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ExEcutivE connEct EQUIPMENT EMIR Volvo Construction Equipment, India has got for itself a new Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Dimitrov Krishnan will be responsible for further strengthening the company’s position in the premium segment of the country’s construction equipment industry. Krishnan, a Bachelor of Technology in Mining Machinery, spent the first few years of his more than two decades experience employed with the Tata Group. In 1999, he joined Volvo Construction Equipment in India, and worked there for seven years and was responsible for after sales support and dealer development. In 2006, he moved to Volvo CE´s Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore, taking up different positions. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Volvo CE Region APAC executive management team. His last position was as Vice President and Head of Marketing and Dealer Development for Volvo CE in the Asia Pacific region, including India. With India being a key market in Volvo Construction Equipment´s global strategy, Krishnan sees many opportunities to grow the company’s business further and to strengthen Volvo’s brand image with his new assignment. INFRA MAN PEB LORD With a total of 20 years of exposure to landmark projects like the Durgapur Expressway, NH-1 (Rajpura D Raju is CEO & Managing Director, – Sirhind), Punjab, NH-5 (Chandikole-Bhadrak), Orissa – not to mention a host of assignments Kirby Building Systems India, the which has seen him leaving his imprimatur at a host of reputed companies such as L&T ECC, Prathibha pioneer and dominant market Industries, Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd, Atlanta Infra Assets Ltd and Oriental Tollways Pvt. Ltd. leader of the pre-engineered N Neelakanteswaran could very well consider himself a infrastructure sector veteran – which he is. He building industry in the country. is presently Executive Director (Operations), He also serves as Head of Kirby Capacit'e Group., responsible for establishing International, which includes systems, standard operating procedures, regions like Middle East, Africa, Buildsmart ERP implementation, monitoring Southeast Asia and CIS countries. and control processes, support service Raju has wide-ranging experience functions etc. as necessary for ensuring a in areas of business leadership, robust project delivery mechanism for timely turnaround management, strategic completion of projects within budgeted cost, branding, key account management, ensuring compliances. Neel, a Bachelor in techno-commercial negotiations, Civil Engineering from REC-Rourkela feels engineering design, new product development and project management. The Chartered civil that his current role at Capacit'e is the most engineer and MBA has been instrumental in the growth of pre-engineered steel building technology challenging one to date. The challenge, he in India and has also been associated with the country's phenomenal infrastructure growth over feels, has been in spearheading the growth the past decade. Under his leadership, Kirby is successfully operating with over 25 per cent market of the company from a start-up soliciting share. Two of the company’s plants – Hyderabad and Haridwar – have received many awards and business into an institution built on systems recognition for their contribution to the infrastructure sector. He has also successfully established with a robust project delivery mechanism the Center of Engineering Excellence (CEE) in Hyderabad where over 250 well-qualified and which is able to attract repeat orders and experienced design and engineering personnel provide services to Kirby Worldwide. in-bound enquiries. GREEN PIONEER A pioneer of green technology and the Make-in-India concept even before it came into political vogue, Balbir Singh Khera, Founder, Surmount Energy Solutions has been at the forefront of development of hardware systems and solutions for monitoring, control and management of buildings and complexes. With years of experience in the construction technology business he can be credited for introducing the ‘Green for life’ concept by using technology at every stage of a construction project—from conceptualisation through construction, commissioning and the entire life cycle management. Khera’s introduction of the BuildTrack range of smart automation products in 2010 has changed the way an average Indian perceives home and community automation. His emphasis is on increasing the usage and growth of smart phones and internet to form the backbone of new technology. Khera, who has a Masters in Computer Simulation from the Indian Institute of Technology and Masters in Financial Management from Mumbai University, has received numerous national and international awards for his contribution to performance engineering of buildings and for introduction of technology for sustainable development. NOVEMBER 2014|construction opportunities 87
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