Exclusive: Inside Ajay Piramal’s business philosophy

After having let go of the family textile business early on in his career, Ajay Piramal diversified into pharmaceuticals and financial services and established Piramal Enterprises Limited.
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Good Morning,

For Ajay Piramal, Chairman of Piramal Enterprises Limited, change is the only constant. And no one understands the philosophy of impermanence better than him.

After having let go of the family textile business early on in his career, he diversified into pharmaceuticals and financial services and established Piramal Enterprises Limited — one of India’s large diversified companies. 

In the last 32 years, the company has undergone several successful transformations and pivots through a series of M&As, joint ventures, organic growth, and alliances.

Its profit for the latest quarter (June 30, 2021) stood at Rs 539.4 crore, up by 8.85 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

In an exclusive interaction with YourStory CEO and Founder Shradha Sharma, Ajay Piramal says the company is constantly changing and adapting to stay ahead and that is one of the reasons it has been able to establish a brand that is looked at with respect. 

“Building a brand is about values and purpose. Values create value in the long term,” he says.


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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“Nobody can make a decision for you. So you have to have a point of view. The way I developed a point of view is by meeting different people."

Ajay Piramal, Chairman of Piramal Enterprises Limited


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