Ravi Kiran is a career business builder, a growth advisor and an active angel investor.
He is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Friends of Ambition, arguably India’s first growth advisory company focused on helping scale ambitious enterprises in Middle India - India’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns.
The former CEO -South East & South Asia and Emerging Market Leader-Specialist Solutions for Chicago headquartered Starcom MediaVest Group, in turn owned by Paris based Publicis Groupe, he opted out of his full time position in end 2010, in order to explore alternative business possibilities.
Of his twenty year long corporate career, he spent eight years at Lintas India and Initiative Media and twelve years at Starcom MediaVest Group. He has had divisional, country and regional leadership roles, based in Delhi, Mumbai and Singapore. He has built teams and product portfolio, grown businesses and stature for the company, mentored peers in the Middle East, Mexico, Russia, Poland and elsewhere on creating new lines of business.
He also served on SMG’s Global Product Committee and Global Management Group, the company’s apex product and leadership groups respectively.
Since 2003, Kiran has been chairing the marketing committee of the Media Research Users’ Council, India’s premier industry research association. He regularly speaks in industry fora across the region as well as is engaged in teaching assignments as visiting faculty in several business schools in India. Kiran has served on the juries of several industry awards, such as the Bombay Ad Club’s Emvees, the BSR [Business for Social Responsibility] Awards, the AME [Asian Marketing Excellence] Awards, and the Cannes Media Lions.
Kiran holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Kashmir and a Business Management degree from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Shalini. His interests include technology, behavioral sciences and philosophy.