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CURRICULUM VITAE

Suresh Raman Menon

Ahmedabad

Mobile Phone: +91-94825-97846

Email ID: sureshgujarat@gmail.com

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai (India). I secured first rank and topped the All-India Merit List in the year 1993-94 and bagged gold medal, silver medal, cash prizes and merit certificate. This course is being conducted at around 56 centers in India.

Programme for Diploma in Management Studies from Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), Gujarat, India. I topped my batch comprising 55 students in the year 1992-93.

Master of Commerce Part - I from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) with higher second class from Gujarat University.

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS CARRIED OUT

Carried out an in-depth study on the role and effectiveness of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and submitted a detailed report on the same as part of the Programme for Diploma in Management Studies.

As part of the project work at the end of my Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, prepared and submitted an exhaustive report titled 'Launching a newspaper and making it successful'.

JOB EXPERIENCE

I was employed as Chief Sub-editor with Thrissur-based English daily CITY JOURNAL from July 2010 to September 2010.

From May 2008 to October 2009, I was with Satyam Computer Services Ltd as Lead Consultant – Thought Leadership, Global Marketing & Communication. I was based in Chennai and the nature of work I handled included writing, editing, rewriting, research and content development. More specifically my job involved creating Thought Leadership, white papers, case studies, articles for external media, high-end corporate communications, research reports and domain-specific marketing. I was also required to provide content development advice to our marketing team.

Before this, I was heading the Communications Division of an Ahmedabad-based IT company called Ledger Solutions Pvt Ltd, which is a subsidiary of the US-based Reliable Group.

From October 2007 till February 2008, I worked as Executive Editor of an international magazine New Global Indian. This magazine is published from Pune and is targeted at successful Indians scattered all over the globe. Here I had total editorial responsibility ranging from deciding the content, getting the relevant articles and editing them as well as ensuring that the magazine is published and circulated in time.

Till October 2007, I worked as Consulting Editor with Akar InfoMedia Pvt Ltd (AIM), publishers of three trade magazines, namely Construction Journal of India, Indian Plumbing Today and StonEdge. These monthly B2B publications focused on the construction, plumbing and dimensional stone industry.

From January 2001 to February 2004, I was employed with Business Standard as Special Correspondent at their Ahmedabad and Kochi bureaus. I was the de-facto Bureau Chief at both these places and I had total editorial responsibility of the bureau. From the editorial angle, I had single-handedly launched the Ahmedabad edition of Business Standard in April 2001.

From August 2000 to January 2001, I was the Executive Editor of a business magazine called Business Gujarat published from Ahmedabad.

From July 1999 to July 2000, I was employed as Business Correspondent with the Ahmedabad edition of The Times of India.

Before joining The Times of India in July 1999, I have worked as Special Correspondent with the Asian Age, as Business Editor with The Indian Post, as Sub-Editor with The Gulf Today and as a Special Correspondent with Dalal Street Investment Journal.

Before plunging full-time into journalism, I have worked as Inspector with the Income Tax Department, Ahmedabad and as Clerk with the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) at their regional office in Ahmedabad as well as with the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank at their head office in Abu Dhabi.

NATURE OF WORK HANDLED AND AREA OF PROFICIENCY

At The Times of India and The Asian Age, I used to do reporting work comprising writing news stories, reports, features, etc. As I have specialized in business journalism, I mainly used to focus on topics like business, industry, trade, commerce, capital market, banking, economy, et cetera.

As a Sub Editor with Sharjah-based The Gulf Today, my work involved monitoring news wires and selecting relevant stories and pictures, editing copies and cropping pictures and graphics, turning out attention-grabbing headlines, designing pages and finalizing the layout. Besides, I used to write a weekly column on the stock market.

As Business Editor with The Indian Post, I had total responsibility of its business section. There my work involved chairing editorial meetings, planning the successive issues of the business supplement comprising eight pages every week, finalizing the topics to be taken up based on their topicality and news value, assigning work to ten business correspondents based all over India, overseeing the work of all my subordinates and ensuring the overall quality and effectiveness of the entire business section. My duties there also included ensuring that all the stories and inputs are received well before the deadline and the best ones among them are chosen, headlined, subbed and properly placed on each page. Finalizing the layout of each page and getting the business section printed in time was also my responsibility.

As Special Correspondent with DSJ Communications Ltd, my work entailed plant visits, discussions with top management and presentation of findings in the form of articles, corporate reports, analysis, etc, for their flagship publication Dalal Street Investment Journal. Conducting comprehensive study and in-depth analysis of industry prospects, performance of companies and new public issues were also part of my job. I also used to regularly contribute stories, features, personality profiles, etc for their other magazines India Economic Update and E-Square.

OTHER RELEVANT DETAILS

In 2009, along with Mr Kamlendra Kanwar, the current Senior Associate Editor of the Chandigarh-based The Tribune newspaper, I co-authored a book named Prepackaged Stimulus: Investment Opportunities arising from Gujarat’s Stay-Ahead Strategy. This book captures the pulsating changes in Gujarat and takes stock of Gujarat's preparedness to continue as a preferred investment destination. It also delineates the ready opportunities available for business ventures with a long-term perspective beyond 2020. It was published by the Government of Gujarat jointly with the Ahmedabad Management Association

I started writing for leading national and international magazines and newspapers on freelance basis, when I was just a college student. My poems started appearing in the Indian Express when I was studying in XII standard. Moreover, during the course of my studies and working life, I have successfully undertaken and completed several independent assignments comprising preparing management consultancy reports, promotion brochures, company profiles, project feasibility studies, research papers and organizing of seminars, conferences, workshops, lectures, etc. I was also very closely associated with various professional activities of the Ahmedabad Management Association.

I have a natural flair and innate aptitude for journalistic and corporate communications related work. Besides, I have excellent problem solving, interpersonal, communication and organizational skills and also the ability to work effectively in a team environment while handling multiple projects simultaneously.

Moreover, I have strong PC skills with word processing and multi-media software applications in a Windows environment. I have also undergone a two months' formal training in Quark press and acquired reasonably good proficiency in page designing and layout.

I hold Indian Passport No. F0260601 issued on 18th August 2004.