Mahindra’s Leaders

Mahindra’s leaders set the tone and lead the charge in our aspiration to be one of the world’s 50 most admired global brands by 2021. They direct our focus on technology and innovation, chart our global expansion, and lay the markers for our growth.

Our leadership’s ability to manage our operations and finances the world over, build and groom our global talent pool, and lead our endeavours in new markets and geographies help us to constantly move forward and offer our customers only the very best.

Handpicked to contribute their formidable skills to our collective purpose of enabling people everywhere to Rise, our leadership’s depth and breadth has been designed to allow us to reach for the skies - with our feet firmly on the ground.

Meet the people who spur us to our summit, and inspire us to race along.

Keshub Mahindra
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Keshub Mahindra

Chairman Emeritus, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Keshub Mahindra, Chairman Emeritus of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, is a graduate from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, USA. After joining Mahindra in 1947, he became the Chairman in 1963.

He is a well-known philanthropist who has redefined good corporate governance in India. He has been appointed by the Government of India to serve on many committees including the Sachar Commission on Company Law & MRTP and the Central Advisory Council of Industries. In 1987, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur by the French Government. From 2004 to 2010, Keshub was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, New Delhi.

Keshub is a member of the Apex Advisory Council of ASSOCHAM and is the President Emeritus of the Employers’ Federation of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of the All India Management Association, New Delhi and a member of the Council of the United World Colleges (International) in the United Kingdom.

He has also served on several boards and councils in both the private and public domain, including SAIL, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels, IFC and ICICI. He was also the Founder Chairman of HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited); Vice-Chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd; Chairman of Mahindra Ugine Steel Co. Ltd; Director of Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co. Ltd and Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Limited.

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Anand Mahindra
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Anand G. Mahindra

Chairman, Mahindra Group
Executive Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Mr. Anand Mahindra is the Chairman of the US$19 billion Mahindra Group. His tenure has seen the Group expand domestically and internationally into a range of major industrial sectors from automobiles and agriculture to IT and aerospace. The Group has also grown inorganically through acquisitions such as Ssangyong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services, Peugeot Motorcycles, Gippsland Aeronautics, Aerostaff Australia, Holiday Club Resorts, and Pininfarina S.p.A.

He has served on several influential bodies, national and international. These include Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, World Bank Group's Advisory Board for Doing Business and the International Advisory Council of Singapore's Economic Development Board. He has served on the boards of the National Stock Exchange of India and the National Council of Applied Economic Research. He was a member of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and has been the President of The Confederation of Indian Industry.

Mr. Mahindra has been named in Barron's List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide (2016) and Fortune Magazine's list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders (2014). He was a recipient of the Best Transformational Leader Award by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability (2012). He was appointed ’Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour’ by the President of the French Republic (2016) and conferred the 'Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy,' by the President of Italy (2013).

Mr. Mahindra is an incisive business commentator and humanitarian with about 5 million followers on Twitter. Among his many social change initiatives is the Nanhi Kali programme, which, for the last two decades, has provided over 250,000 under-privileged girls access to high quality education. Mr. Mahindra is a Life Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Naandi Foundation, India's leading NGO focused on education of underprivileged girls, skilling and employment of youth and sustainable livelihoods to small farmers through organic and biodynamic agriculture.

He is a strong votary of arts and culture. Mahindra supports the Blues and the Theatre Culture in India with the Mahindra Blues Festival and the META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre) Awards. Through the Mahindra Sanatkada Festival, the Group celebrates the art, culture, and history of Lucknow. Mr. Mahindra serves on the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum of London and as Chairman of the India Advisory Council of the Lincoln Center.

Mr. Mahindra graduated from Harvard College (1977) and secured an MBA from Harvard BusinessSchool (1981).

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Pawan Goenka
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Dr Pawan Kumar Goenka

Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr Pawan Goenka earned his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and PhD from Cornell University, USA. He is also a Graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining Mahindra, he had worked with General Motors’ R&D Center in Detroit, from 1979 to 1993. Thereafter, he was appointed as General Manager (R&D) in Mahindra. During his R&D tenure, he led the development of the Scorpio – India's first indigenously built SUV. He was appointed COO (Automotive Sector) in April 2003, President (Automotive Sector) in September 2005, President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors) in April 2010, Executive Director and Group President (AFS) in April 2015, and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, in November 2016.

