The founder and patriarch of the Hero Group, Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal was a classic first generation entrepreneur and a renowned figure in the automotive industry. He was born in 1923 at Kamalia, district Toba Tek Singh in unpartitioned Punjab, British India. Kamalia is now in Pakistan. He then moved with his family to Amritsar at age of 20 and then shifted to Ludhiana, a city that became the base of their business ventures.
Dr. Munjal, who never went to college, started making bicycle components before securing a license to make bicycles. Along with his three brothers, he built Hero Cycles into the world’s largest maker of bicycles.
Under his leadership in 1984, Hero made the leap into producing motorcycles by forging a joint venture with Honda Motor Company, Japan. This was the most successful joint venture so far which lasted for 27 years.
A former president of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and a former board member of the Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Munjal was conferred with several accolades, including, Padma Bhushan-Government of India in 2005, Ernst & Young-Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001, Economic Times-Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011, to name a few.