Anand Mahindra Awarded Highest French Civilian Honour
Mahindra and Mahindra Chairman and Managing Director, Anand Mahindra, has been conferred with Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India. He was awarded this honour in recognition of his exceptional national as well as international accomplishments and initiatives undertaken through Mahindra Group.
Known as one of the most prominent business leaders in India, Anand Mahindra has been consistently turning Mahindra & Mahindra into a reputed global brand. Under his leadership, several fruitful relationships developed between French and Indian industries such as with French auto manufacturer, Renault, in India; with Peugeot Scooters, France, after its acquisition by the Mahindra Group recently; and Tech Mahindra motives in France (commercial office in Paris and R&D and engineering centre in Toulouse).
These endeavours by Anand Mahindra are considered to have sown a seed of a better relationship between India and France for the future.
What is Legion of Honour?
The Legion of Honour was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to recognise outstanding service to France regardless of the nationality of the recipients. Moreover, the President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.
Being revered as an expert, Anand Mahindra has often been a part of various boards and committees. He was also invited by the French President to participate in the Strategic Attractiveness Council in Paris in 2014, which was attended by 25 company heads from across the globe.
Anand Mahindra is known for his philanthropy and for his support to primary as well as higher education. In a joint collaboration of Mahindra Group and the prestigious Ecole Centrale Paris engineering college, Mahindra Ecole Centrale College of Engineering was founded in Hyderabad in 2014.
Recognising these efforts of Anand Mahindra to boost the Indo-French relations, the French authorities awarded him with the honour.
Source: Economic Times