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Alumni Speak - Ex-PGDM

  • Girish Hukkeri
    Class of 2006
    Current Position: Founder, embryoFund and
    VP Sales at SST India Pvt. Ltd.
    The impeccable intellectual pedigree of many of the institute's professors is unmatched even by the best of the best Business Leadership Schools of the world. The profound & powerful foundation for the intellectual quest of wisdom they lay in the fertile, prepared & competent minds of the learners helps them to seek solutions to the myriad & complicated challenges faced in the business world they are thrown in! I've always found great pleasure in seeking and coming out with the most optimal solutions to the most vexing problems I've ever faced! That's how XLRI, Jamshedpur prepares us! The Alumni are probably the most vibrant! I've met the finest professionals with the highest integrity in the alumni meets. Above all else, ... they are the best of human beings!
  • Manoj Jindal
    Class of 2011
    Current Position: Vice President - Supply Chain Management, Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited Group, Gurgaon
    One of the best decisions in my life was to get admission into XLRI GM program. I was always interested in learning the management side of business, and XLRI proved my decision was right. Excellent pedagogy, world-class faculty and industry-focussed curriculum make sure that students learn all the nuances of business. GM program is focussed on producing top-notch mid-senior level leaders. Rigorous admission process ensures that the cohort is of the best quality and so the learning is immense. Diverse student background enables holistic peer learning. Well spread alumni network of XLers, because of XLRI being one of the oldest B school, facilitate excellent coordination with industry.
  • Santosh Kumar Sahoo
    Class of 2010
    Current Position: Senior Director - Customer Success, MuleSoft, New York
    The current batch of XLRI's PGDM(GM) students are an amazing bunch of future leaders. I had the opportunity to interact with them during my session on "Customer Success". I was impressed by their diverse backgrounds, interesting questions and level of maturity to take up the next level role. Having been a graduate of the program from 2009-10, I can certainly attribute a lot of my professional success to this program. Over the years, the program has only improved in terms of curriculum and the quality of students and currently stands out as the premier MBA program for experienced professionals. Would certainly recommend organizations looking to hire their future leaders to strongly consider this program.
  • Pulasta Mahapatra
    Class of 2015
    Current Position: Senior Consulting Manager,
    Deloitte SEA, Malaysia
    Landing in XLRI was a game-changer and joining GM program was even better. I wouldn't deny that initially, I struggled to keep up with the pace of the curriculum when my peers were demonstrating exemplary performance. The curriculum was rigorous more so as we were in abundance of knowledge but not so of time. Apart from the business know-how, this program helped to shape my character to be able to deal with challenging situations, thrive and stay resilient. More than the degree, the program stressed on the need to develop Industry-specific skill-set like Automation, blockchain, analytics and IoT. Vibrant campus, agile curriculum, amazing infrastructure, brilliant faculty and deep industry connect makes GM special.
  • Ambuj Kumar Tripathi
    Class of 2015
    Current Position: Vice President, Deutsche Bank
    The GM Program is quite rigorous, albeit very rewarding in the long-haul of your career. Your experience, when combined with the top-notch management training of XLRI, produces a potent combination for success. However, just being in XLRI should not be construed as a ticket to high salaries and leadership positions; you need to work very hard on your structured thinking, communication skills and all-round knowledge. XLRI provides every bit of infrastructure, support and best quality course curriculum to help you achieve this. I definitely gained a lot from the program, and it helped me advance much faster than usual in my career. I owe a lot to my interaction with peers in the batch and the race against time to finish all assignments while also maintaining a healthy campus life with participation in extracurricular activities.
  • Ayan Banerjee
    Class of 2014
    Current Position: Supply Chain Finance Lead Analyst, GE Healthcare
    XLRI Ex-PGDM was quite a memorable experience for me, after five years working in a Public Sector this was a welcome change to study with batchmates coming from as varied backgrounds as Medical, Legal and entrepreneurs. XLRI has undoubtedly the best academics curriculum in India, and the god-like Professors have equipped me with immense knowledge to springboard my career into diverse functions. The memories I’ve created with my friends on campus would be etched in my life forever as an XLer.
  • Vivek Srinivasan
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: VP - Project Management Office, RBL Bank
    The one thing that remains constant before XLRI, on campus and after graduation is the person we are within. For me, the absolute synchronization of the ultimate goal - "For the greater good" was the drive. This once in a lifetime journey made me introspect, analyze, evaluate and made the rediscovery an enriching experience. I hope for this adventure for the current batch and wish them all the best for the road ahead.
