ABB appoints Sanjeev Sharma as India MD

ABB India Ltd has appointed Sanjeev Sharma as managing director with effect from 1 January 2016, who, the company said, will guide it on the path of next level of growth across utilities, industries and infrastructure in the country.

Sanjeev Sharma, who first joined ABB in 1990, has since held several global senior management roles. ''He brings extensive experience in industrial automation and electrification across market segments and geographies and has led several successful change management initiatives across global operations,'' the company said in a release.

Prior to this appointment, Sanjeev was the global managing director for ABB's Low Voltage Systems business unit, where he was based in Malaysia.

He started his career working for ABB in India and has also lived and worked in Germany and Switzerland.

''Sanjeev brings over 25 years of experience in ABB in diverse roles across various locations and functions, where he has most notably been responsible for running successful global business units,'' said Frank Duggan, chairman of the board, ABB India Ltd.

''ABB in India has been steadily growing despite a challenging market environment, therefore we look forward to welcoming Sanjeev to the team where he will be responsible for driving the next level of growth for ABB in India, which is a key market and an important resource base for ABB.''

Sanjeev will take over from Bazmi Husain, who had been leading ABB in India since 2011. Bazmi, as earlier announced, will be moving on to take over the role as global chief technology officer (CTO) for ABB group.

''ABB has been an intrinsic part of India's power and automation landscape with a manufacturing presence for more than half a century. Now with the exciting developments in the country be it in renewables, manufacturing in India or smart cities, ABB India is poised for many more milestones,'' added Sanjeev Sharma.

ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, enabling utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. ABB has been in India for over a century and continues to maintain its long term growth outlook for the country.

Its power and automation business has 12 world-class manufacturing facilities and more than 9,000 employees in the country. It has an extensive countrywide presence with around 24 marketing offices, eight service centers and eight training centers.

India is also the largest engineering design and R&D resource base for ABB Group worldwide.