Ruzbeh Irani appointed as Chief Group Communications & Ethics Officer Mahindra Group, effective from April 1 this year. Ruzbeh is also a member of the Mahindra Group Executive Board.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said: “Communication plays a vital role in building the Mahindra brand on the global stage, and in strengthening our internal culture. It is especially crucial, given the Mahindra Group’s aspiration of joining the ranks of the Top 50 most admired global brands by 2021.”
Ruzbeh was good in strategic orientation, and international credentials has helped him to get the enormous value to this role in which he will work with all Mahindra Group businesses to develop and strengthen their communications strategy and execution on a global scale. In addition to the role given, he was also entitled to be a responsible personality for developing and maintaining the highest standards of ethics and corporate governance in the entire system of Group.
Ruzbeh’s appointment was followed by the retirement of Ms. Roma Balwani from the Group on March 31, 2014. Roma headed the Communications function for approximately nine years.
Ruzbeh Irani got associated with Mahindra Group in March 2007, as Executive Vice President – Corporate Strategy. He was alloted the responsibility of strategy formulation and monitoring across the Group. Then in 2009, due to his outstanding performance he was also appointed Chief Brand Officer, and was instrumental in spearheading the work on the Group’s brand position and core purpose, ‘Rise’.
Ruzbeh’s sequence of climbing success ladder didn’t stopped there, he aslo led the Mahindra’s entry into MotoGP – the World Motorcycle Racing Championship, making Mahindra the first Indian two-wheeler manufacturer to participate on the world stage, in motorcycle racing. From there, he was appointed to the Mahindra Group Executive Board in 2010. In February 2012, and further he was taken over as Chief Executive – International Operations, where he was given to look and act responsibly for spearheading Mahindra’s efforts in building its global presence, for the Automotive and Farm Equipment businesses.
Learning a bit about his qualifications, after completing his Bachelors degree in Commerce from Bombay University, Ruzbeh completed his Masters in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. At Mahindra, Ruzbeh has leveraged his cross-cultural experience when he co-led the Mahindra Global Recruits Program, through which Mahindra annually recruits from Ivy League campuses in the US.
Learning about Ruzbeh’s personal life, he is an avid jogger, and a sports enthusiast. He loves watching football. His interest in sports has remained one of the major factors to permeat his work-life, where he led Mahindra’s participation in football (the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge partnering with the Celtic Football Club) and basketball (the Mahindra NBA Challenge, partnering with the NBA). Ruzbeh lives in Mumbai with his wife, Madhavi. They have two sons.