Kumar started his journey with Henkel in 2011, where he was responsible for integrating the SBU’s operations across three legal entities, including two joint ventures, to leverage the scale of its business in the country. He also spearheaded the India Innovation Centre – Pune project for Henkel. The centre was commissioned in October 2013 and has since contributed significantly to the success of Henkel’s adhesives business in India. Kumar was promoted as business director of Transportation and Metal SBU in the then newly created region of India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) in April 2013 and has since successfully led the profitable growth of that business. He relocated to the IMEA regional headquarters in Dubai in January 2015.
Commenting on his new role Kumar said, “I am pleased to take up the additional responsibility as president of Henkel India. India offers considerable growth potential for Henkel and it will be our endeavor to ensure that we utilize effectively the resources and investments made by our parent company to capitalize on this potential. Our focus remains on delivering innovative technologies and solutions that help create value for our customers in the country.”