Pawan has been honoured with numerous awards during his illustrious career. He received the Extraordinary Accomplishment Award from General Motors in 1986, the Burt L. Newkirk Award for the year 1987, the Charles L. McCuen Achievement Award from General Motors for the years 1985 and 1991, an Outstanding International Advisor Award from SAE in 1997, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT, Kanpur in 2004. He received the Engineering Excellence Award 2012 from SAE India Foundation. He is a Fellow of SAE International and of The Indian National Academy of Engineers.

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Rajeev Dubey
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Rajeev Dubey

Group President (HR & Corporate Services)
CEO (After-Market Sector)
Member of the Group Executive Board

As Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), Rajeev’s key focus areas are Human Capital initiatives of the Group, the After Market businesses, whose CEOs report to him, Group Communications, Government Relations, CSR and Infrastructure. He is also the Chairman of Mahindra Insurance Brokers, Mahindra Steel Service Centres and Mahindra First Choice Services, and serves on the Boards of several Group companies including SsangYong Motor, Korea; Mahindra Intertrade and Mahindra First Choice Wheels. He is Chairman of the Group CSR Council and the Corporate Governance Cell, a Member of the Governing Council of the Mahindra Institute of Quality and the Governing Board of Mahindra Ecole Centrale.

Rajeev joined Mahindra in January 2004 after a career spanning 29 years at the Tata Group. In 1975, he joined as a member of the TAS – the central managerial cadre of the Tata Group. He spent 21 years with Tata Steel, and the next 7 years as CEO first of Tata Metaliks and then of Rallis India.

He studied Economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, where he was ranked first in the University, and at the Delhi School of Economics, where he received a National Scholarship. He went on to do his MBA from the Yale School of Management, USA as a J N Tata scholar, and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School.

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Anish Shah
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Dr Anish Shah

Group President (Strategy)
Member of the Group Executive Board

Dr Anish Shah currently serves as Mahindra Group's President for Strategy. His primary focus areas are strategy development and implementation; building capabilities such as digitisation, IoT and analytics; enabling synergies across Group companies; and driving international growth. He also leads the Risk Management and Performance Review across organisations. The Group Strategy Office plays a key role in developing talent for leadership roles across the Group.

Anish's prior role was President and CEO of GE Capital India, where he led the transformation of the business, including a turnaround of its SBI Card joint venture. His career at GE spanned 14 years, during which he held several leadership positions at GE Capital’s US and global units. As Director, Global Mortgage, he worked across 33 countries to drive growth and manage risk. As Senior Vice President (Marketing and Product Development) at GE Mortgage Insurance, he led various growth initiatives and played a key role in preparing the business for an IPO, as a spinoff from GE. In his initial years with GE, Anish also led Strategy, eCommerce and Sales Force Effectiveness and had the unique experience of running a dot-com business within GE. Anish also received GE's prestigious Lewis Latimer Award for outstanding utilisation of Six Sigma in developing a "Digital Cockpit."

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SP Shukla
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SP Shukla

Group President & CEO - Aerospace & Defence Sectors
Member of the Group Executive Board

As Group President, Shukla is responsible for the Aerospace, Defence and Steel sectors. He is Chairman of the boards of several companies engaged in designing and producing aircrafts, armoured vehicles, radars, naval systems and specialty steel.

A B.Tech & MBA graduate, he has 36 years of rich and varied experience in managing large projects and operations.

Prior to his current role, he served as President of Group Strategy and Chief Brand Officer of the Mahindra Group. He oversaw and orchestrated a complete makeover of the visual identity of the Mahindra Group. It was during this period that the Group Strategy Office launched and institutionalised Rise Prize (with Prize money of US $1 Million) that aims to foster and develop the innovation ecosystem in India. He was also responsible for the Mahindra Racing portfolio – both MotoGP (Motorcycle) and Formula E (Electric Cars) in his capacity as Chief Brand Officer.

He also served as Chairman of the Group Brand Council and Member of the Investment Committee of Mahindra Partners and continues to serve as the Chairman of Mahindra Innovation Academy. He served as Director on the Boards of Group companies such as Bristlecone, USA and Mahindra First Choice Services, India. Additionally, he is a Director on the Boards of CIE, Spain and Mahindra CIE, India.

