Kanwal Jeet Jawa, MD and CEO, Daikin Airconditioning India

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a conversation with Kanwal Jeet Jawa, MD and CEO- Daikin Air Conditioning, India. Kanwal is a senior corporate leader with four decades-long experience running global companies.

Kanwal reminisces about the three key milestones in his life. He talks about his revolutionary implementations in the scope of refrigeration and air conditioning. Later he discusses the gradual increase in the popularity of air conditioners in India. Kanwal talks about the introduction of foreign players in the Indian market and tells how it changed the course of the industry.

Kanwal shares the success story of Daikin in India and how he powered it. He elucidates what goes into building a successful consumer durable brand. He analyzes the effect of e-commerce in the air conditioning business.

Kanwal enlightens us by listing the qualities a good CEO should have. He tells what he looks for when he is hiring an employee. Later in the episode, he attempts to define the concept of ‘green buildings’. He talks about Bharatiya Skill Development University and the significance of skill development.


Mr. Jawa is a veteran in the air conditioning industry with almost 4 decades of experience that incorporates establishing leading air-conditioning organizations and further creating value simultaneously for the brand and the customers alike. Throughout his career Mr. Jawa has held various senior management positions in the field of General Management with highly reputed Indian and multi-national air conditioning companies like Carrier, Voltas, Uniflair and Daikin. In June 2018, Mr. Jawa was appointed as the first Indian Director (non-resident) on the board of Daikin Industries Ltd., Japan. His rise to the Daikin board underscores his ability to surpass revenue & profit targets, delivering excellent service, optimizing business efficiency thereby creating a sustainable business value. Mr. Jawa steered the Daikin India ship since 2010 through volatile economic environment to achieve a turnover of INR 5200 Cr, leveraging two factories and a research & development center. Today, Daikin India has established market presence across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, South America
& East Africa.

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