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New Year Message from the Desk of Group President

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Thinking Back…2018
Consolidation – Automation – Control (C-A-C): The mantra of Skipper’s present and future success was taken very seriously in 2018 thus bringing Skipper under vibrant regime of ONE-Skipper. The points considered in 2018 and successfully implemented:-
• Document Management System (DMS) all to be in cloud and accessible with Authority matrix
• Total E-banking, standardization in MIS to bring strong control
• Empowered skippesimplified.com to minimize the use of paper in organization. This site provides access to all skipperites with selective authority to view SOPs, all documents in DMS, Brand Manual and HR related realtime information.
Capex Implementation: In today’s world, the only way to maintain growth within the organization is investment with minimum borrowings. Skipper continued its strong capex spending in 2018 and is just as impressive.
• Skipper house in Victoria Island Lagos become operational in September 2018.
• Skipper new manufacturing plant for Switchgears & Transformers along with consolidated warehouse spread in about 50,000 sq mtr in Ikorodu- Lagos is under construction and will be fully functional by March 2019.
• Construction Machinery and Cranes ownership capacity is being augmented as per ABP (Annual Business Plan) to optimize Civil construction capacity for our Transmission lines, substations and power plants under construction by Skipper Nigeria & it’s SPVs.
• Power Transformers manufacturing capacity is already up-graded from 100MVA/220kV to 500MVA/765kV and Plant capacity from 3000MVA to 12,000MVA PA at Skipper Bhiwadi Plants by investing in test fields, cranes, production line and winding machines etc.

Project Closures within CTC (Time and Budgets): Today’s mantra of success lies in managing projects within budgeted CTC (Cost To Company) and well before agreed timeline. I am personally committed to visit every active project site and meet the cost and timelines. So do I expect from my CXOs and PMs. I am happy to note that – Burkina Faso (Rural Electrification), Togo-CEB (3X161kV Substations), Bihar – India (14X132kV Substations), Bhutan (8X11kV Substations), Calabar CR (10MW- Diesel Power Plant) were completed and handed over to the owners during last 6 months. I wish to congratulate the PMs and CXOs in achieving these milestones.

Open Houses conducted in SKIPPER MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING in India: Open houses are conducted across skipper plants and offices annually. Recent open house sessions were conducted during November 2018 in plant (Supervisors & Above) and offices (Assistant Managers & Above) gave Corp. Hq. Management to realign with the workforce and many suggestions have been picked and approved by the board thus announcing the amendment in SOPs with immediate effect. Some of the suggestions are being implemented directly as such. Same practice is being adapted in African subsidiaries as well year on year.

MDP & EDP (Management & Executive Development Programme): An agency of the international fame has been appointed to drive the programme and do the capacity building of our organic team within Skipper. The first batch of Nigerian subsidiary shall conclude latest by March 2019; thus bringing placement of the winners in higher positions within the group.

Looking Ahead…2019

We shall focus on completion of all projects near completion in the First quarter of this calendar year. I am eager to see the closure and handover of:
• TIGA HEP- Kano (10MW Hydro) in January 2019
• Mando- Kaduna (132kV Bay extension) in January 2019
• Kudendah – Kaduna (132kV Substation) in January 2019
• Lanlate/Abeokuta – Oyo (132kV Substation and bay extension) in April 2019
• Konongo- Ghana (33kV/20/26MVA Substation) in January 2019
• Berekum- Ghana (2X35MVA/161kV Substation, 34.5kV-2km and 161kV-40km lines) by January 2019
• Kenya- KPLC (5X10MVA/33kV Substations and 200km of lines) by March 2019
We will continue to support our CXOs and PMs through cash flow and central support to ensure them meeting their targets.

As we step into 2019, I would like to thank Almighty God for His continued blessings on our Group. We shall strive harder in 2019 at skipper to meet stakeholders’ expectations in deliverance, competitiveness & quality.

