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LAGAN SHASTRI

Working with HCCB since 1998

Work area : Operations

What does your typical workday look like?

I look after end-to-end business transformation for the India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal region. This entails an understanding of the entire end-to-end business processes, systems and way of work for the company and the system. The broad objective of this function is to rethink on various approaches to do business in various functions, across functions and across geographies in a more productive and efficient manner on one side while evaluating and working on new possible revenue streams (blue sky opportunities) on the other. So the typical day consists of a mix of the long strategic view and the short- to mid-term operational view. As a team we always look to get the balance right between the imminent needs and the ultimate goal.

What have been the most exciting moments in HCCB?

A major recent high point has been in my previous role as Zonal Vice President North. In this I was tasked to initiate a turnaround in the zone. This zone is one of the most complex franchise territories we have wherein there are multiple franchise bottlers and this complicates the flow of products. It also has a fragmented and expensive supply chain. Further with a geographically spread typography the people costs are also very high. I was able to work on costs in supply chain, make the team more productive, optimize infrastructure and get back growth. We became the second best performing zone of the country in one year from being the second last zone on business results in the previous year. As of the second year this zone currently is the best performing zone in the country and I feel proud of the team there.

What part of your job / role do you love to talk about to your friends and family?

I am passionate about the empowerment and trust that I get in this company. At whatever level I have been, I have always felt that I can do anything in this company as long as it is within the principles of this company. Levels of individuals do not matter as much as the idea and the plan to achieve it. This is a consistent theme and culture at HCCB. I also love the brands and our ability to consistently innovate around both execution and marketing.

What's your biggest inspiration / challenges at work?

The faith that the leadership reposes in me is a source of my energy. The biggest challenge, which also is the biggest opportunity at work in my current profile, is that to start with it has been a completely unchartered territory. Right from defining the role and its objectives to working out routines and coming up with ideas and selling them or driving them has been a new experience. Moving from a completely empowered a role with full authority and accountability to a role where all authority vests with colleagues and you are an influencer and a collaborator is a 180-degree change. It requires a complete rethinking of leadership approach is helping me develop substantially as a complete leader.

What are the 3 things you would tell someone who has never heard about HCCB?

Empowered: Don't wait for things to happen; make them happen…. you are the associate, manager, leader you are waiting for.

Integrity: in all we do is paramount. The company trusts you and empowers you. Never break that trust.

Nothing is impossible: as life is all about people. They are the most important in all that we do. You can stretch to the impossible if people have faith in you and you have in them. Build relationships and enjoy friends and advisors for a lifetime.

LAGAN SHASTRI

Working with HCCB since 1998

Work area:Operations

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VENKAT G SRIDHAR

Working with HCCB since: 2000

Work area:Supply Chain

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MUKUND GOKULESHBHAI

Working with HCCB since 1999

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R K PRAVEEN KUMAR

Working with HCCB since 1997

Work area:Supply Chain

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Work area:supply Chain

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