Havells Sylvania Appoints New President Of Europe

Christian SchraftHavells Sylvania is delighted to announce that on 6 January 2014 Christian Schraft joined the business as President, Havells Sylvania Europe Ltd.  

After more than eight years with Osram / Siteco in a variety of senior management roles, Christian brings to Havells Sylvania a proven track record of inspirational leadership and business success.

On making this announcement, Anil Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Havells Sylvania Global said, “Christian’s proven track record in senior management at Osram, coupled with his industry expertise puts him in an ideal position to drive growth across all areas of our business. I am delighted to congratulate him on his new position and look forward to us achieving even greater heights together.”

Christian Schraft commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Havells Sylvania. The company is going from strength to strength and this new role provides the opportunity to drive the business forward further. We want to build our reputation for quality and expertise across the Havells Sylvania, Concord, Lumiance and Sylvania brands and take our award-winning lighting and electrical products to new audiences globally.”

Christian has an impressive business and engineering background, working his way up through Osram from CEO for Business Unit Lighting Electronics & Controls to CEO of the entire Business Unit for Luminaires. As well as his roles within the various Business Units at Osram, Christian was Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Marketing, guiding Osram through product development for the brand, both in lamps and luminaires. His vast experience within the lighting industry as well as his ability to develop and grow teams will be of great benefit to Havells Sylvania.

Summing up the company’s thoughts for the future, Rajiv Goal, President – Sylvania Global adds:  “Sylvania is at the cusp of growth in Europe and Christian could provide further momentum through close alignment with country managers, our strategic business units, and their sales teams. This reinforcement of our senior management is further testimony to Sylvania’s bright prospects.  I am confident that our business is poised for positive trajectory, driven as we are by the passion and enthusiasm of our entire team.  I extend a warm welcome to Christian and look forward to him being part of the exciting journey ahead.”

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