Vir S Advani holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Systems Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed a comprehensive Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Vir, after a 2-year working stint in private equity in New York, joined Blue Star Infotech Ltd in 2000 and then founded Blue Star Design and Engineering Ltd in 2003, designated as its Chief Executive Officer. In 2007, he moved to Blue Star as Vice President-Corporate Affairs, where he made valuable contributions in a profit improvement programme as well as in Electro-Mechanical projects. In April 2016, Vir was appointed as the Managing Director of the Company, and in April 2019, he was elevated to Vice Chairman and redesignated as Vice Chairman & Managing Director. In his enhanced role, Vir is the primary interface between the Board and the Executive Management, and directly oversees the Professional Electronics and Industrial Systems business, International Operations, Corporate Finance, Corporate Human Resources, Information Technology and Corporate Planning.
Vir is a Director of Blue Star Engineering & Electronics Ltd. He is an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry and an elected member of the Cll National Council.
Prem Kalliath has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University and Masters Degree in Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management.
Prem has a total work experience of about 25 years across consulting and operating roles. He started his career with Accenture, a leading global management firm, where he was part of the team that created the market in India for consulting services. In his 15 years at Accenture, he worked in a variety of leadership roles.
In his earlier association with Blue Star (2008-mid 2012), Prem led Blue Star Design & Engineering (BSDEL) the offshore MEP Engineering Services entity focused on providing engineering, BIM and CAD drawings for global AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Contracting companies) for about 4 years. He was also instrumental in setting up the Corporate Planning Team for the Blue Star Group.
Subsequently, Prem worked with India Value Fund, a leading India-focused private equity fund, where he was seconded as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Meru Cabs, the pioneer and leader in the fast-growing technology-led cab services market.
Prem joined as the CEO of Blue Star E&E in May 2016 and was mandated to profitably grow the existing business lines, accelerate the migration to a more durable and value-added systems integration business, capture opportunities in adjacent product markets and create a platform for incubating new ideas.
Devashish Banerjee is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an Engineer from IIT, Delhi. His professional career spanned more than 21 years, which includes his current association with Blue Star E&E for the last 4 years as Vice President. His philosophy is “Higher the difficulty level of challenge; higher the learning from it.”
Over the years, Devashish has experience in leading collaborative teams across the globe, primarily in Europe, North America and China. During these times, he has demonstrated adaptability in learning and leading varied businesses across markets and technologies, such as Automation, Packaging, Electronics, Healthcare, Automotive, Defence, amongst others. Before joining Blue Star E&E, Devashish was the country manager in Danaher Corporation, a global technology giant. Some of his previous associations are Stokvis Tapes Benelux BV, Strapex GmbH Germany and ITW Signode India.
Bijal Shah has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Mumbai.
Bijal is a seasoned Medtech Industry leader with 20+ years hands-on experiences in various global MNC’s including Johnson & Johnson Medical, GE Healthcare, Medtronic, Philips leading business growth/turnaround through focus on people, processes, performance and profitability. Bijal has multi-cultural exposure living in India and ASEAN countries working in global markets, managing both Industrial (manufacturing) and commercial (P&L) entities.
Bijal has recently joined Blue Star as Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Business with focus on expanding Blue Star’s footprint in the diagnostic imaging and medical devices market in India & Global Emerging markets.
Atul P Kulkarni is the Chief Business Officer for the Healthcare division at Blue Star E&E. He has 30 years of experience in the Healthcare Diagnostic space with industry giants like Siemens Healthineers and Philips Healthcare.
Atul is passionate about Conceptualizing & Implementing Practical Solutions, Processes and Optimal Operating Models in a dynamic business environment prone to uncertainty and risks. He is keen to bring the best practices from healthcare industry and translate the same into frameworks which can be implemented for improving the overall efficiency and productivity.
Atul’s core competencies lies in Product Management, Thought Leader, Strategic Management, Business Analysis, Consulting, Requirements Elicitation, Product Engineering, Client Expectations Management, Negotiation, Solution Presentation.
Suresh Subramanya is an Instrumentation Engineer from the R V College of Engineering of Bangalore. His professional career with Blue Star E&E spanned more than 29 years, including last 8 years as Chief Business Officer for Data Security division.
Suresh is Digital thought leader and result oriented professional when it comes to formulating goals and generating revenue/ profits for the business.
His strengths include exceptional communication skills, consultative and trusted advisor sales style, strong executive relationships, problem solving abilities and strong business acumen
M.K.Vijay is a Graduate in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management.
