Jamdar to join Blue Star board

Satish JamdarMumbai: Satish Jamdar, executive vice-president of Blue Star, has been elevated to join the board of directors as executive director with effect from 1 November 2003.

Blue Star is a leader in central air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration, and offers a wide range of cooling solutions to a large number of corporate and commercial customers. Another significant area of business interest to Blue Star is import distribution and service of professional electronic equipment and systems.

Jamdar, 51, is a mechanical engineering graduate from IIT Powai and is also qualified in systems management from NIIT and Management Studies from the UK and the US. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, materials management and IT projects, having worked for companies such as Siemens, BPL-Sanyo and Alstom before joining Blue Star in 1996 as vice president (manufacturing).

Jamdar, who has received training in factories in the US, the UK, France, Denmark and Italy, spearheaded the establishment of Blue Star''s modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Dadra in 1997. Under his able and competent leadership, the productivity and product development capabilities of all three factories of Blue Star substantially have increased.

He has also been responsible for several new initiatives in the areas of material management, logistics, contract-manufacturing and product exports. As executive director, Jamdar will now oversee manufacturing, international sales and material management apart from an additional portfolio of the air-conditioning and refrigeration service business.

Jamdar is currently the president of the BaaN Users'' Club and an active member of several industry associations.