Philips India Limited today announced the appointment of V. Raja as vice chairman and managing director of the company, effective December 1, 2015. In his new role, Raja will be responsible for driving and building the healthcare and consumer lifestyle businesses for Philips in India.
He takes over from A. Krishna Kumar, who moved to a new role effective September 1, 2015 as head of the emerging businesses group for Philips globally and is based in Netherlands.
Raja is a commerce graduate from Kolkata, chartered accountant and company secretary. Before GE, Raja has worked for other multinationals. He brings a wealth of experience spanning over three decades across diverse industries including healthcare, consumer products and food, in leadership roles in finance, business development, and procurement. He joins from TE Connectivity, where he was the president of India operations since 2011. Prior to TE Connectivity, Raja worked with GE for 14 years of which 7 years as business leader of GE Healthcare South Asia and has a proven track record of delivering strong growth and profitability, and nurturing and growing talent.
“We are pleased with the appointment of V Raja and we are confident that Philips will greatly benefit from Raja’s leadership and rich experience in business to consumer and business to business industries,”said Ronald de Jong, chief market leader of Royal Philips.