Director (External Programmes)
Prof. Sam Placid is Dean External Programmes at XIME.
Sam is an alumnus of NIT Calicut and holds a B.Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering. He also holds a PGDM in Marketing & Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur from where he graduated in 1990.
He has spent 30 years in the corporate world working with leading Indian and Multinational organizations like Maruti Suzuki, BPL Ltd., Yamaha Motors, Subhiksha and Olam International and has held Board and CEO level positions. Sam is credited with creating the Radio Taxi segment in India during his stint as the Head of Institutional Sales at Maruti. He was the CEO of the Retail business at BPL Ltd and as the Director - marketing of Yamaha Motors, re-positioned Brand Yamaha in India by launching an exciting new range of two wheelers. He was also the COO of the over 1800 store strong retail chain Subhiksha which at its peak had registered a Billion Dollar sales turnover. His last corporate assignment was as the Cluster Head of the Southern Africa operations based at Durban of the $22BN Agri Products Giant Olam International for a period of 5 years during which time he grew the business from $250MN to over a Billion dollars while managing operations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC and Mozambique. He was also a member of the Management Committee of Olam