Shukla is affiliated with several renowned industry forums. Besides the India-Spain CEOs Forum, he is also a member of the Indo-French CEOs Forum and the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is the Co-Chairman of FICCI Committee on Defence & Aerospace and a member of the Technology Development Board, Department of Science & Technology, India.

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Ulhas Yargop
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Ulhas N. Yargop

Group President (IT Sector) & Group CTO
Member of the Group Executive Board

Ulhas joined the Mahindra Group in 1992. He has worked since then as General Manager – Corporate Planning, General Manager – Product Planning, General Manager – Mahindra-Ford Project, and Treasurer. He was appointed as President, IT Sector in 1999. He assumed additional responsibility as the Group CTO in 2010 and as Chairman of the Group Sustainability Council in 2011. In 2015, he was redesignated as Group President for the IT Sector.

The IT Sector includes Tech Mahindra (the 5th largest IT company in India, which acquired Satyam Computer Services in 2009) and Bristlecone (a leading supply chain consulting and implementation firm).

Ulhas previously worked with GKN Automotive Inc., USA as Director of Finance and later with GKN Invel Transmissions Ltd, New Delhi as General Manager – Commercial. He also worked with The Standard Batteries Ltd, Mumbai as Vice President – Industrial.

Ulhas is a Director on the boards of Tech Mahindra, Bristlecone, FixStream Technologies Inc, among others. He served on the board of Mahindra Satyam from 2009 to 2013, until it was merged with Tech Mahindra.

He is a member of the Managing Committee of Harvard Business School (India) Research Center, a member of the Board of Governors of The Mahindra United World College of India, a director on the board of The United World Colleges (International), a Trustee of KC Mahindra Education Trust, Mahindra Foundation and Tech Mahindra Foundation.

Ulhas has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Chennai; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Anita Arjundas
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Anita Arjundas

Managing Director – Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd
President – Real Estate Sector, Mahindra Group
Member of the Group Executive Board

Anita Arjundas is the President of the Real Estate Sector of the Mahindra Group; a US $ 19 billion, diversified federation of companies. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction that will enable the Mahindra Group’s real estate business to drive sustainable urbanisation in India.

Anita joined the Mahindra Group in 2002 in one of the subsidiary companies of Mahindra Lifespaces – Mahindra World City, India’s first integrated business city in a public-private partnership. After building the Integrated Cities business unit with two World Cities at Chennai and Jaipur, Anita took over as Managing Director of Mahindra Lifespaces and CEO of the Real Estate sector of the Group, comprising residential and industrial developments. Anita has been a member of the Mahindra Group Executive Board since April 2010.

Prior to her career with the Mahindra Group, Anita spent 3 years in the IT industry and 10 years in the consumer goods space.

An MBA graduate from BIM, India; and a Wharton AMP alumnus, Anita has been named among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune India for the past five years.

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Ashok Sharma
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Ashok Sharma

President, Agri-business
MD & CEO, Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd
Member of the Group Executive Board

Ashok holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the renowned VJTI, Mumbai and a Master's in Management Studies from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He is also a certified six sigma black belt from the Motorola University.

Prior to joining Mahindra, he has held successful leadership positions in various Indian and multinational corporations like Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co, Videocon International, and Daewoo Electronics.

Since 1998, he has been with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and has headed diverse functions including sales, channel, marketing, quality and strategy, where he contributed significantly to increasing Mahindra's market share in the tractor business and in sustaining its leadership position. Ashok was also instrumental in developing an integrated 'One Mahindra' strategy for the Automotive and Farm Equipment sectors in South Asia and Africa.

Ashok heads the Business Excellence and Innovation functions for the entire Automotive and Farm Equipment businesses of the Mahindra Group. Under his leadership, Mahindra's Agri-business portfolio, comprising fresh produce, irrigation, crop development and protection inputs, staples, and dairy, has grown around 12 fold in the last 5 years. Today, it is one of India’s largest grape exporter with a strong customer base in Europe and South East Asia.

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C.P. Gurnani
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C P Gurnani

MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra
Member of the Group Executive Board

CP Gurnani (popularly known as 'CP' within his peer group), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra.

An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.

His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.

In a career spanning 35+ years, CP has held several leading positions with Hewlett Packard Ltd, Perot Systems (India) Ltd and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP has also served as a Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2016-2017. An outstanding people manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He has always focussed on people's strength to bring out the best in them. “Work hard and play hard” is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.

