Stick to the basics, be tenacious and have an eye for the underprivileged as you climb the ladder to become top executives and entrepreneurs, said Azim Premji, Chairman of Wirpro.

Delivering the Graduation Day speech at the Indian School of Business here on Sunday, Premji shared some of his experiences and learning with the B-School grads asking them not to shift their focus as they progress in their careers.

Focussing on a topic close to his heart of improving the education infrastructure and helping the underprivileged, Premji explained how Wipro’s focus over the past four decades has stood the company in good stead.

“When Wipro (Western India Vegetable Products Company) was a small entity with a turnover of ₹20 crore and employing about 250 people, we had a tough time recruiting people from top management schools. But we did not promise them the moon and were always focussed on what we had in mind. Gradually things turned around, we now employ more than 1,50,000 people,” he said.

Ajit Rangnekar, Dean of ISB, said, “Ïn 12 years at ISB, more than 6,000 graduates spread across 100-plus cities had passed out of the School, which is more than what some of the leading B-Schools have achieved in the past 50 years. There are more than 180 alumni who have moved into CXO positions in the corporate world and over 350 entrepreneurs we know of.”

Adi Godrej, Chairman of Board of ISB, said, “ISB has validated and executed the vision of having one school and two campuses, which are now known for their culture of excellence.”

(This article was published on April 6, 2014)
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