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Family Touch - Sanjeev Kumar

Name: Sanjeev Kumar

Designation: Global CIO

Companies Supported: Polygenta Technologies

Sameer Suman & Sabya Sachi
  1. Brief about your family (Parent, spouse and children)

My father is retired Mech. Engineer, was with NH and CPWD. Now he spends time in spiritual reading, learning and practicing Ayurveda, loves spending time with grandchildren.   My mother is a homemaker, she loves reading a good Hindi Digest Magazines and Books.  If she was given a chance, she would have chosen to be a good writer.  Myself, my brother and sisters have learnt a lot from her.  The values of life she taught in our early days gives us guidance time to time  and tremendous strength in the moments of despair.


My wife Seema, did her M.Sc. (Botany) ,  chose to groom children and did not take any fulltime job.  She is loving and caring, always keeps worrying about welfare of all of us. She likes cooking very good Indian cuisine and one can notice a sparkle of happiness and fulfillment in her eyes when we all enjoy the taste and recipe of her cooked food.  She loves plants (being a botanist by her profession), though we don't have much space in our flat, yet she keeps her passion live for gardening.

My son, Sameer Suman, the elder one is doing BE (IT) in Sinhgad Institute of Technology, Lonawala .  He is in his final year and final semester.  Generous, loves music. Younger son Sabya Sachi, is doing BE (IT) from DY Patil, Pune.  He is in third year 6th semester.  He loves playing guitar, loves his bike and has got a lot of passion for cars.  We remember he visited us in Gurgaon to witness car exhibition at Auto Expo, Pragati Maidan, Delhi.

  1. Brief about your early days to current

Spent my childhood in Jamshedpur, did my schooling from there and part of it from Patna.   Did my engineering from BIT Sindri , Ranchi University and later completed my Masters In Management  from Pune University.

My first job was with Projects & Development India Limited, I worked there for about 7 yearsin various roles like Management Trainee, Assistant Project Engineer, Project Engineer, and System Analyst in its computer division.

Moved to Automotive (Kinetic Group, Pune) in 1993, started working as Head-IT, drove green field IT initiatives for one unit within the group.  Contribution to business and Success gave bigger role / responsibility year on year and I traversed up the corporate ladder as
DGM -> GM -> VP and Group CIO, was made responsible for IT of 6 Independent Businesses of the group and legal entities.

In 2001, became COO (KCL), head SBU parallel to Group CIO role with complete P&L responsibility.  Could make business stable with satisfactory sustainable growth.  Was part of Executive Management Team reporting to Group Chairman.

In 2005, I joined Philips Electronics India as Director of IT for Indian Subcontinent in Lighting Domain responsible for 5 Business Groups.   Was part of Management Team reporting to CEO Philips Lighting South Asia.

In 2009, joined Polygenta Technologies as Global CIO, Polygenta is young, pretty new yet a world largest manufacturer of Green Polyester Yarn, responsible for Business Strategies and Strategic IT initiatives.

            Love listening to semi-classical Indian music, play (not an expert) Tabla, Mouth-organ.

            Love playing table tennis, chessand cricket.

  1. Some memorable incidents with your kids

I remember one incident about the younger one, Sabya,  when he was very small,  he used to keep his notebooks very dirty with many folds giving a first impression to anyone as if it is a pick from a dust bean.  We used to remain relaxed on his results day.  As usual we went late once to the school and to our surprise he had got Roll-of-honor and there was announcement happening, his name was written boldfaced on specially put notice board for that day.  Parents of his friends started shaking hands with us congratulating and also looking for advise how did he study to get this merit, we were having no words to answer actually.  I passed all such questions to Seema and she could manage things anyhow without making anybody feel like we are not telling the secret.  

The elder one, Sameer when he was small he used to always forget writing date, question number in his note book and used to get regular punishments.   One fine day he was seriously preparing for exam and just before he was leaving for bus cautionary usual guidance came from his mom as all moms do honestly without bothering heard unheard. When he returned from exam,  we found him  a bit pensive, on asking he revealed that he forgot to check routine of exam this time,  he had prepared for Maths II  but Exam was of Maths I,  but he restored our confidence saying  he did well despite that and that was proven true later.   

