D. Shivakumar, the former Executive Director and Vice-President of the Rs.2,500-crore Philips India, took over as Vice President and Country GM of handset giant, Nokia. In his new role, Shivakumar will be responsible for growing Nokia's mobile phones business in India while providing strategic direction and operational focus. His focus on building the Nokia brand, driving partnerships and strategic alliances and developing the capabilities of the Nokia organization in India.
IIT Madras alumnus, D. Shivakumar (1982 BT AE), received his B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Madras (1982), and an MBA from IIM Kolkata, where he finished at the top of the Marketing Class. Prior to joining Nokia, Shivakumar was the Senior VP and Executive Director on the Philips India board. He joined Philips in 2003 as Vice-President for the Consumer Electronics Division. Prior to Philips, he spent 15 years with Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), working across a wide range of brands in Oral Care, Beverages, and Hair-Care.
Shivakumar is very highly respected in the industry and has an excellent track record of managing businesses, people and customer relationships. He has been rightfully credited with putting Philips' CE division back on the growth path. The company's market share in the colour television segment rose from around 5.5%, when he took over in '03, to around 8-9% in '05, with a 40%-plus share in the audio market, especially DVDs. He moved to Philips from HLL, where he headed, its haircare divison. He has completed almost three years at Philips India. To Nokia, he brought with him an exceptional understanding of the changing needs of customers and a wealth of experience in delivering solutions. His experience and leadership have made him a strong addition to the India leadership team as well as the area leadership team. At Nokia, Shivakumar will be in charge of pushing growth in the handset business and supporting other lines of business like networks. With a brilliant career track behind him, no one has any doubts that Nokia will be touching new peaks with Shivakumar behind the wheels.