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K. V. Ganesh, Consultant CFO, Kartrii Solutions & Co.

K. V. Ganesh
Consultant CFO, Kartrii Solutions & Company
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Why I love finance:

Finance is about numbers, as numbers make profits and profit is the core of the business. We love business and so we love finance!

My strongest skill in finance:

Always looking beyond the numbers to get a business perspective as to where we are headed

One career high:

Playing the role of CFO for the entire global operations in HP shared services in the US

The most rewarding project/moment of my profession:

Turning around my previous company Subex Ltd from a sick company into a highly profitable venture

If I were to redo a project:
Subex should not have used the FCCB root for funding investments. This is something most avoidable as it is fraught with business uncertainties

One big mistake/failure I turned into an opportunity:
In HSBC we initially ignored the VAT impact on invoices generated from India while drafting the business plan. Later set up a branch at London to remediate the same

The legacy I would like to leave behind:
Being highly charged up and yet be a humble person is something I would like people to emulate

One unforgettable lesson I learnt:
Never do investments without a deep grinded knowledge
India of my dreams
A young India where everybody has a good job and all of them are honest and professional like in their attitude
My eureka moment/epiphany:
When I got married!
One shocking discovery about me:
I can actually go and deliver lectures in public (realised very late in my career!)
Lesser-known fact:
Enjoy singing with karaoke
I as a mentor and mentee:
I mentor quite a few budding professionals though have to honestly accept that with spouse one can only be a mentee
The most memorable characters in my story (family, mentors, colleagues):
Greatest influence has been my boss at HSBC (Colin Lloyd) who was a humanist beyond imagination, yet he could control the entire operations with greatest finesse and maturity
If I were to write a book it would be about:
The art of achieving work-life balance and yet be the best in the professional pursuits

The leader I would love to be:
Be a catalyst for others to achieve their best. Automatically you win!

When not playing numbers:
Lots of hobbies, be it be music, sports, reading and learning the true aspects of life

How I de–stress:
I try not be get stressed and maintain equanimity. In the rare instance, if I am stressed, I would love to get back to one of the above hobbies, which would help me gather composure.

What gives me hope for the future:
Positive thinking. I believe that where we feel something is achievable, more often than not we achieve it.
One technology that simplified my work:

One technology implementation that I led:
SAP development at Subex ltd

One technology/gadget that is my lifeline:
Smartphone (once again!)

One app that I can’t do without:
OLA, UBER, especially, while at Bangalore. (One cannot imagine driving there!)

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