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PC’s preference for professionals A yen for wastage… Delhi is distant… Cement prices continue to rise… No Maha Koottani in TN... SoA @ 80 Vibrant Gujarat Multi-faceted Venkat Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... The balancing act Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Paytm karo... Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Things happen by accident and not by design... Another Indian music maestro at the UN New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Mu Sigma – is no more Robber barons everywhere Building loyalty through the stomach Convulsions in The Hindu Revive development banks... GM Technology at last! Telangana in top gear… All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi An enemy’s enemy is a friend Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Boy, can you beat these? 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The star of Spencers is no more

For over a decade Pradipta K Mohapatra was a star speaker at CII and other platforms on retail business. To him should go the credit of setting up India’s first retail supermarket chain, Spencer’s Food World, followed by Music World and Health & Glow. Joining RPG’s Spencer & Co, he was put in-charge of expanding activities that ranged from retail to hotels to telecom in the south.

Pradipta also took keen interest in business management education and training. He was a much sought-after CEO coach. He was the co-founder of the Chennai Business School, as also the Coaching Foundation India. This multifaceted engineer and a management expert worked for L&T and Dunlop and was a Director of  the RPG group. Gregarious and articulate, Pradipta was the past chairman of CII, Southern Region and contributed richly to the social, cultural and educational development of Chennai metro.


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