Sameer Gupta is Chairman & Managing Director of Jakson Group – India’s leading ‘distributed energy solutions’ and ‘EPC’ company. A second generation entrepreneur, Sameer joined Jakson in the year 1991 and led its transformation from a small generator manufacturing company to a prominent ‘power solutions’ company. Sameer is supported by his brother Sundeep in managing Jakson Group.
Jakson Group’s presence spans multiple lines of businesses. These include manufacturing of generating sets and solar modules; solar off-grid products; hybrid energy solutions; solar rooftop; solar land based EPC; electrical EPC for substations, transmission & distribution networks, metro electrification; and Defence powering & repowering solutions. It also has business interests in the areas of civil infrastructure in India, real estate projects in UK, hospitality and education. In addition to being a dominant player in India, Jakson has expanded its footprint across several countries in South-East Asia, Middle-East and Africa.
Sameer is an active member of various industry associations and institutions in India. He served as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Northern Region (2019-20) and is a member of the Uttar Pradesh Investment Promotion Board. He continues to be the Chairman of IGBC (Indian Green Building Congress), Uttar Pradesh Chapter. Sameer is also a member of World Economic Forum
Sameer is deeply committed to various CSR activities of Jakson Group which are based on the three pillars of education, environment and community services. The philosophy of Jakson’s CSR program is to serve the society in a sustainable manner.
Sameer’s leadership purpose is to keep learning, invest in people and collaborate so as to build long enduring relationships on the twin principals of trust and transparency. It’s important to him as he cares for people and aspires to take responsibility of creating an institution for both his family and his family business. Relationships are key to him and he has been able to reflect and realise that to build strong relationships, one has to understand the point of view of others.
Sameer is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from Pune University. He is alumni of Harvard Business School from which he completed the prestigious “Owner President Management” program. His interests include music, traveling and reading books on leadership & spirituality.
Sundeep Gupta is Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of Jakson Group. A second-generation entrepreneur, he joined Jakson Group in the year 1991 and has played an instrumental role in the growth of the company in the past three decades, including its diversification into new business areas like solar, electrical EPC, hospitality and education. Sundeep is credited for building Jakson’s solar business grounds-up and driving its overall business strategy including forays into solar manufacturing, rooftop and retail product segments in India. As an engineer with deep interest in new technologies, he keeps a close watch on latest technology trends and works closely with the company’s manufacturing and business leaders to adopt them at Jakson. His pioneering spirit had led Jakson to become the first genset company in India to adopt advanced CNC technologies at its manufacturing plants. He also oversaw the setting-up of Jakson’s solar manufacturing plant in Noida. Sundeep is a graduate in computer engineering from Pune University and is currently pursuing an advanced business management program from Harvard Business School in US. He likes to spend his free-time reading about new technology trends and travelling.
Sandeep Talaulicar started his hospitality journey as a young boy under the guidance of his grandfather who was the pioneer of the hotel industry in Goa. After finishing his Masters’ degree in the same field and after having worked in 10 counties he returned to India. He is currently the Managing Director of Jakson Hospitality which owns India’s first Green Platinum rated hotel in its class. Sandeep is an Executive Member of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India and an Executive Member and Fellow of CII IGBC. He has completed his education with a Master’s Degree in Pricing and Positioning in Hotel Management from Purdue University and a certification from Institute of Hotel Management Schloss Klesshiem Salzburg, Austria and Sophia College in Mumbai. Prior to starting his own business, Mr. Talaulicar was General Manager & Director of Operations of some of the finest hotels in India like the Oberoi Amar Villas, The Wild Flower Hall & world class hotels such as Secrets Excellence Punta Cana-Preferred Hotels of the World Dominican Republic, Gran Melia Cancun- Leading Hotels of the World Convention Center, Golf and Spa Resort Cancun Mexico. He has over 25 years of experience ranging from Hotel Operations to Human Resources, Training & Development, Product Enhancement, and Public Relations & Sales & Marketing and Revenue Management.
Gagan Chanana has overall responsibility of managing the Distributed Energy Business at Jakson Group. In this role, he provides strategic direction for the growth of the gensets business - retail and projects – in India and Nepal; Cummins aftermarket dealership and Global Training Centre facility. He is also responsible for managing solar rooftop business and independent distributorship of Cummins Singapore in Bangladesh. Gagan leads Jakson’s relationship with Cummins and oversees strategic planning and P&L for the Distributed Energy business. Gagan is a mechanical engineer with over 27 years’ experience in the power sector and has been associated with Jakson for 17 years. In the past, he has worked with Greaves Cotton.
