The global lighting leader Philips Lighting today announced Harshavardhan Chitale, CEO, South Asia, Philips Lighting has been appointed CEO of its business group professional. Chitale will report to CEO Eric Rondolat, and will relocate to the Netherlands on September 1 this year for his new role.
Sumit Joshi, the company’s head of marketing excellence, will succeed Chitale as CEO, South Asia, reporting to Murali Sivaraman, market group leader for growth markets at Philips Lighting.
Joshi joined Philips in 2011 as marketing director for Philips Lighting India. In his latest role as global head of marketing excellence, he was instrumental in leading global initiatives in marketing excellence including global marketing planning and execution. He brings more than 19 years of experience in marketing and business leadership roles, including in India as head of marketing for Philips Lighting, the company said in a press statement.
Philips Lighting has a long tradition of building global talent. Philips Lighting’s South Asian operations have steadily contributed to the global organisation. This year alone, more than two dozen employees from the operations in South Asia have taken up global and regional roles at the parent company across Europe and Asia, it added.
“The new appointments reflect the company’s commitment to leadership development and our tradition of growing talent across markets. This also emphasises the importance of the South Asian operations for Philips Lighting. I would like to thank Harsh for his contribution to the business. Under his leadership, we significantly expanded our market leadership in LED and professional lighting and accelerated our pace of innovation by building a strong local R&D capability. I am pleased to welcome Sumit to his new role. I am confident that he will build on our strong momentum and drive the South Asian business further,” said Sivaraman.
Chitale said, “I am delighted by this opportunity. Our professional business contributes significantly to our business globally and we are well positioned as the global market leader in lighting. I look forward to working closely with our professional team to continue to grow the business.”
Joshi said, “South Asia is a critically important market for Philips Lighting and we are committed to this market. We have an excellent team and I look forward to returning to India to further grow our business and expand our market leadership in the region.”