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The AkzoNobel Challenge

The AkzoNobel Challenge

Suggest a mobility technology solution to deliver color tools to consumers and serve them better throughout their painting journey

Company Info

Look around and chances are you'll see AkzoNobel's influence. Our products can be found everywhere from the Beijing Olympic arenas and Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi to, quite possibly, the house next door to you. You probably don't realize it but, every day, wherever you go, you're looking at our work. That is because more people choose AkzoNobel decorative paints and performance coatings than those of any other manufacturer. AkzoNobel N.V. is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is a Global Fortune 500 company. AkzoNobel is consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence.

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CIO Profile

V Manohar
Head Information Management,
Decorative Paints, India & South Asia, AkzoNobel

Technology offers a host of possibilities like never before, a lot of it is ahead of time

The Challenge


Mentor’s Profile

  • Josean Mendez

    Principal | Chief Mobile Technology Architect, Capgemini

  • "Chief Technology Architect for the Capgemini global Mobile Solutions Service Line; Delivery Leader and Chief Technology Architect, Capgemini for Mobile Solutions

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Jury Members

  • V Manohar

    Head Information Management, Decorative Paints, India & South Asia, AkzoNobel

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    V Manohar

    "Technology offers a host of possibilities like never before, a lot of it is ahead of time. The challenge is still rooted in how we create business impact using technology. A lot has to do with the DNA of the organization. It's a leadership, culture, change management and lastly technology challenge"

    "CSTS is a novel concept in the way it tries to connect business needs and meet those needs through talent, thought leadership and presents it to business audience. Excited to be part of this series"

    V Manohar is the Head, Information Management, India & South Asia, Akzo Nobel India and has been associated with the company since the last three year. For the past one year, Manohar has been heading the Information Management function for India & South Asia at AkzoNobel, with additional responsibilities for Business Excellence and Global Mobility Project. Prior to this role, he was responsible for managing business planning and customer service function in the company.

    He has an overall work experience of 19 years in various fields such as operations, management consulting, systems integration and Practice Management roles in India and Europe. Manohar has previously worked with companies such as Infosys, Panasonic Europe, and Asian Paints covering various aspects of operations and management.

    He is a Post Graduate from NITIE and has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • Pierre Hessler

    Capgemini Fellow

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    Pierre Hessler

    Pierre Hessler is a Capgemini Fellow and Chairman’s delegate. He focuses on business transformation, business technology and the digital enterprise.

    He is also a board member of Bureau Veritas SA and head of Actideas.

    Pierre Hessler joined in 1993 Cap Gemini, where he served in several executive positions, notably as a member of the Directoire and as chairman and CEO of Gemini Consulting. He served on the board of directors between 2000 and 2012.

    Pierre Hessler started his career in 1965 in IBM Switzerland, holding executive positions in Europe and in the United States, notably as corporate vice-president for marketing, and general manager for marketing, services and operations of IBM Europe.

    Swiss and French citizen, aged 69, married with 2 children, graduate of the University of Lausanne with degrees in law and economics, author of ‚ÄúMedia and Corporate Scandals‚ÄĚ.

  • Dr. Rajib Mall

    Prof. at IIT, Kharagpur.

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    Dr. Rajib Mall

    Dr. Rajib Mall obtained all his professional degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and the doctoral degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He worked for Motorola(India) for about three years before joining the faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT, Kharagpur, where he is at present working as a professor. He has guided more than a dozen Ph.D. theses and has published more than 150 refereed international journal and conference papers. He has done consultancy projects for organizations such as General Motors, Infosys, Honeywell, and Usha Telecom. He works mostly in the areas of program analysis and testing for traditional as well as emerging software systems.

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