As both Chief Executive Officer of OXAGON and NEOM’s Head of Manufacturing, Vishal Wanchoo and his team are set to build the region’s leading zone for advanced and clean industries, research and innovation and next-generation port, supply chain and logistics platforms.
In his role as OXAGON’s CEO, Wanchoo is focused on redefining the existing industrial model, incorporating NEOM’s philosophy of creating an ecosystem to live, work and play. He will help realize OXAGON’s vision of creating the world’s most sustainable automated port and a fully integrated physical and digital supply chain, orchestrated by a single digital platform. OXAGON will also be home to a dedicated Research and Innovation District with world-class facilities that will drive sustainable innovation.
Under Wanchoo’s leadership, NEOM’s manufacturing sector will bring together state-of-the-art approaches for Industry 4.0 and the circular economy through the development and implementation of advanced and clean manufacturing systems. This will be executed in collaboration with the manufacturing tenants as well as OXAGON’s Research and Innovation District.
Over the course of his nearly 40-year career, Wanchoo has developed extensive expertise in business management and growth in a variety of sectors, including energy, health care and aviation. Prior to joining NEOM, he spent over two decades at General Electric (GE), holding the position of President and CEO of GE South Asia for nearly three years. In this role, he was responsible for business in five South Asian countries, overseeing 17,000 employees and 20 manufacturing plants and research and development centers.
Wanchoo also served as President and CEO of GE Healthcare IT in the United States, where he was responsible for expanding the company’s global presence. He successfully tripled business volumes, growing the business from USD 500 million to USD 1.4 billion. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of two listed publicly listed companies in India in the power generation and power transmission and distribution business from 2018 to 2020.
Wanchoo holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.