Shakti Arora is a BE (Mechanical) & MBA with over 34 years of professional experience. He is currently Group CPO (Chief Central Procurement Officer) of RAK Ceramic PJSC & CEO of Ceramin a trading arm of the RAK ceramics. His last job was with Holcim India, as CPO with a procurement volume of 2-3 billion $/Annum. He has worked with India’s major business houses Tata’s, Mahindra’s and some leading MNC’s like Gillette, Holcim & Timex. His experience comes from varied industries like Automotive, Auto Components, FMCG and Electricals & Ceramics. He Has Extensive experience in Purchasing, Supplychain,Mergers & Acquisitions, Cross border integrations, Business Development, Turnarounds. He has headed a 500Mn $ multi location Co. after developing it from scratch through acquisitions for Mahindra’s. At M&M he was Sr. VP – Business Development for ‘Systech’, a 1 billionn $ auto component MNC as a founder member & Director . Shakti’s other professional interests are creating and managing motivated teams, create environment where work is a pleasure, yet continue to set new benchmarks . Extensively traveled internationally and had the opportunity to have gone through training at IIM, Harvard, IMD & Michigan University to name a few. He is also a life member of Indian Institute of Materials Management. His personal hobbies are traveling, reading and theatre & Golf. He is blessed with 2 children, his son is B. Tech from IIT Mumbai and daughter is studying Architecture. His wife NIDHI, is M.Sc., M.PHIL & is self-employed as Wealth Management Advisor.