Indian Institute of Information Technology, Lucknow
भारतीय सूचना प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, लखनऊ
(An Institute of National Importance by the Act of Parliament)

Mr. Ranjan Kumar

PGDM (IIM Lucknow) , PhD ( IIM Lucknow )

Mr. Ranjan Kumar

Visiting Faculty


  • PhD, IIM Lucknow
  • PGDM, IIM Lucknow

Work Experience


Positions Held


V-Mart Retail

Head, Strategy, Corp. Comm. & CSR

Jul, 2018 – Present

Axience Consulting Aug,

Head, Consulting and Research

2015 – Jun, 2018

Dion Global

VP, Research & Analytics

Feb, 2010 – Aug, 2015


Director, Research Operations

Nov, 2005 – Jan, 2010

Ranbaxy Laboratories

Project Manager

Mar, 2005 – Oct, 2005

Eli Lilly

Brand Associate

Jun, 2003 – Mar, 2005


Restaurant Manager

Oct, 1998 – Aug, 2000


Head, Strategy, Corp Comm & CSR, V-Mart Retail                                                          Aug 2015 – Jun, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                 

Founded in 2003, V-Mart is India’s largest listed value fashion retailer with 266 stores across 19 states. As per Bloomberg, V-Mart was the ‘World’s best performing departmental store chain’ in 2018

  • Overall ownership for strategic management process including formulation, implementation and review by working collaboratively with the leadership team and Board of Directors
  • Owning and leading stakeholder communication and crisis communication at corporate level
  • Developing the strategic agenda for CSR initiatives, and planning and driving its implementation

Head, Consulting and Research, Axience Consulting                                                    Aug 2015 – Jun, 2018

Founded in 2007, Axience is a boutique professional services firm providing financial research, business intelligence and consulting solutions to global firms

  • P&L ownership of the business research and consulting division, with delivery teams operating from New Delhi and Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Acquiring and delivering business worth $5 mn, and winning five key client accounts


VP, Research and Analytics, Dion Global (earlier Religare Technova)                   Feb, 2010 – Aug, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dion, a Religare group company, is BSE-listed with offices in 22 countries. The Research and Information Services (RIS) division caters to Fortune 1000 companies, financial institutions and PE-VC firms.

  • Set up the business research, equity research and consulting business division as a P&L
  • Conceptualizing and incubating new revenue lines in research, business intelligence and analytics


Director, Research Operations, RocSearch                                                                                 Nov, 2005 – Jan, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                

RocSearch is a UK-headquartered KPO providing business research and advisory services to a global client base comprising consulting, private equity, and Fortune 1000 companies.

  • Overall delivery leadership of the India-based global research delivery center with 100+ employees
  • Establishing the Pharma-Lifesciences practice, with leading global pharma companies as clients
  • Conducting onsite BD trips and leading competitive bids across the RFP-due diligence-pilot lifecycle
  • Progressing from project manager to Director and Head of Research Operations within four years


Brand Associate, Eli Lilly                                                                                                                  Jun, 2003 – Mar, 2005

Eli Lilly is among the Top 10 pharma-biotech companies globally and has a discovery-led business model.

  • Setting up the Project Management Office for ARVs and Consumer Healthcare portfolios, aligning a diverse set of stakeholders from the R&D, manufacturing, and Business teams along the product development-dossier submission-launch lifecycle


Project Manager, Ranbaxy Labs                                                                                                      Mar, 2005 – Oct, 2005

Ranbaxy, now owned by Sun Pharma, is among the leading specialty generics firms globally with presence in the US, Europe, Japan and BRICs markets.

  • Preparing and owning the Marketing Plan for Huminsulin, Lilly’s leading insulin brand globally
  • Twice awarded Employee of the Quarter, the first time for driving a Cost Cutting initiative, and, in the second instance, for organizing the 2005 R&R Event in Colombo

Restaurant Manager, Wimpy’s                                                                                                       Oct, 1998 – Aug, 2000

Wimpy’s was the first MNC fast food chain to set up operations across India. During my two-year stint with the company, I managed restaurant operations at the three most high-traffic and profitable outlets in Delhi.

Corporate Training                                                                                                                            Jan, 2014 – Jul, 2018

Conducted several training programs for mid-level and senior executives in communication, project management, data analysis, cross-cultural intelligence and teambuilding. Key assignments included:

  • Embassy of Denmark
    • Apr, 2018: Annual two-day staff retreat, attended by the Ambassador as well, and comprising MBTI, conflict management, cross-cultural intelligence workshops and teambuilding activities
    • Dec, 2017: cross-cultural intelligence workshop for Danish CXOs, using a proprietary self- developed framework, the Cultural Intelligence Map (CIM)
  • Volvo – Eicher Motors, conflict management and communication workshop for the Gurgaon-based internal audit team; Mar, 2018
  • Deloitte Consulting, project management and core consulting skills; Nov, 2017 – Present
  • V-Mart Retail, project management for HoDs and first level reportees; Dec, 2017 – Present
  • GMR (DIAL), workshop in data analytics for HoDs; Dec, 2017 – Present
  • SpiceJet, team-building offsite at Sariska for the pan-India leadership team; Mar, 2014

Visiting Faculty and SME                                                                                                                 Jan, 2010 – Present

  • NMIMS and upGrad (2018 – Present)
    • Visiting faculty in the MBA-Wx and MBA-X (with UpGrad) programs for working executives
  • JP Business School (2010 – 2014)
    • Designing and teaching courses in finance and strategy for MBA second year students
  • International College of Financial Planning, ICoFP (2012 – 2018)
    • Designing and teaching a course in strategic management and business analysis
  • Bridge School of Management, an education venture of HT Media (2012 – 2018)
    • End-to-end course curriculum development and delivery in the blended learning environment for project management, foundational statistics, finance, strategic management, and in the predictive business analytics (PBA) program offered by Northwestern University, Bridge’s academic partner


Department of Management & Humanities,
Indian Institute of Information Technology,
Lucknow, India.
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