Hari Om Rai
Chairman and Managing Director,
Mr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman and Managing Director, Lava International Limited, brings with him extensive knowledge and insights in the telecom space, from his long experience in the industry. As Lava’s founding member, he remains inspired by the vision of empowering people to do more and be more. He is of the firm belief that, though hugely ambitious in scope, this is definitely possible with a clear and sustained focus on the three most critical elements – people, product and processes. He is deeply committed to building a values-based organization born out of the conviction that building a strong culture is key to a brand’s eventual success. Established in 2009, Lava International Limited is the No. 1 mobile handset manufacturers amongst Indian mobile handset brands – as testified by CyberMedia Research. Lava is headquartered in Noida, India and has overseas operations in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mexico, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Lava’s corporate philosophy is to be a ‘Reliable’ brand, which stems from the company’s core values of Integrity, Passion for excellence and Adaptability. Mr. Hari Om Rai is very passionate about bringing design & manufacturing to India, for which he remains very committed. Lava is the only Indian mobile handset brand that has an in-house R&D and product-testing set-up in China and India, with over 700 people in product design and development. Committed to Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Lava is steering the mobile phone design roadmap in India and is working towards establishing the very 1st Mobile Phone Design Center in India by end of 2017. Lava has earmarked an overall investment of INR 2615 crores for ramping up its existing manufacturing units and setting up new manufacturing facilities to increase the overall production capacity to 216 million units. This is the same thinking that has ensured outstanding success in all his earlier diverse entrepreneurial ventures, beginning with Biogentek, which he started in 1992. This soon became one of the country’s premier biotechnology enterprises earning a strong reputation and trust as a partner in laboratory research and bio-pharma production. In 1995, he cofounded Perfect Handling, a logistics company providing a spectrum of services such as shipping, warehousing and distribution. Amexpress Worldwide Logistics and InSynergy Supply Chain Solutions later became subsidiary of Perfect Handling. In Synergy Supply Chain Solutions is today regarded as the largest volume-handling companies in North-India, and has been felicitated for it by CONCOR (A Government of India Undertaking) for this feat in Inland Sea Cargo, many times over during the last decade. His foray into telecom began in 2003, when he founded Pacetel Communications, a company that supplied fixed-line wireless phones to all the major telecom operators like Airtel, Vodaphone, Tata and Reliance. Pacetel is widely acknowledged to epitomise success in the service of GSM/ CDMA handsets, terminals and other electronic products. Mr. Hari Om Rai enjoys watching Hollywood action movies in the little free time that he manages away from work.