A successful business leader of global standing, Arvind is the Chief of International Operations at Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. He is highly respected in the corporate world and has a commendable track record of building profitable businesses and organizational capability. Arvind has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience with organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Tata Advanced Materials Limited, and Suzlon Energy Limited. With vast operational and general management experience across diverse sectors like aerospace, automotive, defense, and renewable energy, Arvind is credited with evolving business strategy, growing market share, improving operational excellence, and driving innovation.
Arvind was earlier the Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Electric Vehicles Private Limited. Arvind also served as President and Managing Director of Ford India, and spearheaded its capacity expansion and operations. While in India, he was credited with playing a major role in the development of new vehicle and powertrain program for Ford’s operations. Additionally, Arvind played a lead role in building a robust supplier base for localization programs in India, and also promoted exports from the country. He has held a vast range of engineering, product planning and new product implementation positions with Ford’s operations in North America, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the UK.
Arvind holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani, and Masters’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Arvind and his wife divide their time between their Mumbai and Chennai residences.
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