After working for 13 years in Corporate world for firms like Indian Oil, Unilever & PepsiCo, in 2018, I decided to start my own ed-tech venture, Yschool, catering towards the K12 test preparation industry in India.
Yschool is a blended platform (both digital as well as physical centres) that engages with the students preparing for competitive examinations (JEE/NEET) in India. Our hub and spoke model for tier-2/3 cities, powered by our web as well as mobile apps, enable flexibility as well as personalisation for the students.
With our app, students can learn from the expert faculties, take rigorous online tests on the platform (both chapter / course) as well as improve their scores by our detailed analytics engine. (Start ,Stop,Continue recommendations)
I was the custodian of the innovation stage gate process for all beverage innovation launches for the India region. This requires working closely with the CEO/ CXOs as well as Category/R&D/SC/Finance/ Legal teams. I led the portfolio for ~ 10 breakthrough innovations in 3 yrs.
It's all about the future-looking product portfolio for the category and the overall alignment w.r.t the corporate 5 to 10 yrs goals. For us, one of the biggest goals was the reduction in sugar and nurturing the healthy bev categories.
The end goal of a systematic portfolio management is to ensure a significant %age (>8%) contribution to the overall beverage revenue business for the region. We achieved it consequently for 3 years through all these launches.
A very exciting phase in my career was from 2011 to 2015 , in PepsiCo, working for Global Value Innovation Center or GVIC. The core idea was to bring into fruition the concept of "Disruptive Innovation" into practice for Global PepsiCo's Operational ecosystem. At GVIC, we engaged in some BHAG (Big, Hairy, Ambitious Goals) with a potential to disrupt the value-chain for the organisation significantly. I worked at a managerial level for the "On-The Go" , or, Beverage Dispensers Innovation cluster in GVIC. Over a period of 4 years, we launched a range of dispensing equipments for the global market, as well as, an IOT backed solution to increase the efficacy of the beverage sales operations. We were also mentioned in Navi Radjou's book, "Frugal Innovation".
From 2008 - 2011, I was leading new Product Development for Home care, as well as development of new differentiated technologies for Fabric Care for both regional and then later global projects.
(Scope : India, Romania, Philippines, Thailand, UK, Brazil and China)
For around 2 years, I led the development of new detergent powder technologies in fibre care that will help in color-care, long-lasting perfume, as well as overall longevity of the fabric. With the development of more than 5 successful formulation in partnership with >10 global vendors, we had a strong global formulation chassis that could be deployed across multiple brands. One of the successful launch was for the premium laundry brand, Skip. (video shows an ad for Skip in one of the countries where Fibre Protect was deployed)
I was leading the deployment of technologies for Dirt is Good platform in India that consisted of Surf Excel portfolio, including launch of Surf Excel Blue, liquid and matic variants.
As a global technical project leader for SKIP brand (catered to extra-premium user segments), I led the product development and commercialisation for 3 global projects.
For India region (incl India, SriLanka and Bangladesh), I was involved in technology rollouts for both DiG (Surf Excel) and Radian (Rin) category. That included formulation development to leading main plant trials and product qualitification.
After graduating as a Chemical Engineer in 2006, from IIT Roorkee, I worked for 2 years in Process Engineering and Automation for Indian Oil , Vadodara Refinery. I led process monitoring of secondary refinery units (Ether, Butene and Hexane units) as well as led the entire digital transformation and automation for the refinery.
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