Saturday, May 31, 2008

May 2008 appointments

*1 - R. Suresh Kumar, Director-Sales, NComputing - 1 pm
2 - *Ranga Reddy and P. Venkatesh, Founders, Maveric Systems - 1 pm; *Arun Jain, Chairman & CEO, Polaris Software - 4.30 pm
*3 - Rajamanohar, Director, Product Research and Strategy, Hexolabs Media and Technology Pvt. Ltd, IIT-Kanpur - 1 pm
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6 - *Paul Kopec, Chairman, VoiceStream Group, Scotland, *Satz Moses, Chief Executive, Helios Outsourcing, Chennai - 11 am; *C. Venkat Subramanyam, Founder Director, Veda Corporate Advisors Pvt. Ltd, Chennai - 1 pm
7 - A.D. Padmasingh Isaac, Founder and Chairman, Aachi Group - 1 pm (?)
8 - *Dipali Goenka, Head Welspun Retail - 12 noon (phone); *N. Murughasan and M. Rajesh, Rajathi Group, Chennai - 1 pm; Priyadarshi Mohapatra and Kumar Vembu Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Director- Retail Practice, Sun Microsystems India & Kumar Vembu, CEO, GoFrugal Technologies - 5 pm (?)
9 - *K. Raghavendra Rao, Managing Director, Orchid Chemicals - 1 pm; *Rahul Khanna, Director, Clearstone Venture Advisors - 3 pm
*10- R. Vimal Chordia, Director Marketing, Saycheez - 10.30 am; *Hemu, Founder and ex-CEO, Landmark - 1 pm
*12- K. Pandia Rajan, MD, Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd, Chennai - 1 pm
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14- *Mandeep Singh, COO and Director, Reed Exhibitions India - 5 pm
15- *Sravan Raghunathan, Marketing Head of SKC - 1 pm
16- *Rajeev Purnaiya, Founder-CEO, - 11 am; *Vandana Chopra - 1 pm; *Sunil Sapra, Watchguard Technologies - 1 pm
19- *Kumar Subramanian - 10.30; *Anand and Yogish
20- *Anil Kapur, MD-South Asia, Western Union Money Transfer, Mumbai - 12.30 pm; *Kiran Datar, Managing Director, WebEx Communications India Pvt. Ltd - 1 pm; *Ramesh Iyer, CEO, Topsgrup Security, and *Vishwanath Katti,MD, Guardwell - 4 pm
21- *Sidharth Ganeriwala, CEO, Aura - 1 pm; *Assaf Litai, VP, Enterprise Sales (Data Security), Websense Inc - 5.30 pm
22- *Meet Success First Hand - 8 am; *Perumal Srinivasan, Managing Director, Pi Phenomenon Pictures, US - 1 pm; *Mark A. Russell - 6 pm
23- *V. Pattabhi Ram, CA, Chennai - 11.15 am; R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank - 12 noon; *Nalli R. Uvaraj - 1 pm; Vivek Govil, CEO, Pearson India - 2 pm
24- *Chandrika Shah, Country Representative for the British Midlands - 10.30 am
25- *Jeffrey Archer, Author
26- *Kiran Nadkarni, Founder and Director, Kaati Zone - 1 pm
27- *Sankaran P. Raghunathan, Chairman, Blueshift, Inc - 1 pm, Prasad Rajappan, Founder and Managing Director, Cnergyis - 4 pm (?)
28- *Shanmugam Nagarajan, Co-founder and Chief People Officer, 24/7 Customer - 1 pm
29- *Sundararaj S, Partner, Anantara Solutions - 4.30 pm
30- *Bhavesh Patel (ph) - 11.30 am; *Prasanth Prabhakaran (ph) - 4.30 pm
31- *Aarti Madhusudan, Adviser, Governance Matters - 1 pm

(* means 'met/'spoke')

