New Delhi — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nominated Adil Zainulbhai as the chairman of the Quality Council of India. The post was earlier held by Arun Maira. After Maira’s tenure, the secretary at the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion was holding charge of the post.
|Adil Zainulbhai joined McKinsey in 1979 and spent 24 years in the United States before returning to Mumbai in 2004 to help grow the firm’s presence in India. He is now a senior advisor to our Indian offices.
Adil counsels the CEOs of many of India’s largest companies in a range of industries, including infrastructure, metals and mining, financial services, and pharmaceuticals—and he has helped several such companies become global leaders. He has also helped leading multinational companies build large, profitable businesses in India.
Adil is also passionate about strengthening India’s public sector and contributing to the nation’s development. He works closely with senior government leaders to drive growth and raise living standards, strengthen key sectors of the economy, and improve education, health, and welfare. He has also helped several public-sector projects improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
In both his private and public-sector work, Adil develops long-term partnerships with his clients to deliver results and create true impact, while helping to build people’s capabilities. He is deeply committed to developing leaders, both at client organisations and at McKinsey. He strives to ensure that we attract the best people from the best schools and provide them with an unrivalled learning experience.
Adil speaks regularly at key Indian and global forums, including those of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), and the World Economic Forum.
He serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organisations, including the American India Foundation, the CII National Council, Saifee Hospital, and Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, which is redeveloping Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar. He serves on the advisory boards of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Wockhardt Foundation, and the Health Management Research Institute, as well as on the global advisory board of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, India.
Zainulbhai, senior advisor to McKinsey, retired as chairman of McKinsey, India. He has also been working with several parts of the government and led efforts around urbanisation, inclusive growth and energy.
With this nomination, the government has tried to project its will to propagate a culture of quality and boosting manufacturing, the industry believes. Sources in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) say they are looking forward to zero-defect manufacturing processes and products while ecologists have been concerned with the impact on environment.
The QCI was set up jointly by the Government of India and the Indian industry represented by 3 premier industry associations, namely Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Confederation of Indian Industry and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, to establish and operate national accreditation structure and promote quality through National Quality Campaign. The QCI is registered as a non-profit society with its own Memorandum of Association. The QCI is governed by a council of 38 members with equal representations of government, industry and consumers.
The council plays a pivotal role at the national level in propagating, adoption and adherence to quality standards in all important spheres of activities including education, healthcare, environment protection, governance, social sectors, infrastructure sector and such other areas of organised activities that have significant bearing in improving the quality of life and well being of the citizens of India.
The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, is the nodal ministry for QCI. It functions through the executive boards in the specific areas like accreditation for conformity assessment bodies, healthcare establishments and education and vocational training providers. In addition to this, it has an exclusive board for promotion of quality.
The council envisages an India known for total quality and reliability in all areas of life, work, environment, products and services, at individual, organisational, community and societal levels.
Adil Zainulbhai is a mechanical Engineer from the 1977 batch of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and a postgraduate from Harvard Business School – he is currently President of HBS’s alumni association in India. He rubbed shoulders with Meg Whitman of eBay and Jeff Skilling of Enron fame during his HBS days – and many others during his long career at McKinsey & Co. In his downtime, when he is not trying out the latest gizmo, he can be found sailing or skiing with his family.
Zainulbhai’s span of work includes catalysing Indian companies to become successful globally, helping public sector undertakings become more efficient and effective, and working with MNCs to enter India and build profitable, large and innovative businesses.
Co-editor of ‘Reimagining India’ that features 60 global businessmen, academicians, economists, authors and journalists, he has also worked with several parts of the Government and led efforts around urbanisation, inclusive growth and energy.
He serves on the boards of Reliance Industries, the American India Foundation, Saifee Hospital, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai), Network 18, and the advisory board of IIT, Bombay.