Wishing all of you and your wonderful families, A very Happy, Prosperous & Healthy New Year 2019.

Thank you and God Bless

Jitender Sachdeva

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Skipper CXO Retreat H-1(2018-19)

A 3 days (12-14th May) Half Yearly Event at Hilton Jumairah Beach Resort at JBR Walk Dubai. Highly motivated Skipperites presented their innovative techniques along with focus on Consolidation-Automation- Controls. Event was concluded with declaration (based upon excelling in their KRA assessment) of Best Managers of the year (Ms. Bharti Chandhok, Mr. Vijay Aggarwal & Mr. Suresh Matta).
Four Managers were also declared selected into MDP from Indian subsidiary (Management Development Programme). These MDP participants (Ms. Bharti Chandhok, Mr. Vijay Aggarwal, Mr. Suresh Matta & Mr. Rajan Keshri ) will go in for extensive trainings at best of the institutes with the aim for excelling ones to finally take lead positions in SkipperSeil down the line in upcoming years.

Skipper Supports International Day of Yoga

3rd International Day of Yoga was celebrated all over the world with immense enthusiasm. Skipper supported the IDY event held by the Indian High Commission in Nigeria and Ghana by sponsoring Yoga T-shirts and Mats with IDY logo. Yoga event was held to create awareness and benefits of practicing Yoga. Local dignitaries, diplomats, UN officials, members of the Indian community and eminent persons drawn from all walks of life were among the invitees who attended the event.

Apart from this, Skipper also celebrated yoga day across all its offices in India, Dubai, Nigeria, Ghana with employees participating in yoga sessions, assisted by trained Yoga instructors, “This initiative is aimed at encouraging our employees to adopt a healthier and balanced approach in life,” says Poonam Sachdeva, President & CEO, SkipperSeil Ltd.

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Skipper celebrates 31st Annual Day

Skipper celebrated its 31st Annual day on May 27 at Le Foyer Banquets, Gurgaon. All Skipperites and their families enjoyed socializing, entertainment and relaxed.

This year the event theme was ‘Mela’, and hence was named as ‘Skipper Carnival’ to suit the theme. The entire event was planned and organized by Skipper team itself. The venue was converted to Indian carnival with lots of games like Hoopla, Break the Pyramid; Balloon shooting’, Bowling, Tambola and Mehandi along with Rides like Giant wheel, Columbus and Bouncy were there for everyone.

The Guests, Skipperites and many of Skipper alumni along with their families, indulged in several games and sporting events, before the onset of the main program, which began with funny performance by Skipperites followed by a dance performance by their children. ​

Group President- Mr. Jitender Sachdeva in his welcome address mentioned the major milestones achieved in last 31 years and expressed thanks to all the employees & stakeholders for being part of Skipper’s successful story.

Annual Day Celebration @ Skipper

Skipper celebrated its 30th Annual day on 28th May, 2016 in Bhiwadi Rajasthan. All employees, along with their families, came together to celebrate yet another successful year of the organization. The evening started with Lamp lighting ceremony by Mr. Jitendra Sachdeva, Group President along with Board of Directors, Chairman Eye-Q Dr. Ajay Sharma & his eminent board members, Director PowerMech-Mr. Jitender Kumar & his colleagues and other dignitaries from the industry. Many employees took part in the cultural performances which included Fashion show, Dance Performances, Singing and Interactive games.

GP in his speech praised the employees for their dedicated and long term services in the company. The function concluded with presentation of mementoes to the participants.

Skipper Celebrates International Day of Yoga

Skipper cares about the health and fitness of its employees and believe that “A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.”. The Company pledged support to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative, the International Day of Yoga and joined in the worldwide celebrations of the event by organizing a yoga-themed event at its Gurgaon, India office on June 21, 2015. The event saw participation by enthusiastic Skipperites.
Skipper Celebrates International Day of Yoga

The yoga session was led by the Group Director Corporate, Ms. Poonam Sachdeva, along with other senior level executives, who performed some basic asanas (positions). Ms. Sachdeva addressed the participants after the session and spoke of the importance of doing yoga to combat stress-related diseases which are getting increasingly common in the corporate world. Further, she encouraged employees to educate their families and friends about the benefits of yoga and try to practice it everyday.

