Soumitra BhattacharyaManaging Director, Bosch Limited and Regional President, Bosch Group in India
Soumitra Bhattacharya has been associated with the Bosch Group for more than 26 years. A Chartered Accountant by profession, over the years he has handled roles as varied as Vice President, Commercial Functions for the Nashik and Jaipur plants of Bosch in India and also served as the General Manager of Robert Bosch GmbH’s Feuerbach Plant, the company’s largest diesel systems manufacturing facility and one of its oldest. He was the CFO of Bosch India from 2011 till 2018 and, since 2016 took over the CEO role. Soumitra continues as the Managing Director of Bosch Limited and the President of Bosch Group in India. As Managing Director of Bosch Limited, he handles a unique role heading the only publicly listed company in the Bosch Group worldwide. A firm believer in collaboration and the importance of teamwork in building innovative, future-ready organizations, Soumitra is currently spearheading a transformative initiative at Bosch India to ensure the organization becomes a leading provider of IoT solutions while leveraging its unrivalled expertise in operational and manufacturing excellence. The ultimate aim of this transformation initiative, named Lakshya, is to make Bosch India a tech agnostic provider of holistic solutions that are affordable and India-specific innovations. Soumitra has a keen interest in start-ups and new businesses – prior to Bosch, he had worked at the TATA group where he was one of the founding members of the Tanishq brand of Jewellery for the Titan Company Ltd. He also worked at INDAL, the core aluminum business of the ALCAN group, and he was also a founding member of its electronics business. Cross-cultural exchange and international relations between Europe and Asia have been areas where Soumitra has an active interest. He has been able to contribute positively to building stronger commercial ties between Europe and India when serving in executive management positions at Bosch’s facilities in Germany and Turkey. Soumitra has been appointed as chair of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee on MNCs. He is also a member of the Special Investment Promotion Task Force constituted by the Government of Karnataka. During his stints as Chairman (2013-2014) for the Karnataka State Council for CII in India and as Co-Chair (2017-2019) for Skills Committee-CII at the National Level and as a CII National Council Member, Soumitra has been able to further share his passion for business excellence, building agile corporate environments, economics and finance. He has also spoken and given lectures on these and other topics at some of the world’s leading management institutions and business forums.