Gajanan V. Gandhe is Vice President, South Asian Operations for International Automotive Components (IAC). In this role, Gajanan is responsible for the south Asian region (India, ASEAN and Republic of South Africa) operations and growth strategy, which presently includes three joint venture manufacturing locations (RSA and ASEAN), four manufacturing sites and a regional design & technical center in India. Prior to this Gajanan was instrumental in establishing IAC Asia in 2007 where he has helped grow new business with global and local customers, including Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, General Motors, SAIC, Geely, BBDC, Volkswagen, Mahindra and Mahindra and Mahindra Trucks and Buses Ltd., among other large OEMs in the region.
Gajanan has approximately 26 years of engineering and management experience in the automotive industry in the United States, India and China. Prior to IAC, he worked in numerous leadership positions with Easi Engineering, General Motors, Dow Automotive and Lear Corporation. He established the India Engineering Center for Lear Corporation and served as Asia Director of Engineering for Lear Corporation based in Shanghai, China.
Gajanan earned his Master’s of Business Administration from Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.), a Master’s of Science in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India). In 2009, he participated in the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, a two-month intensive executive management program designed for select business leaders from around the world.