help us all live better and longer.
- Luncheon and Close
Children are welcome to join the Partners Programme in the daytime activities (except formal conclave sessions). As indicated at the time of registration, dinner functions are however ‘adults only’ and we would request you to ensure that alternate arrangements have been made– please contact the hotel for baby-sitting facilities if required. The programme mentioned above is intended to provide a holistic set of activities that are both entertaining and interactive. This is however completely optional – partner participants are welcome to plan independent of this programme if desired. Please inform the IMA team of the same if so. All speakers, sessions and timings are tentative and subject to ongoing confirmation. Dress Code : Informal/smart casual, also for the evenings.