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Veterans Unpacked | Sunil Alagh on advice he received from Dhirubhai Ambani, importance of sense of humour and more

If you’re a manager in an owner-driven company, then learn to run the business well and leave managing the business to the owner, says former managing director and chief executive of Britannia Industries Sunil Alagh.

March 29, 2021 / 04:04 PM IST
When you wake up on a Monday morning and have nothing to do, that's the day your journey is over, says Sunil Alagh.

When you wake up on a Monday morning and have nothing to do, that's the day your journey is over, says Sunil Alagh.

As the former managing director and chief executive of Britannia Industries where he worked for almost three decades and held senior positions that led up to becoming the top boss, Sunil Alagh developed and incubated top biscuit brands like Britannia Tiger, and also pushed the company's growth into categories that included dairy through branded cheese and milk.

Under his leadership, in 1999, 2000 and 2002, Britannia was listed on the Forbes List of 300 Best Companies in the world as well as the most trusted food brand in the nation. He grew the company's revenues from Rs 250 crore to Rs 1,500 crore at the time of his exit. A board member of United Breweries and Indofil Industries, he is also a senior adviser to Axa France, the Government of India, and held other senior positions with both academic as well as industry organisations. Alagh, who graduated from IIM- Calcutta, also runs his own corporate advisory and consultancy firm. 

Here Alagh speaks on his advice to today’s corporate leaders, what he has been up to since retirement and what he would tell his younger self.