G. S. Gill, Chairman
G. S. Gill currently serves as Chairman of Tecnova India. For over 32 years, he worked with Gillette in various positions across countries and successfully managed numerous operations for Gillette in India.
He is currently based in the UK and works as a magistrate. Mr. Gill is also a fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants in England and Wales and his directorships include Surrey Care Trust/Industrial Development Board for London and South East.
Karan Singal, Director & CEO
Karan joined Tecnova in 2010 as the head of its M&A practice. He specializes in cross-border transactions and assisting international companies to establish their footprint in India. He has been directly involved in multiple transactions across several industries including consumer, automotive, healthcare, renewable energy and Information Technology and has worked extensively with clients from the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tecnova in April 2016 and has been leading the company in developing and executing its growth and international expansion plans since then.
Prior to Tecnova, Karan was at PricewaterHouseCoopers in Sydney, Australia as a part of their Corporate Finance division.
After finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University, Karan completed a Masters in Applied IT from Monash University back in 2002 and subsequently enrolled himself in a Masters in Applied Finance course.
Gurdeep Singh, Director
Gurdeep serves as a Non-Executive Director in Tecnova India Pvt. Ltd. He brings a rich corporate experience of over 37 years in Unilever in Operations Management and Control, where he held numerous senior appointments across India, UK and Brazil and retired in 2003 as Director, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Technology. He was further retained in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs till 2006.
He serves as Non-Executive Director on the boards of, and is a Strategic Advisor to various companies such as Attero Recycling, Avery Dennison India Private Ltd, Blue Star Ltd., Constantia Parikh Private Ltd., Klockner Pentaplast India Pvt. Ltd., Gateway Rail Freight Ltd. and Phoenix Lamps Ltd
Gurdeep has also recently been appointed to the Board of Renuka do Brasil S.A, one of the leading companies in Sugar and Alcohol sector in Brazil. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and holds a B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
Smita Singal, Director
Smita has been a board member at Tecnova since 2014. She has over 10 years of work experience specializing in Marketing and Corporate Communications.
She has worked in leading organizations across India and Australia including Gillette, Tecnova, Nielson Online and KPMG.
Smita graduated from Delhi University following which she completed her Masters in Business Administration from University of Nottingham, UK
Paolo Streparava, Director
Paolo Streparava is the CEO of Streparava Holding SpA, a company operating in the automotive sector.
After covering various roles, since 2003 Paolo Streparava is the Managing Director of Streparava spa. Later on he became the CEO of Streparava Holding SpA, director of Streparava India, Vice President of Lab ID of Milan, adviser at FAI (Futuro all'Impresa) of Brescia, adviser to Isfor 2000 (Istituto Superiore di Formazione e Ricerca) and to Banca Santa Giulia.
Former president of the AIB (Associazione Industriale Bresciana) – Young Entrepreneurs Group, Paolo Streparava, completed his university course in Economics and Commerce. Then he attended a Masters course at SDA Bocconi.
James B. Riley, Vice President, Sales & Business Development – USA
Jim consults with USA manufacturers primarily in the industrial, automotive, healthcare and consumer products sectors relative to their international strategies, specifically addressing entry and expansion in the 3rd largest market of the world, India. Jim has been providing Consultative & Strategic Solutions to C-Suite & Upper Level Management of Corporate America & Global Accounts for over 30 Years. His expertise resides in providing Consultancy & Business Advisory and Technology Solutions such as Telecommunications & IT Solutions, Managed Services Programs (MSPs), Strategic Business Planning and Project / Sales Team Management. He is a results oriented and customer focused professional executive with particular expertise in developing and nurturing Strategic Business Partnerships & Alliances and building and leading high performance business relationships.
Prior to Tecnova Global, Jim had is own Sales Outsourcing and Business Development Consulting Firm, JBR Associates, for 6 years. Prior to this, Jim was Sr. Director, Sales, Channel Management & Strategic Alliances for Shyam Telecom Ltd/Shyam Telecom Inc. (USA) for 8 years. For over 20 years earlier in his career, Jim was performing in Sales & Business Development with primarily Fortune 100 companies such as Nextel Communications Inc., Motorola/ARDIS, GE Information Services Inc. (General Electric Company) and Litton Industries/Litton Computer Services, Inc.. Before his career began, Jim earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park. Jim is a devoted Father and Husband and has always focused on his son’s education (today both in college) and their sports and he enjoys working out, Shotokan Karate, and playing golf.
Gaurav Sharma, Senior Vice President
Gaurav focuses on business acquisition in Europe. He has been instrumental in bringing several new companies across various industries such as Industrial, Healthcare, Consumer and Automotive
Gaurav specializes in working with small, mid-size and family-owned companies that require customized and pragmatic solutions, and ensures strong engagement with the top management to build feasible India entry strategy.
