First came the CEOs from the consumer companies, then senior suits with a hardcore consulting background. But in recent times, Kumar Mangalam Birla seems to be turning toward bankers. But after surrounding himself with three in quick succession, some of the old timers in the group seem pleasantly amused. A little birdie tells us, the chatter during the coffee breaks at Birla HQ is over whether operational experience is being overlooked for “generalists in fancy pinstripes”. Managing people’s aspirations is always a political minefield, we say.