Cultural Theme Karaoke Night and Felicitation Ceremony

On the sidelines of the Quarterly Board meeting held in Dubai on January 4-5 2015, Skipperites participated in a fun cultural theme karaoke night at the Grand Excelsior Hotel, Bur Dubai.

Skipperites from international subsidiaries wore traditional attire from their respective regions, played entertaining games and showed off their skills on the dance floor. A number of attendees unleashed their singing prowess and sang along to popular hits with the Karaoke DJ.

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Participants enjoy a team-game at the event

This was followed by a special dinner and felicitation ceremony to recognize the efforts of the lead performers of the Company for the financial year 2014-15 as per the interim evaluation during H1 KRA assessment.

Excellence Award for Outstanding Communication, Planning and SBU Management

  • Mr. P. Subramanian, GM – Plant, GTA Engineering (Nigeria) Ltd.

Award for Excellent Performance, Commitment to Service and Teamwork

  • Mr. Benjamin Oseghale Godday, Skipper Nigeria Ltd.
  • Mr. Jegede Richard Olu, Skipper Nigeria Ltd.
  • Mr. Syed Khurram Mansoor, Skipper Nigeria Ltd.
  • Mr. Ovesanwo Olusoga Taofik, GTA Engineering (Nigeria) Ltd.
  • Ms. Osuji Perpetua Ngozi, GTA Engineering (Nigeria) Ltd.
  • Mr. Nkanang Uwen Effiong, GTA Engineering (Nigeria) Ltd.
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One of the winners at the felicitation ceremony, seen here with Mr. B. Srinivas, COO-Skipper Nigeria and Mr. Pankaj Sachdeva, Joint Group President, Skipper t&d

The Group President along with Directors on Board & visiting guest Mr. Shola Akinniranye (Chairman – WAPP) concluded the ceremony by addressing the audience on the Skipper spirit and endorsing the superb performance of the subsidiaries over the last year.
We congratulate the awardees and wish them all the best for this year.

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Skipperites gather after a fun-filled night

Skipperites challenge each other at the Skipper Golf Putting Event in Dubai

Skipperites from India, Africa and Middle East enjoyed an entertaining game of Golf Putting on 4th January 2015 at the Pearl Putting Course, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The Group was divided into teams of 3, consisting of all ages and all levels of golf experience, and these teams competed for top honors in a 90 minute team putting championship at the scenic 18-hole putting course. Golf professionals from the Dubai Creek Academy introduced participants to the game and the use of equipment and guided them around the course during the challenge.

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A Skipperite tries her hand at the game

We congratulate the following winners of the golf putting event, who were awarded certificates of achievement and given exciting branded golf merchandise.

Skipper Golf Putting Event Winners
Skipper Golf Putting Event Winners

 

Winning team

  • Mr. Arun Khanna, Advisor & Consultant, F&A – Skipper Electricals (India) Ltd.
  • Mr. Bhogaraju Srinivas, COO – Skipper Nigeria Ltd.
  • Mr. Deepak Kashyap, COO – Skipper Electricals (India) Ltd.

Most promising players

  • Master Aryan
  • Miss Kritika

The ‘Hole in One’ winner

  • Ms. Judy Akinniranye

(Ms. Judy won this special award as her debut tee shot finished in the cup, giving her the highest score of one. This is a rare and impressive feat known as a ‘hole-in-one’ in golf)

After testing their golfing skills with the golf professionals, the group relaxed and enjoyed a delicious buffet at the Academy Terrace next to the putting course.

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Dining at the Academy Terrace

 

United we stand, Team Skipper
United we stand, Team Skipper