Executive Director & President – Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors
Often referred to as the father of the Scorpio, Pawan is President of the Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors of the Group. He joined Mahindra in October 1993 as General Manager, R&D. In April 2003, he was appointed COO of the Automotive Sector; in September 2005 he became President, and in April 2010 he assumed responsibility for both the Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors. He was appointed to the post of Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in 2013 and in April 2014, he took over the additional responsibility of the Two Wheeler business.
Pawan holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur. Post his engineering degree, he earned his PhD from Cornell University, USA. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He is an internationally acknowledged scientist-manager with several citations to his credit.
Before joining Mahindra, Pawan spent 14 years with General Motors (GM) in Detroit, USA and is credited with pioneering research in engine design and development. His methods for the analysis of engine bearings and engine friction are still in use 20 years later, and in 2007 he was honoured as Man of the Year by Autocar Professional, India’s leading auto magazine. In 2011, he was named Automotive Man of the Year at the annual NDTV Car & Bike Awards. He is a fellow of SAE International and the Indian National Academy of Engineers. In 2014, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras.
When not thinking about automobiles, Pawan can be found watching Bollywood movies or playing cards. He lives in Mumbai with his wife who volunteers her time to counsel cancer patients and help them receive proper treatment and post-operative care. They have two children.