05 April 2020

Executive Connect


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.





With a total of 20 years of exposure to landmark projects like the Durgapur Expressway, NH-1 (Rajpura – Sirhind), Punjab, NH-5 (Chandikole-Bhadrak), Orissa – not to mention a host of assignments which has seen him leaving his imprimatur at a host of reputed companies such as L&T ECC, Prathibha Industries, Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd, Atlanta Infra Assets Ltd and Oriental Tollways Pvt. Ltd.
N Neelakanteswaran could very well consider himself a infrastructure sector veteran – which he is. He is presently Executive Director (Operations), Capacit'e Group., responsible for  establishing systems, standard operating procedures, Buildsmart ERP implementation, monitoring and control processes, support service functions etc. as necessary for ensuring a robust project delivery mechanism for timely completion of  projects within budgeted cost, ensuring compliances. Neel,  a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from REC-Rourkela feels that his current role at Capacit'e is the most challenging one to date. The challenge, he feels, has been in spearheading the growth of the company from a start-up soliciting business into an institution built on systems with a robust project delivery mechanism which is able to attract repeat orders and
in-bound enquiries.





D Raju is CEO & Managing Director, Kirby Building Systems India, the pioneer and dominant market leader of the pre-engineered building industry in the country.  He also serves as Head of Kirby International, which includes regions like Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and CIS countries. Raju has wide-ranging experience in areas of business leadership, turnaround management, strategic branding, key account management, techno-commercial negotiations, engineering design, new product development and project management. The Chartered civil engineer and MBA has been instrumental in the growth of pre-engineered steel building technology in India and has also been associated with the country's phenomenal infrastructure growth over the past decade. Under his leadership, Kirby is successfully operating with over 25 per cent market share. Two of the company’s plants – Hyderabad and Haridwar – have received many awards and recognition for their contribution to the infrastructure sector.  He has also successfully established the Center of Engineering Excellence (CEE) in Hyderabad where over 250 well-qualified and experienced design and engineering personnel provide services to Kirby Worldwide.





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.

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