CEO & MD, Hella India Lighting Ltd

One of the Youngest Professional CEO, A Social Entrepreneur, Ramashankar Pandey is the Managing Director of Hella India Lighting Ltd. Since year 2010, a Great Place to Work Certified Company and the most Innovative enterprise as awarded by CII in 2017 in Mid-Size Manufacturing Category.

Winner of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award for 2016 in the Promising Category, he is an alumnus of NIT Calicut, ICFAI Hyderabad and IIM Bangalore. He also completed AIMA’s flagship Global Advance Management Program at University of California, Berkeley at Silicon Valley. He is the chairman of  Aftermarket committee  at ACMA. He is GC member at TIE Chandigarh & EG member at ASDC Road Transport Committee. He is Jury member of AIMA’s (All India Management Association) National Competition for Young Managers-2016.

He is very passionate and actively engaged to fight the menace of alarming Road Deaths on Indian Roads by steering various road safety awareness campaigns as president-CWC of “Drive Smart, Drive Safe” organisation. In this capacity he is known more as a social activist, a Road Safety Warrior than a Professional CEO.

His contribution towards Skill India initiative, as co-founder of “Prayaas Bangalore” since his BOSCH days in 1998, has benefited 100’s of underprivileged youths get jobs and livelihood they deserve, currently 3 Skill centres are run by Prayaas in association with Smart Village Project in Andhra.


With more than 20 years of Entrepreneurial and “Turn Around” experience in the Auto Component Industry having versatile experience, both in OEM and Aftermarket Industry fields. As a BOSCH & Timken Alumni, his core area of interest is “Technology” and “People Development”. He was Topper of his batch at NIT Calicut and University Rank Holder in his engineering.

Joined Hella Asia Singapore in 2006 to lead its Indian Aftermarket start-up and later joined the board of Hella’s Indian manufacturing unit “Hella India Lighting ltd.” in 2009 and successfully turned around its Special OE Business. Giving a new vision altogether, “Technology of Tomorrow for the Life of Today on Indian Roads”, he achieved the Business Model Innovation for the company and won many Industry recognition including “ACMA Award for Quality & Productivity”, “Auto Component of the Year-2015” by CV Magazine ,“ Excellence in Lighting Technology” by International Centre of Automotive Technologies and CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2017 . Under his leadership Hella India Lighting   has also been recognized as Most Innovative Enterprise in India in the mid-size manufacturing companies’ category by CII . He received the award ET NOW CSR Leadership Award   in Feb 2018 on his outstanding work on Road Safety. &  Hella India Lighting Ltd received  ET NOW  award for  innovation in corporate Social responsibility practices as well in Feb 2018.  He is also holder of Green belt in LEAN Six Sigma.

Founder member of Knowledge Charity NGO Prayaas Bangalore , he was also the Secretary of Computer Society of India , Student Chapter at NIT Calicut and Convenor of National level Symposium involving IIT’s, NIT’s and Reputed State level Engineering Colleges during his College days.

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