Graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Class of 1981.
4th Generation member of the Kirloskar Group started in 1888. The Kirloskar Group manufactures Pumps, Engines and Compressors and other related products.
He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd. and Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
He lives in Bangalore, Karnataka State, and is responsible for partnering the Toyota group and starting a major automobile manufacturing industry in the state. For this he has been recognized by the Government and presented with the "Suvarna Karnataka" award.
Vikram started working in the family business after College, initially in Production Engineering. He designed and developed many processes and machine tools early in his career.
He was involved in opening the import licensing for capital equipment while serving on the Government's Development Council for Machine Tools in the late 1980's. He has also served as the President of The Central Manufacturing Technology Institute in Bangalore. He continues to serve on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He also serves on the Govt. of India Development Council for Automobiles and the National Council for Electric Mobility. Mr. Kirloskar is also President, Automotive Research Association of India and the Past President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. He is also involved in many activities at MIT and served on the Visiting Humanities Committee and Educational Council.
- Member, Board of Trustees, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA
- Chairman, Global Innovation & Technology Alliance
- Member, STS* Forum Council, Japan (*Science & Technology in Society)
- Member, Advisory Board, Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., Japan
Vikram has considerable experience in all aspects of manufacturing, having developed at least 25 Greenfield sites over the last 30 years.
Vikram likes wine and enjoys cooking and good food. Both he and his wife Geetanjali golf regularly and spend a lot of time travelling and exploring. His daughter Manasi partners him in business.