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Hemant Sikka
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Hemant Sikka

President & CPO, Power & Spares Business
Member of the Group Executive Board

Hemant manages a purchasing spend of ₹30,000 Crores for various divisions, manufacturing, Cars, SUVs, Tractors, Trucks, Buses, Two Wheelers and Construction Equipment. In addition to his role as CPO, he also leads the Spare Parts and Genset businesses of Mahindra, both together having a turnover of ₹4,000 Crores.

He is a member of the Group Executive Board and on the board of various group companies: Mahindra Trucks & Buses Ltd (MTBL), Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd (MIBL), Mahindra Automotive Distributors Pvt Ltd (MADPL), Mahindra Telecom Energy Management Services Ltd and Mahindra Waste Energy Solution Ltd.

Prior to this, Hemant was Head Purchase – SsangYong Motors, South Korea, a group subsidiary of Mahindra. He played a key role in the purchasing domain by building strong business relationships with Korean suppliers and led the SsangYong purchase team in significantly reducing material costs.

Before his assignment in SsangYong Motors, Hemant was Head Manufacturing – Automotive Sector. He focussed on workmen involvement in improving quality and concluded long term wage agreements with workmen unions. He also had a 9-year stint with automobile company, Maruti Suzuki.

Hemant chairs the Sourcing Council Group of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers). In 2013, he was awarded the Procurement Excellence Award at the maiden Procurement Leaders Asia Pacific Awards in Singapore.

Hemant enjoys sports and watching movies. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two daughters.

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Johng-sik Choi
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Johng-sik Choi

President and CEO- Ssangyong Motor Co.

Johng-sik Choi majored in business management at Seoul National University and earned his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University.

He started his career at Hyundai Motors in 1977, serving as Head of Planning Office, Head of Marketing, Vice President & Director of Hyundai Motor Canada, and Executive Director of Hyundai Motor America.

He joined Ssangyong Motor in January 2010 as Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing, and successfully launched a series of face-lifted models and new products such as the Korando and Tivoli which reflected the customer needs and market trend.

He plays a key role in helping the company regain market share. In 2013, Ssangyong recorded its highest-ever yearly revenue and exports volumes.

Referred to as a global sales master and automotive expert with 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, he is credited with driving growth and presenting a future vision for Ssangyong as a prestigious global automaker.

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Kavinder Singh
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Kavinder Singh

MD & CEO, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd
Member of the Group Executive Board

Kavinder joined Mahindra in 2014 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL). His focus is making MHRIL a world-class vacation ownership company, with a view to create differentiated experiences for Club Mahindra members.

Kavinder has more than 28 years of extensive consumer experience in the FMCG sector having worked in Asian Paints, ITC Ltd and Pidilite Industries. In his 17-year career at ITC, he spent 8 years in setting up and building the 'Sunfeast' biscuits business; he headed the Biscuits and Confectionery business prior to joining Pidilite. He also started the 'Strategic Initiatives Group' and led transformational Corporate Strategic Initiatives at Pidilite. After a successful stint as Chief Strategy Officer, he became the first CEO of the Consumer Products Business at Pidilite, his most recent role.

Kavinder is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Warangal and has attended the General Management Program at Wharton School of Business.

Kavinder is married to Jeet, who is an artist. They have a daughter, Gunjeet, who is studying medicine and a son, Ravneet, who is studying engineering. Kavinder is a voracious reader, a fitness enthusiast and loves to travel and explore new destinations.

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L Ravichandran
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L. Ravichandran

President & CEO, Tech Mahindra
Member of the Group Executive Board

L. Ravichandran (Ravi, to his peers) is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tech Mahindra, and is a vital part of the organisation's senior executive leadership team. In a career spanning 37 years, he has played a significant role in building and delivering businesses to many Fortune 500 organisations across the world.

At Tech Mahindra, Ravi heads global delivery across all verticals, competencies and geographies. He also plays a critical role in many initiatives including alliances and acquisitions. Ravi's strength lies in creation of new business lines and he is known for his capability to create high performance teams, deliver quality solutions and nurture strong client relationships.

Prior to Tech Mahindra, Ravi was COO at Perot Systems, India. He has worked with reputed organisations including Tata Infotech Ltd, where he headed the Application Solutions division and managed client relations, services and delivery of large accounts.

