After Hours: Ravinder Kumar

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After Hours: Ravinder Kumar Ravinder Kumar, GM, Business Solutions Division, Sharp.
By Staff Writer Published  June 18, 2014

Ravinder Kumar, GM, Business Solutions Division, Sharp.

Nationality: Indian
Number of years in the industry: 16
Favourite food: A Home-Cooked meal any day.
Holiday destination: Switzerland
Music: Sufi Classic
Dream car: Mercedes S600
Gadget: iPhone
Movie/book: Success through a Positive Mental Attitude (Napoleon Hill & W.Clement Stone)
Piece of advice: Nothing in life is worth taking too seriously.

How did you come to be in your current role?

I started my career in IT hardware repair and maintenance, then got into networking and became an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in 1999. It was in the late 90s that the MFPs evolved in the Middle East from a single function device that could only photocopy to a device that can be connected to the network and perform various tasks like printing, scanning and faxing. The emergence of this trend triggered my shift to this MFP industry. In 2001, I was offered an opportunity to join Sharp Corp. and I have not looked back since. In my current role, I am responsible for managing multiple distribution channels across a huge range of territories covering Middle East, Africa and the CIS countries, effectively managing a dedicated team of over 40 people.

What is your management philosophy?

My management philosophy mirrors that of Sharp’s, which is dedicated to two principal ideals — sincerity and creativity. Sincerity is a virtue fundamental to humanity, while creativity promotes progress. By committing ourselves to these ideals, we can derive genuine satisfaction from our work, while making a meaningful contribution to society.

What was your first computer?

The first computer I used was in 1990 and was the Intel 8086. Back then we used to program using Cobol and Pascal languages in Engineering College.

What is your greatest achievement?

I think my greatest achievement has been to cultivate an ability to maintain an ideal balance between work and family life.

What is your biggest mistake?

It was not pursuing an entrepreneurial journey early in life, which would have been possible ideally in my 30s.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?

The most interesting time to work in the Middle East IT industry was during the year 2000 with the Y2K issue, which was a problem for both digital and non-digital documentation and data storage situations that resulted from the practice of abbreviating a four-digit year to two digits.

What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2014?

The technology that has affected the MFP industry, which is probably the one industry experts would have thought would be the least likely, is smartphones. The increasing penetration of smartphones means that consumers now expect even their MFPs to be mobile capable. This has given to the rise of feature-rich MFPs with mobile printing and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

What is the best way to deal with stress?

Always keep in mind that life is a journey and not a destination.

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