Aarti Madhusudan

"Good NGO boards make a difference. Working with many non-profit organisations, over the last about 7 years, I often find that the NGO ends up as a fiefdom, turning to be very founder-centric, as opposed to cause-centric. Achieving cause-centricism is a challenge that can be met by infusing certain types of competencies into the NGO leadership. For instance, in an NGO that was into rural development, watershed management, and livelihood promotion, the founder board had well-meaning individuals with passion and commitment, but lacked a professional who could address issues such as scale, viability, managing growth, responding to needs strategically."
Aarti Madhusudan, Adviser, Governance Matters (
May 31, over lunch
Videos - August 7, 3 pm
NGOs should engage the professionals prudently

Stop being chequebook charities

May 31, 2008

A Man Is Not a Financial Plan, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, The Changing Investment Preferences of Indian Households, & Winning Habits

Aseem Chawla

The Future of the MBA

Friday, May 30, 2008

Sanjay Swamy

June 2, 4. 30 pm (ph)

Sanjay Swamy, CEO, mChek

Bhavesh Patel

May 30, 11.30 (ph)

Bhavesh Patel, Managing Director, Founder Marck Biosciences Ltd

May 30, 2008

Gokul Chaudhri

Wowability, My Secret Life on the McJob, and What Customers Really Want

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sundararaj S

"The relevance of social networking sites and virtual world today has gone beyond the stage of experimentation. It has tremendous relevance to business world. People are using it for research, simulation, prototyping, business modelling and education. What is the value addition? This is the ultimate in terms of convergence - of the real and the virtual worlds - resulting in business benefits to organisations and individuals."

Sundararaj S, Partner, Anantara Solutions

May 28, 4.30 pm

Prasanth Prabhakaran

May 30, 4.30 pm (ph)

Prasanth Prabhakaran, Senior VP and All -India Head, Online Divison, Kotak Securities

Sushil Mantri

Meeting in June

Sushil Mantri, Chairman and MD, Mantri Developers

May 29, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shanmugam Nagarajan

"Currently there is a great opportunity for youngsters in India. We have been a job-hungry country for a long time, having missed on several job-creating revolutions in the past, be it the industrial revolution centuries ago, or the recent manufacturing revolution. Even the IT revolution that began in the late 1980s benefited only the tech-savvy few. The current revolution, which we call the BPO (business process outsourcing) can open up the future for our youngsters to the global jobs. Those who have already joined the revolution have been seeing drastic improvements in the socio-economic conditions of their families. However, to hold on to the knowledge careers spawned by this revolution, expertise needs to be built by the individuals and the industry as a whole. Building expertise is possible only through long-term tenure, which is eluding the industry today. The alarming attrition levels, caused by the frequent job-changes, can lead to the whole industry becoming shallow in its expertise level."

Shanmugam Nagarajan, Co-founder and Chief People Officer, 24/7 Customer
May 28, 1 pm

May 28, 2008

C. Venkat Subramanyam

Corporate Truth: The limits to transparency

Business Process Outsourcing,Top Pay and Performance,SAP Sales and Distribution Certification Guide, Finance for IT Decision Makers,Competence at work

Pooja Gupta

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Prasad Rajappan

May 27, 4 pm (?)

Prasad Rajappan, Founder and Managing Director, Cnergyis

May 27. 2008

M. N. Srinivasu

Monday, May 26, 2008

Kiran Nadkarni

"We just launched our new outlet in Bengaluru International Airport, Devanahalli, and the response has been very positive. This is the eleventh outlet of Kaati Zone in Bangalore. Before end 2008, we plan to become a multi-city brand by opening our outlets in Hyderabad and Pune."

Kiran Nadkarni, Founder and Director, Kaati Zone (

May 26, 1 pm

May 26, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Jeffrey Archer

"I am overpaid..."
Jeffrey Archer, Author
May 25, 11.30 am (Taj Coromandel)

May 25, 2008

Jeffrey Archer

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chandrika Shah

"What are the benefits that accrue to an Indian company entering the British Midlands? Foremost benefit is technology in manufacturing, for instance in aerospace, automotive, railways, and supply chain. Another advantage is the global client base that an existing company in the region brings to the table. Take for example the acquisition by Victory Electricals, Hyderbad, of Craig & Derricott, West Midlands, a company with more than 50 years of operations."

