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  • Mr Jean-Charles Thuard
    Mr Jean-Charles Thuard

    CEO, Legrand India

  • Mr Mukesh Chawla
    Mr Mukesh Chawla

    COO-Director, Group Legrand India

  • Darminder Tiwana
    Darminder Tiwana

    Director & CFO, Group Legrand India

  • Meenal Chaukar
    Meenal Chaukar

    Vice President – Human Resource,
    Group Legrand India

  • Mr Sameer Saxena
    Mr Sameer Saxena

    Director-Marketing, Group Legrand India

  • Mr Samir Kakkar
    Mr Samir Kakkar

    Director-Sales, Legrand India

  • Mr Laxmana Murthy
    Mr Laxmana Murthy

    Vice President-Supply Chain Management,
    Group Legrand India

  • Shrikant Manjrekar
    Shrikant Manjrekar

    Vice President – Purchase, Group Legrand, India

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Mr Jean-Charles Thuard

CEO, Legrand India

As CEO & Managing Director, Mr Jean-Charles Thuard drives Legrand India to proactively Live the Advantage. Aligning the subsidiary’s actions with the greater vision of the Legrand Group, he seeks to consolidate its leadership position in the Indian market by launching new products, targeting new market segments, and strengthening India as a base for business operations.

With an over-three-decades association with the Legrand Group since 1981, he has acquired the experience in top management positions:
- Business head in France until 1997
- MD, Legrand Singapore from 1998 until July 2000
- MD, Legrand India until July 2005

As Marketing & Strategy Group Vice President at the global headquarters, he identified opportunities and made strategic recommendations for the Group’s long-term development (August 2005 - September 2010). He was simultaneously responsible for successfully deploying these strategies across the different group subsidiaries and countries.

Mr. Thuard then headed Legrand China until January 2013, after which he assumed responsibility for the Indian subsidiary.

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Mr Mukesh Chawla

COO-Director, Group Legrand India

Having started his career in Purchasing and strategic sourcing with Escort Ltd, Mukesh Chawla now oversees Operations management and Supply Chain Management in India and heads the IPO and Regional Logistic Hub.

- Rich experience of over 8 years in Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing with leading automobile companies from 1983 till 1991.
- Was responsible for localization as AGM, (Vendor Development) at Peugeot Ltd till 1998.
- Oversaw ERP deployment in India for Mapics till 2001.

Mr Chawla has led a multi-cultural purchasing team at Legrand Singapore to bring synergy and optimise the region’s spend. He streamlined purchasing processes for Group companies based in USA and Europe.

Instrumental in the creation and implementation of supply chain for the overall group in India.

Mr Chawla is reputed for his business-mapping prowess, best practices’ implementation and re-engineering capabilities.

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Darminder Tiwana

Director & CFO, Group Legrand India

As CFO, Darminder comes with extensive experience in managing and driving teams to achieve excellence in business and financial strategy, delivering lean organisations. He has 20+ years of experience in senior financial roles focusing on Finance, M&A, IT, Procurement and Operations. He has international experience growing leading brands across multiple domestic and overseas markets.

Prior to Legrand he worked in large automobile and confectionery companies in UK, before joining Legrand Group in 2006, where he has covered the posts of Financial Controller of UK, entity CFO India and International Financial Controller based in France, covering predominantly Asia and Africa as regions. 

In his current capacity he manages the Finance and IT functions across all entities in India, with the support of the dynamic and committed team he possesses. 

He graduated from King’s College London in Mathematics and is a qualified ACMA and CGMA. In his spare time, Darminder enjoys both playing and watching sports and is also an avid Pool player.

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Meenal Chaukar

Vice President – Human Resource,
Group Legrand India

Meenal Chaukar is the Vice President - Human Resources for the Legrand Group in India. She joined the Group in June 2018. In this role, she heads the HR function and is responsible for leading the Group’s People and Culture strategy in the region.

Meenal oversees all aspects of the function, including Leadership Development & Learning, Talent Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Industrial & Employee Relations. With a vision to take the Organization to the next level and ensure it continues to be among the best places to work, she is focused on driving a world-class employee experience across all areas of HR, with a focus on HR Digital & Analytics and Diversity & Inclusion.

Meenal has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources across the manufacturing, financial and IT sectors in India. She joins Legrand from General Electric (GE) where she was last heading HR for the Power Services and Gas Power Systems businesses for South Asia, based in Gurgaon. Prior to GE, Meenal has held various HR roles with J.P. Morgan in Mumbai and with Wipro in Bangalore.

Meenal has a Master’s degree in HR (MILR) from the School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai.

 

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Mr Sameer Saxena

Director-Marketing, Group Legrand India

Sameer Saxena handles the marketing function for three independent Group brands divisions in India: Legrand, IndoAsian and Numeric.

He uses the expertise acquired over 23 years in strategic marketing (M&A) product program and distribution and channels. His role encompasses:

- Outlining the long-term business roadmap for each business division, and the product roadmap and brand strategy for the three independent brands
- Identifying new technologies that may shape potential opportunities, and map the competition landscape for building competitive strategy for Legrand.

Reviewing, analysing and adapting the yearly business plan for pricing, product launches, brand initiatives, promotions, and so on

 

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Mr Samir Kakkar

Director-Sales, Legrand India

Samir Kakkar dreams, lives and breathes sales. 24 years of his 30 year-long professional life have been dedicated to Legrand India, during which he has experienced and excelled at every aspect of the Sales function.

From coordinating Legrand’s sales activities, achieving sales objectives and market shares, and managing distribution channels, to supervising products’ performance, enhancing customer relationships and handling resources, Mr Kakkar has applied all his training and experience in devising competitive marketing and sales strategies, and in providing strong leadership.

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Mr Laxmana Murthy

Vice President-Supply Chain Management,
Group Legrand India

Mr Laxmana Murthy’s layered understanding and in-depth knowledge of the entire supply chain is the outcome of a rich experience of above 25 years of leadership across functions, including supply-chain, purchase, quality control and operations.

His expertise sees him engaged in a range of roles; from mapping demand forecasts and managing the complete supply chain, to ensuring fulfilment of the Legrand promise for the last mile delivery to the customer. He is also responsible for the integration and smooth transition of acquired brands into the Legrand organisational framework.

Mr Murthy received the Express Logistics Leadership Award for the Supply Chain Visionary of the Year. Under his leadership, Legrand India has won a number of awards.

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Shrikant Manjrekar

Vice President – Purchase, Group Legrand, India

Shrikant Manjrekar has strong Techno commercial background in leading organizations with over 27 years of experience in Manufacturing & Service industries with geographic responsibilities across India. 

In his current role at Group Legrand (India), he is heading Purchase function to have streamlined purchasing processes, vendor management, training and certification programmes and collaborative approach of working with stakeholders to evolve feeling of partnership. 

In his previous assignments, he has worked with various Automotive and Engineering multinational organizations across different geography and functions. These roles were spanning across key functions like designing, vendor development, manufacturing engineering, production, planning and purchase. He has rich experience being key member of core implementation team for Quality management systems, TPM, ERP systems. 

Shrikant holds Engineering degree from BITS and having certifications for QMS, Six sigma, First choice etc.