Michael Delfs

Colin Murphy
Yale University
BA English
Mahindra Global Recruit 2011


Sector/Company: Group Strategy Office – Corporate Brand Council, Mahindra Two Wheelers – Marketing

Years at Mahindra: 2

Career Goals: To found my own company in the health and technology space.


Hobbies: Triathlon, cooking, and traveling

 

What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

I was studying at Yale, where I majored in English and acted in theater.

Why did you decide to join Mahindra?  

I spent a lot of time in India as an undergraduate: I studied in Delhi for a semester, conducted a summer research project on Bollywood in Mumbai, and interned at a large IT outsourcing company called Infosys in Bangalore. I experienced India as a traveler, researcher, student, and employee – and I knew I wanted to live in India full time. Mahindra’ Global Recruit Program was an ideal way to do this and to gain meaningful, cross-industry experience while also learning more about India’s potential.

What are you doing now?

I’m the head of marketing at a legal, risk, and compliance analytics and consulting firm.

At Mahindra, I spent my first year working in the Corporate Brand Council, helping to launch an online platform (Spark the Rise) through which entrepreneurs in India could collaborate, share ideas, and compete for grants. In my second year, I transitioned to Mahindra Two Wheelers’ marketing team.

How do you find Mahindra as an employer?

Mahindra was a fantastic place to begin my career. Mahindra really cares about its Global Recruits and is committed to ensuring that recruits get a wide ranges of experiences – both professionally and personally.

What has been your best India experience?  

I don’t think I can choose just one! India is beautiful, accessible, and full of surprises. From cruising along the backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat, to exploring the beautiful beaches of Goa, to trekking through the Himalayan Mountains, to riding camels in Rajasthan – there’s no shortage of natural beauty and things to see and experience.

What were your favorite projects during your time at M&M?  

Working on Spark the Rise was an incredible experience. Meeting the finalists and winners of the competition was a humbling experience and an encouraging glimpse into India’s entrepreneurial landscape. India is, above all, a country of optimism – and helping to launch a program that embraced and fueled this optimism was very rewarding.

 

Outside of the office, what are your favorite activities in Mumbai?

Exploring new restaurants, riding my scooter around town, and traveling – Mumbai is a great launching pad for weekend trips.