Harsh VardhanGoenkawas the chairman of RPG Enterprises which was one of India’s largest business groups. It is involved in power generation and distribution, information technology, infrastructure, tyres, plantations and pharmaceuticals.He is also the Chairman of CEAT Ltd. and Director of Bajaj Electricals Ltd. With a net worth of $ 1.52 billion, Harsh is listed in the India’s richest people’s list.He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Governors of the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and a trustee of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust in Mumbai.
Life of Harsh
Harsh was born in December 1957. His hails from a Marwadi family from Rajasthan. His great- grandfather Sir BadridasGoenka had been the first Chairman of the Imperial Bank of India.He was graduated in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. He pursued MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland. He began his career in Mumbai in a textile company. After which he was the Managing Director of CEAT at the age of 24. In 1988, he joined the RPG enterprise was first founded by his father Ram PrasadGoenka. The enterprises include KEC International Ltd., Zensar Technologies, Raychem RPG Ltd., RPG Life Sciences and Bajaj Electricals Ltd. Later the company was divided between Harsh and his brother Sanjiv.
He was responsible for the zest and passion for the company which proved him the biggest strength. Under his leadership RGP has always been empowering its people to take business decisions. His role was to set a vision in order to achieve results. He reviews the progress on a monthly basis for each of our companies focusing on every critical area for centers of excellence such as manufacturing, supply chain, safety, finance, HR, quality and IT. He has taken a measured and astute approach towards investments in technology.
The company has also actively engaged in media interactions. The IT department has been enabling business transformation by improving productivity, collaboration and creating a thoroughly engaged organization. Many initiatives have been taken place depending on IT maturity, requirements and cost-benefit analysis for each company.
Other than business he always spends time chatting with a painter or watching a game of cricket. His art collection is much talked about. He has a collection of 7,000 paintings.He has been a host for several art exhibitions in Mumbai for a decade. He has prominent collections of art in the country. He has also encouraged several young artists. He is a member of the National Art Advisory Committee for the National Gallery of Modern Art and a member of the Council of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture.Harsh’s hobby has been playing the most popular sport which is the cricket.He promotes the CEAT Cricket Ratings for International and Domestic cricket. He married Mala Goenka and has two children. He has a son AnantGoenkaruns tiremakerCeat, which is building a new factory in Bangladeshand daughter Vasundhara. The company CEAT has a strong distribution-driven business that requires fast computing and complex programs for which it was provided by his son Anant