Managing Director - Mahindra & Mahindra
Pawan combines a keen business sense with unmatched technological prowess. As Mahindra’s resident automobile technological wizard, he is better known in India as the ‘Father of the Scorpio’. It is a vehicle that not only defines the very best of what we offer, but continues to set new benchmarks for the Indian automobile industry.
Pawan joined Mahindra in 1993 with our R&D division still in its infancy, and under his leadership, is now a repository of global mobility solutions. The Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai, and the Mahindra North American Technical Centre in Detroit were conceived and commanded by him.
Today, Pawan is leading our charge towards a sustainable tomorrow by executing our vision of the future of mobility, in particular with our all-electric vehicles: clean, convenient, connected, clever, and cost-effective. After serving as the COO of the Automotive Sector, he was appointed as the President of the Automotive sector in 2005. The Farm Equipment sector was added to his portfolio in 2010. He was appointed Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra in 2013, and took over the Two Wheeler business in 2014. In November 2016, he assumed the role of Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
In his 14 years at General Motors in the Motor City prior to Mahindra, Pawan created methods to analyze engine bearings and engine friction that are still in use today. His automotive accomplishments have resulted in numerous honours, including being named Autocar’s Man of the Year in 2007, and the Automotive Man of the Year at the 2011 NDTV Car & Bike Awards. He is a fellow of the Society of Automobile Engineers (International) and the Indian National Academy of Engineers.
Pawan holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur; a PhD from Cornell University, USA; and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
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.
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