Kumar Mangalam Birla (born 14 June 1967) is an Indian industrialist and the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporations in India. He is also the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science.
Early life and education
Birla is a fourth-generation member of the Birla family from the state of Rajasthan.[not in citation given] He was born in Kolkata and raised in Mumbai. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Bombay and a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School, London, where he is also an Honorary Fellow.
Birla took over as chairman of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28, following the death of his father Aditya Vikram Birla. During his tenure as chairman, the group’s annual turnover has expanded from US$3.33 Billion in 1995 to US$41 billion in 2015.
Birla has received several accolades, including the International Advertising Association’s “CEO of the Year Award” in 2016; the US India Business Council’s “Global Leadership Award” in 2014; Economic Times “Business Leader Award” in 2003 and 2013; Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2012; NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2012, “Most Inspiring Leader”; CNBCTV18 IBLA “Business Leader for Taking India Abroad 2012”; CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award 2010”; JRD Tata “Leadership Award 2008”; NDTV’s “Global Indian Leader of the Year 2007”.
An educationist, Mr. Birla is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS). He is Chairman of IIT, Delhi, and Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University. He serves on London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.
Mr. Birla and his wife, Neerja Birla, have three children.