An associate director at Flipkart, Pagadala is a part of the captive logistics unit Ekart and was responsible for designing almost all of 17 fulfilment centres at the company.
"It was a mutual learning experience today. Padmini who is a part of Ekart had a very different line of questions at the category review meetings we attended today," said CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a call with ET.
An industrial engineer from Georgia Institute of Technology, Pagadala comes from a strong supply chain background and said that it was important for both buy and supply-side teams to talk to each other. "I am CEO for a day and shadowing someone as humble as Kalyan has been a learning experience," added Pagadala.
The idea behind the Big10 CEO for a day competition (Flipkart has a penchant for the word 'Big' - it called its most important sales event 'Big Billion Days', and its tenth birthday bash has been christened Big10) is to allow the winner take stock of the business, attend key stakeholder meetings, and hand out action points, with Kalyan accompanying her. The applicants had to write a statement of purpose stating why they should be selected to be the CEO for a day.
Padmini is going to take charge for one day as CEO its was really great opportunity to being a party of flipkart We have a talented pool of people leading high intensity teams, who are helping us disrupt and innovate. Through the Big10 CEO for a day competition, we intend to gain some fresh perspective and insights, as well as make it a fun, engaging initiative for our people,” says Kalyan.
On being asked whether she would like to become the actual CEO of a company someday, Padmini says without hesitation: "Of course. I would love to be CEO. That's where I see myself."