  • Chandan Kumar
    Class of 2014
    Current Position: Director, Standard Chartered Bank, New York
    Studying at XLRI gave me exposure to a diverse set of people. It enabled me to appreciate different perspectives on the same topic, you do get that perspective over a period of time anyway, but at XL you have access to it much faster and in a compact form. In XLRI campus, you are exposed to so much knowledge and energy that you are in a constant state of ‘creative tension’. Thank You, XL, for evolving me into the individual I am today.
  • Anshuman Jaiswal
    Class of 2010
    Current Position: Principal, Kearney, New York
    I owe my structured thinking, ability to persevere and have broad perspectives on several business issues to XLRI. I always remind colleagues in my current profession of management consulting that if you have gone to B-school, it is to become a leader and to lead by example. XLRI and the general management programme gave me all the opportunities to flourish and grow - the academic environment, the approachable professors and most importantly, talented classmates with diverse perspectives shaped my professional career. What is most important in life is the ability to learn from others, and listen and respect the point of view, even if it diametrically opposite to yours - and XL environment prepares you for that.
  • Abhinav Srivastav
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: Engineering Program Manager, Google Shopping i18n and Surface Expansion Google, California
    My experience at XLRI was nothing short of life-changing. It helped me navigate my professional journey from the high seas of the Atlantic to deep tech in Google. The General Management course structure gave the ability to put a sounding rod to all facets of business, developing a strong management situational awareness. Peer to peer learning, given some noteworthy work experience people, was a significant plus, and I took away tons of practical knowledge. Above all, the XLRI faculty is not just renowned but also very engaging and approachable both during and long after the course.
  • Sreya De
    Class of 2020
    Current Position: Director - Continuing Education, Sutherland
    The one year spent in XLRI has been a massive breath of fresh air for me. I come with an educational experience of 4 years in an all-girls engineering college and a professional experience of almost six years in a Manufacturing Giant. Getting an MBA school experience was an individual milestone that I had my eyes on since 2015! XLRI made that happen! The General Management Program for me was all about round the clock academic rigour, full-fledged debates, team management, sleepless nights, a laundry list of buzz words, countless roller coaster rides of committee work, some amazing friendships, and lots & lots of learning in one thousand different areas (if not more). The teachers make sure to give you a tough time with a smile on their faces and leave you in awe of the excellence of the XL culture. XL has been XL because of the people - be it the immensely active & dedicated students whose creativity knows no bounds, or the best in class faculty who ensure to make you indebted to them for life, or the staff, who make sure your stay in the campus is worth every sweat, penny, and tear! Once you set foot in the XL premises, it’s the brand that forces you to bring out your best self and make magic. And that’s exactly what happened to me! I will be forever grateful for such an incredible experience in this awesome institution!
  • Anu Senan
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: Business Transformation Specialist, UNICEF, New York
    As a working executive with prior experience, I found the one year executive MBA programme at XLRI to be different from a regular MBA from other B-Schools.
    In the first few weeks of the programme, students are immersed in a team-building exercise that includes living in the wilderness overnight and exposure to rural and tribal communities in the state. In a fashion uncommon to the academic world, the business management programme forces future leaders and managers to leave the comfort of their classrooms to understand the real challenges that India’s poorest and weakest face.
    In the rigorous year-long programme, students are expected to unlearn their existing concepts of management and corporate leadership and learn new ways of working and thinking. It was truly a humbling experience to learn from professors who are some of the most renowned in their field.
    The classroom became a delightful training ground in understanding and accepting differing viewpoints when students with diverse industry backgrounds and varying levels of work experience came together. As they say, the mark of true education is how well you can entertain an idea without accepting or rejecting it.
    XLRI didn’t just provide me with a degree for the corporate world. I walked away with the skills to navigate the challenges that life throws our way and the desire to work for the greater good of society.
  • Tirthankar Pal
    Class of 2015
    Current Position: Principal Product Manager, Ribbon Communications
    XLRI Ex-PGDM course is meticulously structured to cover all the essential components of business and general management, that prepares you well to solve complex business challenges. As a product leader, you have to make critical business decisions every day for your product portfolio in ambiguous situations. Ex-PGDM's strong case-based pedagogy and real-world problem-solving approach has equipped me to become a successful product management professional. All that I learned in this program; I apply every day as a Product Manager. I am forever indebted to XLRI for that.
