Swati Grover (Batch 2006)
Business Developer- IKEA
Please give us an insight in your life since FIIB.
I have had a wonderful life- both at work and at home after
graduating from FIIB. I joined IKEA (Indian Trading office) one
week before my convocation at FIIB. I started as a Supply Planner
in the beginning but was very ambitious to work with bigger
responsibilities. Hence, I developed my skills faster than usual to
get promoted to work as a Purchaser for home textiles business
segment (Business Developer as called in IKEA) in less than 2 years
with IKEA. I was the youngest coworker in IKEA India office and the
youngest Purchaser in global IKEA. This made me proud of my
success, but also challenged me to prove my caliber and worth. I
led a business segment worth 30 Million Euro along with a small
team and delivered various successful global projects. I took
pleasure in traveling for more than 50% of my time – national as
well as international. I stayed in that role for almost 4 years before I
decided to get married in April 2011 and moved out of the country
with my husband for one year in September 2011.
I stayed in Shanghai for 7 months and Boston for 5 months. During
this period, I was working as a freelance consultant for a Canadian
company called Dragon Asia. In September 2012, I decided to join
IKEA again in their regional office in Shanghai as Business Area
Specialist for Textiles and Carpets– Asia Pacific. I have been in this
role for almost two months now and ready to deliver great results
in my new role.
I experienced different cultures and geographies in my life after
FIIB– within India as well as outside. I have spent every moment
making a conscious decision to learn something new. Living
outside India has expended the opportunities to learn and speak
different languages, especially Chinese. Now I can have grown as
an individual as well as a professional after my life at FIIB.
You were a star performer at FIIB. How did you manage
to cope up with the academics?
I would say that my sincerity towards studies paid back. Learning
about different aspects of business is my passion and I was living
my passion every day at FIIB. Sometimes there were limitations in
terms of resources, time or support from team members but I
made sure that I go one step forward to face all obstacles and yet
meet the end goal of learning and growing every day.
After FIIB you did a brief course in law from Supreme
Court. What encouraged this decision?
My work at IKEA included frequent acquaintances with a lot of legal
issues related to international trade, and hence, I decided to study
law. I enrolled myself in a part time PG Diploma in International
Trade Law with ILI (Supreme Court's Law College). To work full time
and also study part time, was a demanding period of time for me but
surely assisted a lot in my understanding about the subject.
As an employee of IKEA you are now working in China.
How did your family respond to the decision of moving
out of India?
Well, I have been very lucky, as I have worked across India, traveled
frequently while I was working, and have also worked in Shanghai
and Boston. My family has always been very supportive about
working away from home and have trusted all the decisions that I
have made (and continue to make) in my life.
Your mother continues to work with FIIB. How would you
define your relationship with your alma mater?
I would not say that I am an initiator for any events at FIIB, but I am
always available for any contribution that I can make in the progress
of my Institute. I gained a lot of knowledge at FIIB and ready to share
my part of knowledge for any good cause.