C. Sukumaran appointed as Director for Image Communication Products at Canon India
National, 17 September 2019: Canon India, one of the leading digital imaging companies, announced the expansion of responsibilities of Mr. C Sukumaran, as he takes on the mantle of heading Image Communication Products division, along with spearheading Consumer System Products (CSP) division at Canon India. He will now be serving as the Director, Consumer System Products Division and Image Communication Products (ICP) Division. He takes on the leadership role for ICP from Mr. Eddie Udagawa who has moved to Singapore and will be taking up his new role as Vice President, Regional CII (Consumer Imaging and Information Centre) Group, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
As part of his new profile, Mr. Sukumaran will be responsible for the supervision and development of the ICP business along with the CSP business in India. With a deep insight into marketing strategies and sales planning, along with thorough knowledge of business executions, Mr. Sukumaran will be playing an instrumental role towards strengthening the market presence of the camera business in India and strategize to take Canon India to new heights.
The CSP division offers both inkjet and laser printers for consumers and enterprise across different verticals. Canon has a vast range of all-purpose printers, both inkjet and laser catering to the printing requirements of home segment, students, SOHOs, SMEs as well as dedicated offices. The ICP division mainly works around the sale and positioning of DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, lenses and high functionality compact cameras and professional video cameras.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India, “Having been associated with Canon for almost two decades, Mr. Sukumaran has played an imperative role in our success story in the country and strengthening our consumer printing vertical. I am delighted to announce his new role as the Director of ICP business in India, along with heading the CSP business. With his exceptional organizational strengths coupled with a strong focus on growth and profitability, I am confident that both the divisions are poised to grow in the coming years. I am certain that his diverse and comprehensive experience will provide significant confidence to all stakeholders including employees and customers.”
Elated at his new role, Mr. C Sukumaran, Director, Consumer System Products and Image Communication Products said, “It is a matter of extreme pride to be a part of a brand like Canon where I have been provided with multitude of opportunities. With my new responsibility of heading the camera business, it is extremely interesting yet at the same time challenging. I truly believe that India has immense potential for imaging business and in my new role, I am confident of taking the business to newer heights in terms of service, growth, market share, and profitability. One of my key focus will be to understand customer feedback at all steps and provide our products, solutions and service approach, in line their expectations, thereby delivering ‘Customer Delight’.”
Mr. Sukumaran has been associated with Canon for over 19 years now. As a part of the leadership team, he has also immensely contributed to the overall business strategy and mentoring future leaders. With his experience in both B2C and B2B space, he brings with him a deep insight of consumer and enterprise sales, channel set-up and operations, sales planning and execution. He is a strong believer in utilizing technology to create efficiency and capability across the teams. His key organizational strengths include sales, enterprise knowledge, people leadership, business leadership, general management, new market entry and penetration, and strategy and execution.
About Canon Group
Ever since its foundation in 1937, Canon is guided by the “Kyosei” philosophy of living and working together for the common good. Canon strives to create and deliver world-class products, becoming a top global corporation by diversifying into new business fields throughout the world. Focusing on optical technologies, Canon produces office equipment, consumer and professional imaging devices, network cameras, healthcare and industrial equipment. Through the close connection between its global head office in Tokyo and regional headquarters in America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and regional headquarters in Japan, Canon combines its global and local operations organically. In 1996, Canon launched its Excellent Global Corporation Plan with the goal of serving the society with advanced technologies and becoming a trustworthy and responsible corporate citizen. The year 2016 was the first year of Phase 5 of the Plan. Currently, Canon boasts a strong global presence of 376 subsidiaries all over the world, supported by 197,776 employees. (Data as of December 31, 2017)
About Canon India
Canon India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., is a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon markets over 200 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging product and solutions in India. The company today has offices and warehouses in 14 cities across India and employs over 1000 people. Canon has over 500 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon India till date has opened over 250 retailer stores accredited as “Image Square” across 100+ cities in the country. Canon India’s service reach extends to over 579 towns covering 18,150 PIN codes across India - which comprises of 300 Camera collection points, 16 Camera repair centers, 254 Printer repair centers, 191 Copier, Scanner and Large Format Printer Sales & Service dealers. (Data as of August 14, 2019).
In sync with its corporate tagline- ‘Delighting You Always’, reinforced by World class technology, Canon offers an extended product portfolio, including copier MFDs, Managed Document Services, Fax-Machines, Printers, Document and Cheque Scanners, All-in-ones, Digital Cameras, DSLR’s, Cinematic Imaging Products, Camcorders, Cable ID Printers and Card printers catering to the multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Commercial, Government & PSUs. In 2017, the imaging leader recorded a double-digit growth.