Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive
Director, M&M Ltd and Chairman of the Board of SsangYong Motors, is the
first Indian to receive the prestigious 2016 FISITA Medal of Honor, for his
outstanding contribution to the global automotive industry. He was given the
award on September 27, 2016 at the 36th FISITA World Automotive Congress being
held in Busan, South Korea. The accolade was awarded in recognition of his
"particularly distinguished achievement and leadership in the global
Dr Goenka, who is considered
the father of the Mahindra Scorpio, has successfully led Mahindra &
Mahindra's automotive and farm equipment businesses before taking on a larger
role in the company as its Executive Director. He is also known as the
"prime architect" of SAE India – the national body of automotive
engineers in India.
FISITA is the umbrella organisation
for national automotive societies around the world. The FISITA Medal is awarded
to an individual for distinguished achievements in automobile engineering.
Established in 1970, the medal has been awarded to individuals who have made a
positive and substantial contribution to the industry. Previous FISITA medal
winners include Giovanni Agnelli, Carlos Ghosn, Hans List, Francois Michelin
and Shoichiro Toyoda.
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