|Name A. Naik|
|Education Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya|
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A M Naik(born June 9, 1942) is the Group Executive Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian engineering conglomerate.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's 3rd highest civilian award, on January 26, 2009. Naik was also the recipient of the 'Economic Times Awards-Business Leader of the Year' award, for the year 2008.
Early life and Career
Naik was born in a Brahmin family in a village called Endhal, Bilimora in South Gujarat. He belongs to a family of teachers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering college in Vallabh Vidyanagar in Gujarat.
After graduation, he went to Mumbai with a note from his father introducing him to Viren J. Shah working in Mukand Iron & Steel Works Limited to apply for its engineering programme. Due to his lack of proficiency in English, the personnel manager had asked him to improve his English. So Naik started working on his English skills. In the meantime, he joined Nestler Boilers, which was a Parsi-owned firm.
His career growth in Nestor Boilers was arrested by changes in ownership and management style and hence, once again, he was job hunting in 1965.
On March 15, 1965, Naik joined L&T, as a junior engineer. He was promoted as general manager in 1986. In 1999, he became the chief executive officer and managing director. And in 2003, he was appointed as chairman of Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
He is currently developing the educational institution set up by his father in a region called Kharel, Gujarat.2009.
He is former chairman of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
In August 2016, Naik announced that he would give 75% of his income to charitable causes over his lifetime, setting up the Naik Charitable Trust for education and the Narali Memorial Medical Trust.