Ravi holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and is a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

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Manoj Chugh
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Manoj Chugh

President, Enterprise Business, Tech Mahindra
Member of the Group Executive Board

Manoj Chugh is the President, Enterprise Business at Tech Mahindra. An ICT industry veteran, he has managed and led companies to leadership positions across diverse business segments including servers, satellite communications, networking and data storage.

Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, Manoj was the Regional President, APJ for EMC's Global Accounts Program. In a stellar career spanning over three decades, he has been bestowed with several industry accolades: Data Quest listed him as one of the Top 10 People To Have Shaped The Last Decade of the Indian IT Industry. He was awarded the Best IT Man of the Year 2001 by the National Foundation of Indian Engineers and conferred an Honorary Fellowship of the e-Information Systems, Security and Audit Association (eISSA), besides other laurels. He has served as the Chairman of SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) India and has also been on the Executive Board of the American Chambers of Commerce in India (AMCHAM) for six years.

Manoj is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and is based in Delhi, India.

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Rajan Wadhera
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Rajan Wadhera

President – Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
President – Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
Member of the Group Executive Board
Vice President – SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers)

Rajan Wadhera is the President of the Automotive Sector of Mahindra and Mahindra. He is a Member of the Group Executive Board and also the President of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the leading Homologation and Certification authority in India.

Rajan has a B.Tech and M.Tech from IIT Bombay and is a Graduate of the Advanced Management Programme from the Wharton Business School, USA.

He has more than 32 years of diverse experience in various facets of automotive as well as farm equipment sector like Research & Development, Technology, and Sourcing & Operations.

Under his leadership, as Chief Executive of Technology, Product Development and Sourcing of Auto and Farm Sectors, at Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Rajan led the development of projects like XUV5OO, e2o, Xylo, Thar, Maxximo, Genio, Quanto, New Generation Scorpio, Jeeto, TUV3OO, Arjun NOVO and KUV1OO. He was instrumental in setting up an offshore Engineering and Development Centre for Auto Sector, the North American Technology Center (NATC), in Detroit. He was also instrumental in setting up the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) at Chennai.

Rajan is the Chairman of the Board at Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited (MTBL), Mahindra Heavy Engines Limited (MHEL), and Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA). He is also a Director on a holding Company of Pininfarina, MANA, and Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd.

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Rajesh Jejurikar
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Rajesh Jejurikar

President - Farm Equipment Sector
Member of the Group Executive Board

Rajesh Jejurikar is the President of the Farm Equipment Sector (FES) and a Member of the Group Executive Board. He also oversees Swaraj Engines Limited and the Mahindra Two Wheelers businesses.

An MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management. Rajesh attended the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship to study at the Manchester Business School, UK.

After a distinguished career with Voltas, FCB Ulka and Marico, Rajesh joined the Automotive Sector as Vice President – Marketing in 2000. His role was expanded in 2003, when he was appointed Executive Vice President – Sales & Marketing for the Automotive Sector.

In 2005, Rajesh was given additional responsibility as the Managing Director of Mahindra Renault, where he oversaw the development and launch of the Logan in India. In 2008, he became Chief of Operations of the Automotive Sector and when Automotive & Farm Equipment Sector (AFS) was formed in 2010, he was appointed Chief Executive of the Automotive Division.

He serves on the boards of several companies including Mahindra USA, Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery Co. Ltd (Japan), Peugeot Motocyles (France), Mahindra Racing SRL (Italy), Hisarlar Makine Sanayive Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Turkey), Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd, Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd, Trringo.com Ltd and Swaraj Engines Ltd.

He is a visiting faculty at S. P. Jain Institute of Management and is on their Governing Body as well. He also has an honorary position on the Enactus India National Advisory Council.

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Ramesh Iyer
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Ramesh Iyer

Managing Director - Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services, President - Financial Services Sector

Ramesh’s key mandate at Mahindra is to drive inclusive growth, aligned to our guiding belief of delivering rural prosperity. He has been hard at work, building Mahindra Finance since 1995, and the experience comes in handy when managing a team of over 16,000 employees, spread across 1,000+ branches across the country. Ramesh’s efforts have led to not only the creation of a potentially global financial services powerhouse, but also supported the rapid expansion of our mobility and tractor businesses.

Ramesh is a key player in the country’s financial sector affecting policy change as a member of the Banking & Finance Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC), and the Taskforce of NBFCs of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Group on Finance & Leasing and Insurance of the Council of Economic Affairs, and helped set up the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). He also serves on the boards of several Mahindra Group companies.

