Anand Mahindra - A Localised focus
Anand Mahindra (Born on 1st May 1955 in Mumbai) is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Mahindra & Mahindra Group, which is amongst the top ten industrial houses in India. He was the president of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) which is working towards developing safe, less polluting and more efficient vehicles and President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi award in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to field of business. He is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Association of India, which is an association devoted to the advancement of professional management in India. He is also the Co-Chairperson of the World Economic Forum at Davos. He has a net worth of $1.7 billion as of 2019.
Anand Mahindra did his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. In some of his writings, he mentions that this was a remarkable period in his life.
In India, Mahindra has elevated the Mahindra Group from a jeep and truck producing firm to a multi-national company. The company produces Utility Vehicles, Multi Utility Vehicles, and Sports Utility Vehicles.
Under his able guidance and leadership, the Mahindra group set international benchmarks to become an efficient and aggressive competitor in the new liberalized economy. the company has developed through both acquisitions and Greenfield business development. The company's possession activities include the possession of Satyam Computer Services in 2009, Reva Electric Vehicles in 2010 and Ssangyong Motor Company in 2010.
Anand is modest about his achievements. He describes himself as an “accidental entrepreneur” who simply joined the family business rather than starting up his own business. “I am third generation in Mahindra family. That is actually the generation meant to destroy everything. So frankly I am delighted that I am still around and have my job that itself is a compliment for the third generation entrepreneur,” he says.
He believes in the principle: try and try harder till you succeed. No challenge is too hard for this great man. He believes in continued learning, no matter how old you are. With his continued earning for all things new, Anand has made sure he is always one step ahead of his game. In most of the situations in life, you will have to remain calm and stable minded, that is precisely what you can learn from how this Anand Mahindra managed a shut down protest by workers. He usually adheres to his terms and refuses to encourage lethargy and unproductiveness in his company.
He founded Nanhi Kali in 1996 out of the conviction that empowering women through education would have a tremendous positive impact on the nation in the long run. Mahindra Group independently supports the education of 29,100 of the 75,000 underprivileged girl children who participate in Project Nanhi Kali. He is also a Life Trustee on the Board of the Naandi Foundation, a leader in providing academic support and daily meals to more than 1.3 million children in government schools as well as providing agriculture and natural resource management knowledge to small farmers across India.
An active Twitter user, Anand Mahindra is known for his interesting tweets ,often shares funny as well as thoughtful posts with his 8 million followers and he usually tweets about twice a day. He is ranked among the top 30 CEOs on Social Media.
Anand Mahindra , makes sense out of everything in his life. By his charitable works, he has helped millions of people to achieve their dream and hence, will remain as the biggest name in the startup sector. He is not just an inspiration but a proud Indian who believes Indians have everything required to become the next superpower of the world.