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Author and business leader Hema Hattangady talks to editor Karthik Venkatesh shares her personal and professional journey from when she took over as the CEO of a family-owned hardware electronics-based energy management company in 1996, and ethically grew the business manifold, and finally sold the business to a multi-national company in 2009. Along with Ashish Sen, Hema has recently authored a book- Liftoff: The Story of Conzerv, that chronicles these experiences.
Hema Hattangady helmed Conzerv from 1996 to 2008 as CEO. An MBA from IIM Calcutta, Hema joined the business established by her father-in-law in 1990. Eventually, she was appointed CEO and successfully turned around the company before its acquisition by Schneider in 2008. Hema Hattangady helmed Conzerv from 1996 to 2008 as CEO. An MBA from IIM Calcutta, Hema joined the business established by her father-in-law in 1990 after a short stint in advertising and brand strategy. Eventually, she was appointed CEO of Conzerv and successfully turned around the company before its acquisition by Schneider in 2009.
Hema lives in Bangalore with her 94-year-old mother, husband Ashok, daughter Ananya and two cats. Son Raghav is in Cleveland, Ohio. Ashok and Hema share a passion for good food, gardening, humour, wellness and the fellowship of friends and family.
Karthik Venkatesh was born in Calcutta in keeping with family tradition that virtually no one in his family who all call Bengaluru home, were actually born in the city. Karthik’s paternal grandfather moved to the city in and around 1915, lived in other cities for many years and eventually came back home as did his father and Karthik himself. Karthik now works with Westland Books as a Senior Editor and occasionally writes for the popular press on language, history and culture.