"Don't worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
This way of thinking, propounded by Jack Canfield, is what drives Mr. Balakrishnan and inspires him to be entrepreneurial. His vision is to ensure Pidilite attains a leadership position in the industries the company chooses to serve.
Having joined Pidilite Industries Ltd. in November 2013, he now serves as the CEO of the Industrial Products Division.
He commenced his career in the textile manufacturing industry way back in 1993. Previously, he worked for BASF in India and at its locations in the Asia Pacific region in various senior management positions, and for DyStar India as President South Asia and Managing Director. He was also Chairman of the Board of Texanlab in India, co-founder of the Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists (AADTT) along with Alok Industries Limited, and co-founder of the Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF) with Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha, Pune.
Mr. Balakrishnan is a sports enthusiast and loves travelling, music and photography. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
An open-minded and highly experienced paint technologist, Mr. Kotekar believes that building trust is essential for holding a team together and inculcates a culture of bonding among employees that helps them achieve the impossible as a team.
Previously, he held different key positions including that of Business Manager and National Trainer in various verticals, and has around 19 years of experience in working with transportation industries. Having started his career with Kansai Nerolac, he worked for a number of multinational companies including 3M and DuPont.
After acquiring a B. Tech degree in Paints, Mr. Kotekar completed the postgraduate Executive Program from IIM, Calcutta.
Pravin is a business leader with over 24 years of diverse experience with demonstrated history of success in Consumer & Industrial goods industry. Skilled in Operations management, Business development, Sales management, Strategy and Supply chain management, he brings with him strong program and Project management experience.
Prior to Joining Pidilite, Pravin was Executive Director, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. After completing his Production Engineering from Mumbai University & Master’s in management studies from Chetana’s Institute of Management, he joined Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. as a management trainee, worked on varied National & International projects in different functions. He was later appointed as board director in year 2008. Pravin was responsible for growth and profitability of industrial business comprising of Automotive, performance coating, Powder coating and refinish paint. He derives immense satisfaction in seeing new divisions and products perform at its best.
He is passionate about people development, believes in empowering teams and bring best out of them.
He enjoys swimming, Squash and travelling.
Inspirational Quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi"
Rajeev brings with him more than two decades of experience in sales and marketing of emulsion polymers and specialty chemicals servicing industrial customers in Paints & Coatings, Construction Chemicals, Carpets & Specialty Applications in both domestic and international markets.
Prior to joining Pidilite he was with Jubilant Organosys Ltd. in different roles in sales and business development for their Polymer division. Rajeev holds Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from HBTU, Kanpur. He believes in a healthy lifestyle and practices yoga and meditation.
Having joined Pidilite in 2015, Ashok Narayan brings with him over 20 years of valuable experience as a Chemical Engineer at companies of global repute such as Henkel, and Berger.
He is keen on fostering a culture of innovation and creativity within Pidilite. He believes this can be achieved within Pidilite's Industrial Products Business by breaking down functional barriers and minimising the impact of hierarchies so that a seamless flow of ideas is possible. He also believes that PIL-IP can gain a sustainable and competitive advantage in the markets it serves through strategic global partnerships.
Mr. Narayan holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.
An explorer at heart, Vijay Mistry joined Pidilite in 2016 and believes that 'Where there is a will there is a way'. He has lived this dictum throughout his career by taking up challenging jobs involving pioneering work.
He started his career at Tipco Industries in composites manufacturing. Prior to joining Pidilite, he gained experience in sales and business development at Astral Polytechnik Pvt. Ltd., Atul Ltd., and Henkel. He spent a significant part of his career at Henkel in the adhesives business in various roles across segments and geographies including international markets based out of Dubai.
Mr. Mistry holds a B.E. degree in Plastic Technology from L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, and an MBA from B. K. School of Business Management, Ahmedabad.