Currently Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain with Reliance Industries Limited, India’s Largest Private Sector enterprise, Sukumar has close to three decades of experience handling different segments of the Supply Chain both at the Operational & Strategic level in firms from diverse industry segments. Beginning his career with the Public Sector HINDUSTAN COPPER, Sukumar has worked through organizations like HINDUSTAN CIBA-GEIGY (now NOVARTIS), PARKE-DAVIS & WARNER LAMBERT (now part of PFIZER) and briefly even with MIEBACH LOGISTICS INDIA Pvt. LIMITED in India.
Among his other responsibilities, Sukumar has trained the company employees in TQM extensively earlier on, has worked in a consulting assignment with the erstwhile PriceWaterhouseCoopers and with ORACLE in India as the Industry Expert for the Life Sciences and Consumer Products Group.
Sukumar has worked briefly in the US with a SAP Certified Solution provider in Houston, Texas where he was involved with the overall Operations Function of the firm.
Sukumar believes Supply Chain is an intricate science that calls for the convergence of many skills. Anyone with a penchant for Process Management (having internalized the philosophy of Total Quality Management and imbibed the by now famous Theory of Constraints propounded by Eliyahu Goldratt), who also has a keen understanding of the fundamentals of the human psyche, will represent according to him, the perfect elixir for churning the juice out of a Supply Chain Management responsibility. Although this recipe is stringent, Sukumar says he stands by his Bill of Material!!
A Post Graduate in Economics and Masters in Marketing Management with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Materials management, Sukumar speaks on any aspect of Supply Chain Management and has apparently drawn very good reviews of not only the manner in which he presents, but also the thoughts he provokes among the audience! He was voted the BEST YOUNG MATERIALS MANAGER in India in 1990, based on a competition organized by the International Federation for Purchasing & Materials Management (IFPMM), Sweden and the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), Mumbai.