KPMG India Chairman elected to the Council of Foreign Relations

09 April 2019 Consultancy.in

Arun Kumar – the India Chairman of global professional services firm KPMG – has been chosen to be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the US. Kumar will leverage his previous expertise as an official under Obama’s government to offer contributions to the global think tank.

CFR is a global institution that was established in the US in 1921, with the specific mandate of being an independent think tank that would inform global leaders in the domain of government, business, education, journalism and religion. The firm aims at facilitating strategic foreign policy decisions. 

Membership at CFR is a highly exclusive affair, and is reserved for those who are “unmatched in accomplishment.” Chairman of KPMG India Arun kumar has now been inducted into this exclusive group, not only due to his senior position in the business world but also due to his prior diplomatic experience.

Kumar holds a degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, following which he joined Elxsi in San Jose, California as a Controller. He then broke off for an entrepreneurial venture, founding supercomputer company Cyndrome in 1984, where he remained for nearly five years.Arun Kumar, Chairman at KPMG India

In 1995, Kumar joined Big Four accounting and advisory firm KPMG as a Partner in their Mountain View and Santa Clara offices. He remained at KPMG for nearly 19 years, and served as a Leader of management consulting and a Thought Leader in planning and forecasting. Since 2017, he has been the Chairman & CEO of KPMG India.

Between 2014 and 2017, Kumar served under the Obama administration, specifically as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the US Commercial Service. He was primarily responsible for promoting inward investment in the US – experience that he will now leverage in his new role.

Commenting on his appointment, Bill Thomas, Chairman of KPMG International said, “We take pride in Arun's election as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which has been an influential voice in international relations not just in the US, but across the globe. I am confident that with his global business and diplomatic experience, Arun will add immense value to the CFR.”

Kumar added, “I am honoured to join the Council of Foreign Relations. The work of the CFR is more relevant than ever before, especially in Asia and the part of the world where I now live. I look forward to working with other members of the CFR to foster leading ideas and conversations around vital and strategic foreign policy and business issues in the Indo-Pacific corridor.”

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Nitesh Sahay relocates to Marketscience Consulting's London office

23 April 2019 Consultancy.in

Nitesh Sahay, managing director and associate partner at Truesight Consulting, has relocated to the UK to support Marketscience founder Peter Cain with expanding the firm’s footprint in Europe. Sahay will work with UK-based clients as well as those in India.

New York-based Truesight Consulting was established in 2017 and launched in India in only February last year under Nitesh Sahay, who was appointed the firm’s Managing Director in the country. The New Delhi practice was established as a hub for the firm’s operations across Asia.

Sahay is a graduate in Economics from Delhi University as well as Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked at a number of high profile firms throughout his career, which spans nearly two decades. He began his career in economic research, before joining GE Capita International as a Business Analyst.

He has been a Researcher and a Project Manager at Universite Laval in Canada, following which he worked for a year as a Senior Economist at Datamonitor. His first managerial position came during a three-year spell at Symphony Marketing Solutions, following which he joined Ninah Consulting.Nitesh Sahay relocates to Marketscience Truesights London office spot

Over nearly a decade at Ninah, Sahay ascended to the position of Regional Director for the Asia Pacific Region, during the period becoming acquainted with David Dixon and Sebastian Shapiro, who later broke off to established Truesight Consulting in 2017. They later brought Sahay on board.

The firm has since been expanding gradually, and entered a strategic partnership with London-based marketing consultancy Marketscience Consulting last year. The firm specialises in econometric modeling and statistical analysis to offer customised solutions to clients across various sectors.

Sahay has now been relocated from the New Delhi office to the London office, where he joins founder of Marketscience Peter Cain in his efforts in innovative product development. “Sahay’s move to London speaks a lot about the way we are growing and what we want to achieve as a company,” said David Dixon.

Sahay himself added, “Not only are we bringing transparency to black-box analytics, but we’re training clients and helping them successfully integrate marketing analytics software and modeling in-house. We don’t just give our clients the best tools to work with, we also help them use and integrate that tool smoothly and effectively to ensure success.”