12th July, 2017: The Alumni Relations Committee of IMT Hyderabad conducted its foremost Alumni Talk on 12th July 2017. The students were addressed by IMT Ghaziabad’s distinguished alumnus, Mr. Kalyan Chaganti, who is the incumbent Head for South India Operations at Johnson & Johnson.
In a career spanning over 11 years, Mr. Kalyan Chaganti has held leadership roles in channel management, category management, sales development & capability building projects in three very unique organizations, namely, Henkel, Britannia and currently at Johnson and Johnson. This has enabled him to appreciate the challenges that arise across the value chain. At the present day, Mr. Chaganti performs a leadership role at Johnson & Johnson that involves building relationships with customers, establishing new dealer networks, developing the business in the southern region and expanding it into new businesses and territories.
Mr. Chaganti’s speech focused on channeling the student’s career choices in line with their core interests and values rather than going after monetary benefits. Further, he urged students to take ownership of the triple bottom line by engaging in social forums that would mould them into visible proponents for change in their organization.
Mr. Kalyan Chaganti went on to give the students an overview of what it takes to climb the corporate ladder in today’s context. He highlighted the fact that hierarchies are flatter in large organizations. Therefore, it is imperative for students to aim for growth by gaining exposure in multiple competencies that are relevant to their areas of expertise.
At the end of the address, Mr. Chaganti took extremely pertinent questions from the student body of IMT Hyderabad. To these questions, he gave insightful advice on how to forge valuable relationships in the industry and identify mentors in one’s organization. The Alumni Talk ended with a vote of thanks by members of the Alumni Relations Committee. Thanks to the speech by Mr. Chaganti, the students were presented with a different perspective on career choices and growth.