Shakti arora

Shakti Arora is a BE (Mechanical) & MBA with over 34 years of professional experience. He is currently Group CPO (Chief Central Procurement Officer) of RAK Ceramic PJSC & CEO of Ceramin a trading arm of the RAK ceramics. His last job was with Holcim India, as CPO with a procurement volume of 2-3 billion $/annum. He has worked with India’s major business houses Tata’s, Mahindra’s and some leading MNC’s like Gillette, Holcim & Timex. His experience comes from varied industries like Automotive, Auto Components, FMCG and Electricals & Ceramics.

He has extensive experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cross Border integrations, Business Development, Turnarounds. He has headed a 500Mn $ multi location company after developing it from scratch through acquisitions for Mahindra’s. At M&M he was Sr. VP – Business Development for ‘Systech’, a 1 billion $ auto component MNC as a Founder Member & Director.

Shakti’s other professional interests are creating and managing motivated teams, create environment where work is a pleasure, yet continue to set new benchmarks.

Extensively traveled internationally and had the opportunity to have gone through training at IIM, Harvard, IMD & Michigan University to name a few.

He is also a life member of Indian Institute of Materials Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS).

His personal hobbies are traveling, reading, theatre & golf. He is blessed with 2 children, his son is B. Tech from IIT Mumbai and daughter is an Architecture graduate. His wife NIDHI, is M.Sc., M.PHIL & is self-employed as Wealth Management Advisor.

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