Chandrika Shah, Country Representative for the British Midlands

May 24, 10.30 am

May 24, 2008

Asha Katyal

A Practitioner’s Guide to Audit of Small Entities, Risk Intelligence, and Learn to be Your Own Lawyer in 30 Days

The Pirate’s Dilemma, Jacked Up, and Theories of Performance

Wealth, Real Success Without a Real Job, Venture Design, and The Last Chance Millionaire: It’s not too late to become wealthy

Friday, May 23, 2008

Nalli R. Uvaraj

"Common health problems among the urban IT employees, in the 25-35 age group, across genders, are back ache, and neck pain. Frequent symptoms are easy fatiguability, reduced performance levels, pain in the limbs, head ache and giddiness. Contributing factor is mainly work stress, due to volume of work, targets and deadlines. Other factors are working environment, lifestyle, and food habits. Recovery usually demands total rest for period ranging from 10 to 15 days. However, we find that many patients return to work before fully recovering because of work pressure and thus delay their recovery."

Dr Nalli R. Uvaraj, Associate Professor of Spine Surgery, Spine Surgery Unit, Madras Medical College & Govt General Hospital, Chennai

May 23, over lunch

V. Pattabhi Ram

"Talent gravitates to areas where rewards are high. In CA, for example, we find that the freshly-qualifying CAs move increasingly to industry rather than start their own professional practice. Rewards are low and lead times are long in fresh practice, and size has become critical for CA firms. Also, partnership in firms is perceived, these days, more as a job than as a position that offers scope for entrepreneurship, and 'ownerhip'. Worryingly, again, CAs with short experience are taken as 'partners', as a sop perhaps for retention."

V. Pattabhi Ram, CA, Chennai
May 23, 11.15 am

May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Vivek Govil

May 23, 2 pm (?)
Vivek Govil, CEO, Pearson India

Mark A. Russell

May 22, 6 pm (IACC)
Mark A. Russell, Commercial Consul, American Consulate General, Chennai

Perumal Samy Srinivasan

"Search is my middle name. Search takes me through a journey. Journey is not from one point to another; it's from a zero into the space. In the content-driven industry that I am in, all creativity starts from a spark, that is, from 'zero' or nothingness or nowhere. Content is what remains eternal even after the entire superstructure is built around the idea and brought to fruition as a final product; the content remains eternal even after the final product disappears from the scenario."
Perumal Samy Srinivasan, Managing Director, Pi Phenomenon Pictures, US (
May 22, over lunch

Meet Success First Hand

Inaugural by David T. Hopper
Speech: J. Murugavel
May 22, 8 am - 9.30 am (IACC, Taj Connemara)

May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Assaf Litai

"Security is changing from being a technical proficiency to a business compulsion. Security leaders like the CSOs (chief security officers) and the CIOs (chief information officers) have to start considering the implications of Web 2.0 as it interacts with Employees 2.0 without hindering productivity. The typical Employee 2.0 is one who are accessible 24x7 and is mobile, and at the same time has his personal applications (such as e-commerce, e-banking, social networking, etc.) running on corporate-provided laptop."

Assaf Litai, VP, Enterprise Sales (Data Security), Websense Inc

May 21, 5.30 pm

Siddharth Ganeriwala

"What we are currently seeing in the events management industry is possibly only a tip of the iceberg. We are increasingly converting the innumerable 'happenings' into 'events' - be they commercial, political, social, corporate. Where are the challenges to the growth of the industry? The foremost challenge is the need to ensure professionalism in event management, which is possible if we have a regulated framework that creates a baseline for entry and management. Another challenge is the lack of clarity in taxation, with clients classifying event management services under various heads such as consultancy, works contract, professional fees and so on, and deducting tax at rates ranging from 2.26 per cent to 11.66 per cent."

Siddharth Ganeriwala, CEO, Aura

May 21, 1 pm

May 21, 2008

Stephen A. Dukker
Nitin Gupta

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Vishwanath Katti

"Over the last about 30 years, the security industry has evolved from a mere watchman-image to that of professional security. Today's security professional has sufficient sophistication to offer complete security solutions, be it the designing of security systems, the drafting of the security manual, risk analysis, and educating the client about security."

