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President, GE - South Asia

Mahesh Palashikar

President, GE - South Asia

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Mahesh Palashikar is the President of GE, South Asia since January 2020. He is responsible for leading GE’s presence across South Asia, including India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is focused on enabling GE’s businesses in South Asia to serve Global GE by building strong relationships with stakeholders and understanding market dynamics. He partners with businesses to develop and facilitate the execution of market strategies, shape organization culture, develop talent and manage enterprise risks.

Before his current role, Mahesh led GE’s Onshore Wind Energy business for the Asia Pacific region (including Greater China, Japan, and ANZ) from October 2014. Under his leadership, the region achieved record profitable growth in key markets such as China, Japan, and India.

Mahesh is a 21-year GE veteran who has worked across manufacturing operations, global supply chain, quality, lean six sigma, sales, projects, services, and business management within GE’s Healthcare, Power, and Renewable Energy businesses.

Prior to joining GE in 2000, Mahesh spent more than a decade with Philips Electronics N.V. in their industrial and automotive electronics business in India.

Mahesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a degree in Cost and Management Accounting from India. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from USA. He received GE’s Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification while in the USA.

Mahesh serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of GE Power India Ltd (GEPIL) and GE Transmission and Distribution India Ltd (GETDIL). He is on the Global Board of Directors of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and a Board Member of the US-Bangladesh Business Council. Mahesh is a member of the India Executive Leadership Board of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

Alok Nanda

CEO GE India Technology Centre, CTO GE South Asia

Alok Nanda

CEO GE India Technology Centre

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Alok Nanda leads 5000+ engineers and scientists across multi-disciplinary R&D labs and industry verticals including Aviation, Healthcare, Power, and Renewables. Alok inspires collocated multi-disciplinary GE technology teams in India to create value beyond individual team potential. He is responsible to drive regional business outcomes through innovative technology solutions and to maximize value for GE from the India ecosystem through strategic partnerships, monetizing IP, and external funding.

Prior to his current role, Alok was the Chief Operating Officer at GE India Technology Centre, and General Manager for Engineering in India for GE Aviation. He developed and led an innovative and high-performing team to create deep technical impact across the GE Aviation business and established a successful Services Engineering organization in the region to support GE’s key customers.

Alok has been with GE for about 20 years and has held engineering and technical leadership positions across Aviation, Power and Global Research. Prior to joining, GE, Alok spent eight years at the Indian Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO).

Alok is the co-chairperson of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee on R&D & Innovation.

Alok has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; and is based in Bangalore, India.


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President & CEO, GE Healthcare – India & South Asia region, and Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare

Shravan Subramanyam

President & CEO, GE Healthcare

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Shravan Subramanyam is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare – India & South Asia region, and Managing Director of Wipro GE Healthcare as of October 2020. He is responsible for building and delivering commercial outcomes, strategic growth objectives, and localization and technology strategy for the Wipro GE Healthcare business in South Asia. He also drives critical partnerships with the global supply chain, technology, and digital transformation teams in South Asia.

Before joining GE, Shravan was the Managing Director, India and Neighboring Markets, at Roche Diagnostics. He was responsible for commercial operations, market access, customer experience, and digital transformation. Shravan has also held global and regional leadership positions at Novartis, Dade Behring and Ehrlich Laboratories.

Shravan holds an MBBS degree from Madras Medical College, India, and a Master’s in Health Administration from Cornell University, USA. He was named in The Economic Times’ 40 Under Forty List of ‘India’s Hottest Business Leaders, 2018.’

He enjoys traveling with his wife Roopa and children Anoushka and Aadit. He spends his free time volunteering as a part-time swimming coach.

Deepesh Nanda

Chief Executive Officer, GE Gas Power, South Asia

Deepesh Nanda

Chief Executive Officer

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Deepesh Nanda is the Chief Executive Officer of GE Gas Power in South Asia as of October 2015. He is responsible for GE’s business in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Nepal. Deepesh leads strategic initiatives in Asia to provide highly efficient, reliable, and fast powering solutions to the areas that need them the most.

With over two decades of experience in the energy sector, he has been playing a notable role in developing growth strategies and finding solutions that bring electricity to remote geographies in Asia. His experience in building infrastructure projects impacts everyday lives of people and drives the next phase of energy transformation in the region.

Before joining GE, Deepesh was the Vice President and Business Manager at Tyco Sanmar from 2005 to 2010. Earlier, he headed Flowserve’s regional office from 2000 to 2005.

Deepesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India, and an MBA from the Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK.

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Regional General Manager, GE Steam Power - South Asia, and Managing Director, GE Power India Ltd.

Prashant Jain

Regional General Manager, GE Steam Power - South Asia, and Managing Director, GE Power India Ltd.

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Prashant Jain is the Regional General Manager, GE Steam Power South Asia, and Managing Director of GE Power India Ltd(GEPIL) as of April 2019. In his role as Regional General Manager, Prashant leadaround 2,000 employees and engineers in driving business growth. He is responsible for developing and delivering regional business strategy that offers customers the technology, knowledge and insight they need to manage the lifecycle of their power plants. As Managing Director, GEPIL, Prashant is responsible for strategy and statutory requirements of thlisted entity, which includes Steam Power, Hydro & Gas business in India.

