Group President – Aerospace & Defence
S.P. Shukla is a Member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and as Group President, he is responsible for Aerospace and Defence Sector. He is also the Chairman of Mahindra Sanyo Special Steels Ltd.
A B. Tech. & MBA, he has 34 years of rich, varied experience in managing large projects and operations. He has been a top professional in the field of Automotive Tyres and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sectors in India and is widely credited with taking mobile telephony to the masses by setting-up telecom infrastructure in the remotest parts of India.
Prior to his current role, Shukla served as President of Group Strategy and Chief Brand officer of the Mahindra Group. He oversaw and orchestrated a complete makeover of the visual identity of the Mahindra Group. It was during this period that Group Strategy Office launched and institutionalized Rise Prize (with Prize money of US $ 1 Million) that aims to foster and develop the innovation eco-system in India. He has also been responsible for Mahindra Racing portfolio – both MotoGP (Motorcycle) and Formula E (Electric Cars) in his capacity as Chief Brand Officer.
He also served as Chairman of Group Brand Council & Member of the Investment Committee of Mahindra Partners. He continues to serve as Chairman of Mahindra Innovation Academy & Africa Council of the Group. He also serves as director on board of Group companies such as Bristlecone, USA, Mahindra Retail, Bangalore & Mahindra First Choice Services, Mumbai.
Defence and Aerospace are major focus areas for Mahindra Group as it gears to harness the vast potential that is emerging in these two sectors under “Make in India” policy of Indian Government. Mahindra Aerospace is the aerospace arm of the Group. Through companies located in both India and abroad, Mahindra manufactures utility aircraft and aerostructures.
Shukla is Chairman of several companies engaged in developing and producing equipment to serve the needs of all three wings of the defence forces – Army, Air Force & Navy.