Having joined Tata AutoComp as President in 2008, Mr. Goel got an opportunity to head a group of business units within the organization. Owing to his dedicated efforts towards organizational growth and exceptional leadership skills, he was elevated to the position of MD & CEO in 2018. During his tenure, he has headed several important portfolios including Technology, Operations, and Strategic Growth, where he has facilitated significant Mergers and Acquisitions. Under his exemplary leadership, Tata AutoComp has entered into 6 new Joint Ventures, 2 MoUs, and acquired TitanX – a global leader in Engine and Powertrain cooling systems, based in Sweden. The acquisition of TitanX has enabled Tata AutoComp to boost their global footprints beyond China. Today, Tata AutoComp operates 6 businesses on its own and 10 Joint Ventures with Global Tier 1 majors. Keeping the current megatrends in mind, Mr. Goel has ensured future readiness by realigning the focus on Electric Vehicles components. With his relentless efforts, today Tata AutoComp offers solutions in the entire value chain of Electric Vehicles and for all segments ranging from Two Wheelers to Buses. Prior to joining Tata AutoComp, he was the President and COO of Man Trucks where he initiated a greenfield project having a capacity of 24,000 trucks per annum. He has also been associated with Force Motors, Bajaj Tempo and Kirloskar Oil Engines at various leadership positions and has actively worked in functions like Engineering, Manufacturing and also headed several business units.
RIDING THE WAVES OF SUCCESS
Mr. Goel has played a significant role in steering Tata AutoComp to a growth path by acquiring TitanX, having 6 plants serving all leading Truck brands. He has facilitated successful collaborations to expand Tata AutoComp’s portfolio and to offer cutting edge technology to customers for conventional ICE vehicles as well as the entire range of products for EVs. Today Tata AutoComp has the largest portfolio of products to serve the emerging EV segment. The entire expansion of product portfolio was based on a sound understanding of the voice of customer. Today, Tata AutoComp’s portfolio includes Interior & Exterior Plastic Components and Aggregates, Kinematic Plastic Parts, Components made from Glass Fiber reinforced Sheet Moulded Composites, Sheet Metal Components & Aggregates, Engine and Powertrain Cooling Solutions, HVAC, Exhaust & Aftermarket Treatment solutions, Seating Systems, Rear View Mirrors, Reverse Park Cameras & ADAS, Park Brake Levers, Gear Shifters, Washer Systems, Clutches, Automotive Batteries & Suspension Systems (for commercial vehicles). Specifically for Electric Vehicles, the portfolio includes Li-Ion Battery Pack & BMS, Battery Thermal Management System, Motors, Controllers, Integrated Drivetrain, Chillers, e-Compressor as well as AC and DC Chargers. He is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that “By 2026, Tata AutoComp will be amongst the Top 5 auto-component firms in India by enabling mobility solutions with safe and sustainable products and services, exceeding customer expectations.”
LEADING FROM THE FRONT
A result-oriented leader, Mr. Goel sets aspirational targets, gives directions and then leaves it to the team to achieve their best. The growth & development of employees is his primary concern & he gives opportunities to young employees to prove their leadership qualities. He also has a very high customer connect. He is always in touch with the senior leadership team of all customers & constantly augments product offerings to suit their needs. He believes highly in Total Quality Management & hence drives it at the firm. During the pandemic, he was constantly in touch with all the employees & workforce. He ensured that there was no manpower rationalization or salary cut at employee & workforce levels. He established strict protocols & SOPs to ensure smooth & safe re-opening of operations once the lockdown ceased. He himself made sure that all employees & workforce were engaged and motivated them by involving each person in at least one project as well as instituted internet-based training & skill enhancement programs for them. Supported the government & medical fraternity by leveraging the firm’s global supply chain to import & distribute PPE kits across multiple hospitals.
GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY
Mr. Goel is in sync with the Tata Group’s Founder, the late Mr. Jamsetji Tata’s vision – “Society is not just a mere stakeholder of any business. It is the very purpose of its existence.” Taking cue from the fact that social responsibility is part of the DNA of every Tata Group company, Mr. Goel actively engages in varied CSR initiatives at Tata AutoComp that contribute towards developing the health & education of children, skill development, programs that can enhance the quality of life of specially enabled people, contributing to Tata cancer hospital, & many such programs. He also encourages voluntarism amongst the employees. He has also served as President of Rotary International where he actively worked towards community service aiming at poverty alleviation. Under his guidance, the firm contributed significantly in procuring PPEs & N95 masks during the initial phases of the pandemic when there was acute shortage of PPEs and other protective equipment.
Mr. Goel has been an active member of various industry bodies and currently serves on the Executive Committees of Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). He is the serving Chairman of CII Maharashtra State Council for the year 2020-21, and is also associated with CII Western Regional Council. Owing to his outstanding contribution to the automotive industry, Mr. Goel has been felicitated with numerous awards and accolades at reputed national and international platforms. He has received Amity Corporate Excellence Award for Business Leadership in 2021. He was awarded “India’s Most Inspirational Leader 2020” and Tata AutoComp was awarded “India’s Most Admired Brand 2020” by White Page International and UK Asian Business Council. Under his quintessential leadership, Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd (Interior Plastic Division) was adjudged as Winner in Automotive-Exteriors (Large Enterprise) at The Economics Times Polymers Awards.