Mr. R. A. Venkitachalam
As the Vice President – Public Safety Mission, Venki focusses on advancing the cause of Public Safety and UL’s mission, across large parts of the Developing World. The urgent need for enhanced measures to ensure Public Safety, in the backdrop of accelerating economic growth and globalized markets for products and services, is something that Venki is passionate about. To facilitate constructive dialogue between multiple stake holders in tackling Public Safety challenges, the establishment of Safety Councils in India as a platform was spearheaded by Venki, the first one for UL outside of North America.
In his earlier role with UL as the Managing Director for UL Emerging Markets, Venki led the growth of UL in the region for over 10 years, covering South East Asia, India, Middle East and Africa. The development of the ‘In India For India Strategy’, leveraging the ‘Public Safety Mission’ to build local relevance has been at the core of Venki’s efforts. During his tenure, he led UL in making significant investments in the region, expanding UL’s geographic footprint as well as technical, laboratory and service range and capabilities.
Prior to joining UL, Venki held senior General Management / Commercial responsibilities at CEO level with leading MNC / Indian companies covering Consumer, Capital Goods and Telecom sectors. Venki is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, holding a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Management.
Venki has been a speaker at several forums in India and abroad covering issues pertaining to Public Safety, Industry-specific issues as well as General Management.