On November 3, 2014, Canon India announced that Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, the company’s Executive Vice- President will be moving on an international assignment to Canon Singapore, which is the headquarter of its South East and South Asia business operations. The change is effective from January 1, 2015.
Dr. Bharadwaj will be heading the Corporate Strategy Group as the Senior Vice President and will be responsible for strategic business planning and execution as well as corporate communications for Canon’s South East and South Asia regional operations. He will also be overseeing business development in the emerging Asian markets in this region. In his new role, he will be reporting to Mr. Kensaku Konishi, President and CEO of Canon’s South East and South Asia Operations.
Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India said, “I wish to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the significant contribution made by Dr. Alok Bharadwaj for Canon India. His indomitable spirit has helped shape Canon’s image in India and improved our market leadership, while setting industry benchmarks at the same time. We are a global company and believe strongly in leadership development with international roles. We wish him the very best for his new assignment in Singapore.”
Feeling elated on this movement, Dr Alok Bharadwaj commented, “It has been an incredible journey for me at Canon India, which I joined in 2001. Canon has an extraordinary, magnetic culture. I have had the opportunity to build and work with an excellent team that supported me to overcome numerous business challenges and in recording massive growth for Canon in India. I am truly thrilled to have been a part of this success story and am grateful to my staff, partners and customers. This experience has opened the doors for my international assignment, which I am quite excited to take. I look forward to tackling newer challenges in other emerging Asian markets. It is a promising new role and I am eager to start.”
Dr. Alok Bharadwaj is a seasoned corporate executive and an old hand at Canon India, having served for well over 13 years in leading its business operations. Under his leadership, Canon registered a record-breaking expansion to emerge as an imaging industry leader in India. He has won numerous accolades and awards including “The Best CMO of the Year” from the CMO Council USA, “The Most Influential Person in Photography”, “Corporate Executive of the Year”, “Most Favourite Country Manager”, “ Outstanding Global Manager” to name a few. He was a wellknown face in the industry having led industry body, MAIT as its President and is currently chairman of CII-OA and Imaging Division. He is a committee member of the Indian Council of Competitiveness. Bharadwaj is an MBA from FMS Delhi, 1985 batch.
Canon India will have no direct successor to the position of EVP. The President and CEO of the company will continue to head India business operations.