Ravi Pisharody is a corporate business leader and management professional with over 35 years of experience across diverse industries. He super-annuated recently, in September 2017, as a Whole-time Director on the Board of Tata Motors Ltd, where he was heading the Commercial Vehicles Business Unit. During his career, Ravi has held national/regional/global leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Strategy Development. Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of 3 companies, and is an advisor to 2 other companies. He also undertakes Coaching and Mentoring assignments. At Tata Motors, Ravi was leading the large Commercial Vehicles Business with around Rs. 40,000 Crores revenue; the business footprint included a sizeable overseas presence across over 25 countries. He chaired Joint Ventures including Tata Cummins and Tata-Marcopolo, as well as overseas companies such as Tata Daewoo (Korea) and Tata Motors South Africa, and served on the boards of Indian subsidiaries like Tata Motors Finance Ltd.
Ravi’s previous corporate roles include an 18 year stint with Philips India, where his last role was Vice-President, Consumer Electronics; and 8 years in BP/Castrol, where he was a member of the Board of Directors of Castrol India Ltd, and simultaneously Regional Director for Africa, Middle East and India, and subsequently based in Singapore as Head, Global Marketing for the Motorcycles and Scooters category.
Ravi is widely traveled, and is exposed to the business environment in most parts of the world, particularly in emerging markets as a result of overseeing the substantial growth in Tata Motors’ international business and also his global role with BP Singapore. He has considerable expertise in retail and distribution models in the automotive, auto accessories and consumer durables industries.
Ravi is a graduate engineer from IIT Kharagpur and did his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. His expertise is in sales and marketing, as well as Business Strategy. He has also been active in industry bodies – he has been a member of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), a Council member and subsequently Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), and Vice-President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in 2016-17.