Ninad Karpe

MD & CEO of Aptech Ltd.

Ninad Karpe is the Managing Director & CEO of Aptech Ltd. He was earlier Managing Director, CA (formerly known as Computer Associates) for India & SAARC. He had been associated with CA India since the company’s inception in the country.He held numerous management responsibilities in CA India that include setting up offices in India, managing marketing, PR, technical services, HR, operations and finance.

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1. What was the mandate given to you by the Board when you took over in your role?

Leadership in the industry, Scalability of our products and Profitability formed the three top mandates given to me by the board when I took charge in 2009.

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2. How do you respond to the needs of changing market scenario (with an example)?

In a dynamic market such as Education & Training, policy changes do not happen very regularly. However, the availability of jobs/employment make for interesting & varied courses and lead to a change in the market scenario.

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3. What are the key challenges your organization is facing currently? And what are the steps you are taking?

Regulatory issues with respect to scaling operations across the world. Different countries have varied laws that work best or against binding and linking vocational education to mainstream formal education.

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4. What is your talent strategy? How do you draw the balance between home grown vs lateral hiring at the leadership level?

Our talent strategy is to retain talent by augmenting job satisfaction. Job satisfaction is ensured by establishing how employees contribute towards achievement of the organization’s goal, by continuous job enlargement and job rotation and by being committed towards employee development and encouraging them to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

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5. How does your organization identify and develop future leaders?

The first step is we identify what are the key competencies, skills and knowledge required for the specific leadership positions.

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6. What are the 3 key aspects you look at when you hire your direct reportees?

The 3 key aspects that I look at when I hire my direct reportees are; how well the individual can handle the challenges of today’s VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) driven environment, how strong are the individual’s belief in the possibilities existing in the ever changing technologies and the social-economic trends and whether the individual has long-term orientation.

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