Kontron has made the Kontron Technology India, with offices in Bangalore and Mumbai, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the group. Kontron acquired full ownership of all shares of the company in India to better serve its established base of more than 120 regional customers. The company hopes to achieve faster response times and a higher quality service offering with this action. The changes to its Indian operations follow the recent expansion of offices in Tokyo and Beijing and are part of Kontron’s comprehensive APAC growth strategy.
Kontron has hired industry veteran, Rajeev Soni, as new general manager of its India operations. Soni brings more than 20 years experience from leadership positions at companies such as Kana, Inc., Aspect Software and Microsoft. He will be responsible to lead Kontron’s India sales, business development, marketing, engineering and services professionals as well as its channel sales partners.
“India represents a significant market opportunity for Kontron from increasing demand in many strategic growth sectors that include defense, industrial automation and transportation. Through our investment and by leveraging Rajeev Soni’s demonstrated leadership experience, our customers will realize the full benefit of our comprehensive and global innovation expertise at a local level,” says Michael Väth, EVP Global Sales & Marketing at Kontron. “As many global OEMs have large development centers in India, Kontron customers will now have easier access to our world-class engineering and support services resulting in shorter design-in cycles and a faster time to market.”