Success comes on swift wings to those who dare to fly. One such flight was undertaken by one of the biggest tycoons of the Indian automobile industry, Anand Mahindra. In 1981, he joined Mahindra Ugine Steel Co. (MUSCO), a major producer of specialty steel as executive assistant to the finance director. Today, he spearheads Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd as the chairman and managing director. His has been a dynamic journey which has left the business world awestruck. In 1991, he was appointed as the deputy managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra and initiated a comprehensive programme of change to make the company an efficient and aggressive competitor in liberalised India. It was his vitality and ambition that made Mahindra & Mahindra the country’s leading producer of tractors and off-road vehicles. His insight led to major inorganic growth for the organisation and massive acquisitions which include SsangYong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services (now merged with Tech Mahindra), Aerostaff Australia and Gippsland Aeronautics among others.
One of the pre-requisites of being successful is one’s ability to acknowledge the role of education. In Anand Mahindra’s case, he takes a keen interest in education and apart from being a trustee of the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, which provides scholarships to students, he is also on the board of governors of the Mahindra United World College of India. In 1996, he initiated the ‘Nanhi Kali’ programme to provide free education to the economically underprivileged girl children of India. He is also a lifelong 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. It also provides agriculture and natural resource management knowledge to small farmers across India.