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Anil Kulkarni

Anil Kulkarni

Work Experience

Anil has a wealth of experience spread over 30 years in building brands that have a deep consumer connect, efficient FMCG distribution systems, and in successfully managing and growing an FMCG business.

He has extensive experience in blue chip MNCs like Britannia and Unilever and in other respected Indian companies like Raymond where he led sales teams at the regional as well as the national level. As the CEO of JK Helene Curtis, a Raymond group company, he has led his team to grow the business three times over a period of six years, improved profitability, substantially, and created and developed respected brands like Park Avenue in the Indian male grooming space. During his tenure the company set in place a formal innovation process with the idea of launching new products and improving gross margins. This involved setting up a small R&D centre and reimagining the marketing- R&D interface. Collaborative development was a thought he was implementing.

He also has experience in setting up distribution systems for different sectors – be it FMCG or the apparel / textile industry. In JK Helene Curtis he supervised the creation of a multi-channel distribution system, including an e-commerce channel, with a field force of 600 covering over 2.5 lakh outlets nationally. The distribution structures that he and his team designed have been built to take advantage of trends. For example, he saw the trend in the potential of digital and e-commerce early on in 2010and went on to create a digital presence for Park Avenue (which won awards) and an early stage e-commerce channel.

Anil understands that people are the backbone of any organization and he is passionate about people development. His interest in leadership development and the HR process has seen him being part of the Executive Development Council for the Raymond group and a committee member of the Raymond Excellence Awards. Coaching was a natural extension of his keen interest in leadership development. He developed his coaching skills by training with ICF and becoming a certified coach.

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Tanuja Baljekar

Professional Experience

Tanuja started her career in Voltas Ltd, and was subsequently associated with the Sagar Plaza Hospitality Group; Indian Seamless Metal Tubes Ltd as General Manager, Corporate HR; and Thermax Ltd as General Manager, Learning & Development. She has 25 years of experience both in a HR generalist role, and during the last several years as a specialist in Learning & Development. She has extensive experience of various areas of Human Resources and in partnering the business from an HR perspective.

She is skilled in the design and roll-out of Development Centres, Development Action Plans, and High Impact leadership Development Programs and was closely associated with the creation and architecture of Leadership Development Processes and Competency Development Programs and has played a leadership role in establishing these effectively.

She is a trained Assessor and Administrator in the management and delivery of Assessment & Development Centres. As a certified consultant on the Workplace Big Five Profile, a psychometric tool used largely in the workplace context, she draws on it for learning and feedback processes towards capability building and leadership development.

Coaching Proficiency

Tanuja has received extensive training as a coach from Results Coaching Systems, as well as Coach U, both being International Coach Training organizations, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also currently exploring approaches and perspectives in the Ontological Coaching Model. Tanuja is a member of the ICF and in her practice is guided by its code of ethics and competency framework. She holds the ‘Associate Certified Coach’ credential awarded by the ICF.

She has successfully coached several key executives at the senior management level across functions such as Sales, Marketing & Product Development, Project Management, Start-up Operations. Her coaching engagements have included heads of Finance, Construction, Business development, and Supply Chain amongst others. She has also coached individuals in the education, research, medical, creative arts and consulting space and has had truly rewarding learning experiences in working with small business owners, mostly women entrepreneurs.

Tanuja is a passionate advocate for the power of coaching and focuses her energies exclusively in the sphere of facilitating individual development, and is strongly committed to enhancing self awareness, personal and professional growth in the work context through executive and leadership coaching; engaging in workplace conversations to address performance and work-life issues and concerns; and personality profiling and feedback. Through this work she enables individuals within organisations to position themselves impact-fully and imaginatively, so as to maximise their influence, image and status.

She believes that, “though development must be an individual initiative and commitment, organizations can provide meaningful support through creation of relevant resources and structures to facilitate the same. At the end of the day, the ultimate measure of all development needs to reflect in enhanced business performance”.

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Mahesh Chaturvedi

Work Experience

Mahesh Chaturvedi has had his formative education from Cambridge. He can be credited with pioneering Outbound Intervention for Corporate India. He is a trained mountaineer and outdoor education instructor and Introduced the first ever artificial Rock Climbing wall in India. He conducted the first OBI for the Taj Group. Having over 43 years in Education, Mahesh has been a torch bearer for India at the Atlanta Olympics.

Shikhar Outward Bound Institute is an NGO founded in June 1982, by Mahesh. Conceived with the primary purpose of development of the human personality in harmony with nature. The core team consists of Professionals from Academia and Industry.

