Yohan Poonawalla (Born 15 January 1972) is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Poonawalla Engineering Group viz; Intervalve Poonawalla Ltd, El-O- Matic India Pvt Ltd and the Chairman of Poonawalla Financials Pvt Ltd. He is a Director of the Poonawalla Stud Farms and Poonawalla Racing and Breeding.
Being born in an industrialist family, corporate nitty-gritty and fervour came naturally to him at a very young age. It dawned upon him early in life on the aspects he had to focus on to strengthen the natural impulse of his business acumen. He advocates the saying “There is no school in the world that can match the exposure and experience you gain doing practical groundwork and all of us know that tougher the conditions the better you are moulded”.He is the son of Mr Zavaray Poonawalla who is the President of the Poonawalla Group. Mr Zavaray Poonawalla is the co-founder of the Serum Institute of India, which was founded in 1966. The family also owns one of Asia’s leading Stud Farms in India, exporting many champion horses who have won and created a benchmark in many countries such as USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Malaysia. The Poonawalla Stud Farms has been awarded the leading stud farm in the country several times. The Stud Farm is more of a passion to the family. Horses are very close to their hearts and the entire family is deeply bonded over their love for horses. Yohan Poonawalla studied at The Bishops School in Pune and has done his master’s degree at Wadia College Pune and his MBA in the UK. He has diversified and grown the Engineering Group product Portfolios from Butterfly valves to Gate, Globe and Dual plate check valves and Scotch-yoke actuators for use in heavy industries such as refinery, petrochemical, cement and steel, paper and pulp, Pharma, paint and sugar segments with exports to over 46 countries. The Engineering Group is committed to maximizing customer satisfaction by consistently improving the quality of the products, services and delivery. It strives for the growth of its clients, employees, society and all its associates with Passion, Perfection and Performance. The endeavour remains to exceed customer expectations in all brand and products offered.
Mr Poonawalla and his team continuously work towards growing the product range and their aim is to be a ‘One Stop Solution’ in the Valve Automation Industry. To achieve this vision, the team has strengthened the manufacturing and supplier base with self-certification. All products and manufacturing processes conform to international standards and have been qualified with numerous Indian and International certifications. Intervalve Poonawalla has one of the widest ranges of industrial valves and has a major share in the Indian Industry segment.
Mr Yohan Poonawalla also heads the financial and property portfolio, which has wide investments in the commercial sector. Apart from being an illustrious industrialist, he is widely known as YZP amongst car enthusiasts and friends alike and is famous for his passion for automobiles.
Mr Yohan Poonawalla and his companies have received several Awards.
Best Enterprise Intervalve Poonawalla Ltd, from The European Business Assembly
Prestigious International Award. Asia Person of the year Category- Global Leadership, from India-UAE Business & Social Forum The World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders. Outstanding Achievement Award for Industrial Development, from The Indian Economic Development & Research Association. National Economic Development & Social Responsibilities. Global Achievers Award, from The Citizens Integration Peace Institution.
He holds the following other positions:
Member – National Horse Breeding Society of India.
Member – Advisory Board, OCEANTEX.
Permanent Member – National Advisory Board, CHEMTECH.
The Poonawalla Group supports several Corporate Social Responsibility activities such as providing gainful employment to the Poona Leprosy Committee since 1990 thus playing an important role in almost eradicating the disease which is in play to date, donating towards ‘Zavaray Poonawalla Cancer Building’ at the Ruby Hall Hospital, beautifying and maintaining ‘The Gool Poonawalla Garden’, sponsored and took active participation in the construction of the Soli Poonawalla Road in Hadapsar and promoting English medium education at the ‘Soli Poonawalla Memorial High School’