Gajanan V. Gandhe is the Vice President of South Asian operations for International Automotive Components (IAC). In this role, Gandhe is responsible for the South Asian region (India and ASEAN) operations and its growth strategy, which includes two joint venture manufacturing locations, four manufacturing sites and a regional design and technical center in India. Gandhe 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 regional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Gandhe has more than 26 years of automotive industry engineering and management experience 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 Lear’s India Engineering Center and served as the company’s Asia Director of Engineering based in Shanghai, China.
Gandhe earned a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a Master of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Powai, Mumbai, 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.