“Keep rais­ing the bar”


Man­ish Sharma, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pana­sonic In­dia, is re­spon­si­ble for strate­gic plan­ning and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment across the com­pany’s con­sumer and en­ter­prise di­vi­sions. His ca­reer spans nearly 18 years in com­pa­nies like LG, Sam­sung and Haier If not in the IT in­dus­try: I would have joined the FMCG in­dus­try.

Big­gest pas­sion: To drive suc­cess and keep rais­ing the bar all the time. Be­hind the wheel: I love SUVs for their tough looks and ex­cep­tional road pres­ence. Gad­gets I can’t live with­out: Pana­sonic smart­phone P51 and the Pana­sonic ul­tra­book. Week­ends are for: Spend­ing time with fam­ily, and catch­ing up with friends. Fa­vorite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion: I like Dubai be­cause of the beaches and deserts.

Hate the most: Hypocrisy.

Fa­vorite movie: Life of Pi.

Fa­vorite stars: Ranbir Kapoor and Ka­t­rina Kaif. Role mod­els: Kouno­suke Mat­sushita, Founder, Pana­sonic, who is known for his out­stand­ing man­age­ment and lead­er­ship skills. I also ad­mire Ratan Tata for his fore­sight and com­mit­ment to the In­dian con­sumers. Ul­ti­mate am­bi­tion: To make Pana­sonic the most trusted con­sumer durable brand in In­dia.

Wildest thing I have ever done: I am yet to do it.

Thing I most want to do: Spend more time with my fam­ily. If I be­came the PM: I would con­cen­trate on strength­en­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor by cre­at­ing clus­ters es­pe­cially near ports. Celebrity I would like to spend a day with: Amitabh Bachchan, to un­der­stand how he main­tains the high­est lev­els of dis­ci­pline and en­ergy. One per­son I would like to meet, and why: Richard Bran­son, to know how his man­age­ment style com­ple­ments his per­son­al­ity. Deep­est and dark­est fear: A life with­out fam­ily and friends.


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