D. Shivakumar is the Pepsico CEO for its India Region and former Managing Director and VP – Nokia India. He was the Head of the IMEA (India, Middle East, Africa) region which accounts for 40% of Nokia’s global business and comprises of around 90 countries.
Shivakumar spent many years at Hindustan Lever in Sales, Marketing and General Management positions. He moved to Philips as CEO of the Consumer Electronics Division in 2003 and then moved as MD of Nokia India in 2006.
Shivakumar has been the recipient of many laurels and accolades. He has been rated as one of the top five Indian marketers by the Economic Times and the Chief Marketing Officers` Council named him the Brand Builder of the Year in 2008 and the following year selected him as the CEO of the year. He was awarded Foods Innovation award for novel teas in 1988, the Unilever Innovation award for Sunsilk shampoo across Asia in 1999 and the Asia Pacific Philips leadership award for turning the Philips consumer Electronics business profitable and competitive. The Hindu Business Line marked him as one of the future leaders in 2000.
He was instrumental in making Nokia one of the top most trusted brands. Many of his leadership initiative have been authored as case studies to be taught at business schools around the world.
He has taught and lectured extensively in both national and international schools of management studies.
D. Shivakumar receiving his award