Dr Arun Bajaj is to retire from his position as president of the Birmingham-based Institute of Asian Businesses (IAB) after four years in the post.
He will formally announce his decision at the IAB’s Annual dinner and awards being held at the ICC on February 19.
Dr Bajaj, founder of Radio XL, the largest Asian commercial radio station outside London, will be succeeded, on an interim basis, by one of the IAB’s vice-presidents Shantose Kaur.
Dipak Shelat, the IAB’s operations manager, said: “Dr Bajaj has provided sterling service to the IAB during his more than ten year membership of the committee and he will be a hard act to follow.”
Dr Bajaj said: “Since I became chairman, the IAB has grown into one of the most influential Asian business support groups not only in the Midlands but nationwide. It will be a wrench to leave it but it is time to make way for new people and I also need more time to further develop my business interests.”
As well as promoting Asian business nationally, the IAB works in close co-ordination with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group. The two organisations are involved in helping trade links between companies in the Birminghamarea and Indiaand Pakistan.
Dr Bajaj has been managing director of Radio XL for 15 years. He is also a board member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group and has recently been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the WestMidlandsCounty. Before becoming a media entrepreneur Dr Bajaj was working as a surgeon in the oral and maxillo-facial department.”
Mrs Kaur is currently the co-vice-president alongside Andeep Mangal and is the managing director of Enigma consulting.