Abhishek Somany, joint managing director (JMD), Somany Ceramics, is leading the company through an exciting phase of expansion and growth. Under his leadership, the company envisages targeting 20 per cent plus growth in FY2014-15. Abhishek believes there is high growth potential in the ceramic tile industry.
With 13 years of experience, Abhishek took over as the executive director of Somany Ceramics in 2001 and continued on the position for the next 3 years. Subsequently, in 2005, he became the JMD of the company.
Abhishek holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Richmond University, UK with specialisation in finance and marketing. Abhishek did his initial training with Kanoria Chemicals and administered their industrial units. He later joined Pilkingston’s Tiles and received intensive training in manufacturing of glazed ceramic tiles. It helped him in gaining extensive knowledge and experience of the tile and ceramics business. Expressing his likeness for automobiles, Abhishek has been collecting car models since the mid-1980s. Abhishek is proud of his collection of vintage car models ranging from the 1890s till the 1940 European classics and 1930- 1970 American classics.
A regular at grand prix circuits around the world, Abhishek heads to the circuit track whenever he gets time to spare during business trips abroad.
Somany Group, a leading Indian player in tiles and sanitary ware industry, entered the business through the singular manufacture of wall and floor tiles. Somany has correspondingly evolved from a tiles company to a multiproduct interiors’ organisation.
Somany manufactures a broad range of tiles-wall and floor-in various sizes, designs, textures and finishes in its Kadi and Kassar facilities. The company also imports premium tiles from Spain, Italy, Turkey, China and Vietnam which are then marketed through the company’s distribution network. Abhishek has been instrumental in putting forward and implementing this expansion spree of the company.