Chairperson & Managing Director
Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd
Pallavi Jha is the Chairperson & Managing Director of Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd a publicly listed company. Walchand PeopleFirst has international partnerships with some of the world's leading firms and brands such as Dale Carnegie, USA (training), and PerformanSe, France (Assessments).
Pallavi has diversified exposure to various management practices in areas such as training and development, HR, consulting and business restructuring, covering a wide range of industries from media, entertainment, technology to the financial services sector and the engineering industry.
She has singularly led the India operations into the fastest growing region for Dale Carnegie Training, winning several global awards for service and sales excellence.
She has been a vocal spokesperson for industry associations, and has chaired and moderated panel discussions involving India's leading business leaders. She has played a pioneering role in setting up India's first Finishing School focused on soft -skills training, the missing ingredient in the talent development and employability challenge confronting Indian industry.
She has been a keynote speaker and a panel member in various forums on business, HR, training and leadership. She is an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has held offices of the Chairperson for Maharashtra Council, CII and the Skills Development Committee for CII, Western Region. She is also an active member of the National Council on Skills Development, CII and its National Sub-committee on School Education. Additionally, she has been part of women's groups, which has encouraged first generation women entrepreneurs into taking business initiatives.
As a member of Rotary Club of India, Pallavi pursues her efforts in social projects. She has also received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Earlier, was Executive Director of India's leading construction company, HCC, an erstwhile Walchand Group company before starting off her own ventures. She also worked briefly in market research at Feedback Ventures and Procter & Gamble.
Pallavi is an MBA from Syracuse University, New York and a graduate in humanities from St Xavier's College, Mumbai.
Mr. Sanjay Jha
Dale Carnegie Training India
Sanjay Jha is the Executive Director of the world-famous Dale Carnegie Training operations in India, which has a global experience of having worked with over 400 of the Top Fortune 500 companies. In India, Dale Carnegie has worked with over 3000 corporate firms, multinational companies, public sector, government and NGOs and trained more than 200,000 Dale Carnegie graduates in the last ten years. His area of professional interest and management science specialization includes leadership development, change management, corporate culture and ethics, business strategy and emotional intelligence. Sanjay is a Motivational speaker, an Executive Coach and Mentor who has advised top management, including CEO’s as well as senior political leaders.
Sanjay has often received an overwhelming feedback and recognition for his high-quality training and leadership talk. He is one of the senior leaders in the worldwide Dale Carnegie Training network, and has addressed global audiences in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, Bermuda, Taiwan, Mexico and Toronto. Jha has addressed managers and leaders at ICICI Pru, TEDx, IBM, Axis Bank, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Oracle, British Gas, Brookings, Dainik Bhaskar, Crompton Greaves, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bajaj Electricals, SHRM, Standard Chartered, Tata Motors, CII, IMC, Venture Capital Association, NHRD, Apple, Bharat Petroleum, Citibank, Mahindra & Mahindra etc. He has conducted several corporate programs focused on executive development, advised companies on corporate image management, done executive coaching and consulted with companies. He has also addressed business schools, industry conferences and knowledge symposiums, and has also been engaged frequently as a strategic consultant/ advisor on training to a leading political party. Mr. Jha is also the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Party.
He has made several contributions to mainline news and business dailies and magazines such as Business Standard, Indian Express, Financial Express, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, Tehelka, Rediff.com and The Huffington Post, and appears regularly to air his views on print and electronic media. He is one of India’s top influencers on social media.
He has founded one of the world’s leading internet portals called CricketNext.Com which was ranked once amongst Alexa Top 1000 sites globally, and is now part of the Network 18 media Group.
Prior to starting Dale Carnegie, Sanjay was instrumental in setting up the private sector mutual fund industry in India, having worked as a Senior Vice President with ITC Threadneedle Asset Management ( part of BAT plc, UK) and as a Vice President , Alliance Capital ( New York, USA). His career in banking included stints with both Bank of America and ANZ Grindlays Bank where he worked in NRI marketing and operation services, product-technology training, retail banking and branch management. He started his career in sales with Bharat Petroleum.
Jha completed his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and his Master’s in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, University of Pune. He graduated with distinction in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune.Sanjay has also written a cricket anthology titled 11—Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence in Indian cricket, two cricket quiz books and published his first collection of poems. Jha has recently authored a book on leadership called The Superstar Syndrome (The Making Of A Champion), co-authored with Dr. Myra White, who is a Professor at the Harvard Medical School. This book was launched in August 2013 and featured in the Crossword Bestseller list.
Ms. Shruthi Patni
Chief Financial Officer and Operations Head
Walchand PeopleFirst Limited
Ms. Shruthi Patni is the Chief Financial Officer and Operations Head of Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd, a public company listed with BSE. Walchand PeopleFirst Limited has a franchisee tie up with DaleCarnegie USA for the business of training in soft skills in entire India.
Shruthi completed her commerce course with Chennai University and secured University 13th rank. She is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and cleared this course in her first attempt. She secured rank in CA Inter. She is working as a qualified since 2001. She had been in the field of auditing at Pricewater house for nine years and conducted the audits of various Companies of different types of industries.
She then moved into Finance and Accounts department of a media company at Mumbai in 2006. Now, she is working at Walchand People First Limited at Mumbai since 2010.
At Walchand PeopleFirst Limited, Shruthi joined as AVP Finance in 2010 and worked all miles to then be rewarded to the post of VP Finance and now Chief Financial Officer, Additionally, she has been given the responsibilities of more departments relating to Company’s operations and Administration. Hence, she is now heading even the Operations of the Company,Shruthi focusses on improvisation of all the processes in and around the departments she handles to increase efficiency and achieve consistent desired level of performance through and by her teams.