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The star of Spencers is no more

For over a decade Pradipta K Mohapatra was a star speaker at CII and other platforms on retail business. To him should go the credit of setting up India’s first retail supermarket chain, Spencer’s Food World, followed by Music World and Health & Glow. Joining RPG’s Spencer & Co, he was put in-charge of expanding activities that ranged from retail to hotels to telecom in the south.

Pradipta also took keen interest in business management education and training. He was a much sought-after CEO coach. He was the co-founder of the Chennai Business School, as also the Coaching Foundation India. This multifaceted engineer and a management expert worked for L&T and Dunlop and was a Director of  the RPG group. Gregarious and articulate, Pradipta was the past chairman of CII, Southern Region and contributed richly to the social, cultural and educational development of Chennai metro.


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