Prashant has diverse experience in the industry and energy sector, including renewable energy, and has held management positions in Oil & Gas, Power, and Renewable Energy.

Before joining GE, Prashant led Power Generation Services for Siemens Limited. After years of sales and business development experience in India and the USA, he spent two years developing Strategy for the energy sector, followed by management positions in Turbo Compressors and Renewable energy.

Prashant holds an MBA from the European School of Management & Technology (ESMT), Berlin, Germany. He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, India. He has also attended management programs at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad in India.

He is an active voice in various trade bodies and forums to make power generation affordable, sustainable, and reliable.

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Managing Director & CEO of GE T&D India Limited, and CEO & President, GE Grid Solutions South Asia

Pitamber Shivnani

Managing Director & CEO of GE T&D India Limited, and CEO & President, GE Grid Solutions South Asia

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Pitamber Shivnani is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of GE T&D India Ltd. as of July 2020, and Chief Executive Officer & President, GE Grid Solutions South Asia as of January 2020. He is responsible for managing GE’s Grid Solutions markets for India and Bangladesh, and expanding GE T&D India’s manufacturing footprint in the country.

Pitamber brings a rich experience of over 30 years in the transmission and distribution sector in India.

Before joining GE, he was the President and Head of ABB India Ltd.’s US $500 million Power Grids Division. In this role, Pitamber was responsible for Power Grid’s four business units - Transformers, High Voltage, Grid Automation and Grid Integration. He also led ABB India’s largest manufacturing facility in Maneja, Vadodara. Pitamber spent more than 32 years with ABB India Ltd. and held progressively responsible leadership positions during his tenure.

Pitamber graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 1986. He has attended Senior Leadership Development Programs at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland, and Harvard School of Business, USA.

Pitamber is an active member of various professional bodies like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA). He also serves as an Executive Council member for IEEMA. Pitamber is married with two children.

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Head of Operations - India, LM Wind Power

Phani Gujjari

Head of Operations

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Phani Gujjari is the Head of Operations – India as of June 2019. He is responsible for operational excellence and innovation across LM Wind Power factories in the country. Phani has over 20 years of operational experience in manufacturing of automotive components, industrial and capital goods.

A strong believer in the power of ‘Lean’ to transform organizations, Phani advocates the adoption of a ‘Lean spirit’ at LM Wind Power, India.

Before joining LM Wind Power, Phani was Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence at Varroc Engineering Limited, where he was responsible for Environment, Occupational Health & Safety and Engineering Projects. Earlier, at GKN Driveline, Phani was the Global Head for Make-Or-Buy (Manufacturing Systems).

Phani holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, India, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, and an MBA from D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Phani is an avid traveler and loves going on road trips with his family. He enjoys carpentry and do-it-yourself projects in his spare time.

Phani lives in Bengaluru with his wife, Vijaya, and children – Neha and Arjun.

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General Manager, Hydro Asia, GE Renewable Energy

Brian Selby

General Manager

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Brian Selby is the General Manager of Hydro Asia, GE Renewable Energy as of March 2021. He is responsible for leading the hydro business in Asia, including ANZ, China, and India. He leads the business’s broadest range of hydro solutions and services – from water to wire, individual equipment to complete turnkey solutions for new plants and installed base. 

Before his current role, Brian led the APAC (ASEAN, ANZ, Korea) region as the Managing Director from February 2019. Earlier, he led the Global Alliance Management for GE Ventures Licensing as the Managing Director for six years. He focused on accelerating GE Venture’s strategic initiatives by leveraging GE’s intellectual property with GE customers, GE businesses, and GE Global Research centers outside North America.

Brian spent nine years with GE Asia in various roles within GE Corporate and GE Plastics, including business development, sourcing, and commercial sales. 

Prior to joining GE, Brian spent 11 years as part of the senior leadership team of Elemica Inc., a global cloud-based supply chain management solutions company. Brian started his career as a lawyer in USA focused on international trade, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation.

He holds a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA and a Degree in History from the University of Chicago, USA. Brian is based in Singapore, where he has lived and worked for 30 years. 

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Country Head, South Asia & Indonesia, GE Aviation

Vikram Rai

Country Head, South Asia & Indonesia, GE Aviation

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Vikram Rai is the Country Head of GE Aviation in South Asia since January 2017, and Indonesia as of August 2020. As business leader with over 19 years of experience in the civil aerospace sector, covering both airlines and airports, Vikram is responsible for growing GE’s footprint in South Asia and Indonesia.

Vikram joined GE Aviation in 2012, and leads the company’s commercial engines business since 2017. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in Commercial Aviation with marquee companies in the aerospace industry. His leadership has helped GE Aviation establish a solid footprint in South Asia, including garnering the world’s largest single-engine order from IndiGo airlines.

