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Leadership team

Deepa Soman
Managing Director

An Economics major from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, with a degree in business management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Deepa has been an entrepreneur for two decades. Her first job was with Hindustan Lever Limited. She taught at the University of West Indies and worked with a research firm J. A Young Research in Jamaica, West Indies.

Deepa’s life and the Lumière journey is profiled in Rashmi Bansal’s 2013 book, ‘Follow Every Rainbow’, on 25 women entrepreneurs. Deepa is invited to speak at educational institutions, corporates, chambers of commerce, club and community events on women and work, entrepreneurship, and consumer centric innovation. She serves as mentor to professionals, entrepreneurs and trade bodies, small and medium enterprises, start-ups and non-profits. Continuous improvement, design thinking, balanced development and sustainability are her areas of interest.

A people collector and connector, Deepa is fascinated by the idea of purpose and the interconnectedness of things. Inspired by ideas, she loves reading and writing. Deepa’s vision is to be a tool to collaborate and connect to unlock potential towards building a better world.

Milind Soman
Executive Director - Leadership Coach

With a major in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (Ranchi) and a post-graduate degree in Management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Milind started his professional career in 1988 with Citicorp Overseas Software Limited (COSL).

With over 28 years in the global technology & consulting industry, Milind has been involved with several corporates on initiatives like change management, technology consulting, innovation management, Business Process Consulting & actively mentors new businesses in existing companies and start-ups. A Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Milind has worked with Price Waterhouse Associates (Jamaica, West Indies) and i-flex Solutions Ltd. He is on the Advisory board of studies (Information Technology) in management schools. He is invited as a visiting faculty at business schools in India and abroad. An Accredited Mediator with the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM), Milind believes in the practice of mediation for dispute resolution.

A keen golfer, Milind’s dominant themes backed by domain experience & mediation skills are ideally suited for counseling people in their personal life journey as well as mentoring leaders and teams to help them unlock their professional potential.

Smita Arora
Chief Operating Officer

A pharma graduate with a management degree in marketing, Smita brings in multifaceted skills. She has confidently and efficiently led, guided and mentored teams basis her own immense experience in Research, Health Care and Consulting. At Lumière, she has undertaken several projects encompassing resource planning, risk management and client relationship management.

Dr. Venki Padmanabhan

A Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and three decades of leading process and product innovations in multinational companies, Dr. Venki Padmanabhan brings global perspective and heft in leadership insights to Lumière as independent Director.

Venki is a staunch believer in the Lumière vision and mission. An evangelist, he adds immense value by advocacy and active participation in organisational strategy by plugging in the power of positivity and dreams!

120+ years
leadership experience
3 lakh+
consumer touchpoints
repeat business