3 questions I wish I’d asked as a junior marketer: Mastercard’s Raja Rajamannar
From finding the right work/life balance to seeing the positive impact marketing can have beyond driving business growth, there are some questions Raja Rajamannar wishes he had asked earlier in his career.
Mastercard chief marketing and communications officer Raja Rajamannar has had a hugely varied career. After starting out 35 years ago at Asian Paints in India, he has moved across countries, industries and roles to end up where he is today.
That has included stints at Unilever, Citibank and Humana in industries such as consumer goods, FMCG, finance and healthcare. He has worked in India, Dubai, London, Cincinnati and New York, with roles from product management to business and transformation, CEO and CMO.
Rajamannar admits opportunities have tended to find him rather than him actively pursuing them. Each one, however, has helped him grow as a marketer by offering new experiences and the ability to learn.
“Fortunately for me, every move added something substantially to me either by way of learning, exposure, international postings or financial rewards. There have been a whole bunch of positives every single time I moved,” he says.