Among the many accolades Ramesh has received include the Udyog Rattan Award from the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi; the Rashtriya Udyog Pratibha Award from the Council for Economic Growth & Research, Pune; and the Bhartiya Udyog Ratna Award from the National Education & Human Resources Development Organization, Mumbai. In 2010, Business World included him in a special report on India’s Most Valuable CEOs, in 2014, received an award as one of the finalists for “The Outstanding CEO Category” by CEO India Magazine, Delhi, and in the same year was adjudged the Best CEO - Financial Services Sector Mid Cap by Business Today at an Awards function held in Delhi. He was also shortlisted in the Top 5 Overall Best CEO (mid-cap category all Industry), 2015 ;he received 2 awards in the category 'CEO of the Year' & 'Most Admired Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award' at The Rural Marketing Forum and Awards, conducted by CMO Asia in 2015.

A commerce graduate, Ramesh has an MBA from Mumbai University. He an alumnus of several management and leadership programs conducted in India, the US, France, and China by institutions like IIM (Bangalore), Michigan Business School, Harvard Business School and IMD, Switzerland.

Ruzbeh Irani
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Ruzbeh Irani

President (Group Communications & Ethics) & Chief Brand Officer
Member of the Group Executive Board

Ruzbeh joined the Mahindra Group in 2007, as Executive Vice President – Corporate Strategy, heading the Group's Strategy function. He subsequently also became the Chief Brand Officer of the Group, during which time he spearheaded Mahindra's entry into racing, and led the development of the Group's brand position and core purpose, 'Rise'. He then moved onto head International Operations for the Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors of M&M.

Since April 2015, Ruzbeh has been leading the Corporate Brand, Communications, PR, Ethics, Racing and Culture functions of the Mahindra Group, as President (Group Communications & Ethics) & Chief Brand Officer. He is also a member of Mahindra’s Group Executive Board.

Ruzbeh completed his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Bombay University in 1983. He went on to receive his Master's in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai in 1985. He is also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Post his Master's degree, Ruzbeh worked with Hindustan Lever and Unilever for close to 22 years, across geographies in marketing, customer management and general management.

Ruzbeh is the father of two sons, Ishan and Taronish; and husband to Madhavi. He is an avid jogger, a sports enthusiast, and immensely enjoys watching soccer.

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S Durgashankar
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S Durgashankar

President – Group M&A, Corporate Accounts and Group Secretarial
Member of the Group Executive Board

S. Durgashankar or 'Durga' to most, is a Chartered Accountant, and currently President – Group M&A, Corporate Accounts and Group Secretarial and Member of the Group Executive Board. He is also in charge of the operations of Mahindra Integrated Business Solutions Pvt Ltd – the Service Centre arm of M&M. During his overall experience spanning three decades, he has handled a wide spectrum of Corporate Finance assignments at senior levels. At M&M, he was instrumental in setting up the M&A division and has a rich M&A experience, having facilitated many domestic and international M&A transactions for the group. He was earlier the Corporate Treasurer and Head of Treasury & Investor Relations at M&M.

Prior to his current assignment, Durga was CFO of Mahindra Satyam and was responsible for the company becoming current with respect to its Indian GAAP reporting requirements. Before joining Mahindra, he was the Group CFO of a group of businesses, with interest in the power sector, listed in AIM & NSE exchanges. He played a key role in the parent company of that group getting listed at the NSE.

Before joining M&M, Durga headed one of the Strategic Business Units of a bank and acquired rich experience in project evaluation, lending and corporate restructuring. He has served and currently serves as Nominee Director on the board of various companies. He is an Alumni of Harvard Business School where he had attended the Advanced Management Program. He is also a speaker at many forums on varied topics in M&A and Finance.

Durga is recipient of CFO 100 Awards in 2010, 2013 and 2014 for his contribution to Corporate Finance in the area of M&A. He was also the recipient of CFO India League of Excellence Award in March 2015.

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S. Ramkrishna
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Ramkrishna Subbaraman

President - Group Public Affairs
Member of the Group Executive Board

Ramki heads Mahindra’s Group Public Affairs, and is responsible for external relations including policy-related advocacy. He has a successful record of effective government relations, after a career spanning three and a half decades in various blue chip corporations. Prior to joining Mahindra in 2013, he was with Nokia as Chief Corporate Officer, and was also Chairman of the Board of Nokia India Pvt Ltd. There, he contributed to the development of the National Telecom Policy, the National Manufacturing Policy, and the ESDM policy as it pertained to the mobile sector.

