28 February 2020

Executive Connect


Though of a very young age, Igor Palka, CEO, bC Expo India Pvt. Ltd, is already being hailed as a fairs veteran. It speaks volumes of his loyalty to his organisation that Palka worked as an Exhibition Assistant at Messe München GmbH for two years from September 2007 to December 2009 while still a student and has remained with his parent company ever since. In 2010, Igor Palka took responsibility for the World's Leading Trade Fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, IFAT. The following year he assumed responsibility for the majority of the exhibitors at the construction machinery exhibition bauma including acquisition and space allocation. Since then, the Polish-Bavarian has represented bauma at fair-related presentations and negotiations with trade associations around the world. Palka has presided over the design, organisation and hugely successful conduct of the bC India show with a flair that would do management gurus proud. Palka has a degree in Business Administration and Management from VWA Munich.





Sivasubramanian Natarajan is responsible for Operations for ThyssenKrupp Industries India as Managing Director, ThyssenKrupp Industries India.  With strong specialisations in Managing Solutions Business, strong project management skills, M&A, strategic planning and vision building, Natarajan’s equally strong experience in areas like industrial solutions and services, metals, mining, OG, cement, infrastructure & water industries has helped him take ThyssenKrupp Industries India to the next level with a clear customer centric blueprint for the future. He began his career with Larsen & Toubro ECC Construction Group in 1981 as a project engineer where he was responsible for automating the design and engineering for Railway electrification projects. He later joined Siemens where he held various responsible positions before going on to become the Head of Water Technologies for South East Asia and India. Natarajan has degrees in electrical and electronics engineering and an MBA from Madras University.




In many ways it is a vertical advancement for Amit Gossain as he takes over at the helm of Kone, a global leader in elevator and escalators. As the new Managing Director of the company’s Indian subsidiary he brings with him more than 25 years of rich and diverse professional experience across functions like Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Product Management and Corporate Affairs. Gossain’s last assignment was with digger manufacturer JCB India Limited as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for both India and SAARC countries. Under his leadership, brand JCB was twice awarded as one of India’s most impactful brands. Gossain is the immediate past President of Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA). He is also the Chairman of the CII Committee on Solid Waste Management for India. Amit started his career in 1988 and worked with major Capital goods, Engineering, Construction and Agriculture equipment manufacturers in India and abroad. He has also worked with L&T’s Earthmoving and Construction Equipment Division.




Dr. Jörg Matthias Grossmann is the Regional Representative India, Freudenberg Group; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG. He is a member of the Freudenberg Global Executive Team, Finance and Control Committee; Audit Committee of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies; Chairman of the Audit Committee of Freudenberg Household Products. Dr Grossmann has done his Masters in Economics and Law from Mannheim, Germany followed by a doctorate in 1991. He started his journey with the Freudenberg Group as Head of Controlling, Klüber Lubrication München KG and has taken various roles and responsibilities under the group of companies. Prior to Freudenberg, he was associated with KPMG. Dr Grossman who presides over the India operations of his firm – the company has 14 manufacturing plants and 4 R&D centers located here – is a very avid supporter of the India Growth Story and believes the country is a key market for the Freudenberg Group.

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