  1. What most you like about your family

A lot of love, support and care for one another. Understanding and caring each other's emotions.

  1. How do you spend time with your family

We sit together talk to one another for a long time.  Go somewhere nearby sit in open natural space and eat homemade food together.

  1. Share your last vacation your family

Last vacation,we drove ourselves into Himalayas up till Badrinath temple. Tough terrain, one way sharp curvy road, gushing Alaknanda  through 400 ft deep trench, no barricade on road,  green and full backdrop of Himalaya.  It was thrilling, heavenly and fantastic. 

Another most enjoyable vacation trip, I remember, was our Goa trip we drove together taking Pune – Bangalore highway and returned by Goa-Mumbai highway.  It was fantastic with a lot of fun, games , eating varieties stopping on hill side and sea side whatever we liked on the way.

  1. Your Close Friend

There are few but yes they are.

  1. Anything which you would like to share exclusively in this session.

Values I have read and feel very guiding and inspiring, here they are:

WAKE UP to what is important. What is important?
Feeling important is not. Being important is. You can be important in the lives of others by being a source of friendship and inspiration. Most human beings are starving for understanding, acceptance, and recognition.  LIFT UP others with your positive spirit and encouraging words and actions. So, start making a life, instead of making a living.
REACH UP. Stretch yourself.  'Don't GO through life, GROW through life'.  Discover who you really are. Unleash the powers within you.
LIVE UP to your dreams and ideals. Set goals and create meaning and purpose in your life. Remember that life is not about what you accumulate, but about what you become. Don't concern yourself with what you leave behind. Rather, concentrate on what you leave within.
GROW UP. Take responsibility. Be accountable for all your actions. When you can live with their consequences, you will know what it is to be free. Don't COVER UP your mistakes. Don't shift the blame. Instead, learn from the past and move on.
Don't BLOW UP over trivial matters. Instead, be patient. Accept the inconsistencies and minor inconveniences of life. Don't get BENT UP out of shape over the cruel remarks of others. Instead, forgive them for their insecurity and weakness. Don't EAT UP your heart with resentment and anger. Instead, FILL UP your heart with love and understanding. Don't resent people for being people. Accept their flaws and they will likely accept yours.
Don't BREAK UP friendships because of pride, lack of patience, or a misunderstanding. Don't DIG UP the dirt on others by gossiping, for when you do so, the only reputation your soil is your own.
Don't THROW UP the past and hurl blame on others. Instead, CLEAN UP your act and MAKE UP with your friends and PATCH UP all your relationships. For friendships are to be cherished.
GET UP again whenever you are knocked down. BEAR UP to the challenges life offers. FACE UP to your problems. PICK UP the pieces and get on with life. We don't grow courageous by leading a life of ease. Rather, we become warriors by overcoming adversity, licking our wounds, and moving forward. Should you stumble and fall, that's just a short trip on your journey, so never GIVE UP.
RISE UP over your fears. Life is a glorious adventure. Embark on a quest to discover the person you can become. The rewards for overcoming our fears are great. Prove you are worthy of it. FOLLOW UP on all your opportunities. And BACK UP your dreams with actions. You will find it is much easier to make a success IN life than to make a success of life, so keep working on it.
STAND UP for what you believe in and don't PUT UP with injustice. FIRE UP your enthusiasm and TAKE UP a cause. Contribute to life and be kind to others. You'll never regret doing so, for you'll find that you cannot become a success unless many other people want you to be.
Let those of us who are parents BRING UP our children with love. Let's not HOLD UP their progress because of criticism. Instead, in our family conversations, let's BRING UP positive subjects and at family gatherings the conversation with joyous laughter. Let's also teach our children to LOOK UP to others, giving them positive role models to aspire to.
So, let's WRAP UP every day by reflecting on our achievements and our mistakes. Let's be grateful for our successes and learn from our missteps. Yes, life can be great, but it's all UP to you!


Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar & wife Seema

Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar, Seema, Mother & Son

Seema, Sameer, Mother & Sabya

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