Name: Ratheesan YoganathanAge: 36 Company: Telecoms operator Lebara. We want to enhance the lives of migrant communities by providing high quality and low-cost international mobile products and services. Turnover: €565m First job: Working behind the counter at a petrol station Dream job: Running the Lebara Foundation full-time Car: I’ve recently bought a new McLaren. Economy, business or first class: Economy around Europe and business class for long-haul trips. Most extravagant purchase: The home I share with my family. Most played song on iPod: AR Rahman’s “Jai Ho”. Best business book: I’d recommend Jim Collins’ Good to Great to anyone who is particularly passionate about building a successful business on the back of strong ethical standards and a desire to promote a positive business culture. Worst business moment: 2007 was a challenge as growth slowed for us but, with hindsight, this only made us stronger and more focused on what we wanted to achieve. Proudest business moment: Signing our first MVNO contract with Telfort, a Dutch mobile telecommunication company. Business mentor: My grandfather, a wise and inspiring man. Next big thing: Achieving the company’s vision to be the brand of choice for one billion people around the world by 2020.
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