Over the years Shikhar have worked with over 60 of the best companies in the country with over 22,600 employees having experienced our Team building programs.

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Nick Allen

Work Specialization

Executive Coaching, Board Effectiveness, Board Development, Psychological Profiling using Multi-rater & 360 Feedback Processes, Business Simulations and Executive Education, Responsible Leadership Development. Nick is an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability.

International Experience

Based in London UK, Nick has led engagements across Europe, Russia, Middle East, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Hong Kong and North America.

Sectors Served

Technology and Communications, Financial Services, Professional Services, Transport Systems (Rail, Busses and Underground), Energy, Oil and Gas, Education, Insurance, Private Banking, Pharmaceuticals, NGO’s

Work Experience

Nick is an executive coach with over twenty five years international experience. He has a strong commercial focus with a clear future orientation. He believes in executive foresight and is passionate about helping individuals and companies stay relevant and responsive to all their stakeholders, People, Profit and Planet. He understand the tensions and pressures executives find themselves under and is able to bring a fresh perspective to business, leadership and environmental challenges. He is committed to ensuring organisations succeed in a sustainable and ethical manner and has designed and delivered ‘Responsible Leadership’ programmes for senior executives.

As both a facilitator and coach he is able to quickly put people at ease. When coaching he is described as active, imaginative and knowledgeable. His clients tell him he is a coach who can sensitively challenge assumptions and their current thinking without offending. As a facilitator he is encouraging, curious and appreciative.

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Dr. Kalim Khan

Profile Summary

Dr. Kalim Khan is the Director of Rizvi Institute of Management Studies & Research and has been associated with the Institute for over a decade. He completed his doctoral studies in the field of Quantitative Techniques in Education from YCMOU. He is a Management post graduate from the Welingkar Institute of Management Studies and Research and an engineering graduate in Production Engineer from the M.H. Saboo Siddique College of Engineering. Prior to his career as an academician he has worked with Gabriel India Ltd. as a Production Engineer and with Sterlite Industries as a Marketing Manager An academician by choice he entered the field of Management Education very early in his career. He is now a renowned brand in the field of Management Education and is especially known for his knowledge and expertise in the area of Quantitative Techniques and Marketing Research. In the last fifteen years he has taught across the leading Management Institutes affiliated to the University of Mumbai and his legacy consists of around hundred thousand students serving corporate India and overseas. He is a member on the Board of Advisory Committee of Central Depository Services Limited, and a member of the Academic Council and the Research Committee of the SNDT Women’s University. Besides this, he is also the member of the Finance and Accounts committee of SNDT Women’s University. He is the Chairperson for the Board of Studies in Marketing at JDBIMS.

Dr. Khan is a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma. He is also certified as a fully qualified and accredited administrator of MBTI Suite of Instruments. Besides this he is also certified in Advanced Analytics and use of Quantitative Techniques in Decision Making.

As a facilitator his areas of specialization are Customer Experience Management, Marketing Analytics, Application of Quantitative Techniques for Decision Making, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Negotiation Skills Systems Management, Six Sigma, Quality Management, Market Research and its Applications.

Dr. Khan conducts System Audits and Kaizen, 5S Audits as well as implementation of the same for leading organizations.

He is also the co-author of two Best Selling Books; “Where is My Ketchup?” and “Seal the Hole in the Bucket” on Customer Experience Management in the Indian context. His latest book “Be A Super Salesperson” is an attempt to equip all budding sales and marketing professionals with the absolutely necessary ingredients of perfect selling skills.

His blend of academics along with its application in actual life makes Dr. Khan Acumen’s premium expert, sought after by all leading corporations.

Manoj ShriyanDr. Kalim Khan
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Snehal Kole

Work Specialization

Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Sales Management, Family Managed Business, Behavioral Training

Sectors Served

FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Media & Entertainment, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Textile and Oil and Gas

Work Experience

Snehal is a senior consultant at Acumen and manages business development and marketing. He has designed and executed long term organisation development and large scale change initiatives. Within the learning and development space, Snehal works on competency based talent assessment and helps organisations identify and groom high potential employees. He serves as a coach to high performers. He frequently works with customer facing teams and advises them on how to improve sales performance.He has led training interventions in India and abroad. Equally at ease in the board room and on the playing field, he has conducted business plan reviews and has led high energy outbound training programmes with excellent results. He serves a visiting faculty for management colleges affiliated to Mumbai University and also serves as a mentor to start-up entrepreneurs.

