Kaustuv Ray company, chirag computers becames the 3rd largest computer brand in India.
Online PR News – 04-March-2016 – 3/3/2016 Kolkata – Kaustuv Ray, 40, is a self-made, first generation entrepreneur who has built the RP Group from scratch in the last 15 years out of India. Armed with a Masters in Economics from the University of Jadavpur, Kolkata and several sporting laurels that came his way – the most notable being an ex-national Asian level swimmer representing India, Kaustuv loves to face any challenge, leading from the front.
A natural leader, Kaustuv has an ability to build high performance management teams in diverse business domains and has demonstrated tremendous business acumen to lead and create brand “Chirag”, one of the top domestic computer brands from India. Starting its journey from 2005, it became the 2nd largest Indian PC brand in the country, with a >15% share amongst Indian brands, and the largest player in Eastern India with 750 + IT professionals and domain experts. It was regarded as one of the top local accounts of Microsoft (winning the prestigious “Highest Growth” Award from Microsoft in consecutively for 4 years till 2012) and had partnerships with majors like Intel (where it was also the highest growth partner), Redhat Linux and UL among others. Further, it was the only company from eastern India to have got the Government of India’s Director General of Supply and Disposals (DGS&D) Rate Contract, a key milestone to be included amongst the select few clubs within India. In 2011, it was ranked 44th among the Top 50 IT/ ITeS companies in India. Headquartered in Kolkata, Chirag has offices in all major cities within India and factories at West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh.
Kaustuv’s passion for business coupled with his interest in media and entertainment resulted in production of a series of successful TV productions and feature films suited to the regional audience under his banner. RP Techvision (India) Pvt. Ltd., another company started and managed by Kaustuv, has produced over a dozen Bengali movies, many of which have met with Box office success. Currently, this company also owns and runs Kolkata TV, the leading 24x7 Bengali news channel in West Bengal. Kaustuv has big plans for this venture, including launching a number of channels from this house apart from producing more content rich relevant movies suited to the regional audience that also meets with commercial success.
In October 2010, Kaustuv acquired 46% shareholding of Ontrack Systems Limited [Bloomberg OTS:IN], a 27 year old ICT company, as a co-promoter. Ontrack Systems Limited is listed in the Madras and Bombay Stock Exchanges, with its registered office in Chennai and Corporate office in Kolkata. Ontrack has been a strong player in the web services, software development, training, BPO and e-governance sectors. It started tendertimes.com, India’s first tender web daily and had global subsidiaries in UK, UAE and Australia. From very modest beginnings it grew its business in the domestic and international markets and made significant goodwill in the IT/ITES market space.
Being an avid sportsman, coupled with his innovative and fresh ideas for branding, Kaustuv had made a mark in Indian football too by promoting Chirag United Sports Club, which became one of the top football clubs in India within a very short time when Kaustuv looked after its management affairs. Affiliated to both AIFF and IFA, the ‘Boys in Purple’ amassed a steady fan following across India, especially after their success in winning the prestigious Durand Cup in 2010. It was ranked 4th in the Kolkata Premiere League and 5th in the National I-League during Kaustuv’s tenure.
Kaustuv has received several awards from leading organizations (like Enterprise Asia Pacific Outstanding Entrepreneur, Dun & Bradstreet, Times of India, Institute of Economic Studies and others) who have duly recognized his talent and have acknowledged his contribution to India’s economic development. Some of the key awards received by him include the following:
* Honoured as “Best Bengali Entrepreneur” by Bengal Tripura Sanaskriti Sammanaya Kandra, 2007.
* Special Honour by All India Institute of Management Association, 2007.
* “Best Upcoming Entrepreneur” by Indian Institute of Planning and Management, New Delhi, 2008.
* Sunday Indian Magazine and Plan man Media “Award for Excellence”, 2008.
* “Entrepreneurial Excellence” award (First Prize) by ELCINA- DUN & BRADSTREET, 2009.
* Udyog Ratan Award by Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi, 2009.
* “Pride of India” award and Gold Medal-International by Institute of Economic Studies, Thailand, 2009.
* “Outstanding National Citizen” award by National Citizens Guild, 2009.
* “Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani” award by The National Integration and Economic Council, 2009.
* “Udyog Ratan” award by Delhi Telugu Academy, 2009.
* “Best Entrepreneur” – 9th in Dusavatar by Times of India, 2010
* Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards India – “Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award”, 2010