'India plays a strategic role for Cassidian and continues to be the main focus.'
Recently, the company appointed Dr Peter Gutsmiedl as the first Head of Asia-Pacific in addition to his role as CEO India. Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Dr Gutsmiedl, by Huma Siddiqui.
Recently you were appointed Head of Asia-Pacific for Cassidian in addition to your function as CEO India. How does that change your role?
In this new role, I am now also responsible for expanding Cassidian’s Indian
operations into a regional hub with the aim of positioning Cassidian for sustainable growth
across Asia-Pacific. This additional task reflects a realignment of our global business structure:
To better tap growth opportunities worldwide, Cassidian has reorganized its newly integrated Sales & International Operations Division along the lines of three major regions – Asia-Pacific, Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). Within Asia, India plays a strategic role for Cassidian and continues to be the main focus. But we see considerable additional potential in this region. Using our India operations as a springboard to spread our reach across the Asia-Pacific region will further enhance India’s importance for Cassidian.
In 2011, Cassidian inaugurated India’s first defence oriented engineering center owned by a foreign company in Bengaluru. How satisfied are you with its progress?
I am very satisfied with what we have achieved. We have made a lot of progress
towards integrating Bengaluru into Cassidian’s global technology network. Some examples
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