Ramalakshmi Subramanian, Vice President, Technology & Strategic Services EMEA, SGO Premedia Limited

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srlnizam/

What do you do?

I am a versatile professional with a background in engineering and a passion for management. With 20 years of international experience, I excel in building bridges between client services and operations, delivering exceptional customer service, optimizing business efficiency, and surpassing revenue targets globally. My expertise lies in high-volume systems, print, and packaging automation. I specialize in Contestable Business Processing & Development, with a focus on managing multiplex business processes in Prepress, Publishing, Packaging, and Printing. As a seasoned leader with 20+ years of global experience, I bring demonstrable skills in business, technology, project management, and team leadership across various printing sectors.

What investments have you made in your professional career development?

In my commitment to professional development, I have made strategic investments in education and skill enhancement, spanning various disciplines. Here are some key highlights:

1. Academic Achievements:

• Completed a 3-year Diploma in Printing, graduating as the top student with honors.

• Attained a Bachelor of Engineering degree over 3 years with honors.

• Successfully finished a 1-year PG Diploma in Packaging.

2. Diversification of Knowledge:

• Pursued an MBA in Finance, complementing my technical background with financial expertise.

• Earned a BA degree in Hindi as an additional language qualification.

• Currently pursuing a PGDBA in International Marketing to broaden my business perspective.

3. Language Proficiency:

• Actively learning the Japanese Language at Level 1, showcasing my commitment to cross-cultural communication.

4. Continuous Learning:

• Engaged in major national and international print workshops, exhibitions, and conferences to stay updated on industry technology and global trends. These activities have not only expanded my knowledge but also enriched my professional network.

5. Educational Outreach:

• Contributed to academia as a part-time trainer, lecturer, and examiner in colleges. This involvement allows me to interact with and motivate outgoing students.

6. Future Development Goals:

• Have plans to focus on soft skill development to enhance overall professional effectiveness.

• Aspire to contribute to bridging gender gaps in the print industry by training and mentoring more women professionals.

These investments, spanning academic achievements, language skills, continuous learning, and educational outreach, collectively reflect my dedication to ongoing professional growth and versatility in various domains.

What investments have you made in your personal development?

In my commitment to personal development, I’ve made deliberate investments across various facets of my life.

Health and Wellness:

Prioritize my well-being by engaging in a daily exercise routine, dedicating 30-45 minutes each day to physical activity.

Networking and Social Engagement:

Actively participate in networking events and social gatherings to expand my social circles and connect with diverse individuals. This fosters both personal and professional growth.

Financial Management:

Invested time in honing budgeting and financial management skills, applying these principles to both personal and professional aspects of my life.

Global Perspective:

Broaden my cultural understanding by traveling to different countries and engaging in conversations with people from diverse backgrounds. This investment allows me to grasp varied perspectives and enrich my worldview.

These intentional investments reflect my dedication to personal development, encompassing physical health, social connections, financial acumen, and a global mindset.

How can the industry proactively invest in women, and why should this be a priority?

The industry can take proactive steps to invest in women by implementing strategies that foster inclusivity and equal opportunities. First and foremost, there should be a concerted effort to create awareness about the diverse range of courses and career opportunities available in the print industry. This includes promoting educational programs that encourage women to pursue careers in print-related fields.

Additionally, the industry can prioritize flexibility in work arrangements to accommodate the diverse needs of female professionals. This involves promoting remote and hybrid work options, particularly in areas like prepress and pre-media, where remote work is feasible. By highlighting the flexibility and convenience of such roles, the industry can attract more women to participate and contribute to these segments.

Moreover, recognizing and promoting women’s leadership roles in various aspects of the industry is crucial. Women can be encouraged to take on leadership positions in marketing, advertising, brand management, and print management. This not only provides equal opportunities but also brings diverse perspectives to the decision-making process, contributing to the overall success and innovation within the industry.

Investing in women is a priority not just for the sake of diversity but because it enhances the industry’s adaptability and creativity. By embracing the talent and skills of women, the industry can foster a more inclusive and dynamic environment, ultimately driving innovation and success.

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