Anil Vaidya of Philips has savoured many roles in
life. Bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm, he is an eager learner and charismatic
leader. by Newly Paul
teacher, a manager, a studentAnil Vaidya, Director, Philips Global Infrastructure
Services, takes on multiple roles with ease. Dynamic and youthful despite his
50-odd years, Vaidya has had a successful IT career spanning nearly three decades.
An outstanding student and an insightful professional, he is among the top technology
managers in the country. Deeply rooted in philosophy and religion, with a keen
mind and an infectious sense of humour, Vaidya has always believed in giving
life his best.
Vaidya started his career with Goodlass Nerolac Paints as a research chemist.
He soon shifted to IT on his brothers advice. His first IT job was with
Bombay Paints and Allied Products as a data processing manager. Vaidyas
initiation to IT was not without hiccups. I felt out of place because
unlike chemistry, which involves writing on paper, IT was abstract and purely
logical, he recalls.
Starring at Philips
|Reads: Philosophical works.
Movies: Likes James Bond and Superman movies.
Passion: Beautiful cars, aeroplanes and computers.
Fond dream: To own a Mercedes.
Cant stop talking about: The racetrack in Bangkok where Vaidya
Never travels without: Running shoes.
Chill-out zone: Travelling with friends on weekends.
Likes India because: It offers much more than just monetary
Swears by: The benefits of the Art of Living.
Politics: Good people must get into politics to change the
way things are. If I get into it, I shall have a cleaner party!
Vaidya presently holds four different offices at Philips.
He is the Director, Global Infrastructure Services, of Philips India, and the
Cluster Director for India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. He is also
the HR Director for the Asia-Pacific region, and was recently appointed Global
HR Director for IT and made responsible for talent and organisation management
for worldwide Global Infrastructure IT Services in Philips.
Vaidya finds it difficult to pinpoint one particular project as his most challenging,
but his career at Philips has seen him take on many important projects. One
of these was the network rationalisation project for building a reliable network
and DRP system. Also close to his heart is the VSAT-based communication programme,
which won an award in Singapore.
Moving With The Times
Vaidya is an implementer, but he also strongly believes in
academics. He believes that it is essential for CIOs to update themselves continuously
and keep in touch with emerging trends in technology. It is only by investing
in themselves that CIOs can improve the quality of their work, he asserts.
In the last six years, Vaidya has cleared three exams. While preparing
for these exams, I read and think a lot, which is essential for my job.
In addition to his role as a student, Vaidya has been a visiting faculty at
premier management colleges in Mumbai for the past two decades. He says it is
this mix of professional practice and academics that keeps him fit.
It is only by investing in themselves
that CIOs can improve the quality of their work
Vaidya points out that there have been rapid changes in the
Indian IT scenario. With globalisation, new technologies have come quickly into
the Indian market, and there has been an improvement in the IT infrastructure.
Employment opportunities have gone up with the IT boom, and professionals of
this industry enjoy better perks than before.
Advice to CIOs
To be successful, it is essential
for a CIO to have confidence, knowledge and the correct attitude towards
According to Vaidya, one of the most important functions of
a CIO is relationship management. CIOs must ensure that their employees
advance in terms of technology and professionalism, and develop a positive attitude
towards life. He also believes that work pressure will convert into tension
if one is unable to deliver. Therefore, to be successful, it is essential for
a CIO to have confidence, knowledge and the correct attitude towards work.
Vaidya credits his wife for his successful career. He says that during his studies
in the US, she managed home and children. But he is also a firm believer in
collaborative efforts at home. The age-old concept of women being restricted
to the home is fast disappearing. While it is essential for women to have their
own identity, it is equally necessary for them to have a strong link with their
families, he states.
A successful professional and family man, Vaidya has no complaints or regrets
about life. Any plans for retirement? I will never retire, he says
with his typical humour, then signs off on a serious note: My teaching
assignments will continue.