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Srikanth Chakkilam
Executive director, Cigniti Technologies

Which course did you attend and when?

I attended the Stern Advantage Summer Program, an undergraduate programme in management, in 2008 at the NYU Stern School of Business, New York. It was a one-semester programme.

What is your background?

I completed my BTech from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2006. In 2008, I joined Chakkilam Infotech as VP, marketing. Alongside, I completed my MS in computer science from Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, in 2009. In 2011, Chakkilam acquired Cigniti Inc and was renamed as Cigniti Technologies. Currently, apart from being the executive director of Cigniti in India, I also handle the UK, Europe, ANZ and West Asia markets.

What were your key learnings from the course?

At the Stern Advantage Summer Program, we received solid exposure to subjects such as accounts, finance, marketing, management and business ethics. Our learnings came from corporate visits to AIG, the Bill Clinton Foundation and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Interacting with some of the finest executives and leaders at these companies gave us first-hand insights into the corporate world and how business is run at the highest levels. Working on case studies as a group improved our teamwork skills and taught us how to take a consensus-based approach towards problem solving. It also increased our ability to think out of the box and stay grounded as professionals. At work, this course has helped me take up challenges in areas such as client acquisition strategies, sales participation, client visits, achieving business targets and maintaining P&L.

What do you like about the course?

The curriculum was designed to incorporate latest business practices, case studies, discussions and debates. I liked the way in which a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge was imparted to us. It taught me how to come up with customised solutions without compromising on the basics. It was a professional course and we had some amazing guest faculty from across the globe.

What did you not like about the course?

The first few days of my stay in New York were not comfortable at all; I experienced major culture shock. But the course and my stay at New York turned out to be the first step towards an increasingly global outlook that I have been able to build during my time there. However, I would have preffered if the course was a little longer so that I could have equipped myself better.

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