The Back Story (Waaaay Back)
Vee Technologies/Sona Group turns 100 this year; a great century for India, yet merely one in the hundreds of years of Valliappa family history and business excellence. Centuries of agriculture and trading in the middle ages contributed to the development of the spice route connecting southern India rural villages with markets in northern India. This led to financial services and support to these traders developing into an influential and prominent banking enterprise, which would eventually influence the birth of Singapore.
Learning to pivot happened long before Vee Technologies first brought high-tech to India in the 1980s. Yet the current pandemic that has shuttered so many businesses and so much livelihood gives us yet another opportunity to illuminate how leadership and vision can take action to deliver a solution that now shines success over two continents.
100 Years of Transformation
Vee Technologies was born in pre-Independence India; founded by K.K. Thiagaraja Chettiar, who was moved by the plight of tea garden workers in the country. He was drawn to the freedom movement and set out to empower his fellow countrymen to enhance India’s economic development. He aimed to achieve this lofty goal through education and industrial development, resulting in the employment of Indians. Since the 1920s, and presented here, are examples of how integrating industrial and educational efforts has put the welfare of people first. Also key to our story is understanding that our strength comes from our larger family of companies and divisions, such as Aerospace and I.T.
We mention our Aerospace division every day in the U.S., yet only as a power-point liner note in order to illuminate the breadth of our data security during prospect introduction calls. Just how significant is our connection with ‘Vee Aerospace’? The Director, Ramar Sundaram, is the childhood friend of CEO Chocko Valliappa. Mr. Sundaram would support the Aerospace division’s efforts toward a transition to PPE production then head the Vee Protect company.
What does it take to make such a transition possible?