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Retired Corporate Leader

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 11 Jun 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Once upon a time, there was a family whose very name connoted wealth. The Vanderbilts had a vast empire built on freight through steamboats and railroads. Over a few generations, the wealth-worth billions in today’s money-had been frittered away and the business itself faded as new options came up in the freight business. Their story remains an enduring example of what happens when business leaders fail to embrace the future and transform.

Business transformation is a dynamic topic that is explored by authors R Gopalakrishnan and Hrishi Bhattacharyya in their book Embrace the Future. A key lesson in the success or failure of such transformations lies in harmonising the art and science of change – the emotional and the rational – and striking the right balance between them. Both in life and in business, a compelling narrative that inspires the organisation is essential for effecting transformation. Equally important is viewing transformation as an ongoing effort integrated into the work culture, rather than solely reacting to crises.

Their book resonates with anyone who has encountered change—something prevalent in today’s ever-evolving business landscape. R Gopalakrishnan and Hrishi Bhattacharyya underscore that companies unwilling to adapt are bound to fade away. The authors will share their insight on how it’s imperative to draw lessons from the past, navigate the present, and prepare for the future. A Q&A with the audience will follow.


R Gopalakrishnan


R Gopalakrishnan spent 30 years in the Unilever Group including roles as Chairman, Unilever Arabia; CEO of Brooke Bond Lipton India and Vice-Chairman Hindustan Lever Ltd. Thereafter he was Executive Director, Tata Sons for over 15 years and played a role in strategy for the whole Tata group.

Hrishi Bhattacharyya


Hrishi Bhattacharyya is a management consultant and was formerly a senior vice president at Unilever with global responsibility for the health and wellness category. He has also taught at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and at the London Business School.

Viju Parameshwar

Retired Corporate Leader

Viju Parameshwar is currently an advisor and mentor after retiring in 2016. His last position was President & CEO of Klüber Lubrication India and General Manager & Vice President of Chem-Trend Chemicals Co, both subsidiaries of Freudenberg Group of Germany. He was also a member of the Global Executive Board and Regional Management Board of at Klüber, and on the Global Executive Committee of Chem-Trend. Previously he held senior leadership positions at Tata Administrative Services, Hindustan Lever Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Unilever and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation, a multi-business, multinational organization.

Viju is a Chemical Engineer with a B. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Masters from Syracuse University in the US, along with training courses  from the Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad & Bangalore and Sloan School of Management at MIT, Boston.