Consultant and Conference Speaker. Former Member-Group Executive Council at Tata Sons.
Nirmalya Kumar is Lee Kong Chian Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University and a Distinguished Fellow at INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute. Previously, he was Member-Group Executive Council at Tata Sons. At Tata Sons, responsible for group strategy at the $100 billion plus group with 675,000 employees worldwide, he reported to the Chairman, Cyrus Mistry.
As an academic, he has previously taught at Columbia University, Harvard Business School, IMD (Switzerland), London Business School, and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management).
Nirmalya has written seven books, five of which were published by Harvard Business Press. His academic publications have appeared in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Marketing Research. In addition, he has nine appearances in the Harvard Business Review. His publications have attracted more than 18,000 citations on Google Scholar.
As a consultant and conference speaker, Nirmalya has worked with over 50 Fortune 500 companies in 60 different countries. This has led to thousands of press appearances, six European case adoption awards, as well as several teaching, research, and lifetime achievement honors.
In 2010, Speaking.com voted Nirmalya amongst the top 5 marketing speakers worldwide, whilst the Economic Times placed him 6th on the list of Global Indian Thought Leaders. He is regularly included in lists such as 50 Best B-School professors in the world, 50 most influential Business School professors, and Thinkers50 (the biannual listing of the top 50 management thinkers in the world).
In 2011, he received the Thinkers50 Global Village Award for the academic who contributed most to the business community's understanding of globalization and the new frontiers established by the emerging markets and in 2017 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Nirmalya received his B.Com. from Calcutta University (graduating first in his class of 5,251 students), MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (with a 5.0 GPA), and PhD in marketing from Northwestern University (winning the Marketing Science Institute's Alden G. Clayton Award for his PhD dissertation).