Pursuing a purpose with passion
He is a leader who believes in leading by example; a Chairman who is totally grounded in approach, yet acutely astute and intensely conscious of the quality of work delivered and the customer satisfaction achieved. That is C N Govindaraju, Founder and Chairman of the Vaishnavi Group, one of the leading real estate companies in Bangalore.
A man of humble beginnings, C N Govindaraju started his career by doing civil contract works for both private and government agencies. With a degree in Civil Engineering, he was well equipped with the techniques required to foray into the construction segment, his mind being well stimulated to work from scratch. In 1995, he was presented with the opportunity to work with a developer group where he was in charge of developing a few hundred apartment units. The stint gave him sufficient opportunity to understand the workings of the construction industry, coming up with strategies to expand as well as make the business successful. He headed the company for a short period until the bug to venture out into the industry on his own bit him.
There was no looking back since. Year 1998 saw him starting the Vaishnavi Group, with the explicit objective of offering unique projects where the accent was on quality and customer satisfaction. It was the beginning of a steady flow of high quality residential and commercial developments.
A man with a clear vision
Given his strong leadership qualities, C N Govindaraju has been the major driving force behind the company's success and initiatives. Vaishnavi's projects continue to stand out, carving a niche for themselves in this highly competitive segment. The Vaishnavi Group, under Govindaraju's leadership, ensures transparency in dealings and in all its affairs. The ship Govindaraju has steered over the last two decades has continuously remained steady even when extraneous forces brought in turbulence. Coupled with the systems and processes that were firmly in place, it served as a sturdy plank for consistency and robust growth.
For Govindaraju, the objective was not to offer luxurious spaces that would cater to a privileged few. He preferred to address a larger yet discerning customer base where the accent would be on providing quality homes at affordable prices; inculcating a kind of living that embraces the rustle and bustle of the city, yet promotes peaceful community living.
As differential as his approach to his developments, the management of his team too stands apart, both in his humane approach as well as his preference to empower his staff completely. Not surprisingly the attrition rates in his company are strikingly low.
Recognition of quality
An entrepreneur who harbours a keen eye for detail while addressing the myriad aspects of real estate development, Govindaraju served as the President of CREDAI, Bangalore, for two years, playing a significant role in addressing the needs and resolving issues of the real estate sector in the city. The quality of work delivered has seen Vaishnavi receiving several awards & accolades.
Looking beyond real estate
A workaholic by nature, Govindaraju is committed to fitness, indulging in long treks whenever time permits, besides regular work outs. A man of simple tastes, Govindaraju's favourite past time while not at work is spending time with his family. As intense as his commitment to work is his desire to give back to the society and his care for the under privileged.
Not surprisingly he has lent his hands to make a difference in many lives, notable of which is the Prerna Resource Centre caring for around 120 orphaned women. The Resource Centre works towards equipping these women with necessary life skills to become independent.
When it comes to unwinding after a long working day, nothing is more relaxing for Govindaraju than tucking into a wholesome Indian meal and tuning into a few of his favourite old Hindi and English songs.
Mrs. Asha Govindaraju is a woman who wears many hats. Having been a part of the company since its inception, she has been instrumental in making strategic decisions for Vaishnavi. Since 2006, she has been responsible for overseeing the management of the company and ensuring the deployment of its strategic vision. Highly driven, her intuitive leadership qualities have facilitated the success of the Vaishnavi Group. She is also the Promoter Director of the associate company- Dasari Builders Pvt. Ltd.
Apart from her association with the operations at Vaishnavi Group, Mrs. Asha Govindaraju is at the helm of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of the company. Equally passionate about the company's philosophy of "building from the heart", she is extremely focused on the Vaishnavi's goals of giving back to society. Always ready to lend support to causes and organizations involved in social welfare, she is associated with NGO's that share her beliefs. Prominent among these is the Prerana Resource Center that has been adopted by Vaishnavi Group. Incidentally this organization has been set up as a means of hope for differently abled women and aims at making them self-sufficient.
Darshan Govindaraju, Director at Vaishnavi Group, is following in the footsteps of his father, Mr. C.N. Govindaraju, the Founder of Vaishnavi Group, and has come aboard to spearhead the Marketing and CSR initiatives of the organization. Having joined the family business, Darshan brings in fresh ideas to the company's marketing and expansion strategies, as well as its goodwill activities. These ideas are backed with sound thinking from an international educational background and exposure.