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Sameer Pimpale

Work Specialization

Business Planning, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Sales Management, Performance Management, HR Consulting, Sales Strategy

Sectors Served

Telecom, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Architecture, Insurance, Logistic, Textile, Metallurgy, FMCG

Work Experience

Sameer heads the training vertical at Acumen. He has led diagnostic studies, process implementation, and performance management engagements in India and the Middle East. He has spearheaded the development of new products and training interventions at Acumen. He is responsible for strategic tie-ups and creating assessment tools.He has led content development projects for organization development initiatives being carried out at some of India’s largest companies. He has also led design of talent assessment tools for large corporations. He has designed engagements that focus on sustaining the benefits of training interventions. In addition he has led large scale change engagements, conducted business diagnostics, coached senior management and helped boards arrive at growth strategies.

He is skilled at facilitating board level discussions.

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Tanveer Shaikh

Work Specialization

Business Strategy, Business Process Improvement, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Sales & Customer Experience, Performance Management, Organizational Development

Sectors Served

Power, FMCG, Real Estate, Textiles, Agriculture inputs, Chemicals, Plastics, Tyres, Education, Insurance, Banking, Pharmaceuticals

Work Experience

Tanveer is one of the founding members of Acumen and the head of business development. He cut his teeth in his own family managed business before venturing into management consulting. In his 14 years in the consulting industry, he has worked on and led engagements in India, Africa and the Middle East, with a roster of clients that spans some of the largest conglomerates, MNCs and SMEs.He is an expert on creating and sustaining a world class customer experience and is sought after for executive coaching engagements.He has co-authored a book on sales and has written articles on performance management, customer experience, and entrepreneurship.


What our clients say…

  • I've rarely encountered someone who has engaged himself so well with me, even going beyond one's professional boundaries. Thank you, Tanveer, for having been there for me & working alongside me as a mentor. I shall always cherish the relationship that we share and I am sure your feedback & guidance will help me to take up higher responsibilities in the Godrej Group!

    Arabind Das Godrej Agrovet, Mumbai
  • This training workshop has taught me about personal and professional, relationship integrity.

    Nidhi Raghuvanshi Kolte Patil Developers
  • The training program we had in Jaipur on Jan 7, 2015 was a great start of a new year. Power-packed, highly interactive, and soo, not boring at all, filled with practical and real world examples and timely punctuated by fun-filled, brain developing, activities, it was day worth great investment. Though you did your maximum to incorporate in us whatever you could, a day more would have been much more fruitful. Nevertheless, we just gained, and gained a lot. Thanx a lot for all this once again, Mr Tanveer.

    Gagandeep Singh Sungro Seeds Ltd., Chandigarh
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Jayesh Talpade

Jayesh Talpade is an extremely curious soul. He is on a perpetual quest to find out why things are, the way they are. He is seldom satisfied easily. So it leads him to question the obvious with the zeal of an Evangelist. And this quality, while upsetting some people along the way, leads to brilliant Insights on issues and challenges. He sees patterns where none are obvious to the naked eye. And breaks down every issue to small components, and then has the ability to regroup the same components into an altogether different pattern. Resulting in a changed paradigm for the observer.

This ability has been responsible for transformations, when he has been invited to sit on the boards of family manged businesses, to deal with challenges of family succession, address contentious issues, talk to disagreeing family members or partners. He does not fight shy of speaking his mind and does not mince his words, when he talks. By this he reveals the sincerity of his intent, which is the best outcome for all parties concerned. Almost always, tricky, sensitive issues get tabled, addressed and resolved.

He has coached CXOs, Entrepreneurs and Spiritual Gurus. He facilitates the flagship Leadership Development intervention of Acumen, Torchbearers amongst other Leadership Development programs.

Over the years Jayesh has led an assortment of engagements for clients in India, the Middle East, the UK in the areas of Strategy, Sales, Systems, and HR. He has trained  in Neuro Lingustic programming, under a variety of greats, the chief ones being Fr. Dr. Dick McHugh, Anthony Robbins and Richard Bandler. This training coupled with the fact that he has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters in Management Studies, makes him the Consultant of choice for engagements needing facilitation amongst seniors in an organisation… Business Heads, CXOs and the like.

He has been at the helm of Acumen since its inception in the year 2000. Prior to heading Acumen, Jayesh worked with Bharat Bijlee, NELCO and Johnson & Johnson on the shop floor in Industrial Engineering, to Selling to Brand Management. This diverse exposure coupled with his innate curiosity has made him a sought after professional in the consulting area.

His personal philosophy is articulated very aptly in the Tag line for Acumen…Helping you do better…

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