Anand Mahindra is well-known in the auto industry as the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. His grandfather, KC Mahindra, was a co-founder of this company, which was established in Ludhiana, Punjab, where he was born.
|Name||Anand Gopal Mahindra-Chairman of Mahindra Group|
|Born||1 May 1955|
|Education||Harvard University (BA, MBA)|
Anand was born into a well-known business family on May 1, 1955, in Mumbai. His parents are Harish and Indira Mahindra. He finished his education at The Lawrence School in Lovedale and received his degree from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the most prestigious institution. He belonged to the Phoenix S.K.Club. He completed his MBA program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1981.
He married Anuradha, who is the editorial director of Rolling Stone India and a well-known editor of the publications “Verve” and “Man’s World.” Two daughters were born to the couple together. After coming back to India, Anand, who had consistently demonstrated a keen interest in their family business, joined it. He then began to carve his path to success, which led to a gold mine of renown in the management fraternity.
He began his career at Mahindra Ugine Steel Company as an executive assistant, and in 1989 he was promoted to President of this prestigious Group. At this point, he expanded his business into new industries like hospitality and real estate development. All his efforts yielded him the post of Deputy Managing Director of M & M Group in 1991, and he was then promoted to Managing Director in 1997.
He was named Vice Chairman. He was a co-promoter of Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd., which he later turned into a bank in 2003.
Anand successfully guided his team in establishing global goals and success criteria. He attained huge success by introducing the Scorpio, the developed version of the SUV, in 2002, which brought global recognition to the company. From that point forward, their company’s roots deepened through acquisitions and new greenfield ventures. Due to this company’s overwhelming success, it has acquired a number of well-known businesses, including Satyam Computer Services (2009), Reva Electric Motors (2010), and Ssangyong Motor Company (2010).
Anand presided over both the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Automotive Research Association of India (2003-04). He is also a founding member of the India Chapter of the Harvard Business School Association. He served as the World Economic Forum’s co-chairman in Davos.
Additionally, he held the position of director for the National Stock Exchange of India Limited, chosen in the “Public Representatives category.” He serves on the Mahindra United World College of India’s Board of Governors. He serves as President and Chairperson for numerous businesses due to his multitasking abilities. He has held positions on a number of significant organizations, such as the World Bank Group’s Advisory Board for Doing Business, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the UN Global Compact Board.
- He received the title of “Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy” from the Italian President in 2013.
- He was made a Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2016 by the President of the French Republic.
- In 2020, Mr. Mahindra received the Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian honour in India.
Successes & Honors:
In 2004, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Award.
He received the 2005 Person of the Year award from Auto Monitor.
The Leadership award was given out by the American Indian Foundation.
The award was the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award.
He received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Ludhiana Management Association in 2007. He received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Harvard Business School in 2008. Additionally, NDTV Profit awarded him the title of “Most Inspiring Corporate Leader of the Year.” The Economic Times Awards offered the title of business leader of the year (2008–2009).
He was awarded the Harvard Medal by the Harvard Alumni Association in 2014.
He was recently listed by the Daily News and Analysis as one of Mumbai’s most powerful men and women.
Given his preference for education, he manages the K.C. Mahindra Education Charity, a trust that awards scholarships. He generously endowed the Harvard Humanities Centre, currently called the Mahindra Humanities Centre, in 2010. He also started the Nanhi Kali programme, which over the past 20 years has given over 500,000 disadvantaged girls access to a top-notch education. The most prosperous and powerful person in our nation is Anand. With over 9 million Twitter followers, he is a sharp business analyst and humanitarian.