Vishwanath V. Katti, MD, Guardwell

May 20, 4 pm

Ramesh Iyer

"Globally, the security industry is $140 billion and it is growing at around 10-12% CAGR. Among the high-growth markets are India, China, South America, South Africa, Middle East and some of the South Asian countries. What have been the key drivers of the growth in the security industry? Increased urbanisation, poverty (owing to imbalanced development), terrorism, economic development and asset creation."

Ramesh Iyer, CEO, Topsgrup Security (

May 20, 4 pm

Kiran Datar

"We will soon be launching Webex Connect, which will allow users to seamlessly work between synchronous and asynchronous modes."

Kiran Datar, Managing Director, WebEx Communications India Pvt. Ltd

May 20, 1 pm

Anil Kapur

"Western Union today is the lifeline of the rural poor in India. That epitomises our business today and that defines who we are."

Anil Kapur, MD-South Asia, Western Union Money Transfer

May 20, 12.30 pm

R. Seetharaman

May 23, 12 noon (?)

R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank

May 20, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Anand and Yogish

"What Tally has done to accountants we need to replicate for teachers too. Tally has taken away the drudgery of record-keeping from the accountant's routine and freed him for more meaningful tasks such as analysis and interpretation of data. The drudgery in most teachers' daily lives is mostly to do with tracking of a heterogeneous set of students, to minute details such as marks, performance in assignments etc. In the process, we get lost in marks and lose focus on learning. We can take the drudgery out of teachers' lives by delegating the routine tasks computers and go to even granular and finer details, otherwise humanly impossible. With computing, we can model the learning process, and with historical data stored, we can get with a click of a button the most relevant parameters pertaining to a student's progress. The teacher can then be free to play the role of a mentor, interpreter, facilitator and path-charter."

Anand Kannan and Yogish, Valued Epistemics Private Ltd, Chennai

May 19, 1 pm

Kumar Subramanian

"The corporate disease in today's India is the unwillingness to learn in spite of opportunities. I guess people in India do not have the patience. Everyone is in a 'growth' mode, where growth means promotion and earning, rather than learning and knowledge. A common symptom of this malaise is the reluctance to attend and benefit from training programmes. This is bound to change when enough talent pool is created and there is competition for jobs."

Kumar Subramanian, CEO, Adventity India

May 19, 10.30 am

May 19, 2008

Venkat Rangan

Boria Majumdar

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sunil Sapra

"Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Watchguard, established in 1996, has been in the business of providing gateway security solutions to about 5000 customers in India, and crossed the 500,000 unified threat management (UTM) install base milestone around the world. We think ahead of potential problems and develop proactive solutions for our customers, considering that Internet security is of paramount importance for any organisation. Every quarter we come up with significant features to our releases. For instance, recently we introduced, in Version 10 of our firmware WatchGuard FireWare Pro, SSL-VPN capability, HTTPS blocking and SSO (single sign-on) features.

Sunil Sapra, Country Manager, India & SAARC, Watchguard Technologies, New Delhi

May 16, 1 pm

Vandana Chopra

"There used to be a time when media interaction was not high in the priority list of professionals. Not so now..."

Vandana Chopra, Director-Corporate Communications and Strategy, BMR Advisors, New Delhi

May 16, 1 pm

May 16, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sravan Raghunathan

"If you study the fashion trends across the four metros, you find that everyone is trying to look young. What used to be a 'Friday dressing' is happening almost everyday in urban India. We talk of India being 'young'. Now we need to be youthful to justify that. Youthfulness is a state of mind, as distinct from 'young,' which is a matter of age. Fashion is one of the forms in which youthfulness is displayed. As a result, the distance between the ramp and road has reduced."

Sravan Raghunathan, Marketing Head of SKC

May 15, over lunch

May 15, 2008

The 7 Triggers to Yes, Brainstorming for Creativity and Innovation, and Outrageous Business Growth

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mandeep Singh

"We see ourselves in what we call the marketing services industry, rather than events management. The latter is too generic a term, whereas as a marketing services tool exhibitions are key in any marketing effort, especially in a B2B space, where a new technology or machine is to be introduced. We aim to bring under one roof, through 460 shows worldwide in 52 industry verticals, about 90,000 suppliers and 5.5 million buyers."

