Friday, September 21, 2007

Anurag Behar Visits XLRI

Anurag Behar, MD of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and Corporate VP (Brand, Corporate Communication and Community Initiatives, Wipro) visited XLRI on the 18th of September, 2007 to inaugurate XLRI’s CEO Forum for the new academic year.

Mr. Behar, one of India’s youngest managers and among the handful of individuals reporting to Azim Premji, is also an alumnus of XLRI, having graduated from the Business Management Programme in 1992.
His interaction with the students left the students enthralled with students insisting that he visits XLRI again.
Commenting on the sea of changes at XLRI, Mr. Behar was visibly impressed with the infrastructure facilities available at XLRI now and on the interest shown by students.
He spoke on Wipro’s journey so far, interspersed with anecdotes which were relatively unknown; like Wipro’s first plan in 1971 to manufacture scooters which did not materialise. He also spoke about how Wipro today is the largest 3rd party R&D service provider in the world.
Under his leadership, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering Limited’s revenues have grown from $30mn to $200mn, and they have also acquired a Scandinavian company to become a truly global company today.
Finally, Mr Behar also shared with the students his experiences right from his time at XLRI till today. He spoke about how XLRI is probably the only B-school which provides its students with a high degree of people sensitivity which is so critical for a leader to build an effective team. He was all praise for the skills he learnt at XLRI and how they have been helping him even today, in spite of his huge success.

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