Chief Executive Officer, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa
Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. He is responsible for the strategic and corporate growth of the markets under his purview. In his current role, his key focus is to augment synergies within the sub-region by leveraging personnel and business competencies available to strengthen service and market portfolio of each sub-region.
With over two decades of experience, Niranjan started his career with SKF Bearings India Pvt. Ltd. In 1995, he made an unconventional move to join a five-member team at TÜV SÜD. He then qualified to become a Lead Auditor for management system certification ISO 9001, QS 9000, VDA 6.1 and TS 16949. During this tenure, he performed audits and training in many markets across the globe such as USA, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN and South Asia.
In 1998, he was appointed the head of South India region for TÜV SÜD South Asia. After managing this portfolio for over eight years, Niranjan was appointed as Vice President- Product Services, with the thrust to set up the Product Services portfolio in South Asia. He was instrumental in establishing a network of state-of-the-art laboratories for food, textiles and leather along with planning and implementation of market expansion strategy.
In 2009, he was appointed CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia where he was responsible for the firm’s growth across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, TÜV SÜD South Asia witnessed exponential growth in new business areas, expanded its product offerings and double digit financial growth.
Brought up in Mumbai, Niranjan is a Mechanical Engineer and has Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in India. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and cross-country trekking.
Mr. Atul Bakre
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Atul Bakre currently serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of TÜV SÜD South Asia, comprising India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In his current role as CFO, Mr. Bakre is responsible for finances, controlling, M&A and purchases of the region. He further oversees matters pertaining to risk management, corporate development, strategic planning and corporate governance in this vast and diverse market.
A graduate from the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWA), and a CS degree holder from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Mr. Bakre brings with him over 2 decades of experience across multiple domains in finance, accounting and taxation & audit planning.
Over his career span, Mr. Bakre has successfully led and executed multiple projects in costing systems, ERP systems and SOP modules, among several others. His effort in the implementation of the same earned him the Star Performer of the Year award in 2011.
Mr. Bakre has a sound understanding of key aspects of financial administration, backed by a global mindset and a strong & diverse business background.
Mr. Suresh Kumar
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Suresh Kumar, a graduate in polymer chemistry and chemical technology, serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TÜV SÜD South Asia, comprising India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
With deep domain knowledge in American and European retailer requirements in testing, inspection and social auditing services, Suresh Kumar successfully launched the TÜV SÜD Softlines operations in South Asia before heading the Consumer Product Services division. In his current role as COO, he is responsible for sales and operations across all divisions of the South Asia sub-region.
Ms. Suchitra Shahapurkar
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa
Ms. Suchitra Shahapurkar, has been associated with TÜV SÜD for over 11 years. She has played an instrumental role in re-engineering the structure, role and responsibilities of the Human Resources department in the South Asia region. Under her leadership, the HR team successfully crafted and delivered a road map to an efficient and effective business partner approach towards businesses at one end and employee engagement at the other. In 2017, her portfolio was expanded to a larger geography encompassing countries in ASEAN, Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining TÜV SÜD South Asia, she has worked in varied sectors like BPO and healthcare.
Suchitra holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, a Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, and a Post-Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Mumbai. She has also attended a 'Strategic Management, Leadership & Change' training programme at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Suchitra, a movie buff, is a foodie and enjoys music and reading.