Mandeep Singh, COO and Director, Reed Exhibitions India, Gurgaon

May 14, 5 pm

Clayton Brown

"Murali,Your blog Food for thought... caught our attention. I'm the founder of a recently launched startup for bloggers. We are searching the internet for the world's blogs by geography, and we found yours for India. I would like to invite you to our site which plots the content of the internet on an interactive map of the world. VerveEarth is an entirely new way to surf the net. It shows spatial and geographic connections that a blog search engine could never reveal..."
Clayton Brown, CEO,
(From email)

May 14, 2008

Secrets of Swiss Banking, and Financial Instruments Standards
Sarabjeet Singh

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A.D. Padmasingh Isaac

"This year we plan to launch Aachi brand of biscuits, ready-to-eat foods, frozen foods and snacks. Among our present produts, we will be concentrating on the ready-to-cook segment (e.g. bajji mix, adai mix, semiya payasam) because we find it emerging. How is the demand for Aachi products in states other than Tamil Nadu? Though 70 per cent of our demand comes from Tamil Nadu, we are present in most of the states in the Southern region, and also in the West. Demand in all the four metros is growing. Exports constitute about one-fifth of our sales. Globally, we find good reception for our products from the Chinese... We may soon be introducing (at a price within Rs 10) hot and tasty ready-to-eat meals (tamarind rice, biryani etc) to meet the demands of the hungry who find restaurants unaffordable."

A.D. Padmasingh Isaac, Founder and Chairman of Aachi Group of Companies (

Meeting on May 13, over lunch

May 13, 2008

Protect Your Child on the Internet, Oracle Database 11g SQL, Superboss, Strategic Human Resource Technologies, and CCNP Self-Study: BSCI

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Iron Man

A combination of good old mechanical engineering and information technology, on the proven track of bad vs good formula. Human-embedded robotics set to action in expansive settings. Fun! (Picture from
May 11, 10 am, at Satyam (Oracle)

May 11, 2008

Iron Man
C.K. Prahalad and M.S.Krishnan
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
101 Investment Lessons from the Wizards of Wall Street, Simple Ways to Manage Stress, A to Z of Business Strategy, and Why So Stupid?

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hemu and Jai

"In retail, the euphoria is over. I think people need to study retail before they get into it. Money is not a differentiator; everybody has got. What is lacking is a grass-root level understanding of the industry, the catchment, shopping trends. Which doesn't explain the current craze of almost everbody wishing to get into retail."
Hemu Ramaiah and Jai Subramaniam, ex Landmark
May 10, 1 pm

Vimal Raj Chordia

"Within a month we will be launching our own brand of processed milk. Further on, we plan to move to specialty dairy products such as cheese, butter, ghee, yoghurt, skimmed milk powder, whey protein like casein, and so on. From 2002 when we began with trading in food items, to now, when we are into restaurants (Vgan), food service, imports (Say Cheez) and retail, it has been an exciting journey."

Vimal Raj Chordia, CEO, Adinath Foods, Chennai, 10.30 am

May 10, 10.30 am

May 10, 2008

Friday, May 9, 2008

Rahul Khanna

"Too many things to do and too little time. The space we operate in is not fully understood. The notion of early stage investing, venture capital vs PE, the ecosystem and so on. As a result, we spend a lot of time with entrepreneurs explaining to them these things. We get involved in the business, being wedded to managing it for an extended time, varying between 5-10 years.. So, one thing we tell people to be clear about their motivations, the end-state they have in mind, and what it takes to get there. As early stage investors, we want to be the fuel for the entrepreneurial fire to grow."

Rahul Khanna, Director, Clearstone Venture Advisors

May 9, 3 pm

K. Raghavendra Rao

"I have always believed that ownership, business alliance, and management are three buckets that can coexist for a healthy growth of India Inc. Does this hold good post-Black Monday, March 17? In a practical sense, it seems difficult to have these three as distinct. What is the road ahead, then? If we make people see reason and go back to the earlier situation, the original paradigm, through introspection, education and guidance, we can see progress of enterprise and corporate Inc."

