Konica Minolta appoints Kuldeep Malhotra to its board of directors

First Indian member appointed to Konica Minolta India’s board of directors

Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president sales, Konica Minolta
Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president sales, Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has strengthened its leadership ranks by appointing Kuldeep Malhotra to its Board of Directors, effective 1 December 2019. Malhotra is now responsible for major corporate strategic decision-making, business performance and organization-wide digital transformation. He will also ensure compliance with all applicable laws, corporate ethics and internal corporate rules at Konica Minolta India, in addition to his current role as the head of Sales and OP Marketing divisions.

Speaking on the appointment, Daisuke Mori, managing director of Konica Minolta India said, “The pace and scale of disruption unfolding in the Indian print and printing industry have made it essential for OEMs to digitally transform their operations to remain competitive. This imminent transformation presents the most opportune time to induct an Indian board member who has the knowledge and expertise to lead it. The appointment of Kuldeep Malhotra to the board of directors at Konica Minolta India is aligned with our commitment to stay ahead of the industry’s evolutionary curve.”

Kuldeep Malhotra, vice president – Sales and Office Product Marketing, added, “It is a moment of great pride for me to be appointed as the first Indian member to Konica Minolta India’s board of directors. I am delighted by the faith that the organization has shown in me and look forward to driving the Konica Minolta brand into the next phase of its digital growth.”

A renowned industry veteran, Malhotra holds an illustrious track record of success in the Indian print market. His elevation to the company’s board of directors will help Konica Minolta India leverage his profound understanding of the country, culture and industry to digitally transform its operations in line with changing industry dynamics and market disruption.

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