At RSB, we have a panel of mentors who are senior executives from various leading companies. Each mentor is assigned a small group of students to take under their wings. The mentor plays a vital role in shaping the individual by guiding them throughout their journey at RSB. The mentor collaborates with the students at various strategic intervals and provides his expert advice and guidance to help the student excel in industry preparedness as well as academics. The Corporate Mentorship Program gives the student a sense of confidence to go out and face the world on his/her own.
An Engineer with MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, currently CEO of a fast-growing Real Estate Organisation. Core Competence includes strategic Management skills, Marketing skills, Product Management skills etc.. A professional with 30 years of experience, most of them as profit Centre Head in the fields of Automobiles, Appliances and ACs, Furniture and Real Estate.
Mr. Pradeep Cholayil hails from Cholayil family of Kerala,
well known for their practice of Ayurveda for generations. He started his career as the
Head of Marketing& Finance Departments of Cholayil. Under the able guidance of his
father and founder of the Company, Late Dr. V.P. Sidhan, Mr. Pradeep grew to become the
Chairman & Managing Director of the company. He was instrumental in launching the
Company’s flagship brand Medimix all over India in 1999 and over 25 different countries
subsequently thus making it as world’s largest sold Ayurvedic soap brand. It was with
his zeal and efforts that the Company could acquire two personal care brands Cuticura
and Krishna Thulasi in the years 2001 and 2011 respectively and that the Company could
expand its product portfolio to a wider range of soaps, cosmetics and Ayurvedic pharma
Mr. Pradeep is a Rotarian and is a Past President of Rotary Club of Madras Metro. He is also a member of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO). His hobbies are Photography & Music.
Mr. Pradeep is a B.Com. graduate and he is an alumnus of Harvard Business School in US where he has completed his Owner President Program. He is married to Mrs. Jayadevi, who besides being Director of the Company, runs her own lifestyle premium boutique called “Jullaaha” in Chennai. The couple is blessed with two children, a son with the name Lasakan and a daughter with the name Susmera.
Murali Sundar is currently working as the Business Director of
Henkel Beauty Care that is the Professional Hair-care division of Henkel Adhesive
Technologies India Pvt Limited. Since March 2008, he has been responsible for all the
operations of the business in India and Sri Lanka.
He has been instrumental in the operational break -even of Indian business for Henkel Professional division first time in the year 2008, since its entry in India in the year 2000. These changes enabled Henkel to achieve a 40% growth in top lines and over 200% in bottom-line Y-O-Y.
Murali began his career as a Sales Professional with ITC in the Tobacco division for 5 years and went on to become the Sales Manager- India. In his 6 year stint at CavinKare he successfully campaigned and strategized for brands like Chik shampoo & Fairever to mention a few. Before Henkel, he was with Cholayil Private Limited, where he headed the Sales and Marketing division for over 3 ½ years.
Murali Sundar has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from DOMS, University of Madras.
Specializing in Marketing, Solutioning and Presales for the
last 15+ years. Predominantly working on Application Development and Maintenance
outsourcing and offshoring deals. Solid experience in Delivery and Project Management.
Handled client relationships independently, as Account Manager & Business Relationship
Specialties: Solutioning, Contract Analysis, Negotiation, Commercial Structuring, Handling HR Complexities, Ability to work and contribute across streams (Delivery, Legal (Terms and Conditions), HR and Pricing)
Ravi Santhanam – Founder & CEO of MetaDrsti Advisory, Chennai is a
Strategic Consultant and a Leadership Coach. He brings over a decade of experience as
Managing Director & CEO of large organisations, in addition to insights gained over 36
years as a professional. Ravi has a track record of turning around businesses by building
strategic alliances, stake holder relationships, teams and brands. Experiences across
functions and in general management, has given him a realistic appreciation of the
opportunities and challenges inherent in each business context. In recent years, in his
capacity as a leadership coach he has been working closely with CEOs & CXOs across
industries and cultures, helping them and their organisations grow. His ﬁnal three
corporate assignments were as – Managing Director & CEO – HML including Mitsubishi Motors
business in India – Managing Director & CEO – Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. –
Executive Vice President – Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Academic Credentials: Advanced Management Program: Harvard Business School MBA: IIM Calcutta BTech: IIT Madras Coaching Certiﬁcations / Accreditations: Marshall Goldsmith : Stakeholder Centered Coaching : Global Leader of Future Coaching Foundation of India : CEO Coach Current Involvements: – Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, New Delhi – Member, Advisory Board, Rajagiri Center for Business Studies, Cochin. – Member, Advisory Board, Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai. – Guest Faculty at IIT Madras & IIM Calcutta – Automotive Industry Specialist in India for JETRO Chennai. – Senior Advisor to SKP Cross Border Consulting Ltd. Ravi is also a keen sailor and has been awarded or his contributions to the sport, by YAI.