Jishnu Sen remembers Vinod Prabhakar

27 Aug,2012

Vinod Prabhakar (1967-2012)

I have worked very closely with Vinod ever since I moved to Grey. I would say that he practically ran the place and was our strength. His ability to simplify a complicated problem and come out with a decision was something that the organization and I would always remember him for. His warmth, his smile and the twinkle in his eyes will be missed immensely. He had this innate quality of making people feel comfortable which made people go to him even before they came to me with an issue. I would say that he had broad shoulders, very broad ones actually that shouldered a lot that was going around in the agency.

 

He was extremely generous as well as sensitive person. I depended a lot on his advice and he would always show the right direction. In the worst of times, Vinod would always come up with the best possible solution to wade through the issue. The news of his passing away has been personally shattering. I have lost a friend and an excellent partner at the workplace.

 

Jishnu Sen is President and CEO, Grey Group India

 

 

Succumbing to a cardiac arrest, Vinod Prabhakar who was the Chief Financial Officer at Grey Group, breathed his last on Sunday. He was only 45 years old.

 

A Grey veteran for over 18 years, Mr Prabhakar began his work life with Trikaya as a young Internal Audit Assistant. In less than four years, he was promoted to Deputy General Manager where in addition to his regular responsibilities, was made in-charge of re-designing the Agency’s critical Cash Flow function. He also spearheaded the development of the agency’s unique integrated and all-comprehensive Financial Software Package as well as a new MIS aligning Grey’s internal reporting to the global formats.

 

In appreciation of his performance, he has been recipient of many internal awards at the Grey Group. A people’s person, he lived by the idea that postponing of decisions or not taking them is dangerous than taking a wrong decision. When not engaged in financial processes at Grey, he spent his time watching movies, reading, badminton and listening to music.

 

Information on Mr Prabhakar and photograph, from the Grey India website

 

 

 

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