Anand Mahindra continues as Executive Chairman

Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra, will continue to be at the helm of the company till November 11, 2021, instead of April 1, 2020 as was announced earlier. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had mandated that from April 1, 2020, the top 500 listed companies of India, should appoint a Non-Executive Chairman. However, the market regulator has extended this deadline by two years until April 2022. Dr. Pawan Goenka and Dr. Anish Shah will continue to report to Anand Mahindra.

Anand Mahindra has created a legacy of growth for the Mahindra Group. Under his leadership the company entered the real estate and hospitality industries, and forayed into electric vehicles a decade ago.

Driving Positive Change on Road Safety

For the Mahindra Group, our participation in the 31st Road Safety Week from January 11 to 17, 2020, was yet another example of driving positive change by creating greater awareness about this important cause.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), which organizes National Road Safety Week, released disturbing data on accident rates in India - at least 17 people die in road accidents every hour, on an average, across the country.

The theme this year was ‘Bringing Change Through Youth’. During the week, the Mahindra Group launched a safety awareness campaign for employees across its locations. Our Employee Social Options (ESOPs) volunteers devoted 17,337 person-hours benefitting over 85,000 people across the country.

Along with the local government, traffic and police departments, our ESOP volunteers conducted awareness sessions on safety and trauma care, blood donation drives, distributed safety materials, and organised a quiz and poster-making competitions on road safety.

The Mahindra Group also helped conduct awareness campaigns for dealer staff, and organized a driver-education program through dealer workshops. There was an overwhelming participation from over 550+ Mahindra dealer workshops across India.

Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd., said, “As responsible corporate citizens, we at Mahindra are committed to making India’s roads safer. Today, most accidents are caused due to driver negligence and improper road etiquette. It is our responsibility to educate people about road safety. Through the activities at various touch points, we are trying to educate the drivers of today and tomorrow, helping them to imbibe the values of road safety from a young age.”

Defence Goes Digital

Tech Mahindra reseals its strong foothold as a leader in the digitization space. It will design and build digital solutions for Bharat Electronics Limited, the defence public sector undertaking (PSU). Both companies signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the recently held DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow to jointly develop solutions for the armed forces using the latest technologies in Aerospace and Defence (A&D) Engineering services, 5G and cyber security.

BEL’s clientele include various arms of the country’s defence forces, the judiciary and various government departments. Tech Mahindra, which represents the connected world, offers innovative, customer-centric IT services, enabling enterprises to Rise.

Sujit Baksi, Head APAC Business and President Corporate Affairs, Tech Mahindra, said, “Tech Mahindra’s collaboration with Bharat Electronics extends our vision of supporting the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative to enhance our indigenous capabilities and build a robust 5 trillion dollar Indian economy.It is also in line with our TechMNxt charter

that focuses on leveraging new generation technologies to deliver an enhanced experience to our customers. With Tech Mahindra’s global footprint, this collaboration will not only provide cutting edge design solutions to the Indian Armed forces, but also help in tapping export opportunities.”

Additionally, Tech Mahindra has also entered into a partnership with Honeywell, a Fortune 100 tech-giant, to build ‘Factories of the Future.” The two companies will leverage digital transformation, 5G, Industry 4.0 and engineering capabilities to help the manufacturing industry to scale-up faster.

Visit TechMNxt to see how Tech Mahindra is driving ‘collaborative disruption’ by leveraging future technologies.

A Decade of the Mahindra Blues Festival

Mumbai’s ionic Mehboob Studios was center stage for the world’s finest Blues musicians on February 8 and 9. It was a special evening as the Mahindra Blues, Asia’s largest Blues festival, celebrated a decade of bringing together some of the biggest and best Blues artists from around the world.

Headlining this year’s line-up was Blues icon and eight-time Grammy winner, Buddy Guy. The Blues legend, who is a vocalist and guitarist, has made four appearances at the festival, in his signature beret and silk shirts.

The Homegrown Blues Collective opened Day 1 of the festival. With names such as guitarist Ehsaan Noorani and keyboardist Loy Mendonsa, Soulmate, Kanchan Daniel and Arinjoy Sarkar of the Arinjoy Trio, as part of the line-up, these artists presented original material instead of rendering covers.

Keb Mo’, the five-time Grammy winner performed next and the day ended with a soulful performance by Kenny Wayne, an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. The Mahindra Blues Band Hunt winner – Quiet Storm -- also performed their original numbers. A family of four from Meghalaya, they emerged as the winners by battling it out with Blues bands from across the country.

Day two of the Mahindra Blues festival witnessed performances by Larkin Poe, an American band fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell. Quiet Storm, also performed on Day two, and the Blues legend Buddy Guy closed the festival. And as per the Mahindra Blues tradition, Guy was joined by Shepherd, Mo’, the Lovell siblings and Rudy Wallang for the All Star Jam.

In 2010, this festival was initiated to make Mumbai the destination for the Blues genre, and it has provided a great platform for Indian Blues bands to showcase their skills. The festival has managed to cut across age groups and has found an audience in Bollywood celebrities, indie music lovers, corporate suits and hard-core Blues lovers from all over the world.

Mahindra ROXOR is ‘King of the Hammers’

The King of the Hammers is an off-road race that combines desert racing and rock crawling, and is touted to be one of the toughest one-day races in the world. Held in the Mojave Desert, in California, the race saw the Mahindra ROXOR driven by Jesse Haines win first place, beating 130 other participants.

The punishing 143-mile course consisted of high-speed lake beds, scooped out roads, and some of the hardest rock-crawling canyons in the world. Only 38 of the 122 EMC vehicles that took the green flag were able to reach the finish line. Haines started 110th, but moved up and finished 19th overall and first in class. He beefed up his ROXOR with a rugged leaf-spring suspension, tweaking the stock turbo-diesel motor and installing portal axles.

Jesse Haines, winner of the King of the Hammers 2020, said, “The ROXOR’s turbodiesel engine was a real advantage today. The first lap in the desert we knew that we were outgunned by more powerful vehicles with coil suspension, but the ROXOR just never stopped chugging along.”

Halfway through the race, the ROXOR rolled on to one side in a rocky canyon as Haines attempted to overtake the class leader. But Haines and co-driver Justin Sexton were able to right the vehicle and continue the race.

With over seven decades of proven capabilities, Mahindra prides itself on the ROXOR’s simplicity and durability under the most demanding of conditions.

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