A Cricket Icon I Would Be!: Leon Verdes

Leon Verdes, CFO, Schreiber Dynamic Dairies Limited shares his thought on the alternate dream profession and several other things that will surprise the CFO community.

If I were not a CFO...
Living in a country where cricket is more a religion than a sport. In my childhood, I definitely dreamt of being a cricket icon some day. 
 
India of My Dreams   
A place where we all live in harmony, keep aside our differences, respect our women and treat them as equal. I dream of India becoming the largest economy in the world.
 
SUN SIGN 
Capricorn 
 
FIRST JOB 
Deloitte Haskins & Sells
 
VISION FOR SELF
As CFO, I’m at a unique position within the organisation, at the absolute centre of the universe. I believe that along with making impact on the business, we can make a change in our industry and in the community at large
 
POLITICAL VIEWS 
I am neutral to political ideologies but support all that is uniform to people without any religion or caste divide, etc
 
PHILOSOPHY 
Driven by a personal sense of responsibility  to leave the world a better place
 
The Leader I Would Like to Be & Why
My vision is to create an impact on people and their lives which can lead to value creation for the industry and community at large. The underlying rule is, winning the trust of the people.
 
One costly mistake that I turned into an opportunity 
The switch from a large FMCG company to a US multinational dairy company as the CFO at a young age. It truly was a great risk for my career, but it turned out to be my greatest strength, as I adapted quickly and moved on to become a more rounded professional with deeper entrepreneurial and business skills.
 
SHORT TAKE
 
CARTOON/FICTIONAL CHARACTER I IDENTIFY WITH 
Mr Incredible from The Incredibles
 
PASSION BEYOND NUMBERS 
Running marathons (10 km to be specific)
 
LESSER-KNOWN FACT 
I can fix just about anything
 
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (HOW I UNWIND AFTER WORK)
Play with my two kids
 
A SONG I CAN’T FORGET 
Hello by Lionel Richie
 
ONE BIG HIGH 
Creating opportunities out of challenging situations
 
FAVOURITE BOOK
The Robin Sharma series
 
ONE GUILTY PLEASURE
Dark chocolate
 
FAVOURITE FILM
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
 
FAVOURITE POISON
Rum
 
ONE PROUD POSSESSION 
My family
 
I as a mentor & mentee
I am associated with one of the business schools where I spend my free time sharing my experience with students of finance and rural management fields. One of the biggest outcomes from this programme and something that has always stayed with me, is the learning that I derive from the experience of each student. As a mentor, my constant endeavour is to instill faith and strength in my mentees to achieve their goals. As a mentee, I have been fortunate enough to have had great mentors who helped shape my career. Whenever I face a complex problem, I always look back to my mentors for guidance.
 
Where I see India in near and long term
The state of the economy currently is reasonably good. As a result of GST, the GDP growth in the current quarter and in the second half of the year will pick up considerably. By 2050, I expect India to become the largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity. With the advent of digital media and the pace of technological advancements impacting agriculture, manufacturing and services sector, India will embark on a journey that will take it among the top three economies in the next two decades.

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