  • Avik Podder
    Class of 2018
    Current Position: Project Manager and Business Analyst, Bandhan Konnagar
    My journey in the GM program was nothing short of a rollercoaster ranging from the insanely difficult strategy and quant courses to the fun filled critical communication course. The friends and professors and the pride of being part of an elite alumni made all the effort worth it. The brand XL and the instant recognition it brings, does give me an edge among my peers.
  • Renu Dubey
    Class of 2019
    Current Position: Senior Cloud Consultant, Hexaware Technologies, Chennai
    I recollect all the ambiguous thoughts which entered my mind when deciding to join XLRI GM Program and today where I stand, I feel so grateful to take this decision. This program gave a great platform to transform myself to be a future leader. I work as product Manager for Cloud strategy at Hexaware, wherein we interact daily with top leadership and our C-suites. I can't imagine anything like this possible before my MBA life. I not only got to be part of this great legacy , but also got a great exposure to interact with world class faculty, diverse professions(classmates). I fell in love with the whole ecosystem which gave me an attitude to be prepared for every situation.
  • Mahak Kapoor
    Class of 2020
    Current Position: AVP-HR, Genpact
    I can undoubtedly say that joining the GM course at XLRI was the crème de la crème moment of my life. This exhilarating one-year journey of hard work, perseverance, stimulating conversations, lifetime memories, learning from erudite faculty and above all, the way of life that XLRI teaches, has definitely made me a better person. Cherry on the top is the culture and landscape of XL which is so mystical and draws one back to itself. I yearn to live back these memorable days of my life again!
  • Vikas Bansal
    Class of 2005
    Current Position: Managing Director, Fashion TV Salon Academy
    Hailing from the pioneer batch of 2005 of GM batch, it was a difficult decision to trade off conventional offers I got from others at par B-Schools. Definitely, it was a full turnaround of my career. The kind of exposure to business ethics, alum network, XL joy of giving is far beyond one's expectations. GM course being the best possible tailored for working executives to escalate to CXO levels, has helped us all. The work life balance leading to a psychosomatic wellbeing has been the master takeaway with the Jesuits vision. XL is not just about an MBA, it's rather a lifetime achievement award, which you earn in advance. XL meri Jaan!!!
  • Arijit Kar
    Class of 2019
    Current Position: Decision Analytics Consultant, ZS
    The PGDM(GM) program at XLRI is an excellent enabler for experienced individuals who wish to master the art of leadership. The program doesn’t limit itself to mere upskilling rather help manifest different dimensions within to prepare oneself as a responsible future leader. Be it rural immersion or nicely crafted curriculum, deep industry connection or scope of peer learning; I thoroughly enjoyed the depth and diversity of the program and eventually was able to make the transition from project management to consulting, that too in a different domain altogether.
  • Shashi Kumar
    Class of 2019
    Current Position: Product Manager, SBI
    Every moment I spent at XL turned out to be lifetime memories. The best thing about our batch was its diversity which helped me excel in a wide range of knowledge areas. This amazing one year nurtured me to grow into an industry-ready individual. I got job offers from many reputed MNCs like UHG, Tech Mahindra, IPAC and many more in diverse roles. Now I am working as a Product Manager at SBI in its Digital Transformation and E-commerce department for an ambitious B2B marketplace project. Thanks, XL for extracting my best!!
  • Nikhil Kumar Sahu
    Class of 2020
    Current Position: Senior Consultant, L&T Infotech
    XLRI General Management is a course that helps you realize the potential you never knew you had. It provided me with the much-needed jumpstart in management that I had been seeking. The course not only teaches you the business skills but also helps you develop as a person. I have lived the best time of my life inside the XLRI campus, and for that, I shall always be thankful to the institute.
  • Deepak Saini
    Class of 2018
    Current Position: Associate Manager, Accenture
    Ex-PGDM/ Ex-PGDM program at XLRI, a pioneer in providing experienced professionals with Full-Time MBA in India, gives the opportunity to develop all the skills required to tackle business problems ahead of future leaders. The collective experience of more than 500 years of the class helps in extensive peer learning in the form of real-life examples. A student-friendly environment and the best faculty makes it one of the most sought-after MBA programs.
