Shiv Shivakumar

A Management Thinker and a Leader known for his Corporate Strategies


Shivakumar, or Shiv as he is popularly known, is a Bangalore born leader and management thinker who is known for being the key driver for portfolio transformation and deepening consumer engagement with flagship brands. 

 He started his career as a management trainee in the consumer products division at Hindustan Ciba Geigy before shifting to Hindustan Unilever Limited where he spent 19 years in sales, marketing and general management positions. 

He later moved to Philips and became the chief executive officer of the consumer electronics division in 2003.

Shiv was the President of the All India management association(AIMA) in 2012 - 13, he was the Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)from 2014 to 2019. He was the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) 2018 - 2019.

Things took a sharp turn when he became the managing director of Nokia and he built its entire services portfolio, including Nokia life tools. He was also instrumental in pushing low-cost mobile devices across rural India.

In 2013, Shivakumar was appointed as the chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo holdings private limited, India where he managed brand portfolios across beverages, snacks and nutrition. He has been the driving force in bringing PepsiCo’s nutrition portfolio to the forefront with new launches under the quaker and tropicana brands. 

In 2018, he joined Aditya Birla Group as the group executive president, corporate strategy. 

Shiv has given more than 25 convocation and commencement speeches in Business Schools across India over the last ten years- IIM Kozhikode, IIM Trichy, IIM Nagpur, SP Jain, IIM Rohtak, IIM Indore to name a few.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Shiv is credited for driving Nokia’s brand from No. 71 to No. 1 in the country. He was instrumental in making Nokia one of the top most trusted brands and was moved as a Senior Vice President in 2011. 

He was awarded the KPMG- AIMA award for Outstanding leadership, he was awarded the Asian Association of Management organisations Asia leadership award.

His contributions during this time have become case studies at Harvard University, ISB and other Ivy League Institutes.

Apart from overseeing India operations, he also managed PepsiCo’s franchise business across Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Why Shiv Shivakumar ?

In his speech, Shiv talks about management thinking, business transformation, leadership coaching, business ideation and growth innovation.

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