7 Questions with Chetan V
Name: Chetan V
Current title: Deputy Director
Current organisation: Synechron
I have a blissful 18 years of global exp.(Americas,Europe and Asia: India & Singapore) with Lehman Brothers/Nomura, Wipro, eClerx,AXA BS etc. which has enabled me to raise my potential on a continuous basis
Currently, heading the global Program Mngt team (Ops & Finance) [Finance Reporting & Accounts Payable/Receivables, Forecasting & Budgeting/GST taxation, Contract management, On-boarding, Training,Audit & Compliance & Sales force management] for accounts having revenue run rate of $20m+
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
I feel challenges bring the best in me and balancing the senior stakeholders' work priorities as well as hitting the on ground tasks has taken a lot of efforts. Here, my high score of Emotional Quotient (EQ) of 130 comes into play :)
Often, I receive the requests having ambiguity of information, understand it, structure it and when the stakeholders are happy with the information, it is worth it.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
It has been a pleasant and learning curve for me. Sound academics have definitely helped to understand the concepts and seeing them implemented in practice is a nice feeling.
One lesson I have learnt is maintaining integrity, dedication & belief in your team goes a long way to propel you in the career
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
For me, planning is paramount to get any task done, be it even sleeping:)
Then on the list is prioritization which enables to sort out the important things to be completed and delegate, whenever possible
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Been resilient in the Covid-19 scenario has been instrumental to manage the business and believing in the team to fork out bespoke solutions
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
I am not an avid reader though I admire the living leaders who have taken their organizations/businesses to great heights. For e.g. Siddhartha Lal (MD at Royal Enfield/ Eicher Motors Ltd), Suresh Narayanan, Chairman & MD of Nestle India
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Best formula is to trust people to do their best, empowerment, making people see the larger picture, ensuring proper role fitment
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
There have been many colleagues who have gone beyond their roles to make a change, fought against the personal storms to emerge as a winner.