Navigation company TomTom (TOM2) Wednesday inaugurated its first global Innovation Hub in Pune. The innovation hub aims at allowing its employees to transform their ideas into proof of concepts and prototypes leading to new innovations.
The Pune innovation hub will be headed by Barbara Belpaire who is at present serves as General Manager – India, TomTom.
The facility is set up on 1000 sq. ft. area and seat 800 employees. The company plans to add another 200 employees to its tally by end of this year.The innovation hub is a strategic platform that will enable employees to upgrade their skills, innovate, raise ideas and think like entrepreneurs. TomTom Pune aims to further increase its headcount to 1000 employees by end of 2016.
“Innovation is at the core of everything we do at TomTom and we’re excited to open this new facility in Pune. It’s great to build on our existing R&D and innovation centres around the world. Of course, at TomTom, we believe that innovation can happen anywhere and encourage all our employees to be innovative in everything they do.” Said Alain De Taeye, Member of the Management Board at TomTom.
With this facility, TomTom aims to develop a deeper culture of innovation in the company with a free-flow of information and ideas across the globe, allowing experimentation and cross-boundary co-operation to drive change throughout the organization.
“The Innovation Hub reiterates TomTom’s approach of being an innovative company with a focus on nurturing the talent in India. This will give employees a platform to develop new software, technology, applications, services and futuristic consumer products in the wearables, map-making and data services space,” said Barbara Belpaire, General Manager – India, TomTom and head of the Innovation Hub.
“We aim to contribute to the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ plan where our India team will contribute significantly to innovation globally,” he added.