Thursday, December 1, 2022

Vikram is a gentleman auto leader who has advocated for the cause of climate change

Vikram, a gentleman auto leader who championed cause of climate change

 

Delhi, India:Vikram Kirloskar, easily one of the most affable and down-to-earth businessmen, never came across as someone with a long and illustrious business family history or as the one who convinced Toyota, the Japanese automaker, to invest in India.


The ever-smiling Kirloskar was someone with easy and deep access and a voice, both within the corridors of power in Delhi and in top business circles. Over the course of the past few years, he had begun to advocate for sustainability and climate change in interactions with the media and at industry conferences.


His untimely death at the age of 64 from a sudden cardiac arrest would be devastating for Toyota Kirloskar Motor and the auto industry as a whole, as his comments were always regarded as rational and uninfluenced by automakers.


In fact, one of the businessman's last tweets was about climate change, in which he urged the industry to step up and contribute to sustainability.Combating climate change is essential.On November 28, he tweeted, "It is a critical strategic requirement that businesses must address at all costs, as a collective responsibility."


He was the chairman and MD of Kirloskar Systems, the group investment arm, in addition to serving as the VC of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.He was a fourth-generation member of the Kirloskar Group, which produces pumps, engines, compressors, and other products related to them and was founded in 1888.After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, Kirloskar joined Kirloskar Cummins in Pune as a production-engineering trainee.


Even though he traveled the world for work and pleasure, Kirloskar's home was Bengaluru, where he was survived by his wife, Geetanjali, and daughter, Manasi.When his daughter wed Neville, the son of Noel Tata, she moved to Mumbai.Kirloskar and Geetanjali started a multi-specialty hospital in Bengaluru with two Japanese companies in a joint venture. Three years later, they sold their 50% stake to the Japanese partners.


Kirloskar loved to talk about wine and travel and was an expert on both food and wine.However, he excelled at handling difficult business situations with tact and respect.From 2013 to 2015, he was president of the auto industry body SIAM, and in 2019 and 2020, he was president of the industry chamber CII.Adopting a holistic approach to the nation's pollution and climate change issues was one of his most recent major negotiations with the government.

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