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SAMUEL RUFUS

CEO of Mxit India and Apprentice Asia Semi-Finalist

ABOUT ME

SAM RUFUS NALLARAJ - CEO at Mxit

Sam Rufus Nallaraj is the Chief Executive Officer of Mxit India Pvt. Ltd. In his current role he will be involved in the strategy and operations of Mxit’s launch in the India market. He will be additionally involved in the innovation of the Mxit technology service offering so as to capture the vast feature phone market in the Indian sub-continent. He was the former Vice President at Deloitte & Touché in Hyderabad, India and was in-charge of the Deloitte US Firm’s Global Enablement services. He had earlier set-up the ‘NASA’ of Deloitte – the Deloitte National Operations Center, the IT Infrastructure hub for the US firms. He has worked in 4 jobs within Deloitte itself and has a wide range of experience from Management Consulting to Corporate Finance to IT Strategy and infrastructure management. He was recently awarded the “All Star” Award – an award that selected the best from among the Managers, Senior Managers and Vice-Presidents in Deloitte India.

Sam Rufus is known for his maverick ideas and was recently selected among 30,000 applicants all over Asia to represent India in the famous Television series - “The Apprentice”. He stood the runner-up in this international competition and was well appreciated for his creative and innovative ideas!

He is also a much sought after speaker in the professional circles and handles the Ethics, Compliance and Coach Approach, Leadership topics in the country. He is also a trained John Maxwell’s EQUIP faculty (John Maxwell’s non-profit organization) and teaches on Leadership development.

Sam Rufus has a special interest and talent in the Audio Visual arena and has written & directed over 11 big budget dramas & plays that were attended by over 6000 people each time. He has been a part of 2 music albums and a number of television programs.

He has a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Engineering. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified ITSM ITIL Manager and has a number of other certifications to his credit.

 Sam Rufus and his wife Genevieve live with their daughter Sasha (6 years) and son Jayden (3 years) in Hyderabad, India.

SKILLS

I AM REALLY GOOD AT THE FOLLOWING TECHNICAL SKILLS

Creativity
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EXPERIENCE

PREVIOUS ASSOCIATIONS THAT HELPED TO GATHER EXPERIENCE

What Your Organization wants in its India head?

What Can I offer? Challenges I enjoy working on?

Someone who can cast the vision, lead from the front, establish operations from ground-up and deal with a ton of local nuances!

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I have extensive expertise in doing just that – I was known as an “in-house” entrepreneur at Deloitte, went on to set-up Mxit (a South African Chat App) in India from ground-up at Hyderabad, India. Hiring, Casting the vision, Dealing with Legal & Audit compliances, Setting up systems & procedures et al!

Someone who can build relationships with the On-Site Parent company leadership and implement (read as localize) their vision “glocally”!

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I believe that ALL business on planet earth happens ONLY and ONLY through meaningful relationships. You wouldn’t have my resume in your hand, had it not been for one such relationship of someone who believed in me!  Philosophy apart, I have maintained excellent relationships with my leadership, my Board of Directors, my colleagues, business partners and everyone I come in contact with. My endearing smile and my dimples (according to my wife) helps too :) !

Someone who can deliver, meet deadlines, meet targets!

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I believe if a CEO cannot take an organization from A to B to Z and breast the finish line, he/she would just be a Chief Entertainment Officer! While enjoying your work is important, results matter 101%!

Someone who has a vision/is creative!

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I have always been known to be a “Maverick” of sorts in terms of creative thinking and innovative execution. I was a Semi-finalist at “The Apprentice” Asia recently and was much appreciated for my maverick and creative ideas!

Someone who is optimistic of the future and has the ability deep down!

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I believe that 3 things qualify me for this job: I have Business Skills, I have Behavioral Skills and Thirdly, I am a Believer! Besides, I will come along side Your organization leadership as a strategic partner and not a mere order-taker!

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PREVIOUS ASSOCIATIONS THAT HELPED TO GATHER EXPERIENCE

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PREVIOUS ASSOCIATIONS THAT HELPED TO GATHER EXPERIENCE

“Di” & “Vision” – Division of Vision!

Never lose sight of the Organizational Vision. Never lose sight of what your Boss or Manager exactly wants to fulfill the vision. Always keep an eye out for what hurts or upsets him/her, what is his/her expectation and what normally wins his/her appreciation for you. But if we forget what our boss accurately/explicitly wants and give everything […]

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Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!!!

I lead the DNOC and my Bosses have entrusted the team (People) and the ‘team’ (Operations) into my care. Very often one feels tempted to do “whatever” you want, since through sheer hard work and relentless pursuit of goals over the years, you have earned the trust of those above you and those working with […]

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Entitlement Attitude!

This is in the context of added responsibilities and promotions. Many of us feel…..since I worked for 2 years in this role, I am “entitled” to a promotion; since I stayed back late in office I am “entitled” to come late tomorrow or take a comp-off; since I did this, I am “entitled” to that !!! All […]

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Working “Inspite of” and not “Instead of” !!!

“Inspite of” and not “Instead of” – This has been one mantra or success slogan for my entire life and career. This has been the reason for the success of the DNOC in R10 too (and every other team I have handled). What does this thing really mean ? Simply put, every member of the […]

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