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Ashish Adukia, 39

President and Group Head

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He’s used to being in way over his head—but that’s just in the water. This avid scuba diver was an ace I-banker at Morgan Stanley before moving to the $41 billion Aditya Birla Group. He advises the group on capital allocation and funding strategy, as well as investor relations. More crucial, he handles chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla’s MIS, which requires him to analyse monthly performance of the conglomerate’s key businesses, and provide a report to Birla with his views and recommendations. What’s the big difference between his two jobs? “I have stopped living out of a suitcase,” he says.

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