I am Suresh Varma and have been living in China for the past nine years. Relocated to Wuxi from Beijing about six months back and happy to be part of the WuxiCham team.
Armed with a double Master’s degree in electronics and then management, I started my work career in ‘89 with Philips on the production shopfloor and after stints in product management, sales, supply base management , finally settled down into a sourcing & procurement role, a role which I have then continued throughout my career with Nokia and Microsoft.
I came to Beijing in 2012 as part of an Internal Job Movement (IJM) within Nokia – the first time I realised that these IJM’s do work, to head up an APAC sourcing role for After Market Services. We were then later “sold” to Microsoft and after a year, they decided the handset business was not their cup of cake and folded it in.
This is when I decided that 30 years is a long time working for someone else and decided to turn an entrepreneur in early 2016. After a shaky start and a couple of failed clients and projects gone by, things seem to have settled down nicely, so much so that despite covid, 2020 was business wise the best year for me since I started out on my own – with a few long-term clients in the fields of Automotive, motorcycle wear accessories and New Energy.
Apart from this, in my spare time we as a family love travelling and have crossed off 15 provinces of China and looking forward to completing the rest, before we call it a day and head back home. We also volunteer wherever possible. In addition to this, I contribute as the President of the Malayalee Association (addressing the community from Kerala, India living in China).
My wife Karthika, with 15+ years of teaching experience in India and later in Beijing, is now a kindergarten teacher at NKCS Wuxi. My son Sid, after 5 years at the British School of Beijing is now navigating the fourth and last year of his M.Phys program at the University of Surrey, UK.
Looking forward to contributing in any way I can to strengthen WuxiCham and looking forward to our interactions.