With experience of over 25 years, Manish Walia heads the industrial automation business group of Delta Electronics India. He took over his current role in 2008, prior to which he worked for industry majors like Crompton Greaves, ABB and Flextronics. Walia is responsible for growing the company’s industrial automation division in India. He is also responsible for brand development and aligning the research and development (R&D) team with market trends. Walia is well equipped to fulfil these responsibilities given his exposure to different portfolios, including sales, marketing and project management, which has given him deep insight into the industry.
Under Walia’s leadership, Delta India’s industrial automation business has witnessed significant growth, making it among the top brands across several product categories. It plans to expand this business further by integrating its R&D, manufacturing and solutions businesses with its existing business plan. It has already taken a step in this direction by inaugurating its first industrial automation manufacturing plant at Hosur in Tamil Nadu in 2016 and has recently added two more production lines there. Walia’s aim is to make Delta amongst the top three industrial automation companies across the machine automation, factory automation and process automation verticals.
Commenting on the opportunities in the power sector, he says, “The sector has an investment potential of Rs 15 trillion ($225 billion) over the next four to five years, thereby providing immense opportunities in the generation, distribution, transmission and equipment segments.” He is upbeat about government initiatives such as the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, the Street Lighting National Programme and the Power for All by 2019, among others, all of which have contributed to accelerated capacity addition and ensure a promising future for the power sector in the coming years.
Walia follows a collaborative management style and develops solutions from the best ideas of the group while following a team approach to problem solving.
Walia has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Punjab Engineering College and an advanced diploma in business administration. A die-hard sports enthusiast, he has also represented his college and his office in cricket a number of times. Despite his busy schedule, he always tries to spend quality time with his family, which includes his mother, his wife, and their two children.