10 July 2020

Executive Connect


Wilfried Theissen is the Managing Director at Putzmeister Concrete Machines. He assumed his position in 2012 and brings with him a work experience of over 25 years in Europe, Asia and America. His previous assignments have been at IDM Consult, Snecma America Engine Services and Snecma Service, Brussels and Magna International. The Belgian’s extensive experiences in operations, development, sales and marketing, acquired in the very competitive and high-tech automotive and aeronautic industry has helped him to create a new dynamic at Putzmeister. He has contributed hugely not only to improving product and service quality at Putzmeister but also to further develop a highly skilled and motivated team focused on customer satisfaction. The 1959-born Theissen holds a degree in Biology, Chemistry and Physics apart from a degree in Management and his hobbies include cycling, badminton and golf. Even though his India stint is expected to be brief, he says, “I am proud to be part of the high development potential of this great country and its people.”






Vipin Sondhi is the Managing Director & CEO of JCB India, India’s largest manufacturer of Construction Equipment. He is also a member of the JCB Global Group Executive Council. He has previously worked with Honda Power Equipment, Tata Steel and Tecumseh Products.  Sondhi is also actively involved with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – he has also been Chairman of the CII Water Council and the Manufacturing Council in the past. He was recently awarded the CEO of the year Award at CEO India Awards 2014; was nominated for the Best CEO of a multinational company amongst five MNC CEOs in India by Forbes India magazine in 2012 and conferred with the Udyog Rattan Award by the Institute of Economic Studies in 2011. Sondhi is an alumnus of the Lawrence School, Sanawar (1976) Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1982) and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1984).  He is also a keen golfer and loves to play the violin as a hobby.






As Chief Executive Officer of Srei BNP Paribas, a 50:50 JV between Srei Equipment Finance Limited and BN Paribas, Devendra Kumar Vyas leads a team of over 1,000 professionals. He has stewarded the organisation to a very happy position – a 30 per cent market share, a CAGR of over 40 per cent over four years, and one of the lowest NPA's in the industry – in the construction equipment finance business. Very well respected in the industry as an innovator and a thought leader, Vyas has pioneered many marketing innovations like Paison Ki Nilami and Srei Partnership Week to create a win-win platform for equipment manufacturers and customers. His expertise also extends to Sales & Marketing, Finance, Operations and IT.  DK Vyas has also been honoured with several awards including the Udyog Ratan Award 2011 and the Bharat Nirman Award 2011. The Chartered Accountant also extends his expertise to various industry bodies and is a member of the Hire Purchase and Leasing Association (HPLA), Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC), and many CII sub-committees on infrastructure.








Vikram Sharma, Managing Director & CEO, Kobelco Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd has been in the field of Construction Equipment and Material Handling since 1997, when he took over as CEO of Escorts JCB Ltd., a joint venture between JCB Ltd., UK, & Escorts Ltd India. During his 6 year tenure as CEO and Executive Director, Escorts Construction Equipment Ltd., he turned around the company to a highly profitable entity. The company became a world leader in the field of mobile pick and carry cranes.  Sharma has also worked in the two wheeler industry – he was Vice President, Sales and Marketing with Hero Honda Motors Ltd. His other assignments in the automotive industry have been with the Eicher Group in the area of agriculture tractors and as Head for Group Exports The mechanical engineer and management graduate, whose hobbies include golf, reading and music, has in the past held position of Chairman, Indian Earth Moving & Construction Industry Association, and has been a member on various CII committees.


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