Authority and responsibility go hand in hand,” says Sayaji Shinde, vice-president and global business head, Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL). During his over 20-year career with KBL, Shinde handled various marketing and execution positions in the power and irrigation sectors. He also headed the corporate global business development function for the organisation. He has been associated with thermal, nuclear and hydropower projects, as well as minor and major lift irrigation schemes within India and globally.
Shinde holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has a specialisation in project appraisal, risk analysis and project management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He started with German multinational KSB Pumps Limited in 1988, and was associated with the manufacturing, installation and commissioning of technologically advanced pumps for nuclear power projects in India.
Commenting on the growing technologies in the power sector, Shinde says, “Renewable energy, solar in particular, can be categorised as a technology of the future.” Hydropower, too, is a sustainable source of energy. The country has also made substantial progress in the indigenous development of a sustainable nuclear programme.
On his most memorable assignment, Shinde says, “Being part of the team to build KBL’s and India’s first concrete volute pumps for a thermal power plant in India has, been the most amazing experience I have had. Even after 20 years, recalling the experience gives the same adrenaline rush as it did when, as the site engineer, I first pressed the button and commissioned these gigantic state-of-the art technology pumps at the Dahanu thermal power project.”
When asked about future goals, Shinde says that leading KBL on a global platform is a challenge he is all set to take up. Describing his management style, Shinde says he is able to get the best out of his team by working with them and always showing the willingness to roll up his sleeves, if the need arises. Appropriate planning can reduce work vagaries and surprises. It also helps one give time to both work and personal life.
Shinde likes to read select books on management and spiritual teachings. He also finds it therapeutic to cook, sea food being his favorite. His other hobbies include listening to music and travelling. His family includes his wife and their two sons. “My family has been very supportive, particularly during the early part of my career,” says Shinde.