Ramki started his career with the Tata Group and worked with them for 15 years, where his last position was Chief Resident Executive of Tata Steel at Delhi. Later, as Vice President and Senior Director of Pfizer India for over eight years, he successfully led the pharmaceutical industry’s advocacy for robust intellectual property laws in India. During his time with Pfizer, he significantly impacted the drafting and passage of three patent amendment laws. He has been a speaker at many seminars and conferences on IPR, including the American Conference on Patents at New York in 2005. He wrote a book called Patents: Advantage India.

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Sangeeta Prasad
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Sangeeta Prasad

CEO, Integrated Cities and Industrial Clusters,
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd
Member of the Group Executive Board

Sangeeta leads the development of integrated cities and industrial parks across India, as part of the company's mission of transforming urban landscapes by creating sustainable communities.

She is a frequent speaker at prestigious industry and international events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, in 2012, where she addressed audiences on 'Urbanisation - Trends, Challenges and Opportunities'. She was also a speaker at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or 'COP 21', in Paris. Sangeeta was part of the FICCI delegation to Hannover Messe in 2015 and a panelist at the FICCI Seminar on 'Smart Cities – the Urban Challenge', at the same forum.

In addition to being a Member of the Board of Governors, IIM Lucknow, Sangeeta is an invitee on the FICCI Task Force on Smart Cities and is also on the Steering Committee of the CII National Mission on Smart Cities.

She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. A Chevening scholar, she has to her credit a General Management Programme at INSEAD, Fountainbleu, and has also attended programmes at Harvard University.

Sangeeta enjoys spending time with her daughter, who is a constant source of knowledge and inspiration for her. Her areas of interest include quizzing, reading, traveling and music.

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VS Parthasarathy
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VS Parthasarathy

Group CFO & Group CIO
President (Group Finance & M&A)
Member of the Group Executive Board

VS Parthasarathy (fondly known as Partha) is a man with multiple thinking hats and a global leader. In his role as Group CFO and CIO, he facilitates the Mahindra Group in accomplishing its vision of ‘being amongst the Top 50 most admired brands in the world. He is a member of the think-tank of Mahindra Group’s supervisory board called the ‘Group Executive Board’. He is a Chairman of Mahindra eMarket Ltd, and on board of 4 listed companies and 10 other group companies. He is also a member of the Global IT Customer Advisory Board of CISCO.

Partha is Chairman on CII National Committee for CFOs & Association of Finance Profession of India (AFPI) – Governing Council. He is an active member of ‘CFO Board’ – Think Tank for Finance Ministry & BCCI (Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Managing Committee.

Partha started his career with Modi Xerox as a Management Trainee. Prior to joining Mahindra in 2000, he was the Associate Director at Xerox. At M&M, he spearheaded functions like Finance, HR, M&A, IT and International Operations before he was appointed CFO – M&M.

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Zhooben Bhiwandiwala
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Zhooben Bhiwandiwala

President – Mahindra Partners and Group Legal
Member of the Group Executive Board

Zhooben currently heads the Mahindra Partners division and additionally overseas the Group’s legal function. The Mahindra Partners division is a US $1 Billion Private Equity and Venture Capital division of the Mahindra Group and is the channel for the Group’s diversified new investments.

Zhooben joined the Mahindra Group in 1985, and through a remarkable 31-year career has acquired a wide spectrum of experience across diverse roles in a number of key positions in several business sectors. As a long standing veteran, he has traversed an interesting path across the Group during the past three decades – in terms of the diversity of roles, their geographic reach and location, and also the industry verticals.

He has, during this tenure, acquired broad ranging cross-functional experience across several industries, and his active roles have embraced finance, legal, significant cross border M&A, HR, marketing, strategy and other commercial functions. Zhooben has spent around seven years on deputation to international assignments in the UK and US, and through the span of his career, has been extensively involved in international operations, incubating and investing in new businesses, start-ups, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. He is also an active participant in several Group corporate initiatives and is the Chairman of the HR Academy at the Mahindra Learning University.

Currently, Zhooben is a Director on the Boards of a number of companies of the Mahindra Group including many of its overseas subsidiaries.

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