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The Marico Limited Challenge

The Marico Limited Challenge

Use technology to enhance the effectiveness of procurement planning

Company Info

Marico (BSE: 531642, NSE: "MARICO") is one of India's leading Consumer Products Group, in the global beauty and wellness space. During 2012-13, Marico recorded a turnover of about Rs. 46 billion (USD 851 Million) through its products sold in India and about 25 other countries in Asia and Africa. Marico touches the lives of 1 out of every 3 Indians, through its portfolio of brands such as Parachute, Parachute Advansed, Saffola, Hair & Care, Nihar, Livon, Setwet, Zatak, Mediker and Revive.

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CIO Profile

Mr.Girish Rao
CIO, Marico Ltd

Girish Rao currently serves as the Head of Information Technology at Marico Limited.

The Challenge


Mentor’s Profile

  • Chandrasekhar Mukkavalli

    Chandrasekhar Mukkavalli

    Vice President, Capgemini Business Information Management practice

  • Mr. Chandu Mukkavalli is a Vice President with Capgemini Business Information Management practice. He has been in the forefront of advising his

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Jury Members

  • Mr.Girish Rao

    CIO, Marico Ltd

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    Mr.Girish Rao

    Girish Rao currently serves as the Head of Information Technology at Marico Limited, India. Marico Limited, together with its subsidiaries, offers various consumer goods and services in India, the Middle East, SAARC countries, Egypt, and the United States. The company provides coconut oils, edible oils, hair oils and other hair care products, fabric care products, processed foods, soaps, and baby care products, as well as skin care and ayurvedic products.

    Girish has more than 25 years of technology experience with exposure to SAP, enterprise mobility, virtualization and cloud computing. He has been associated with Marico for 21 years now. The technical aspects of SAP implementation in 2000‚Äď2001 have given him a wider perspective of the impact IT can have on business objectives and deliverables.

    Girish is the winner of several awards, including the Global CIO award from Information Week and the CIO 100 award 2010, instituted by the CIO magazine from the International Data Group. Prior to Marico, Girish has worked as the Technology Head at Bristlecone, as well as the Head - Technology at Mahindra Consulting. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University in 1990.

  • Ron Tolido

    Senior Vice President and CTO Applications Continental Europe, Capgemini

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    Ron Tolido

    Ron Tolido absorb technology and business trends, filter out what matters and inspire our clients in understanding how to apply technology to transform their business. He believe in finding natural balance between business and IT, in proper timing, in seeking the Zen within technology.

    Ron is a software architect, an IT strategist, a publicist and a speaker.

  • Prof. Bhatnagar

    Prof. at Indian Institute of Management (IIMA), Ahmedabad.

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    Prof. Bhatnagar

    Prof. Bhatnagar worked for 30 years at IIM Ahmedabad prior to his resignation in September 2003. He started his career as a Systems Analyst (May 1970 to Jan. 1972 at the IIMA Computer Centre). During this period he was a part of the team that set up IIMA's first Computer Centre. He completed the doctoral program at IIMA in 1975. From May 1975 onward he was a member of the faculty of Computers and Information Systems Group at IIMA (1975-Assistant Professor, 1978-Associate Professor and from 1981 July onwards as Professor). He held the CMC Chair Professorship in Information Technology at IIMA for 6 years.

    He chaired many academic committees at IIMA and served as the Dean of IIMA for two years. He was also a member of the governing board of IIMA. He headed many large research initiatives at IIMA: Associate Coordinator of UNDP-CAM Project (1985-87), Coordinator of UNDP CAM Project (1987-88). He also coordinated the activities of a CIDA sponsored Centre for Telecom Policy Studies established at IIMA in collaboration with McGill University. He was the first coordinator of the Centre for Electronic Governance set up at IIMA with the sponsorship of Oracle (India), Caldera (formerly SCO) and Compaq.

    He was a visiting professor at the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, Tanzania in 1982-83. During 1988-89 he was a visiting professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey and Adjunct Faculty at New York University. He was a Visiting Fellow (summer 1989) at East West Centre, Hawaii and an adjunct faculty with School of Public Health, University of North Carolina in 1998-99. He spent two full years and four half years at the World Bank in Washington DC (October 2000 to June 2006) as a consultant advisor on e-Government.

    Prof. Bhatnagar is currently an honorary adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He works as a part time advisor to the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad.


    He was associated with the advisory board of several educational institutions such as, State Bank Institute of Information and Communication Management (SBI ICM), Hyderabad, NIIT, engineering colleges in Gujarat and CMC Research and Development Centre, Hyderabad. He was a member of the ‚ÄėComputer Science Board‚Äô set up by All India Council for Technical Education and a committee set up by planning commission to look into manpower needs of the Indian software industry. He is currently on the board of Governors of Navarachna University Baroda. He has chaired selection panel for vice chancellor of a state university and has been the President‚Äôs nominee for the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He has written about issues in management and higher education in newspapers.