Darshan is a Cum Laude graduate from the top ranked college for entrepreneurship in the world- Babson College, USA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Justice, Citizenship & Social Responsibility. Using his international education as a starting point to better understand the functioning of the Indian realty market, Darshan is working now towards bringing in an international corporate structure into the Vaishnavi brand. With his work, he aims to better understand the current trends of the market and align the company's projects to reflect demands, than just the over-arching brand values.
Darshan also spearheaded Vaishnavi's CSR initiative of adopting Prerana, a home for visually impaired and differently abled women, and is actively involved in ensuring all their needs are taken care of.
Outside of the workplace Darshan is an avid cricket player, having represented his alma mater numerous times. He loves to drive and believes in being fit - daily workouts being essential to his routine. Darshan, just like his father, is working with single-minded passion towards the building of the Vaishnavi Group brand, taking it to new heights, yet, always 'Building from the Heart'.
Kishan Govindaraju, Director at Vaishnavi Group, is following the footsteps of his father Mr. C.N. Govindaraju along with his brother and fellow Director, Darshan Govindaraju. Kishan is currently getting hands-on experience and an in-depth understanding of projects, operations and other allied verticals of the technical division.
After spending 2 years in D'Amore-McKim School of Business Administration, Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Entrepreneurship, and the next 2 years graduating with honours in Business and Finance from Coventry University, England. Kishan has now joined Vaishnavi Group as the organization is getting primed for the next growth phase.
Mr. SN Harish heads the operations functions at the Vaishnavi Group and is a proactive leader with a passion to deliver and drive new and existing businesses forward. He is an astute strategic thinker and comes with the key operational skills and networking skills which help forge strong and lasting customer relationships and partnerships. His well-versed commercial acumen has been highly instrumental in securing lucrative contracts.
Harish comes with a rich and varied experience of 26 years working and has worked in the past with some of the great brands like Wipro, GE Capital, Hutchison, and Modi Xerox. He is heading the operations with Vaishnavi Group. He holds a Masters in Business Administrations and has won several international awards for his work.
Cyriac Joseph, MRICS is a veteran in the real estate industry in South India with over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer care and the finer aspects of developing real estate projects. He has served in senior positions with renowned organisations like Brigade Group, Embassy Group & Nitesh Estates amongst others and had been part of conceptualizing and executing their key marketing & branding campaigns.
Cyriac brings rich experience in handling large sales teams and also new age marketing operations. Cyriac was featured in the “Most Influential Marketing Leaders” listing for 2 years running at the World Marketing Congress at Mumbai in November 2016 and November 2017. In December 2016, as recognition of his excellence in the profession, and for his recognized contribution in the real estate / built environment industry, Cyriac was invited to become a Member of the RICS. He was also recently recognised by Realty Plus magazine as one of the “12 Brand Mavericks” in their 12th Anniversary issue. In November 2017, Cyriac was conferred with the “Marketer of the Year” award at the 9th Realty Plus Conclave & Excellence Awards.
Mr. H. S. Bhat heads the finance portfolio at the Vaishnavi Group and has over 30 years of industry experience, working with some of the major financial institutions in the country. He is an Arts graduate and excelled in the All India Chartered Accountants Exams – Group II.
Jai Singh is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in real time market environment and is endowed with strong entrepreneurial skills. He is an innovative thinker with broad based expertise in strategic planning for marketing, sales and business development. He has the ability to analyse key business opportunities and has proven track record to represent the company with customers and business partners. He has successfully achieved business and revenue targets across assignments.
Mr. K.J Sheshadri heads the Affordable Residential Projects division within the Vaishnavi Group. He is a multi-skilled professional with over 27 years of experience in the construction sector. An M. Tech structural engineer with cross-functional experience in the construction sector, Mr. K. J. Sheshadri has a flair for adopting modern construction methodologies in compliance with quality standards.
Mr. Sheshadrihas earlier held senior positions with Ozone Group and has also been a lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering, SJCE, Mysore.
