About Kaustuv Ray
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.
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