Prior to joining Tecnova over eight years back, Gaurav was working with Progressive Group of UK in setting up their business development function and created a strong team in India from scratch of around 40 people. He was also associated with companies like i-Gate Solutions and Citicorp in the sales and marketing roles with a successful track record.
Gaurav is a management graduate and has completed his MBA programme from Birla Institute of Management Technology, a reputed management institute in New Delhi.
Dilip Biswal, Vice President
Dilip heads Industrial and Greenfield Projects Execution at Tecnova. He is a Physics graduate and MBA with almost 10 years of experience in Business Consulting, Market Research and Project Execution. Dilip specializes in Greenfield project management, location analysis for manufacturing operations set-up, partner selection, preparation of business plans and statutory & regulatory compliance requirements.
Dilip is also responsible for revenue generation in Industrial/B2B segments and quality control. He has been with Tecnova for last 7 years and during his tenure, he has successfully led over 60 projects in niche industries like Chemicals, Heavy engineering, Packaging, Electricals, and Renewable Energy.
Few of his clients include leading international players like MWV (Meadwestvaco), International Paper, Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), Heraeus Electronite, Ahlstrom Capital, Nukem Gmbh, Hexion, Helvoet Pharma, Chipita foods, and Streparava.
Jyoti Mittal, Head Human Resources
Jyoti is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience in Operations, Human Resources, & Project Management. Prior to Tecnova Jyoti worked with Ison BPO, as the HR Head managing over 3500 employees in both on shore and off shore business verticals. She has been associated with leading organizations like MI Technologies, Teleperformance, Thomson Prometric and NICOM International at various stages of her professional career.
At Teleperformance she set up the Employee Care division across locations, and introduced several technology interventions like Process and Policy Automation in a 24/7 environment. Besides this she also developed frameworks for Career advancement program, Talent Management tools and various CSR programs across locations
Extremely passionate about employee management and development she loves the tag of Chief Smile Officer and Asset Manager. Jyoti is a Graduate in Science from Delhi University, and has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Management & HR from Symbiosis.
Partha Ghosh, Associate Vice President
Partha is responsible for Business Development in the North American region. He has over 16 years of experience across diverse sectors; namely analytics, consulting, financial services and outsourcing. In his last assignment as the Director of Nangia Advisors, he led the consulting division focussing on the Group’s legacy clients.
As Vice President of Boston Analytics, he led the firm’s global Financial Services consulting practice, undertaking projects for leading private equity funds, related to market entry strategy into emerging economies. Prior to this, Partha worked as the Country Head of the Cim Group (largest Mauritian NBFC managing 20% of FII and FDI coming to India) and was successful in acquiring one of India's top 3 Private Sector banks as a client, apart from assisting private equity and advisory firms to raise funds and closing mid-market deals in the African and Indian regions.
He began his career with GE Capital International Services handling roles in various capacities across MIS & Strategy, six sigma, customer service analytics and work force management. He holds a Masters in Computer Applications from GGSIPU Delhi and a Six Sigma certification from GE Capital.
Vineet Arora, Vice President
With over 15 years of work experience, Vineet specializes in advising global companies for cross border business expansion, strategizing market entry and implementing the strategies for setting-up commercial and/or manufacturing/sourcing operations in India.
He has been associated with Tecnova for over 11 years, assisting global companies to explore, evaluate, and leverage opportunities in the Indian Market. He has been involved in over 150 projects across industry verticals from automotive to consumer products and from industrial to retail.
Prior to Tecnova, Vineet has worked in International Business Development roles in diverse industries such as Printing & Publishing, Garments & Textiles and Pharmaceuticals. Vineet completed his Master’s in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Delhi), prior to which he graduated in Commerce.
Ankit Suri, Vice President
Ankit focuses on business acquisition in North America. Prior to the North America Market, Ankit has worked for 10 years in business acquisition in Europe and Japan. Ankit has over 15 years of experience in International Business & Market Entry Strategy. He has played a vital role in assisting in the launch of Greenfield operations in India including Market Research and devising Entry Strategy, Factory Set-up, Subsidiary Incorporation, Manpower Recruitment, and R&D Set-up. He has been successful in providing consultative direction & steering strategic approach as per the business solution to more than 100 MNC’s. Ankit has hands on experience in marketing, sales, regulatory affairs & distribution across healthcare, automotive, food and beverage, FMCG and Industrial domains.
Prior to Tecnova, Ankit has worked with Pfizer India Limited and was responsible for sales and marketing, expansion of distribution network across India.
Ankit is a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Pune.