Mahendra Agarwal is the Founder & CEO of Gati Ltd.’ leader and pioneer in Express Distribution and Supply Chain Solutions. He established Gati in 1989 with an aim to redefine the logistics industry. Mr. Agarwal is the driving force behind Gati’s journey to leadership position. His foresight has been instrumental in the company’s exponential growth by venturing into global markets and diversifying into varied domains. He combines his entrepreneurial skills with business acumen to enable a sustainable business model. Under his visionary leadership, Gati has evolved into a major ILSP (Integrated Logistics Service Provider).
The Indian Express Cargo industry barely existed in the late 1980s. The concept of Door Pick up and Door Delivery, Express Cargo, Retail Express Cargo, Multimodal Express Delivery, Integrated Logistics and many such innovative ideas were conceptualised and pioneered by him successfully in India. In 1996, he decided to tie up with Indian Airlines to facilitate speedy delivery of shipments. Today Gati Limited has offices in , Singapore, China, Hong Kong, and Thailand apart from SAARC countries that concentrate on India-centric distribution solutions.
Mr. Agarwal is an avid speaker and has been invited to many symposia and forums like the Global Logistics Summit 2006 held at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and the Logistics 2005 conference. He was also invited by IIM (Ahmedabad) to interact with the students. In June 2008, he was awarded “Best Entrepreneur of the Year” by Hyderabad Management Association. In Sep 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Express Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave held at Mumbai. In the same year he was also conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASBM. In 2012, he was honoured with two more awards – ‘Executive of the Year’ Award (Logistics) by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for his contribution to the Indian Supply Chain & Logistics Industry and “Logistics Promoter Award” at the Logistics Talent Hunt 2012 International Conference.
An astute professional, he has implemented the “Domino discipline” in his organisation and seeks to make it a way of life at Gati. A leader, thinker and philosopher, Mr. Agarwal is an institution by himself. Apart from being on the Board of several Indian companies, Mr. Agarwal is also the founder member of SCLG India (in addition to being a member of the international board of advisors for SCLG Global), elected member of CII Southern Region Council, member of CII Institute of Logistics Advisory Council & FICCI’s Civil Aviation Committee
He holds an Engineering Degree from Bangalore University and a Masters in Business Administration from Austin, USA. He loves travelling, golf and swimming. Mr. Agarwal continues to guide Gati towards the future with characteristic passion and a commitment to excel in everything he does.