15 July 2020

Executive Connect


Subir  Kumar Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO,  JCB India Limited, has been with JCB India last 14 years, first as Head of Operations, and then as its Chief Operating Officer, finally moving on to become the Managing Director and CEO in 2019. Subir Started his career in 1982 with Larsen and Toubro as a Graduate Trainee. He later joined  Eicher  in 1984 where he spent close to 17 years before moving to Whirlpool for about four years. He has led the team which transformed JCB India from a single factory in 2005 to five Factories in Pune, Jaipur and Delhi-NCR today. Subir’s significant contribution in operations has enabled JCB to now manufacturer over 60 types of products in eight categories, JCB’s Made in India products have since been exported to over 100 countries.

He is a part of the Global Leadership team at JCB and has built a team of  professionals with a strong entrepreneurial spirit across the organization, ingrained with a sense of urgency and agility. An Alumni of the Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, Subir lives in Gurgaon with his wife and two daughters  who are both pursuing their professional careers. His family and he like to travel, and Subir especially likes listening to Indian classical music.








Vipin Sondhi, CEO and MD, Ashok Leyland Ltd, has more than three decades of experience in manufacturing and engineering sectors. He was earlier MD and CEO of JCB India and member of JCB’s global executive team. He led a $1.7 billion business with five manufacturing plants in 3 locations, 8 product categories, 60 products, 65 dealers and over 700 retail outlets.

Apart from the lndia region, he was also responsible for the South East Asian and Pacific businesses for the company and played a significant role in Global Product and Manufacturing Strategy for the Group. He was with JCB for over 13 years. Prior to JCB, Sondhi was the MD for Tecumseh lndia, where he served for over 12 years, six years as the MD. The initial 10 years of his career was shaped in companies such as Tata Steel and Shriram Honda. Sondhi  was inducted recently as a director on the board and would drive technology transition, growth and future strategy for the flagship company of the Hinduja Group as well as the group’s global automotive portfolio.









Shandar Alam, Managing Director, Vehicle and Hydraulics – India Eaton, heads the company’s and is responsible for sales and marketing, operations, strategic plans, finance, growth initiatives, human resources and supply chain functions in the country. Prior to this, Shandar was Director - Sales and Service for Eaton’s Vehicle and Hydraulics businesses in India. He was responsible for profitable sales growth through, new business development, customer relationships, key account management, channel development, product management and after sales service. Shandar has been with Eaton for 13 years and has held various leadership roles in sales, marketing, distribution, planning and supply chain functions within Eaton’s Vehicle and Hydraulics businesses in India. Shandar has over two decades of industry experience. Prior to joining Eaton, he worked in various roles in the Supply Chain Management function at Timken India. Shandar has completed an executive post graduate management program from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai and is a post graduate in materials management from the Indian Institute of Materials Management, Kolkata. He holds a graduate degree in commerce from the University of Kolkata, India.









PVS. Nageswara Rao, CEO, Spartan Engineering Industries, has 35 years of successful global leadership experience in providing fiscal, strategic, operations and management services in uniquely challenging situations. Previously, he has held a responsible multinational leadership positions in many companies, which include M/S ThyssenKrupp Industries India, Walchandnagar Industries, Machine Building Division-Mukand Ltd., Buckau wolf, Krupp Industries and M/S. A.P Heavy Machinery and Engineering Ltd. Nageswara is a dynamic professional, result – oriented, with a continual learning mindset with a strong track record performance in turnaround and high paced organizations of domestic and multinational in diversified products, EPC projects, and services. He’s a passionate leader with keen analysis and insights with team approach to drive organizational transformation to excellence with continual improvements and credited for implementing best practices like TPM, Kaizen, and Lean+ Six Sigma at work and has won many national and international awards.