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Krishnakumar Srinivasan: A Visionary Leader With A Strong Drive For Continuous Learning

Krishnakumar Srinivasan: A Visionary Leader With A Strong Drive For Continuous Learning

 Krishnakumar Srinivasan,    CEO & Managing Director

Krishnakumar Srinivasan

CEO & Managing Director

Possessing global leadership expertise across diverse industries offers access to fresh and distinct perspectives that can drive company growth and advancement. Such leadership prowess is exemplified in Krishnakumar Srinivasan, who boasts an impressive 36-year career and outstanding track record. Krishna kumar's skillset encompasses technical, commercial, and financial acumen, coupled with exceptional team leadership and innovative thinking. Moreover, Krishnakumar Srinivasan has global exposure, thanks to handling the position of the Asia Pacific head of vehicle group for Eaton based out of Shanghai, China. Hence, with extensive involvement in the global automotive and commercial vehicle sectors, Krishnakumar is a true visionary and an asset to any organization.

Krishnakumar Srinivasan is a transformational leader who has made significant contributions to the success of Shriram Pistons & Rings. As the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, he has been a key driver of the company's growth trajectory, executing strategic initiatives and fostering a dynamic corporate culture anchored in innovation, quality, and customer delight. Moreover, Krishna kumar's exceptional abilities in building high performing teams, recognizing market opportunities, and delivering sustainable business outcomes have been critical to the organizations sustained growth and profitability.

Below is an excerpt of Krishnakumar Srinivasan’s exclusive interaction with CEOInsights magazine.

How has your professional journey been so far? Also what factors do you believe have contributed to your excellence?
Throughout my professional odyssey spanning more than 36 years, I have amassed a wealth of experience through diverse roles across various organizations. My journey commenced as a shop floor engineer and I rapidly climbed the ranks to become a Chief Executive Officer, illustrating my tenacity and leadership mettle. My exposure to diverse cultures, geographies, and individuals has been a cornerstone of my current position as a leader at Shriram Pistons and Rings.
Throughout my career, I have embraced a learning mindset and had constant exposure to new challenges, propelling me toward an all encompassing view of the industry and business.My journey has been characterized by a continuous pursuit of knowledge, growth and development.

My exposure to diverse cultures, geographies, & individuals has been a cornerstone of my current position as a leader at shriram pistons & rings

How has Shriram Pistons and Rings maintained a competitive edge in using the latest technologies while maintaining high standards in the domestic and international markets?
Shriram Pistons & Rings(SPRL) is a division of the highly-regarded Shriram Group, a trusted and esteemed industrial house in India known for its values and ethics. With over 50 years of experience, SPRL is renowned globally for its superior quality products and cutting-edge technologies in Pistons, Piston Pins, Piston Rings and Engine Valves. We are the largest exporter in our category from India, supplying the products to leading OEMs and After markets in Europe, the USA, and other regions.

Furthermore our success can be attributed to the strategic alliances that have enabled us to create a robust manufacturing footprint. At SPRL, we prioritize providing our clients with the highest quality products, and we strive to achieve maximum client satisfaction through process enhancements, automation, and digitization. Our production lines are equipped with cutting-edge technologies, and we ensure non-stop 24x7 operations to maintain highquality production at Six Sigma levels.

In the company's alliance with EMFI, what are the electric vehicle market goals, and what advances are being developed?
At Shriram Pistons & Rings (SPRL), we are committed to diversifying our product line to mitigate risks and capitalize on emerging opportunities. To achieve this, we have invested in EMFI, a leading supplier to EV manufacturers with expertise in Hub motors, Mid Drive Motors, and other specific applications. Our subsidiary, SPR Engenious (SEL), will spearhead our foray into the EV space and other exigencies, enabling us to expand our reach beyond IC engines. While we have already broadened our product line to include industrial compressor applications, and railway components, we remain focused on identifying newer areas for growth and de-risking. Our
investment in EMFI is just the beginning of our strategic approach toward a sustainable and diversified future.

You have made a recent investment into Takahata precision India, what are the ways you want to diversify your portfolio and impact to create with this acquisition?
Takahata Precision India (a subsidiary of Takahata Precision, Japan), is a leading player in the highly specialized field of manufacturing precision molded/assembled parts and precision metal molds. Their products cater to the discerning needs of the automotive industry, which demands the highest levels of technology and quality. Also, we have established a strong foothold in this market segment by leveraging our expertise and synergizing with the marketing and sales strengths of TIPL. Moreover, the relentless focus on technology has allowed us to continuously adapt and evolve our products to meet the ever-changing needs of the market, thereby expanding our customer base in India and overseas. In addition, our commitment to advanced technology and quality drives our market position, and we always strive to exceed customer expectations through innovative solutions.

What personal values and traits have been crucial to your success and how do they drive your actions and decision making?
My philosophy for achieving success is rooted in six fundamental principles. Firstly, upholding core values that prioritize doing things right, respecting individuals, and maintaining high moral and ethical standards. Secondly, fostering an environment of Openness, Transparency, Trust, and Teamwork (OTTT), which enables effective communication and collaboration. Thirdly, always striving for Continuous Improvement and challenging the status quo, driving innovation and growth. Fourthly, embrace Continuous Learning, by seeking out new knowledge and skills to adapt to an ever-changing landscape. Fifthly, cultivating a Culture of Execution, where actions and results speak louder than words.And lastly, recognizing, and motivating performances at all levels, celebrating individual and collective achievements. These principles have been critical to both my personal growth and the success of the companies I have been a part of.

Krishnakumar Srinivasan, MD & CEO, Shriram Pistons & Rings
Krishnakumar Srinivasan is the MD & CEO of Shriram Pistons & Rings and a seasoned leader with over 36 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has held senior leadership positions in various prestigious organizations like Schaeffler, Eaton Corporation & Bharat Forge,primarily in the automotive space.

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