Satendar Kandiyal heads the EPC business for land based solar and electrical EPC projects. In his current role, he is responsible for driving business planning & growth, client relations, ensuring timely execution of projects and managing overall P&L of the business. Kandiyal is an industry veteran and has been associated with Jakson for more than 21 years. Prior to Jakson, he worked with Usha Mill Limited, Macawber Beekay Limited and Jupiter Nobreak Systems Ltd. He is a mechanical engineer from AMIE and has also completed sandwiched course I automobile engineering.
Hardip Singh is Chief Operating Officer – Solar Business at Jakson Group. In this role, he is responsible for driving growth in solar channel, institutional & rooftop business for the organization. Hardip is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with 30 plus years of experience in Institutional & Key Account Sales, Channel & Online Sales, Strategic and Operational Planning amongst others. His last assignment was with Optiemus Infracom Limited as CEO for the Blackberry business. Hardip is a Gold Medalist from SRCC, Delhi and has a post-graduation in Advertising & Marketing from Delhi University.
Manish Kumar leads the Defence Solutions business unit. In this role, he is responsible for driving overall growth of the business including delivery of existing products and solutions, R&D of new products, manufacturing, client relationships and P&L responsibility. Manish is an accomplished professional with more than 25 years of rich experience in managing sales & marketing operations and revenue generation with key focus on accomplishing top and bottom-line profitability. He is highly skilled in developing strong client relationships with a customer centric approach, is a passionate sales leader and an excellent team player. He has been associated with Jakson for more than 15 years and earlier led various roles including DG projects, Supply Chain and Business Controller.
Atul Gupta leads the solar IPP and treasury function. He has over 15 Years of work experience in various field of Finance including Strategy, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and Treasury Management. Atul is a CFA from United States and has a Masters in Finance from Latrobe University (Australia) and a B Com (H) from degree from Delhi University. He has also attended courses on Project Funding from IIM- Bangalore and Role of CFO for Integrating Finance and Strategy from ISB-Hyederabad. Prior to Jakson, he was associated with Commonwealth Bank, Dunn and Bradstreet, Bank of America and Carrick University. Atul is a regional member of Start Up committee of CII (North Region).
Nandalal Gundecha is a Chartered Accountant with more than 23 years of experience in Accounts & Finance, Treasury, Taxation, Budgetary Control System, Business Planning, IT & ERP, Secretarial and Commercial functions with medium and large sized businesses. As Group CFO, he leads Internal Audit, Finance, Accounts, Legal, Banking, Taxation, Budgeting Control and other finance related functions for all Jakson entities. Prior to Jakson, he was associated with Kesoram Industries Limited, Hyderabad as COO/CFO of Cement Business & Cummins India Limited, Pune as Director Finance.
Soraya Rebello steers the CSR & Corporate Communications function for the Jakson Group. With a Masters in Human Resources Management from the Department of Management Studies-Goa University, Soraya has over 18 years of experience in Managerial roles with organisations such as The InterContinental Group, Taj Hotels, Kenilworth Hotels, Leela & has also been Managing Partner in a Consulting firm. She is a certified digital marketer. Soraya has been awarded The Times Network National Award for “The Most Admired Hospitality Professional of the Year” in July 2018 for her work in Hospitality marketing, listed as one of the 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders 2019 (Global Listing), shortlisted amongst the top 20 Women Leaders in Corporate India 2019 for her work in Diversity. She also Co-Chairs the CII CSR & Affirmative action committee for the Northern India Council since April 2019
Abhay is Chief Information Officer at Jakson Group and is responsible for overall IT strategy and improved operational efficiencies across all businesses. An IT professional with 20 years experience, Abhay has expertise in the area of digital transformation, strategic planning & IT operations. In his previous assignments, he has been instrumental in identifying business process gaps & converting those gaps into opportunities by leveraging technology. He has proven skills in IT application development and support, ERP implementation, project management for manufacturing, pharmaceutical, trading & service business. He is an MBA in IT and has a Certified Project Management [Prince2] 2017 & ITIL V4 certification. Prior to Jakson, he worked with Nelco Ltd, Safari Industries (I) Ltd & Supreme Group.
Radhika Arora leads the Human Resources & Admin function and is responsible for defining the strategic roadmap for people initiatives that include recruitment, talent management, organizational development compensation and benefits, training & development amongst others. Radhika is a change leader, a problem solver and an enabler of personal and professional excellence. Prior to Jakson, she was associated with BHEL for a decade and with Sony India for seven years. Radhika is a Management Graduate from Ramaiah Institute of Management Bangalore and has a degree in BSc from St Johns College, Agra.
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