29 March 2020

Executive Connect



In his current position as Vice President & Business Head for Power Generation, Industrial and Customer Support Business, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, since April 2012, Sanjeev Nimkar has been driving all domestic new product, new businesses and brand initiatives for the engine company. His 18 years of rich and extensive professional career in various capacities spans across diverse industries and companies such as Philips Electronics India, ICI paints and Lafarge Cement. Before joining KOEL, Sanjeev was Director Marketing, Philips Electronics India. During his tenure at Philips, he led the company’s marketing functions including LED Lighting Development for India, heading the company’s Audio Product Business, prior to this he was National Channel Head at ICI paints. At KOEL Nimkar has undertaken various customer centric initiatives to gain and sustain the market share in the respective businesses. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Calcutta, Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from College Of Engineering, Pune and also has a Diploma in Industrial Law from Symbiosis Law College, Pune. Nimkar is the recipient of numerous industry honors for his contribution in the marketing field.






She is barely in her mid 20s but already a mini veteran of Pune’s real estate industry, cutting her teeth in the business under the sage guidance of her legendary father, Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Kumar Urban Development Limited (KUL). Kruti Jain, Director, KUL, handles her company’s operations like HR / Marketing / Technical / IT and Infrastructure in four cities and is responsible for developing and executing business strategies in line with the targeted growth plans. It was her initiative which led to the rebranding of family firm Kumar Builders as Kumar Urban Development Limited (KUL). Jain has initiated tie-ups with highly reputed international brands for high profile projects, and has been involved in the creation of eco-friendly buildings like malls, IT Parks across the city.  She is also actively involved in developing the country’s first ever democratically developed world class township at Hinjewadi. Jain is an expert in all areas of operation, project management, marketing, design and development, branding and people management, and has seen several projects through from start to finish.


She is the youngest elected Chairman of CREDAI Pune Metro and is on the governing body of Confederation of Indian Industry for Infrastructure and Real Estate Industries.






An alumnus of IIT Mumbai, Vijay Gupta is a first generation entrepreneur. He has worked with CAD/CAM divisions of Crompton Greaves and Godrej & Boyce for six years at the start of his career. Gupta has over 17 years of experience in development of complex CAD/CAE/Project Management software. He has been the driving force behind building SoftTech Engineers Private Limited, a software product company of repute during the last 14 years. He has steered the company towards international, award-winning success by envisioning software solutions that enable complex processes in the AEC (Architecture-Engineering-Construction) industry into a matter of a few mouse clicks. He holds an M.Tech degree from IIT, Mumbai. Gupta Vijay strongly believes that IT has to be leveraged extensively to bring in speed, efficiency, and transparency in processes for public and private sector organisations. It is his belief, enthusiasm, strategic and technical know-how that has successfully steered the company through the years.





If rubber insulations major Armacell has grown by leaps and bounds in the Indian market since its foray in 1999, it owes majorly to the leadership and drive of its first ever employee in the country, the young and dynamic Keshab Chopra, who is currently Managing Director, Armacell India. Chopra was catapulted to the helm of affairs in the company at the age of 32, and is also the founder of the Armacell’s manufacturing hub at Pune since its establishment in 2006.  Incidentally the young veteran’s first job was as a trainee at Thermax in 1996.


Chopra sees a great future for Armacell products within the country with projects across various segments taking shape. There has been a lot of hard work lending solidity and strength to the vision of extending the company’s product reach to the Middle East, South Africa and other neighboring countries. Much before this he has been responsible for driving his firm to achieve a sizeable market share, immense good will and a strong brand name in the HVAC sector. Chopra who also heads the South and South East Asia Business for Armacell is a firm believer in the merits of a structured organisation, has implemented world-class systems and best practices at the workplace, and is of the view that people are an asset for the organisation. He is a mechanical engineer from VJTI Mumbai and holder of a post graduate diploma in marketing.

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