To be a leader, one needs selfless dedication, consistency and courage to think beyond oneself and Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, Thermax Limited is one such woman who has far exceeded these attributes to become the real woman of concrete substance. With a refinement of mind and expertise of a specialist, she has been transforming the engineering company Thermax Ltd with rare temerity and sagacity.
A global solution provider in energy and environment engineering, Thermax under the able stewardship of Meher has achieved the distinction of being pioneers in the engineering segment. A woman of substance, Meher took over the mantle of the Thermax from her mother Anu Aga in 2004, and since then has taken the company towards a new direction of growth and professional excellence.
In fact, according to a McKinsey report, she has successfully went through a major turnaround exercise over the last couple of years, which has helped her in augmenting her resources. According to a stipulated estimate she would be doubling the company's turnover and tripling its profits by 2008.
The company under her, which offers products and services in heating, cooling, waste heat recovery, captive power, water treatment and recycling, waste management and performance chemicals, has gained a solid foundation and is fast moving towards higher growth. With a dream to transform the Thermax into a global provider of boilers and chillers, she has been working in this direction, and has achieved a considerable success. The company under her able guidance has already made its presence in South East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Russia, India, UK and US.
A post-graduate in Chemical Engineering from UK, Meher has had a long association with the Thermax Group. In fact, she managed a Thermax subsidiary in the UK with her husband Pheroze before coming back to India. Thanks to her managerial skills, she made progress by leaps and bounds in London, and soon became the group's Vice-Chairperson in 2002.
Apart from managing things in the company she also nourishes a penchant for Western classical music, and is one of the most ardent members of a Pune-based choir group. Undoubtedly leadership seems to be in her blood for she has ably shouldered the responsibility of building a team of dedicated professionals in her company.
A woman known for her practical and down-to-earth approach, Meher has become an effective interface between the company and the outside world. At a time when Indian women corporate chiefs have been making their presence felt in the global field, Meher has already jumped into the bandwagon by carving a glorious niche for herself.