M and M`s Arun Nanda honored with "Chevallier de la Legion d`Honneur"

Friday 28 March 2008, 00:00 AM by Satish

Mumbai - Arun Nanda, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra has been conferred the award of “Chevallier de la Legion d’Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Nicholas SARKOZY.

In a letter to Mr. Nanda informing him of the award, the French Ambassador to India, Mr. Jerome BONNAFONT said, “I warmly congratulate you for this distinction, which is a recognition of your remarkable career in the business community in Mumbai and of the part you took in the establishment of the partnership between Mahindra and Renault. But above all, it is your performance as President of the Indo French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the efficiency which you have restored in this association, that the French President wishes to pay tribute by conferring this distinction to you.”

Commenting on the conferment of the French order Mr. Arun Nanda, Executive Director & President Infrastructure, The Mahindra Group said, “It is indeed a great honour to be considered worthy of the ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’. It was truly my privilege to be a part of the Mahindra group for the last 35 years which has given me the platform to build the French connection. French industry and Indian corporates have some distinctive synergies, which could prove highly beneficial for both the countries if exploited to their optimum potential.”

Mr. Arun Nanda will be presented with the Order at a ceremony in Mumbai at a date to be announced.

In an apt recognition of the Mahindra Group’s contribution to India’s business and cultural ties with France, in 1987 Mr. Keshub Mahindra was also awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by the French government.

The US $6 billion Mahindra Group is among the top 10 industrial houses in India. Mahindra & Mahindra is the only Indian company among the top tractor brands in the world. Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector has recently won the Japan Quality Medal, the only tractor company worldwide to be bestowed this honour. It also holds the distinction of being the only tractor company worldwide to win the Deming Prize. Mahindra is the market leader in multi-utility vehicles in India. It made a milestone entry into the passenger car segment with the Logan.

Courtesy : Mahindra Group, India

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