Mr. K. S. Balasubramanya is the Senior Vice Presidents of the Projects Division in the Vaishnavi Group and comes with over 30+ years of experience in total project execution and construction management. In his vast career, he has worked with some of the top notch real estate developers such as Mantri, Brigade and Chandavarkar & Thacker – Architects with distinction.
Balasubramanya holds a BE in Civil Engineering and comes with proven capabilities in anchoring large scale developments while meeting world class standards.
An architect with rich experience, Mr. Ram Mohan Rao has worked in reputed companies like SEMAC Consultants Pvt Ltd, Steiner India Ltd, Equinox Realty, Tata Housing Development, Sobha Developers Ltd and Salarpuria Group Pvt Ltd.
Mr. V.S. Sundarajan is a Cost Accountant and Graduate in Law and Commerce and has a Masters in Foreign Trade and Financial Management. He brings more than 30 years of experience in various fields that includes Manufacturing, Construction, Solvent Extraction, Water and Waste Engineering Industries, Consumer Durables, Aqua Culture etc. He has been the Head of various departments of reputed companies such as M/s Ion Exchange India Ltd., M/.s Beardsell Satec Ltd., I.A.E.C (india) Ltd. etc. At Vaishnavi, he is looking after all legal matters.
Mr. Vineet Dhingra is the Head of Business Development at the Vaishnavi Group and comes with over 20 years of experience in developing new businesses and revenue streams. He has excellent competence in planning, negotiations, vendor management and liaison. His professional experience includes stints with the real estate, retail and automobile industries.
Associated with the Group since its inception, he oversees the Group’s construction arm ’Dasari Builders Pvt. Ltd.’. He brings to the firm a strong understanding of the local laws / bye laws.
He has been with the construction arm of the Group for the past 18 yrs. He has developed project management practices which involve civil execution, management of high end residential and commercial projects. His core area of competence is cost & quality control.
Civil Engineer with a proven track record in Contracts and tendering. His core competencies includes project planning & management, contract administration, site & construction management, resource planning with 20 and above year of experience.
A seasoned professional having 30 years experience in the field of construction of Residential Apartment projects, Construction of sports stadiums, Planning and Maintenance of Civil projects and purchase. His other skills includes balancing Inventory and balancing procurement with funds flow, conversant with GST and central sales tax rules relating to procurement. His earlier association includes Hiranandani Realtors pvt, Ltd- Chennai.
He is a dual graduate, M.Com, ICWAI final accountant with more than 30 years of exposure in areas of Accounts, HR, Administration, Office and facility management, Public relation with respect to liaising with Govt. and statutory bodies. Presently heading administration, HR, facilities wing.
Civil Engineer with varied exposure in sales, product promotion, business development. He was earlier associated with organisation like Unishire, Puravankara and having being 16 plus year, his exuberant sales skill with high calibre in creating and executing innovative sales strategies proves his distinguished sales acumen.
A seasoned Quality professional &Certified six sigma black belt with over 20 years of experience across Manufacturing, Consumer durables, Telecom industry. Expertise in Six sigma, Lean methodologies, Project management & driving strategic initiatives has been instrumental to organizational growth. He has the rich experience of having led diverse teams in strategic initiatives for large organization like National Panasonic, LG Electronics, Airtel& Tata.
An ICWAI Cost Accountant with expertise in Treasury & banking, new & existing investment feasibility, accounts functions, business and financial planning, Taxation & audits. His earlier association includes FMCG, Manufacturing, IT/ITES ,NBFC. His proven track record and expertise of 20 years makes him a distinguished finance guy.
Raghu Cheluvaraju an MBA from a premier business school ICFAI, a prodigy in commercial office space leasing, business development and client pitching.
Civil Engineer comes with varied experience in Residential, Commercial and retail high rise buildings. He has worked with Sobha Developers Ltd. & DLF Projects Ltd.
A seasoned civil Engineer with 35 year extensive experience in high end residential projects, quality control, quality assurance. He was earlier associated with Sycone Group(PMC), AL Nabooda Laing 'O' Rourke Dubai (Construction of International Airport terminal III).
A graduate Engineer having 30 yrs. of expertise in project Management, Design Consultancy . He has been having strong alliance with Vaishnavi for Completed projects. Of late he is taken to look after over all MEP function.