The latest episode of BE+ with Ambi features Santosh Iyer, vice president, sales and marketing, Mercedes-Benz India, who speaks about his childhood in Kandivali, Mumbai and how the friendships from back in those days are still nurtured by him. Iyer feels that these nurtured relationships are the biggest assets for him. He remembers his parents while mentioning relationships, and gives due credit to them to be the guiding force behind where he is today.
I loved engineering at that point in time, but didnt pursue it as a career, Iyer shares. He mentions how the education system can become more intense when such streams are chosen. So I opted for a commerce graduation, Iyer continues. He shares how he used to support a family business started by his father.
Moving further, Iyers experience during a job interview that he saw in a classified ad in The Times of India, comes to light. The ad was for a walk-in interview for the role of sales executive at a company called Avery India Limited. I just went into their office not knowing how to give an interview and my mentor told me that I had cleared that round, but better wear a tie for the next one, Iyer shares.
Iyer then speaks about his experiences from when he handled a capital equipment division with a friend in Nepal and how his entrepreneurial skills from there helped him get into Yamaha. When I came back to India, I didnt have a job in hand and I had offers from many brands that I had represented in Nepal. Yamaha was definitely one of them, and for me it was a very natural progression, he says.
Iyers brief stint with Ford, before joining Mercedes-Benz is also highlighted in this episode. He speaks about the cultural shifts amongst Japanese, American and German brands, having worked with Yamaha, Ford and Mercedes respectively. The Japanese are good at doing things repeatedly, and when I look at the German philosophy the innovation appears to be more driven along with quality. The Americans and Japanese are poles apart and Germans come somewhere in between, he says.
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