Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University
Naveen Jindal, Chairman, JSPL and President, Flag Foundation of India
Mr. Naveen Jindal has many facets to his personality. He has represented Kurukshetra in the 14th and 15th Lok Sabha, is the Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL), Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), President of the Flag Foundation of India (FFI), a sports enthusiast and a family man.
The youngest son of Shri O.P. Jindal, the steel visionary and Member of Parliament and Minister for Power in the Government of the Indian State of Haryana, Mr. Naveen Jindal is the man behind the transformation of a moderately performing company into a world class organisation. After consolidating its position as a leading player in the steel, power, mining and infrastructure sectors domestically, JSPL has now international operations in Africa, Oman, Australia and Indonesia besides its widespread presence in India.
Mr. Jindal has been ranked amongst Asia’s 25 Hottest People in Business by the Fortune Asia magazine for turning a struggling steel company into an Asian blue-chip giant. He has also been ranked as India’s Best CEO by the prestigious Business Today magazine based on a BT-INSEAD-HBR study of top value creators for the period 1995 to 2011. JSPL has been rated the Second Highest Value Creator in the world by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) of USA.
Also, in 2011 he figured in the Economic Times-Corporate Dossier list of India Inc’s most Powerful CEO’s. India Today named him among the Most Influential People in the state of Haryana and Ernst & Young conferred upon him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the field of Energy and Infrastructure in 2010.
He is not only a successful entrepreneur but also a caring politician, a compassionate social servant and an effective parliamentarian. He represented Kurukshetra Parliamentary Constituency in Haryana (which has a population in excess of 2 million) in the 14th and 15th Lok Sabha.
He started his active participation in politics during his college days, during which he was the President of the Student Government and recipient of the ‘Student Leader of the Year Award’ at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He is a management graduate from the UTD and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010 by the University for his contribution to public service, being a responsible corporate citizen and guiding his company in becoming a global player.
In recognition of his exceptional distinction in the fields of entrepreneurship and public service, unqualified reputation for honesty, personal integrity and high standards of personal and professional character, the UTD’s school of management has been christened as the Naveen Jindal School of Management. This recognition has led to the establishment of the Naveen Jindal Institute for Indo-American Business Studies.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to legal education and corporate philanthropy, Mr. Naveen Jindal who is also the Founding Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University was conferred with the Justice P.N. Bhagwati Award by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
The dominant themes in his public agenda reflect his determination to work for a cleaner, safer and more equitable world, free of hunger, corruption, population instability and gender biases. Equally he is committed to issues like women’s empowerment and promotion of sports at all levels. His ideology is to incorporate the best practices of business management into politics.
As issues of national pride and self-esteem have always been of utmost interest to him, he single-handedly took up the cause of restoring in Indians a national pride, choosing the Tricolour as his symbol. His decade long crusade culminated in a historic judgement by the Supreme Court of India, on January 23, 2004 that upheld the right of every Indian citizen to fly the National Flag freely, with respect and dignity. Following this, in response to his continuing campaign, the Home Ministry agreed in December 2009 to allow the flag to be flown at night when it is installed on a monumental flagpole with proper illumination. Further, on February 18, 2010 he got the Rules Committee of the Indian Parliament to allow Members of Parliament to wear the National Flag on their lapels while seated in the House.
He is currently putting up 100 feet and 207 feet high monumental flags across the country. Over 61 monumental flags have been hoisted so far.
Mr. Jindal is also India’s national record holder in skeet shooting and an accomplished polo player. The Indian Shooting Team, under his captaincy, won a Silver medal in the South Asian Federation Games, April 2004, in Pakistan. He created a new national record and also won gold medal in individual skeet event at the 47th National Shooting Championship (Shotgun). He was also a part of the Haryana shooting team that won the Gold medal at the 54th National shooting Championship competition (Big Bore) in the civilian category.
Besides winning numerous medals in shooting at national and international levels, Mr. Jindal has also excelled in polo and JSPL’s polo team- Jindal Panther has won several laurels under his captaincy. He has been taking a lot of interest in promoting hockey, the national game of India.
He and his wife Shallu Jindal along with their children, Venkatesh and Yashasvini, reside in New Delhi where they are active in the local community and support education and the performing arts. Ms. Shallu Jindal is an accomplished Kuchipudi danseuse, Chairperson of JSPL Foundation, and Chairperson of National Bal Bhavan.