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  • Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni - CEO, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa (ASMEA) Region

    Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni is the Chief Executive Officer of South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa Region since July 1, 2017. As a CEO of one of the most diverse region, his area of focus is to strengthen the company’s value offering by leveraging on personnel and business competencies available across the region. Under his leadership, aligned to the Group’s focus, the region has made significant investments and progress in digital transformation initiatives and commitment to initiatives and services supporting sustainable development. He is also a Member of the Group’s Sounding Board Committee on Diversity.

    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 globally, 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 and planning and implementation of the market expansion strategy.

    In 2009, he was appointed CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia, responsible for the firm’s operations across India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Currently, he is also the Member of Board of Management of TÜV SÜD South Asia Private Limited, TÜV SÜD Bangladesh Private limited, TÜV SÜD Lanka Private Limited, TÜV SÜD Middle East and TÜV SÜD PSB Pte. Ltd.

    Brought up in Mumbai, Niranjan is a Mechanical Engineer and has a Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in India. He has also attended modules on Strategy Management, Leadership and Change and Fit4Digital at Executive School of Management, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and cross-country trekking. He is very passionate about nurturing and developing talent and strongly believes in the power of an inclusive and diverse workforce for building a sustainable and responsible business.

    LinkedIn Profile : Niranjan Nadkarni

  • Mr. Simon Lemin - CEO, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Simon Lemin is the CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia and Member of Board of Management of TÜV SÜD South Asia Private Limited, overseeing operations in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. With a background in international leadership and team development, Simon also brings extensive expertise in Renewable Energy, Climate Action Certification, and the Hydrogen sector.

    Previously, Simon led the Industry Segment for Greater China and played a key role in the strategic development of North Asia. He began his career as a mechanical design engineer in the UK nuclear industry, later joining TÜV SÜD as a principal consultant for Nuclear Safety. Simon's exceptional leadership and strategic insights led to his relocation to Bangalore, India in 2023.

    Simon holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University, England. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall P&L and strategic development of the region. His profound knowledge and passion for Green Energy and Sustainability make him a valuable asset to TÜV SÜD South Asia in driving growth and success in the South Asian market.

  • Mr. Atul Bakre - Chief Financial Officer, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Atul Bakre is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of TÜV SÜD South Asia, comprising India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is associated with TÜV SÜD since 2013. He is also a Member of the Board of Management for TÜV SÜD South Asia.

    In his role as CFO, Mr. Bakre is responsible for Finance, Controlling, Legal, IT, M&A and Procurement of the region. Furthermore, he oversees matters pertaining to risk management, corporate development, strategic planning and corporate governance in this vast and diverse market. He has successfully geared up functions under his domain in contributing to South Asia’s growth.

    Qualified, Associate CMA (ICMAI), and an Associate, CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Mr. Bakre is also a Management Diploma holder in Sales & Marketing. Mr. Bakre brings with him over two & a half decades of experience across multiple domains in finance, Controlling, Commercial, Legal, Contract Management, Compliance & International trade.

    Over his career span, Mr. Bakre has successfully lead teams in International organizations from Manufacturing, Large EPC’s & service sectors.
    Mr. Bakre has a sound understanding of key aspects of financial administration, backed by a global mindset and a solid & diverse business background.

    Atul believes in living a challenging life, likes reading legal thrillers & follows EPL Soccer.

Suchitra Shahapurkar
  • Ms. Suchitra Shahapurkar – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa (ASMEA) Region

    Suchitra Shahapurkar, is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa Region and she is also the Member of Board of Management for TÜV SÜD South Asia.

    Suchitra has been associated with TÜV SÜD since 2007. Over the 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.

  • Mr. N. Ezhilan – Senior Vice President, Product Services, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Ezhilan is the Senior Vice President for Product Services Business Unit which caters to Testing, Inspection and Product certification for Consumer Product Sector, Medical Health Devices and Food, Health and Beauty Sector, Hardlines and Textiles.

    Ezhilan has been associated with TÜV SÜD South Asia since April 2008. He joined TÜV SÜD in India as National Manager for Inspection and Certification services. In 2009, he moved to Bangladesh to Head the Bangladesh entity. Under his leadership, Bangladesh textile testing witnessed exponentially growth and expansion into service portfolio such as Industry services, Management systems and training.
    In 2018, He moved backed to India to head the Product Services Business Unit.

  • Mr. Vishal Nerurkar - Senior Vice President, Business Assurance, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Vishal Nerurkar is the Vice President for Business Assurance Business Unit with Management System, Cyber Security and Training & Personnel Certification business verticals mapped under this vertical.

    He has been associated with TÜV SÜD South Asia since April 2003. After leading the Northern and Western region for Management System Portfolio for over a decade, in 2017, he took over as the Vice president of Business Assurance Business Unit.
    Prior to joining TÜV SÜD, Vishal has worked with Goetze India Ltd. and Gabriel India Limited. Vishal holds a M.Tech degree, in Quality Management from BITS, Pilani.

  • Mr. Sumit Singhal – Senior Vice President, Industry Service and Real Estate & Infrastructure, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Sumit Singhal is heading the Real Estate & Infrastructure Division for South Asia as its Senior Vice President since 2017. As of 2023, he is also responsible for Industry Services in South Asia. 

    Sumit Singhal is a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from BITS and an MBA in Marketing and International Business. Prior to joining TÜV SÜD South Asia, Sumit has worked in Construction, Consulting & TIC companies like Gammon India, Gherzi Eastern Limited & SGS.

    Sumit has over 25 years of experience & has also worked with various infrastructure projects, including Airports, Flyovers, Manufacturing plants, Nuclear, Hydro & Thermal power projects etc.

    An avid sports lover, Sumit is also a voracious reader and loves tracking developments in technology and business.

  • Ms. Shyamli Biswas - Senior Vice President, MARCOM, E-Business & Regional Corporate Strategy, TÜV SÜD ASMEA Region

    Shyamli Biswas is the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications, E-Business & Regional Corporate Strategy in TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa Region. 

    Shyamli has been associated with TÜV SÜD since 2012. She was instrumental in rolling out the Center of Competency (CoC) for the region which was later adapted and adopted globally across TÜV SÜD. She champions a culture of digital, revenue and data-driven marketing and a driver of developing a strong collaboration between Sales & Marketing. Over the years, she has worked on various projects including the roll-out of SAP customer relationship management system, website relaunch, brand management, marketing automation, E-Store and sustainability and product management.

    After the nomination and completion of the Corporate High Achiever Programme in 2017, in 2021, Shyamli completed the Senior Management Programme at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

  • Ms. Vibhavari Bhagwat - Vice President, Corporate Quality, TÜV SÜD South Asia

    Vibhavari is the Vice President, Corporate Quality. She heads the Corporate Quality Department and is also responsible for Innovation initiatives and Process Compliance for South Asia.

    Vibhavari holds an Engineering degree in Textile Chemistry, a Diploma in Business Management, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Industrial safety. She has completed TÜV SÜD leadership program CHAMP in 2018.

    She has been associated with TÜV SÜD since 2005. Over the years, she has worked in various roles and responsibilities in South Asia region. She worked for setting up the network of testing laboratories in South Asia region and then designing on internal quality systems for South Asia. She then completed Lead assessor course in ISO 9001, SA8000, WRAP and ISO 17025. She was responsible for various accreditations and certification necessary for businesses in South Asia – for testing, certification and inspections, etc. She also is trained on ISO 17020 and ISO17021.

    Prior to joining TÜV SÜD South Asia, she has worked in TIC industry in Key account management, Internal Quality Management and Accreditation area.

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