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Pranav Shah: A Visionary Leader Pioneering Global Dairy & Food Solutions

Pranav Shah: A Visionary Leader Pioneering Global Dairy & Food Solutions

 Pranav Shah ,   Global Market Director & Global Product Manager

Pranav Shah

Global Market Director & Global Product Manager

Indian business leaders in Denmark play a pivotal role in shaping the country's dynamic business landscape. Their rich cultural heritage coupled with a global mindset brings a unique perspective to the forefront of international commerce. Among these leaders, Pranav Shah exemplifies excellence in the Nutrition and Health industry.

With a proven track record spanning over two decades in dairy and food segment out of which a decade at SPX Flow in Denmark, Pranav has demonstrated exceptional leadership in driving strategic initiatives and fostering innovation. His ability to navigate complex business environments while championing sustainable practices has garnered him respect and admiration within the Danish business community.

In an in-depth conversation with CEO Insights magazine, Pranav shares with us his leader-ship methodologies, future roadmap, and much more. Let’s hear it from him.

Can you share insights into your journey spanning over two decades? What pivotal moments shaped your success, and what principles have guided you along the way?

My journey began with my bachelor's in Dairy and Food Technology, which laid the foundation for my career in the food and dairy industry. Joining Amul straight out of university was a defining moment, immersing me in the intricacies of dairy co-operative union, its operations and nurturing my passion for quality and process optimization. Transitioning to Nestle broadened my horizons, exposing me to the corporate world and instilling in me a deep appreciation for advanced technologies and global standards. It was a period of personal and professional growth, as I navigated the challenges of team management while adapting to a new cultural milieu in Punjab.

The subsequent move to a prominent engineering conglomerate marked a pivotal phase where I honed my leadership skills amidst the complexities of acquisition. I had an opportunity to complete my executive MBA during this period. Leading the charge in transforming the company from a modest entity to a thriving multi millioneuro enterprise was immensely fulfilling. In 2011, a serendipitous call from SPX Flow Denmark presented an opportunity to further expand my horizons.

Joining SPX FLOW in Denmark, I embarked on a journey that continues to enrich me both personally and professionally. There has been has been lots of learning in last 12 years about living and working in Denmark, new language,
culture, innovation and sustainability. Denmark is well known for its leading life sciences technology companies. It’s a hub for lots of leading dairy and food producers, processing engineering, ingredients, equipment and instrument companies.

It provides a great ecosystem to collaborate with complimentary technologies and push the frontiers of innovation within food and dairy industry. The approach to European countries and travel to East or West across the globe is also comfortable. I should also mention that being in CET timezone, its possible to connect East (APAC) in morning and with West (Americas) in the afternoon. So its benefit to get lots of work done every day with a global role I have.

Our unwavering focus remains on delivering unparalleled quality, consistency, & sustain-ability to meet the evolving needs of our customers worldwide

How would you characterize SPX Flow within its industry landscape today? What factors contribute to its current market position?

SPX Flow stands at the forefront of innovation and excellence in the realm of food and dairy process engineering. Our journey has been marked by a relentless commitment to understanding and addressing the intricate challenges faced by our customers and what truly sets us apart is our deep-rooted belief in collaboration and sustainability.

In a landscape where technical prowess is essential, we pride ourselves not only on our technical expertise but also on our Innovation and Design Centers. Our team's dedication to pushing boundaries, coupled with a profound understanding of customer needs, propels us forward. We have lots of leading technologies within food and dairy processes like mixing, thermal treatment, membrane separation, evaporation, spray drying, valves, pumps, fermentation, mechanical separation, homo-genization, butter processing, ice-cream technology and more, to name a few.

Could you elaborate on your leadership philosophy? What principles or strategies under pin your approach to leading teams and organizations?

My leadership philosophy centers on trust, collaboration, and empathy. I firmly believe in empowering my team members, allowing them the autonomy to excel in their roles without micromanagement. By fostering an environment of open communi-cation and mutual respect, we engage in a ‘Ping Pong’ approach, where ideas flow freely from all corners, ensuring that the best solutions are chosen collectively.

Moreover, I am committed to promoting gender equality within my team, actively striving to maintain a balanced represen-tation. Inspired by the Scandinavian model, I prioritize the well-being of my team members, and ensure that no one
feels left behind during tough times.

What goals or aspirations are you currently striving toward in your professional trajectory?

In my professional journey, my over-arching goal is to lead impactful change within the food and dairy industry, to address global challenges like food scarcity and nutritional deficiencies. With each passing year, my aspirations evolve, guided by the urgent need to innovate and adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of our industry.

I envision myself at the forefront of initiatives that not only meet the growing demands for food quantity but also prioritize quality and nutrition. Embracing emerging technologies and sustainable practices, I aim to revolutionize food production processes, making nutritious and whole some food accessible to people across all walks of life. To give some examples, food with high protein, less fat, less sugar, pre-biotics, foods promoting gut health, functional foods, and more.

Leveraging your extensive industry expertise, what advice would you offer to emerging leaders looking to make an impact in their respective fields?

I advise emerging leaders to embody three essential virtues which are patience, persistence, and pleasure. Patience is crucial as success rarely happens overnight, it requires perseverance and consistent effort. Persistence ensures that you stay focused on your goals despite challenges or setbacks. However, amidst the hustle, don't forget the third ‘P’ which is pleasure. Balancing hard work with moments of joy, whether with family, friends, or personal pursuits, is vital for a fulfilling life. Remember, success isn't just about professional achievements but also about nurturing relationships and cherishing life's simple pleasures.

Pranav Shah, Global Market Director & Global Product Manager, SPX Flow

Pranav Shah is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the food and dairy industry. Starting his career at Amul and later transitioning to Nestle, he gained expertise in operations, quality management, and corporate systems. After completing an Executive MBA, Pranav joined a leading engineering conglomerate, where he played a pivotal role in expanding the company's opera-tions and revenue. Since 2011, he has been with SPX Flow in Denmark, progressing to the role of Market Director and Global Product Manager for UHT technology (Ultra High Treatment). Beyond his professional pursuits, Pranav is actively engaged in social initiatives and has authored books on European travel and seminar management.

•Favorite Hobbies: Travelling, Painting, Writing, Modelling, Swimming & Gardening
•Favorite Cuisine: Indian, Danish, French, & Chinese
•Favorite Book: Self Improvement Books
•Favorite Travel Destination: Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, Prague, Budapest, Athens, & Zurich

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