  • Bhaskar Chandra Chawda
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: Data Scientist, Exxon Mobil
    My journey at XLRI Ex-PGDM course was inspirational and thought-provoking. Prior to joining the course, I had worked as a software developer doing the work provided by someone without ever questioning or seeing the value of my work for customers. Also, I rarely envisioned the future needs of clients and was completely focused on the technical aspects of work. Management course broadened my thought process and enabled me to think broadly from a value perspective. The professors at XLRI are unique in their methodology wherein the case-study driven approach challenges our mind to think creative ideas to solve a problem.
  • Ravi Kumar
    Class of 2012
    Current Position: Sr. Product Manager, Unisys
    XLRI through the Ex-PGDM program enabled me to learn new things. The art of learning and taking up new challenges is the biggest takeaway for me from the institute. The family-like environment, excellent campus and brilliant and bright peer group made the time at XL memorable. I am so grateful that I can call XL my alma mater.
  • Arghya Mukherjee
    Class of 2015
    Current Position: Associate Director - Retail and CPG, WNS
    The XLRI GM course helped me to envision how technology can help in the strategic transformation of business. I have transitioned into the role of data science and analytics leader, from a pure technology analyst role. The right mix of professor, subjects, variety of electives and peer group helped me to solidify my understanding of the domain and business.
  • Arijit Bose
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: Founder, Reviewia
    After working in the corporate world for close to 10 years and being part of mid-management, I felt the pressing need to upgrade myself in order to forward myself towards my professional pursuits. The Ex-PGDM program at XLRI delivered precisely what I was looking for. While the academic sessions were informative and insightful, the real value add was the quality of peer learning. Brushing shoulders with brilliant brains from varied industries like Manufacturing, Advertising, Aviation, Automotive etc. really expanded my world view and eventually gave me the confidence to plunge into the world of entrepreneurship. The startups that I have led since coming out of XLRI have been a huge breakaway from my pre - MBA profile. I am very fortunate to have gone through this program at XLRI, which provided a significant impetus to my business aspirations.
  • Kumar Utsav
    Class of 2016
    Current Position: Director - Product Management, WhiteHat Jr
    I had joined Ex-PGDM after six years of industry experience, and I was really amazed by the learning opportunities in/out of the classroom environment. While MBA pedagogy was filled with case studies, assignments and peer learning, fact that really stood out for me was the constant support from faculty throughout the program. The program ensured that we have ample exposure to systematic thinking towards business problems. Ex-PGDM gave me a launchpad to explore newer horizons and enabled me to explore new industries with confidence. I attribute my rapid career growth post-MBA to the values and learning I had during my MBA. Not to forget, exemplary batch-mates and serene campus added priceless value to the overall experience.
  • Utpal Bhowmick
    Class of 2010
    Current Position: Director Sales – Middle East & Africa, Hughes Network Systems International
    While researching top national and global MBA programmes, I found the XLRI GMP to be the best fit. The pedagogy of the programme and world-class faculty aided my decision. The curriculum has a strong focus on developing analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Close interaction with some of the best minds in business gave coming from diverse backgrounds gave me a unique opportunity to ‘unlearn’ the obvious and 'learn' to question the status quo. Case studies and workshops with industry leaders have helped me develop my own perspectives beyond classroom learning. 10 years after passing out of this program, when I see my journey today, I have provided vision to several projects in diverse cultural settings and grown as a leader in my professional journey. I recommend this program as a long-term career investment to grow as an efficient and an effective professional leader.
  • Vineet Taneja
    Class of 2013
    Current Position: Lead - Portfolio Strategy & Consumer Insights, Global Product Planning, Hero MotoCorp Limited
    Transformation! That's the word for GMP, that’s the word for XL. The best year of my life so far! A year full of night-outs yet never being short of energy, a year of rigor & hardship yet never having a moment of dullness, a year to win the race at any cost yet building true friends for life...in the end a year that transformed me as a person and as a professional.
  • Subroto Guin
    Class of 2009
    Current Position: Director at MIT world peace University, Pune
    GMP has been the turning point of my life...I left a well settled job in USA to pursue this course and now I know that my decision was right. My career has been on rocket and neither recession nor Covid could slow it down. The friends I made here, and the mentors I got will be a lifelong treasure.