EA RESEARCH EXECUTIVE VIEW SUNJAY KAPUR
Mr. Sunjay Kapur is the Chairman of Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd., the flagship company of the USD 900 million Sona Group.
Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. is primarily in the automotive component manufacturing business, the company has a technical collaboration with JTEKT, Japan. It is the largest manufacturer of automotive steering systems and driveline components for the passenger car market in India and off highway vehicles in the USA. It is also a technology leader in the electronic steering systems business, and is a public limited company, listed on the National Stock Exchange in India.
The Sona Group has 18 manufacturing plants: 14 in India, 3 in Germany and 1 in the Unites States of America. The Sona Group is not only recognized for quality and business excellence (Deming Quality Award in 2003 for Sona Koyo Steering Systems ltd), it is also one of the few Indian companies, which can boast of successful Global Partnerships, most of them, continuing through decades of association. The Sona Group is also the largest manufacturer of precision forged gears in the world (Sona BLW Precision Forgings Limited and Sona BLW Praezisionsschmiede GMBH).
Sunjay did his schooling from Doon School, India. He was the House Captain of Hyderabad House and represented The Doon School in Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis, and Field Hockey, following which he attended the Williston Northampton School, Easthampton in MA, USA. Sunjay graduated with a BBA from The University of Buckingham, UK.
He has also done a programme on “Growth in the Family Enterprise”, at the Indian School of Business and The University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). In addition to this, he was in the class of 2006 of “The Birthing of Giants” at MIT, USA (a 3 year programme done by YEO, MIT, and Inc. Magazine). Sunjay also successfully completed the Owner President Management program at the Harvard Business School in February 2013. He is part of the Harvard Business School Alumni. Sunjay is a member of the executive committee of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). He is also the Chairman of the Sustainable Technology Development Committee (with a focus on creating a viable environment for green vehicles in India) for ACMA. Sunjay is also a member of the Northern Region Council of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Apart from his business interests, Sunjay has always been passionate about encouraging entrepreneurs in the country. It was in the pursuit of this cause that led him to achieve success in being elected as the Global Chairman of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO – formerly known as YEO) 2007-2008: total sales of members worldwide is more than $102 Billion with 10,000 members employing 800,000 people.He was the first (and so far only) person from India to hold this prestigious position.
To further his zest for fostering an entrepreneurship culture, he has partnered with CNBC to create a unique reality show called Masterpreneur India. This program, aired on CNBC Awaaz, is a path-breaking initiative in identifying, recognizing and grooming strong, young organizations. These companies, it is hoped, will someday turn out to be successful and world class organizations, and create immense social and economic value-by generating new employment, delivering high quality products and services to discerning customers and managing business operations effectively and profitably.
Sunjay is also an avid sportsman and his passion for Polo started sometime in mid-2000. Not only has he contributed tremendously in a personal capacity by owning and playing for the Sona Polo Team, he has played a very critical role in taking an ancient game restricted to Royalty & Army to the corporate sector which has helped the revival of the game in India.
Sunjay is presently passionately engaged in developing a leadership pipeline within the organization, building an eco system that encourages small entrepreneurs in India to grow, and the expansion of the Sona group into new business areas.