K. Raghavendra Rao, Managing Director, Orchid Chemicals (

May 9, over lunch.

May 9, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

N. Murughasan and M. Rajesh

"What is the reason for the current rise in food prices? We can attribute the problem to climatic conditions, especially after the 2004 tsunami that hit India and nearby countries. We have been seeing a decline in the production of almost all agri products. Now, is Bush right in blaming the prosperity of India for food price hike? The answer is 'Yes' because now Indians have more money to spend on food. With a reduced stock of food, we have a situation of more money chasing goods. Is the price hike artificial, engineered by middlemen? No, the procurement costs have gone up and the trader has to make his margins from a reduced stock of foodgrains."

Dr N. Murughasan, Chairman, and M. Rajesh, Managing Director, Rajathi Group

May 8, over lunch

Dipali Goenka

May 8, 12 noon, over phone...

Dipali Goenka, Head Welspun Retail

Priyadarshi Mohapatra and Kumar Vembu

Meeting on May 8, 5 pm (?)

Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Director- Retail Practice, Sun Microsystems India & Kumar Vembu, CEO, GoFrugal Technologies

May 8, 2008

Sai Venkateshwaran

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Himanshu Chakrawarti

Invite open...

Himanshu Chakrawarti, COO, Landmark

C. Venkat Subramanyam

"What distinguishes a successful investment banker is the ability to manage the 3 Es, viz. egos, emotions, and expectations, on both the sides of a transaction. Looking at this from the entrepreneur's perspective, as we always work with, ego is sometimes what comes in the way of seeking funds at the right time, and recognising the space that you have to provide for working with a financial partner. Emotions come up when you are giving up something you have built, and have been obsessed with over many years. And expectations are largely about valuations; also, sometimes, the strategic value that an investor can bring to the table. As an investment banker, you have to balance these on both sides, buy and sell."
C. Venkat Subramanyam, Founder Director, Veda Corporate Advisors Pvt. Ltd, Chennai (

May 6, 1 pm

Satz Moses

"Outsourcing isn't limited only to the large companies. We find that increasingly the business comes from smaller companies in the UK to call centres with capacities ranging from 50-200 seats in India. It will be a boon if benefits such as of STPI are extended to smaller call centres as we work with."

Satz Moses, Chief Executive, Helios Outsourcing, Chennai

May 6, 11 am

Paul Kopec

"Where do we see growth coming in from? In associate call centres of 50-200 seat size, across the countries, from Kashmir to Tirunelveli. VoiceStream will be investing close to $3 million during 2008-2010. Over a period, we expect a revenue stream of about $85 million for about 100 call centres that we will be associated with in India."
Paul Kopec, Chairman, VoiceStream Group, Scotland
May 6, 11 am

May 6, 2008

Aadith D. Vikram
Kapil Viswanathan

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Arun Jain

"The unexplored human potential is immense and as a human being we are in constant discovery mode on how to exploit even 10 per cent of it."

Arun Jain, Chairman & CEO, Polaris Software

May 2, 4.30 pm

Ranga Reddy

"Today, the choice of the third-party testing vendor comes right at the end of a project schedule. This could change dramatically in about six years, by when the third-party testing vendor will most probably be the first to be chosen. We are waiting for this transition to happen. What makes us feel positive that this shift will happen? Post-dotcom era, comapnies have made tremendous improvement in the time-to-market, be it in the application or the product domain, and the emerging priority is on functionality and quality, something that testing can assure."

Ranga Reddy, CEO, Maveric Systems

May 2, over lunch

May 2, 2008

R. Ram Kumar
G.S.K. Velu

Thursday, May 1, 2008

S. Murali

Invite open...

S. Murali, COO (South), Vodafone.

R. Suresh Kumar

"We are heading towards a scenario where individual users may not need a hard-disk or even processing power. What the next billion PC users may just need will be small gizmo, of a size that fits into the palm, to do all the work, at 30 per cent of the current PC cost."

R. Suresh Kumar, Director-Sales, NComputing (

May 1, over lunch

May 1, 2008

Executive Stamina
M. Sitarama Murty
Happy May Day!