Born: Jullundur, India
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Banaras University, India; master’s degree, Wilkes University. Recently completed a leadership development program at Harvard Business School.
First job: Management trainee
What are some universal truths you’ve learned about leading a business?
People make the biggest difference. Don’t just work hard, but work smart. Be passionate.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Six months ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer. But since then, I have met (Spanish banker) Emilio Botin. I admire him so much.
He walks the talk. He built his bank to the ninth-largest bank in the world, and 25 years ago, it was a small bank. We have such similarity in values and principles.
Whom do you admire most outside of business?
Certainly, Mother Teresa. I had a chance to go to her orphanage, and you talk about commitment. She was so dedicated to helping others.
I wish I could have 25 percent of the passion she developed working with the some of the most unfortunate people in the world.