Three IIM B Alumni receive Distinguished Alumnus Awards 2011

 | October 25,2011 11:17 am IST

The Alumni Association of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB-AA) today announced that three IIMB alumni have been selected for the award of Distinguished Alumnus for the year 2011. This year’s recipients are Mr.

Abhishek Mukherjee (PGP 1976), Professor Praveen K Kopalle (PGP 1988) and Mr. Sonjoy Chatterjee (PGP 1994). The Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA), instituted in 2008, is given every year to those chosen few alumni of IIMB who have excelled in industry or academia and thereby contributed to society. The awards will be presented in Bangalore on October 28, 2011, the 38th Foundation Day of the Institute.


On the occasion of the announcement, Professor Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIMB said, “For close on three decades now, IIMB students have made significant contributions to industry, commerce, academia and society on a global basis. The DAA is just one of the ways in which the Institute applauds and recognizes their roles as brand ambassadors of the Institute. I extend my congratulations and best wishes to this year’s winners.”

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are:

  • Mr. Abhishek Mukherjee (PGP 1976), who, as the founding member of Compaq India, was instrumental in transforming the Indian Computer industry. A Mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur, he served in a variety of sales and marketing roles at Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd., Godrej and Boyce and Hindustan Unilever Ltd before moving into the Information Technology Industry. As Executive Director of PCL he managed the high profile launch of Dell computers in India. He then moved to Compaq Computer Corporation as its first employee and Country Manager for India in 1994. Abhishek managed Magnasoft Consulting India as its start-up Chairman and CEO between 2002 and 2008. Today, Abhishek is a Management Consultant, Investor and Mentor. He is associated with charitable activities in the field of education and works as the alumni activities moderator for his classes at IIT and IIM.
  • Professor Praveen K Kopalle (PGP 1988) received his B.E. from Osmania University, M. Phil., and Ph.D. in marketing management from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, and is currently professor of marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Professor Kopalle’s research has been at the intersection of technology and marketing, particularly in the retailing domain. In addition to his awards, research, and editorial accomplishments, Praveen Kopalle is also a research director (Internet marketing and pricing) at the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, a faculty associate of William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership, both at the Tuck School. Professor Kopalle has been invited to speak at over forty universities worldwide including IIMB and his research has received a lot of attention in the business press as well. He is a consultant to both Fortune 500 and startup companies and holds advisory positions in India and the U.S.A. Further, over the years, Professor Kopalle has been sensitizing his MBA students at Tuck to India and the Indian culture.
  • Mr. Sonjoy Chatterjee (PGP 1994), is Chairman of Goldman Sachs India having joined the firm as a Partner in May 2010. Prior to this he had a 16-year career with ICICI Bank where he was Executive Director on the main Board and was responsible for Corporate Banking and International Banking. Sonjoy held several senior management roles at ICICI, first as head of strategic support in the office of the Group CEO during 1998-2000, when the bank transformed itself from a development financial institution to a universal banking group with interests in banking, insurance, private equity and asset management. He was also the founding Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank UK which, in 2007 became India’s largest overseas banking entity. He worked closely with key clients, first as Senior Vice President of the Major Clients Group and then as Head of the Global Client Group comprising the top 50 corporate accounts. Sonjoy is part of the Leaders Council of the International Business Leaders Forum, London, a social initiative group comprising global leaders.

Rakesh Godhwani, Head IIM Bangalore Alumni Association, said, “This year’s DAA award recipients represent the variety and diversity that IIMB has come to be associated with. They have been selected from an even larger pool of nominees as their contributions have been significant and exemplary. We are very proud of them, and I am sure that our students and alumni will draw inspiration from their achievements. ”