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HELPING EMERGING BUSINESSES
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CREATING SME LEADERS
OF TOMORROW

MENTORING PORTFOLIO
COMPANIES ON
STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS

Looking Beyond
the Obvious

Carpediem Capital is an Indian private equity fund manager focused on the India consumption opportunity through significant minority and control investments in emerging SME leaders. Often the only or largest institutional investor, Carpediem Capital provides much needed growth capital, and actively drives forth the transformation agenda to co-build companies. Know more

Abhishek Sharman

Founder & Managing Director

Abhishek has 12 years of experience in private equity in India. Abhishek leads the investment strategy and also spearheads the fund-raising activities. He is deeply entrenched in the financial services industry, and has a track record of sourcing proprietary deals and concluding profitable exits.

Abhishek has played a key role in investing, portfolio management and exits across 15 companies. His investments were across multiple sectors including healthcare, education, managed services, consumer and financial services, and he previously served on the boards of Quess Corp (market capitalization of >USD 1.2 billion), IL&FS Education, Sagar Ratna Restaurants, RG Stone Hospitals and Axiss Dental. Abhishek was previously at India Equity Partners and the Sun Group.

Abhishek currently serves on the board of Gadgetwood eServices (Yaantra). He is a member of the economic affairs sub-committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He has received a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Arvind Nair

Chairman

Arvind has 35 years of operating and private equity experience across retail and consumer products companies, and is a key strategic advisor and mentor to the portfolio companies and their CEOs. Arvind has been CEO of various consumer companies, and has cultivated strong relationships and built an extensive network of industry partners.

Arvind was previously the Managing Director of Domino’s Pizza India, where he re-invented the business model, and restructured the team to achieve a remarkable turnaround of the business, making it profitable over four years. He was responsible for differentiating the brand by focusing on 30-minutes guaranteed delivery. Prior to this role, Arvind was the Global CEO of Jumbo Electronics Dubai, where he managed 18 divisions across multiple locations, and was yet again responsible for a turnaround of the business. As the Managing Director of DLF Retail, Arvind led efforts for mall development and management of 20 malls, and launched DLF EMPORIO, India’s leading luxury mall.

Arvind has received a received a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Hithendra Ramachandran

Managing Director

Hithendra has 15 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience, and has been a founding member of two of India’s largest HR Services companies, IKYA Human Capital Solutions (now Quess Corp) and PeopleOne Consulting (now Adecco India). Hithendra drives the transformation agenda and people strategy at the portfolio companies.

Hithendra brings a deep knowledge in business services and has been a key member of two highly successful ventures from incubation to exit. He has a large network of CXO level professionals that he has previously recruited for a variety of companies in India. As an Executive Director at IKYA Human Capital Solutions, Hithendra was instrumental in driving management decisions to grow the company from inception to USD 154 million in five years. He was directly involved in building the recruitment business of the company, which is now one of India’s largest and most evolved recruitment providers for leadership and operating level hiring. Prior to IKYA, Hithendra was part of the initial team of PeopleOne Consulting, which was eventually sold to Adecco, a USD 30 billion U.S. HR Services firm.

Hithendra is a postgraduate in management and has completed an executive program in Management from IMD Lausanne.

Abhishek Sharman

Founder & Managing Director

Abhishek has over a decade of experience in private equity in India. Abhishek leads the investment strategy and also spearheads the fund-raising activities. He is deeply entrenched in the financial services industry, and has a track record of sourcing proprietary deals and concluding profitable exits.

Abhishek has played a key role in investing and managing 15 companies, and also completed a few exits. His investments were across multiple sectors including healthcare, education, managed services, consumer and financial services, and he previously served on the boards of IKYA Human Capital Solutions (now Quess Corp), IL&FS Education, Sagar Ratna Restaurants, RG Stone Hospitals and Axiss Dental. Abhishek was previously at India Equity Partners and the Sun Group.

Abhishek serves as a member of the economic affairs sub-committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He has received a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Arvind Nair

Chairman

Arvind has 35 years of operating and private equity experience across retail and consumer products companies, and is a key strategic advisor and mentor to our portfolio companies and their CEOs. Arvind has been CEO of various consumer companies, and has cultivated strong relationships and built an extensive network of industry partners.

Arvind was previously the Managing Director of Domino’s Pizza India, where he re-invented the business model, and restructured the team to achieve a remarkable turnaround of the business, making it profitable over four years. He was responsible for differentiating the brand by focusing on 30-minutes guaranteed delivery. Prior to this role, Arvind was the Global CEO of Jumbo Electronics Dubai, where he managed 18 divisions across multiple locations, and was yet again responsible for a turnaround of the business. As the Managing Director of DLF Retail, Arvind led efforts for mall development and management of 20 malls, and launched DLF EMPORIO, India’s leading luxury mall.

Arvind has received a received a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Hithendra Ramachandran

Managing Director

Hithendra has 15 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience, and has been a founding member of two of India’s largest HR Services companies, IKYA Human Capital Solutions (now Quess Corp) and PeopleOne Consulting (now Adecco India). Hithendra drives the transformation agenda and people strategy at the portfolio companies.

Hithendra brings a deep knowledge in business services and has been a key member of two highly successful ventures from incubation to exit. He has a large network of CXO level professionals he has previously recruited for a variety of companies in India. As an Executive Director at IKYA Human Capital Solutions, Hithendra was instrumental in driving management decisions to grow the company from inception to USD 154 million in five years. He was directly involved in building the recruitment business of the company, which is now one of India’s largest and most evolved recruitment providers for leadership and operating level hiring. Prior to IKYA, Hithendra was part of the initial team of People One Consulting, which was eventually sold to Adecco, a USD 30 billion U.S. HR Services firm.

Hithendra is a postgraduate in management and has completed an executive program in Management from IMD Lausanne.

Raymond Andrews

Co-founder & Director, Thea Kitchen

We have partnered with Carpediem Capital because the partners understand our industry, and have rich expertise in guiding our expansion strategy to build the country's premier Indian cuisine QSR format that is both scalable and sustainable. The team’s guidance has been critical in successfully streamlining our operations and substantially reducing food costs.

Rajesh Gandhi

Promoter Director, Adinath Agro

Carpediem Capital has been very supportive of our growth strategy, and their insights and experiences have benefited us as we embark on various sales and marketing initiatives required to accelerate growth, and create a differentiated regional consumer brand. The partners actively engage with us, and have been instrumental in identifying key talent for the company and introducing us to modern retail channels.

Jayant Jha

Co-founder & CEO, Gadgetwood eServices

Carpediem Capital is equally committed to shape the growth of Yaantra and make us India’s ‘Most Preferred & Trusted Electronics Service Provider’. The Carpediem team and its operating advisers are providing key strategic input on how to rapidly expand the scale and scope of our repair operations, and are helping us create a complimentary framework to partner with large electronic OEMS and e-sales channels for refurbished phones.