Mukesh started his career with Blue Star in the Testing Machines Service dept. He later switched to Sales and handled North and East regions for Not Destructive Testing Products and Systems. He also handled Industrial Products Division Sales.
Presently, Mukesh is heading Non-Destructive Products Sales Line of Business as well as Service.
Ashwin Rao holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the IIT, Bombay. He has also completed a PGDM in Marketing from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.
With 14+ years of experience in Strategy Formulation & Operational Excellence across B2C and B2B industries, Ashwin has worked in Times Group, Roland Berger, Tata Strategic Management Group, Motorola India, etc. He has planned & executed organization-wide and brand-centric programs to deliver growth metrics and cost efficiencies. He has engaged with cross-functional teams including Revenue, Supply Chain, Marketing & Technology, Product & Content and Leadership teams to manage business, implement go-to-market efforts and execute brand campaigns & innovations
Currently, Ashwin heads Strategy, Marketing & Business Development at Blue Star E&E.
Yogesh Joshi is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and Certified Public Accountant from Arizona State University, USA.
Yogesh joined Blue Star E&E as the Financial Controller in December 2016, has in the last 5 years led the transformation of the Financial and Commercial functions at Blue Star E&E. During his tenure, Blue Star E&E has achieved significant milestones in terms of streamlining the commercial processes, the successful execution of the single largest Government Healthcare CT scan project. He has been instrumental in realizing legacy and challenging receivables from government customers. He has achieved significant progress in capital employed management, cash flow operations thereby improving the quality of the balance sheet.
Recently, Yogesh has been appointed as the Head – Corporate Affairs. He will continue to drive corporate initiatives and work closely with the business verticals to drive additional Strategic Initiatives and Programs aligned to the Re-Imagining Blue Star E & E for the exponential growth of the company.
Sanjiv Basisth is an Electronics Engineer and has a post-graduate diploma in IT & Finance from ICFAI Business School.
Sanjiv is a result-oriented, energetic professional with nearly 27 years of experience in NDT Automated System Development, Automated Material Handling System & business development for these products/projects. His proficiency lies in grasping the big picture, conceptualizing, developing, implementing solutions & partnering closely with business leaders and corporate-level executives.
Sanjiv has been associated with Blue Star for more than 20 years and currently, he is the Business Head of NDT & Industrial Automation Business. Before Blue Star, he has also worked with some industry giants like Godrej & Boyce Mfg., Motherson Sumi Systems, etc.
Sanjeev Sehgal is a Mechanical Engineer from the Gogte Institute of Technology of Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka. He has completed an MBA in Marketing & Finance from the International Management Institute – IMI of New Delhi. He has also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Sanjeev’s professional career with Blue Star spanned more than 26 years, including the last 3 years as Business Head for our Material Testing division. He also heads our Environmental Testing Business which also includes the Chambers for Plant Research and speed breeding.
Sanjeev is an active member of “The Mechanical Testing of Metals Sectional Committee(MTD-03) of Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi.
Prem Aruliah John is a Mechanical Engineer and has a post-graduate diploma in Marketing, Operations & Finance from Indira Gandhi National Open University. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Annamalai University in 1995.
Prem is a seasoned and accomplished professional with over 2 decades of experience in Steering Business Operations, Sales & Business Development, Project Management, Automation, Metrology and Testing Machines, Customer Relationship Management across India. He also has a proven track record of linking corporate vision to delivery of desired results through effective use of resources, processes, technologies & solutions.
Prem has been associated with Blue Star for more than 15 years and currently, he is the Business Head of Material Testing Systems & Metrology Business. Before Blue Star, he has also worked with some industry giants like Perceptron and Hitech India.
Pankaj M Latoria, who became part of Blue Star Team, is Leading the Finance & Commercial functions of Blue Star E&E. He is based out of our HQ at Worli, Mumbai heading all the Finance and commercial functions at Blue Star E&E.
With a career spanning over 19 years, Pankaj brings in expertise in areas such as Planning and Forecasting, Pricing & Costing, Project Management, Risk Management and Balance-sheet Management. Born and brought up in Akola, Maharashtra, he completed his Graduation in Commerce in 1996 and Chartered Accountancy in 2002.
Pankaj has diversified experience having worked across industries such as Manufacturing, Industrial Solutions and Healthcare. He joins us from Getinge Medical India Private Limited, where he was Director Finance managing Finance, Tax & Legal.