Dr. Pawan Goenka

Former Managing Director and CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Dr. Pawan Goenka worked at the General Motors R&D Centre in Detroit, U.S.A. from 1979 to 1993. Thereafter, he joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. as General Manager (R&D). During his R&D tenure, he led the development of the Scorpio SUV. He was appointed COO (Automotive Sector) in April 2003, President (Automotive Sector) in September 2005, President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors) in April 2010. Dr. Pawan Goenka was appointed the Executive Director and President (AFS) on the Board of the Company on 23 September 2013. He retired from Mahindra as Managing Director and CEO on 1 April 2021. Dr. Goenka is credited with building a strong R&D and a wide product portfolio for Mahindra and is also widely recognized as a statesman of the India auto industry. Dr. Goenka served on the boards of several Mahindra Group companies, both domestic and international. He served as the Chairman of Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Limited, Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited, Ssangyong Motor Company, Mahindra Racing UK Limited, Mahindra Automotive North America Inc., Mahindra USA, and Automobili Pininfarina GmbH. Dr. Goenka continues to serve as the Chairman of Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd (MASL). Dr. Goenka is also an Independent Director on the Board of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Bosch Limited. Dr. Goenka received several awards during his tenure at General Motors, such as the Extraordinary Accomplishment Award and the Charles L. McCuen Achievement Award from General Motors and the Burt L. Newkirk Award from ASME. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur in 2004 and was also conferred with the Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in 2015. He is a Fellow of SAE International and of The Indian National Academy of Engineers and a Member of the National Academy of Engineers, USA. In January 2011, Dr. Pawan Goenka was honoured with the Automotive Man of the Year Award by NDTV Car & Bike. In December 2011, he featured as Autocar Professional’s Man of the Year. He was conferred the ‘CV Man of the Year’ by the Apollo CV Awards 2012 in recognition of his extensive contribution within the automotive industry in India and globally. Dr. Goenka has been awarded the 2016 FISITA Medal of Honour, which is bestowed for his ‘particularly distinguished achievement and leadership in the global automotive industry’ and is the only Indian to receive this prestigious recognition. In February 2020, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Car India & Bike India, for his leadership and commitment towards the progress of the Indian automotive industry. In March 2021, Dr. Goenka was conferred with the Param Shreshth Award by Car & Bike and honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Autocar India for his contribution to the Indian auto industry. Dr. Goenka is the Former President of SIAM, of the Society of Automotive Engineers India, the ARAI Governing Council, and has also served as a Board Member of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). He is currently a National Council Member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Chairman of the National Mission on AtmaNirbhar Bharat of CII. He is serving as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. He is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for Advancing Local Value-Add and Exports (SCALE), an initiative under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Dr. Pawan Goenka has completed 66 years of age. Dr. Goenka earned his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and Ph.D. from Cornell University, U.S.A. He is also a Graduate of Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.