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Vice President, Global Business Services, Juniper Networks


Control your own destiny – that’s been the most important mantra of my career. When you want to control your destiny you need to change along with times, maybe ahead of time. If you don’t change ahead of time, then you lose the “control over your destiny” as market forces will dictate how you change. Innovation plays a pivotal role in control of narrative – control your own destiny. In my mind innovation can be many things – question what you do at work daily, relook at it, try to find out better ways to do the same, look outside, find out problems which you would try to resolve. With this thinking innovation can be all pervasive in what we do on a daily basis. If we want to develop and grow, innovation is non-negotiable. Innovation has also become a very abused or misused management word, only after culture. Organizations which believe in innovation make it part of its DNA and have a process around innovation. Innovation cannot be spurts of energy within an organization which in fact can be counter productive.

Brief Profile

Varun is a global Business leader with over 2 decades of comprehensive experience in diverse mission-critical practices including –
Strategic business management as part of executive management teams and as a driver of key global initiatives, Business direction, planning, alignment & consensus building, cross-functional implementation lead, Finance, compliance and governance (finance leadership, US GAAP, Indian GAAP, tax, treasury, compliance, payroll, payables and other related operations for large cross-border operations), Planning, building, managing of global, multi-cultural shared services platforms, Process engineering, standardization and automation focused on transformational productivity enhancement (Robotics Process Automation, enterprise-wide ERP, Kaizen, Six Sigma programs). Varun believes in driving Strategic Change Through Transformation Thought & Enterprise Goal Alignment. He is also a Startup Mentor and advisor.

F.N.A.E; F.N.A.Sc [Former Chairman, Space Commission/Secretary, Department of Space & Chairman, ISRO]
In any field, Ethics and Excellence is non-negotiable.

” You undertake a profession, you develop a life skill, you build an organization, or you work for the needy in any field, excellence is the imperative touchstone. I believe that a noble goal, a passion for perfection, an eye for details and an attitude of solution-centricity are non-negotiable. In addition to giving the best, one must also always be open to learning; indeed, the gifts of learning are infinite. As a scientist, as a musician, as a leader and a continuing student myself, I have always believed in innovation, teamwork, and a vision to accomplish something unique. Irrespective of odds and challenges, roadblocks or difficulties, one must have clarity of the destination and perseverance to reach there. The journey will thereby align itself to perfection. In addition, know that you must enjoy each and every day of your life at work – it will truly enrich your own experience.”

Koppillil Radhakrishnan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) between November 2009 and December 2014 as Chairman of Space Commission, Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO. Prior to this, he was the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (2007-2009) and Director of National Remote Sensing Agency (2005-2008) of the Department of Space. He has held several key positions in his career and was one of the key people behind India’s Chandrayaan-1 moon mission. Presently, he is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council besides being Honorary Distinguished Advisor in the Department of Space/ISRO. He is an accomplished and renownedvocalist (Carnatic Classical music) and a passionate Kathakali artist. He is Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur & Chairman, Standing Committee of the IIT Council. He is Honorary Distinguished Advisor, Department of Space/ISRO.