New managing director for Hubergroup India

Hubergroup India has appointed Suresh Kalra as its new managing director and head of RBU (regional business unit) Asia effective 1 January 2022. The new announcement came after Ashiwani Bhardwaj decided to retire from the company effective 30 January 2022.

29 Nov 2021 | By Noel D'Cunha

Suresh Kalra of Hubergroup

Bhardwaj joined the company in 1995 as the regional head of sales and held various positions before becoming managing director in 2007. He was instrumental in the integration of the Indian company into Hubergroup. Under his leadership, Hubergroup India (formerly Hindustan Inks and Micro Inks) has developed to a key cornerstone of Hubergroup.

Kalra who replaces Bhardwaj joined Hubergroup as executive director in September 2021 after a rigorous selection process with a defined succession plan and has been inducted into the board of directors already.

Kalra has 23 years of experience in chemicals and specialities and a history of driving business growth across various regions globally. He has had a successful stint with the likes of Total, Chevron, Pidilite, Valvoline & WR Grace. His earlier role before joining Hubergroup was managing director and vice president SI group – India, where he also served on the board of Korea & Singapore.

Heiner Klokkers, chairman of the management board, said, “Suresh Kalra is an accomplished leader known for his strong personal leadership and track record of driving business growth and corporate transformation. His breadth of experience in leading businesses in diverse and dynamic markets is an ideal fit with Hubergroup’s strategic priorities, and we look forward to him leading Hubergroup Asia in its next phase of growth.”

“I am very excited to be a part of Hubergroup and I am looking forward to accelerating the momentum in our chemicals business while continuing to strengthen our position in print solutions on the Asian markets,” Suresh Kalra said. “My focus in this new position will be to leverage the company’s unique product portfolio, the strong manufacturing base in India, and the exceptional talent in executing our growth strategy.”