Rajendra Deshpande, Managing Director & CEO, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd

“A good sportsman can easily be a good manager

On today’s motivational episode of The Brand Called You, we have with us a successful and determined personality, Mr. Rajendra Deshpande. Mr. Deshpande is the Manager and CEO of Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. He has devoted 42 years of his life to the Kirloskar Business Group. He is on the governing council of The Kolhapur Institute of Technology. Mr. Deshpande is also an avid sportsperson. He gas represented Maharashtra in sports such as handball, softball and rowing. He is a member of the Managing Committee of Maharashtra Cricket Association. He has also managed some test matches in Pune! 

Having finished his Engineering, which he considers as a key milestone, Mr. Deshpande joined the Kirloskar Oil Engines as a trained engineer and retired as the Managing Director. The company has produced two hundred thousand Diesel engines and is considered to the leading producer of Diesel engines in India. Kirloskar Oil engines sells their own as well as other top quality engines to potential buyers across the country. Integrity, Simplicity and Perspective are the core values on which the Kirloskar business stands.

Being an entrepreneur himself, Mr. Deshpande described some important qualities that every entrepreneur should possess. He believes trust every entrepreneur should be a good role model, a good listener and have risk taking abilities. He elucidated that every leader should be a team player and vice versa. 

As a sportsperson, he believes that qualities that are required in a businessman are very similar to that of a leader or entrepreneur. Mr. Deshpande reminisced about managing matches and sports events too. He has contributed greatly not only to the corporate world through his business abilities but also to the world of sports!

Rajendra Deshpande, Managing Director & CEO, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd

Profile

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering – from Government College of Engineering, Pune, in 1977.
  • For the last 42 years working in Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, Pune.
  • Started carrier as Management Trainee in Production Department.  Worked in different department like Projects, Ancillary Development Department and Materials Department. Worked as a strategic business unit head for small engines for 3 years and then for medium engines business unit for 4 years.
  • During the period of Head of Medium Engine business unit, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd Company became a flagship company amongst the Kirloskar group.

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