Michael Delfs

Kate Pennington
Cornell University
B.A. (Economics, Inequality Studies)
Mahindra Global Recruit 2010


  • New York City Office of the Public Advocate, Summer 2008
  • Cornell Walk-In Writing Service, Tutor, 2007-2010
  • One America, