26 May 2020

Executive Connect



Damien Giraud, Vice President, Caterpillar’s Global Construction & Infrastructure Division joined Caterpillar in 1998, following a seven-year career with Colas Group, a French civil engineering and construction firm. During his nearly 20 years with Caterpillar, Giraud has held a number of marketing and product management roles with an increasing level of responsibility. Giraud was worldwide product manager for Caterpillar’s large excavators. A native of France who speaks four languages, Giraud has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.


Giraud has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Ecole Des Mines, Saint Etienne, France and a master’s degree from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Giraud is based in Geneva, Switzerland and assumed his new duties effective August 1, 2017.






Sahil Vora, Founder & Managing Director, SILA has worked as a Financial Analyst at George Weiss Associates, a $3 billion hedge fund in New York, this was before returning to India in 2009/10 along with his younger brother Rushabh to start SILA. Over the last few years, SILA has evolved to become one of the fastest growing Real Estate Services companies in India. SILA currently provides Facility Management, Project Management and Real Estate Advisory services in over 50 cities with 4000+ employees. Under Sahil’s leadership SILA’s Project Management division has successfully delivered projects across property asset classes – Hospitality, Industrial, Commercial, Retail, & Residential. In 2017, SILA started Turnkey Interior Contracting (Design & Build) for Corporate Offices, Retail Stores and F&B chains, currently executing projects across the country. Some of SILA’S Clients include J&K Bank, HDFC, Mumbai International Airport (T2), Tata Sons, Piramal Healthcare & Realty, Embassy, Adlabs Imagica, Mahindra,Weworks, Dexturs and Accor Hotels. Sahil holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & International Studies from Trinity College, USA.







Shailesh Puranik, Managing Director, Puranik Builders Pvt. Ltd. is a graduate from the prestigious J.J college of Architecture, one of the leading institutes of Architecture in our country.  In 1993, Shailesh took over as Managing Director of Puranik Builders. He has since played a pivotal role in taking the company to new heights of success. His vision and foresight has been instrumental in making Puraniks a forerunner in the construction business. He is also testing and implementing various business models such as PE funded ventures through special purpose vehicles (SPV), affordable housing projects, and redevelopment of slums.


Every construction carried out by the company is on the basis of the signature theme ‘Ideas that stay with you’.


Puranik, is a former President of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry – Thane Unit. He has been associated with various other trade industry associations.







Sumit Bidani, Chief Executive Officer, USG Boral India is responsible for developing the growth strategies and expansion of USG Boral across South Asia. He will also be providing strategic support, business leads and guiding the business development team in formation of various customer centric products. India is a key market for USG Boral, Sumit’s diverse background and extensive experience will enable him to inject a fresh perspective and further bolster their expansion strategies in India. Prior to joining USG Boral, Sumit has served as Managing Director at Formica India and has held senior positions in global companies such as Colgate Palmolive, General Mills, and Shell Lubricants. Sumit is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a post-graduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur.


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