Warehouse executive gets to be day-long CEO at Flipkart
Thirty four-year old Padmini MP, a warehouse executive at Flipkart, today walked into office as the CEO of India's largest e-commerce company, Flipkart.
As part of its 10th year celebration, Flipkart came up with an interesting idea of allowing an employee to spearhead the organisation for a day.
The 'CEO for a Day' concept has been adopted earlier by some companies. Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni was recently made CEO of Gulf Oil India for a day. Across the border, Pakistani cricketer and left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram took on a similar role at ride-hailing platform, Careem.
Flipkart invited entries from 'Flipsters' (Flipkart employees) across the country. All they had to do was write about why they wanted to be CEO for a day.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for our talented Flipsters to get a taste of what it means to be CEO of a large, innovative company like Flipkart," said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, the official CEO.
The competition, he added, was intended to help gain fresh perspective and insights as well as to make it fun and engaging initiative for employees.
As 'CEO of the Day', Padmini took stock of the business, attended key stakeholder meetings and handed out action points with Krishnamurthy accompanying her.
While she didn't made any rapid-fire decisions like actor Anil Kapoor in the film 'Nayak', she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Padmini has been with Flipkart for almost four years and is working with the fulfilment centre team as Associate Director.
"My day started with breakfast with our CEO and then I attended a few meetings that is a part of Kalyan's schedule everyday. He introduced me to the people that he works with and so far, it has been a wonderful learning experience," she told PTI.
Asked about what she will take back home from her experience, Padmini said as the CEO, Krishnamurthy is both a tough boss and a humble man.
"I would like to have some of these qualities," she said adding that she has also shared a few ideas related to the business.
On her entry that helped her in clenching the top job, she said: "I just highlighted my qualities and how I would fit into the role."