Kazutada Kobayashi

President & CEO,
Canon India Private Limited

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."


EX: Biggest milestone in your life.
HIM: In my 39 years of professional journey, I have had several learnings and achieved many milestones working in Canon offices across countries. However, Canon India achieving a double digit growth, consecutively for two years in 2017 and 2018, is one of the key milestones for me.

EX: Book(s) that have influenced your life.
HIM: John F. Kennedy’s Biography, ‘Letters of a Businessman to His Son’ by G. Kingsley Ward and ‘The Apple Experience: Secrets to Building Insanely Great Customer Loyalty’ by Carmine Gallo.

EXThe next product on your tech-wishlist.
HIM: As a lover of photography, I am looking forward to buy Canon’s latest full frame mirrorless EOS RP camera. Being the lightest and most compact full-frame mirrorless camera from the EOS family, it will be the best companion for me for my next trip.

EX: 3 habits you think are most important in order to be an effective leader.
HIM: For any leader to be effective, I believe they must be good listeners, quick learners and risk takers.

EX: The best tech innovation according to you.
HIM: I would like to highlight on two innovations that have revolutionized the imaging space. The first being the introduction of Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) based printers, which has played a vital role in fetching printers to mainstream category. The mirror less innovation in the photography segment has also been a revolutionary step to augment the photography culture among users.

EXYour ideas and views on sustainable technology
HIM: Social responsibility should run in parallel to the overall business objectives, hence incorporating sustainability into our business decisions becomes significant. As much as we take from the environment, it is our prime responsibility to keep restoring it for a sustainable future. As a responsible corporate entity, Canon ensures that all its products, processes and manufacturing activities address current
environmental concerns.