Before joining GE, Vikram was the General Manager at Rolls-Royce responsible for business development across South Asia. Earlier, he held roles of increasing responsibilities at HBE – Aviosec, a start-up in the airports and broadcasting domain, from 2002 to 2007.

Vikram hold a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science, Ramtek, Nagpur University, India. He was named in The Economic Times’ ‘40 Under Forty’ list of “India’s Hottest Business Leaders” in 2021.

Vikram enjoys playing cricket when he can find the time. He is married to Dr Arpita Mahajan Rai, an Assistant Professor of Anatomy. They have a son, Aadit Raj Rai.  

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Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE South Asia

Sharmila Barathan

Government Affairs & Policy Leader

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Sharmila Barathan is the Government Affairs & Policy Leader of GE South Asia, including the John F Welch Technology Center in Bengaluru.

She is one of the contributing authors to the Third Assessment Report (Chapter 9, Working Group III) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Sharmila has more than 25 years of international experience in policy, regulation and climate change. She’s worked in Europe, South Asia and East Asia, handling business portfolios across energy, healthcare, aviation, and transportation for national governments and multilaterals like the United Nations and IPCC.

Sharmila joined GE in 2005, as Regional Market Development Manager and has progressively held responsible leadership positions.

Before joining GE, Sharmila was a consultant to organizations like the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the Embassy of Switzerland. She also worked at The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) from 1991 to 2003, was reviewer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and a Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Steering Group.

Sharmila holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stella Maris College, University of Madras, India. She also earned a Master’s degree in Econometrics from the University of Madras, India and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

She trained in energy-environment modeling at Stanford University, USA, and completed a Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs at IIM Bangalore, India.

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Chief Human Resources Officer, GE South Asia

Amaresh Singh

Chief Human Resources Officer

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Amaresh Singh is the Chief Human Resources Officer, GE South Asia as of June 2019. He is also responsible for the Human Resources function of GE Grid Solutions, South Asia, and GE Grid Solutions Technology.

Amaresh has held various leadership roles in Human Resources, developing and executing strategy in support of the overall business plan of the organization. His areas of expertise include high-performing talent management, change management, leadership talent acquisition, industrial relations, compensation, and merger and acquisitions.

Before joining GE, Amaresh was Chief Human Resources Officer at Alstom, India. He spent 14 years at Alstom where he held various positions in Human Resources. Earlier, he was Human Resources Manager at BPL from 1997 to 2001.

Amaresh holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Laws from the University of Allahabad. He also earned a Postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Allahabad and completed a Management Program from INSEAD.

Amaresh is a Certified Life Coach and an Executive Coach. He is passionate about leadership coaching and is a certified trainer on Managing Dispersed Teams. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

Amaresh resides in Noida with his wife, Rita, and three children - Amrita, Serena and Aryan.

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General Counsel, South Asia, and General Counsel, GE Global Research, Bengaluru

John Thaliath

General Counsel

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John Thaliath was appointed General Counsel, South Asia, in May 2020. He is also General Counsel, GE Global Research, Bengaluru, since July 2016. In his role as General Counsel for South Asia, John leads the legal teams of all GE businesses in the region and ensures enterprise-wide consistency to GE’s legal strategy and approach. He is an advisor to the GE senior leadership in the region and drives GE’s thought leadership in the legal fraternity.

Before joining GE, John was an Attorney at Intel Corporation for responsible for 16 countries in South East Asia. Prior to that he was an Attorney with TE Connectivity, where he was responsible for Legal & Compliance for India, Middle East, and Africa. As Global Legal Compliance Manager at the California-based IMI Severe Service, he worked extensively in FCPA and other anti-corruption compliance. John also had an academic stint as the founding principal of the School of Law, Christ University in Bengaluru, India.

John graduated in Law from Mysore University, India, and earned a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

John is a collector and patron of art and artists, and is engaged with a community of local and regional artists through a team of internationally acclaimed curators. His passion also extends to music and western classical music. He is a member of the International Music & Arts Society, which has hosted many international artists visiting India.

John is married to Asmi who is an attorney with Microsoft Corporation. They have two children Zia and Ayaan.

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Executive Director, Communications, GE South Asia

Gayatri Rath

Executive Director, Communications
GE South Asia

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Gayatri Rath is the Executive Director, Communications, GE South Asia, as of February 2021. She is responsible for leading brand communications across South Asia.

Gayatri has more than 25 years of experience in communications and marketing across various sectors such as information technology, financial services, automotive, and other industries. She has led communications and branding at Oracle, GE Capital, Microsoft and has helped grow several global brands in Asia.

Before joining GE, she was Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Pine Labs, a multi-national fintech unicorn. 

Gayatri is passionate about inclusion in the workplace and in society. Over the last decade, she has led workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives and is a certified diversity professional. Gayatri also runs a not-for-profit, the Saptasajya Foundation, to drive digital inclusion among underprivileged students and promote traditional crafts, in her home state of Odisha in India.

Gayatri is a Journalism graduate from the India Institute of Mass Communication. In December 2020, she published her first book, A Question of Trust, examining communications as a powerful CEO tool.