Avinder Singh joined OSRAM India as CFO in 2011. He took over as Managing Director and CEO of OSRAM India in 2016. He possesses over 3 decades of comprehensive experience working across industries – Lighting, Telecom, Electrical (power distribution), Infrastructure (Airports, Roads, Smart cities).
Avinder has handled and been responsible for multifaceted businesses – large projects, product, channel, service, manufacturing besides having expertise in corporate governance, finance & accounting.
Avinder led OSRAM India through its transformation into high technology, dynamic and connected lighting solutions company; having a strong base in Semiconductors and Automotive.
Before OSRAM, he was General Manager – Commercial with Siemens India for over 20 years. During his tenure, he was responsible for a
variety of businesses like Power Distribution, Airport and Postal logistics, Enterprise Networks, Finance & Accounts.
Avinder has a master’s degree in business administration and a degree in Law. He has studied at some of the top universities like Cornell, IIM-B, IIM-A, ISB-H, Delhi University.
Our Exclusive Interview:
1. How would you describe yourself in 5 or less sentences?
- I am a man of simple needs and intelligent deeds!
- Passionate about my work; believe in empowerment and accountability
- Believe in teamwork – likes to build, train and develop teams
- Love to decide and execute – value time
- Hate to be a perfectionist …. conscious about it!
2. What is the one quality you admire in today’s leaders and what is the one quality you find lacking them?
- Adaptability and acceptability to technology
- Agility and flexibility
- They could bring in more empathy and compassion
3. What does work-life balance mean to you?
- An edifice to a calm mind and personal growth
- Helps to restrict burnout
4. What has been one of the biggest challenges as a leader?
Making CHANGE look like a routine. Involving the team early helps to accept the ‘change’ willingly and wholeheartedly.
5. What are the best ways that leaders can support other leaders, whether in the same organisation or a different organisation?
- Sharing personal experiences – networking
- Leading by example
- Acknowledging and encouraging good work
6. What do you do to rejuvenate, to get back in touch with yourself?
- Spending time with my family helps me to rejuvenate.
- Listening to Kishore Kumar songs
- Watching sports – tennis & cricket
7. Your take on open door policy.
- It is the best way to connect with the team and people at large.
- Helps self-learning
- Team and employees get the confidence that they/their views hold value
8. What is your suggestion to improving corporate India’s D&I quotient?
- We must have an inclusive culture to promote and enhance diversity.
- We need to create a workplace environment that is collaborative, supportive, and respectful for employees to participate and contribute more.
- Flexibility of time and location of work, flexible employment contracts, and upskilling talent helps to create an inclusive environment.
- Wider talent pools comprising of specially–abled, retired professionals, and cross–industry experts should be used to fill the void.
8. Your perspective on sustainability and how do you promote it?
- Nothing is infinite including natural resources. This makes sustainability the key to long term success and survival.
- Creating opportunities for economic prosperity, design excellence, environmental responsibility are a few examples of sustainability
- Creating and encouraging ESG compliant organizations.
Know the Person
- Loyalty to you is – a non-compromising virtue
- Fun and recreation to you is – Rejuvenating and rewinding
- Experience vs Education – what would you give higher preference to – Education
- Mountains or the beach: your ideal vacation spot would be – Mountains
- Horror, Action, Adventure, Romantic, Comedy – your favourite genre – Comedy