Company: Desert Group
Designation: Group CEO
Country of residence: India
Michael Mascarenhas thrives on taking ahold of expansive businesses suffering under complexity and sluggishness and then bringing them back to life, with a clear direction. The most recent example is at Desert Group, which designs, landscapes, builds and manages golf courses, as well as providing a range of services centered around water, green and sustainability. Under Mascarenhas’ leadership since 2012, the company has experienced unparalleled growth and created new business subsets, expanding the workforce to 3200.
Mascarenhas says his constant desire to take on the unfamiliar stems from a “wanting to know ” trait and his simple upbringing in a town in the Thar Desert, India, where he learnt that respect and responsibility go hand in hand. His embrace of diversity and inclusion is also evident at Desert Group, which has one of the most integrated work inclusion programmes for people with learning, development and cognitive disabilities in the world. Prior to Desert Group, the art enthusiast transformed the Wall Street Group into a global power house and grew its US operations at a time when money remittance was taboo.