Philips has announced the appointment of Harshavardhan Chitale as CEO of Philips Lighting solutions, South Asia, effective from 1st January, 2015. In his new role, Chitale will be based in Gurgaon and will be responsible for driving and building the Lighting Solutions business for Philips in India. He will report to the Market Group Leader, Lighting Solutions, Philips Growth Markets. Chitale has extensive experience of leading successful organisations in the services and solutions space. He joins Philips from HCL Infosystems, where he was the MD & CEO, leading a multiple set of businesses including IT Products, solutions & services and distribution of IT/telecom and Consumer Electronics products. He was also a member of the team that founded HCL´s new venture in Healthcare delivery called HCL Healthcare Ltd and was a Director on the Board of that company.
After graduating in Engineering from IIT- Delhi, Chitale joined the Tata Administrative Services and spent significant time with Tata Honeywell. Subsequently he moved to Honeywell Inc. as the MD and CEO of Honeywell Automation.