Coming from an agricultural family, Udayakumar constantly reflected traits of an entrepreneur. A business enthusiast right from childhood, he has always had the urge to become a successful entrepreneur, or more so, it was in his blood.
He successfully completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Chennai while simultaneously working part time jobs. On completion of his education, he commenced work in the hospitality industry in the year 1980 displaying a candid adaptability and a total of commitment in the field.
First major engagement was with Radhakrishna Hospitality Services one of the largest Hospitality Companies in India. Owing to an unmitigated sense of commitment and unrestrained initiative, progressed within the Group to the post of Group Financial Controller. In this capacity, operated across Europe, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia covering varied segments viz. remote sites including UN projects in war torn Rwanda , Kenya, Egypt Oil field, Power Projects, Expatriate Housing Colonies, Manufacturing hubs, Healthcare, Educational Institutions, Corporate Offices.
With this experience under the belt, co-founded Epicurean Enterprises Pvt Ltd a Hospitality/ Facility Management Company. This entrepreneurial venture brought into play excellent Man Management skills and articulated ambitions to spread across the country in a structured and professional manner. Over the years in the same industry, gained a thorough knowledge of competitors landscape
As of April 2009 the Company was acquired by the world’s # 1 Food Service Company - Compass Group PLC. Thereupon he assumed the role of Country Managing Director of Compass India, overseeing company’s activities through a Leadership Team. Through organic growth and the process of acquisitions, the Company’s turnover has grown to 230 crores in a short span.
The key attributes of this position include wide international exposure, specialized training programmes in Accounting and Op1erating Values, adoption of global best practices, monitoring 250+ sites across the country, handling staff strength of 5000+ without IR issues.
Past experience and a continuous zest for learning has brought to the fore the comprehensive knowledge of taxation and statutory compliances
In 2013, He has moved out and acquired chain of restaurants brand called Nalaas which was 11 in India & 3 in Overseas (London, Paris & Abudhabi)