29 May 2020

Executive Connect




A construction equipment industry veteran and thought leader,  A M Muralidharan, who  recently become President, Volvo Construction Equipment, has been associated with the Volvo Group for over 13 years. He holds the unique distinction for setting up the Construction Equipment business for Volvo in India in 1997, before moving on to create high value customer-centric organisations in countries like Belgium and Singapore during his tenure as Vice President for various business verticals in Asia and Europe. As the Managing Director of Volvo India, Muralidharan has spearheaded the joint company comprising around 3000 people across various business entities and areas, operational units and functions. He is also a key member of Volvo Construction Equipment management team for Asia region, and is responsible for all market facing activities across the organisation including customer operations, sales, marketing and ecosystem expansion. Under his leadership, Volvo CE has received recognition from the industry for its high-quality products, efficiency, low cost of operation and adoption of new technologies and best practices. Soft spoken and ever smiling, Muralidharan is a self-confessed traveler, bookworm, and an avid golfer – though not necessarily in that order. His mantra for success is discipline, openness, trust and focus. And as is his wont the genial MD likes to give credit to the Volvo India team for the company’s success: he says it is easy to find similarities in the products various companies sell, people who play a significant role in creating the DNA of a company, will always remain the differentiators.






For a consultancy firm which has ‘Save Costs, Enhance Profit’ as its tagline Vastupoorty Consultancy Services  is doing rather well for itself under the stewardship of Vishal Patange. With construction cost management and project management as its primary focus, VCS located in Mumbai provides expertise to the India’s real estate and civil engineering sectors by providing skilled and qualified staff for construction projects on a full time or part time basis. The organisation has its employees deployed on various projects who include MEP engineers,billing engineers, quantity surveyors and  project engineers who have been successfully involved in many prestigious projects in Maharashtra and other parts of India. It offers professional consultancy and technical support services aimed at providing full pre and post contract, project management, commercial and contractual services, cost consultancy for employers, consultants, contractors and specialists. Patange has been a professional for over ten years and has been involved in the building of residential, commercial, hospitality, hospital and road infrastructure projects. Among the projects he has been associated with are Beau Pride at Bandra for Seth Creators, Sky Suite for India Bulls Real Estate, Advinia Super Speciality Hospital at Kalamboli, Puranik Home Town for Puranik Builders, Sofitel Hotel at BKC Mumbai,  Citi Bank Front Office Consolidation and a Four Lane Road from Pune to Shirur for Ashoka Buildcon Ltd. Armed with self confidence, excellent relationship building skills, organisation skills and high motivation. Patange as Director of his organisation brings creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to all business endeavours. His approach to business is highly customer-centric.






Ajay Hans, Managing Director, Petron Engineering Construction Limited, is a focused visionary who has achieved exemplary growth in a career spanning over 21 years. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate in Finance and Marketing, Hans is a versatile professional who has cut his teeth in business development,  tendering and estimation, contracts management, operations/project execution, project management, procurement and materials management, finance management, legal, HSE, QA/QC, corporate governance and other functions of Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) projects in various national and international infrastructure and industrial projects. In 2005, Hans joined KazStroyService Group at a Senior Management Level at their office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He later joined KSS Group Company Petron Civil Engineering Private Ltd., (now known as KSS Petron Private Ltd) in Mumbai as Director/Joint Managing Director. On account of his noteworthy performance in October 2012 he found himself assigned further responsibility of heading Petron Engineering Construction Limited (PECL) as Managing Director. At PECL he has a broad spectrum of responsibilities from strategic development to operations to improving order backlog by gauging national and international business opportunities both in India and abroad. Hans has been instrumental in building the composite construction/EPC business of KSS Group in Kazakhstan and India through operations which includes cross country oil and gas pipelines, refineries, power projects, cement plants, water treatment plants, real estate projects including residential and commercial buildings, flyovers and highway projects.






In retrospect his venture into the telecom sector at the dawn of liberalisation in 1991 could be viewed a challenge in which he has succeeded remarkably. Ganesh Jivani, Founder and Managing Director, Matrix Comsec Pvt. Ltd not just brought to the table over two decades of technical acumen and expertise, his company has acquired a formidable reputation for bagging numerous awards along with good business. Right from the company’s inception Jivani has been leading Matrix’s Research and Development team with his passion for innovation which has empowered the company to be a leading player in the telecom equipment market. Matrix has also achieved another milestone by successfully foraying into the security domain. Jivani’s astuteness and strategies have been the strong pillars of Matrix success. So much so, that the company is today leader in telecom and security solutions for modern businesses and enterprises. With around 30 per cent of its human resources dedicated to the development of new products, Matrix has launched cutting-edge products like IP-PBX, Universal Gateways, VoIP Gateways and Terminals, GSM Gateways, Access Control and Time-Attendance Systems, Video Surveillance System and Fire Alarm Systems. These solutions are feature-rich, reliable and conform to international standards. Having global foot-prints in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa through an extensive network of more than 500 channel partners, Matrix has ensured that the products serve the needs of its customers faster and longer. Jivani is a graduate in Computer Science from the Faculty of Technology, M. S. University, Baroda and has successfully completed his management from IIM Ahmedabad.




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