Displaying exemplary business leadership for decades now, Anand Mahindra is a name to reckon with in the global corporate sector. Chairman of the multi-billion dollar Mahindra Group and the Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, the 60-year-old is known for his bold decisions, paving the way for his family-owned business and single-handedly turning it into a global mega business venture.
Born in 1955, Mahindra showed a keen interest in his grandfather’s business from an early age and after finishing his higher education from Harvard College, Massachusetts, he returned to India to join the family business as an executive assistant of Mahindra Ugine Steel Company. After he became the President of the group, he diversified the business into real estate and hospitality. These efforts catapulted him to the post of Deputy Managing Director in 1991 and Managing Director in 1997, after which there was no looking back.
Capitalising on the opportunities presented by a newly liberalised Indian economy, the versatile leader left no stone unturned and embarked on an acquisition spree of well-known brands. With a penchant for building brands that carve a niche in the minds of customers, he ventured into the automotive world by launching Scorpio, and then XUV500, which received rave reviews.
While Mahindra has always believed in aiming high and going global with his ventures, he strikes an essential balance by building a strong foundation of core values within his company. Known for being the number one brand for tractors, he is a true visionary who believes that “the job of automobile manufacturers is to passionately build something that others love to own”.
Spearheading the entire Mahindra Group, the distinguished leader has put India on the global map with his tireless pursuit of excellence, breaking new ground each time by building products that represent strong brand values, innovation and promising innovative features.
Recognising his efforts over decades, Mahindra was honoured as the Knight of the Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic in 2004 and also received the title of the ‘Most Inspiring Corporate Leader of the Year’ from NDTV Profit recently, amongst other notable awards.
Being the third generation scion of the Mahindra clan, who has expanded the Mahindra Group’s operations to 20 industries from auto to information technology to real estate, this tech-savvy leader is a role model to entrepreneurs worldwide, who has left a legacy of inspiration with his audacious decisions and has supported it with a strong work ethic and core values, that form the foundation of an extraordinary enterprise.
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