On Tuesday 12 December 2017, Philips Lighting Southern Africa announced the appointment of Raja Moudgil as the new Country Manager Southern Africa. Raja Moudgil has been promoted to the position, after much success in his previous role as National Sales Manager at Philips Lighting India.
He is replacing Reggie Nxumalo, who served as the General Manager of Philips Lighting Southern Africa for two and a half years. Following a successful stint at the company, Nxumalo left to pursue opportunities in the management consulting space, outside of Philips.
Moudgil has nearly 18 years’ worth of experience in high impact commercial roles. He has worked extensively in regional and national assignments, and his experience spans seven different roles across Marketing, Sales (B2C, B2B, B2G, OEM as well as Mass Market) and across four different geographies, including India, and Product Management teams.
Some of his more recent achievements include expanding the footprint of Philips Light Lounges from 110 stores in 50 cities to 180 stores in 100 cities, and building two new businesses (Premier Retail and Switches) from scratch. This was done by establishing the go-to market business model, channel policy, and establishing the teams to ultimately turn both businesses into growth engines for the Consumer Channel.
Speaking on his appointment during a media event in Johannesburg South Africa, Moudgil said “I think there similarities between the Indian market and that of South Africa. They are both part of BRICS, both have suffered hardship, have similar infrastructures and struggle with unemployment. I think this is why management decided to select me for the position.”
Moudgil also revealed that he intends to bring new technology, such as Hue lighting, into South Africa as one of his initiatives. A focus on public education around the effectiveness and cost-saving potential of LED’s will also form a part of his strategic plan.
Moudgil joined Philips Lighting in December 1999 and has since then acquired significant strategy and business management experience across a number of the company’s sales and product divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University as well as an MBA from Apeejay School of Management.
He will be based at Johannesburg and will report to Tamer Abol Ghar, Market Leader Africa.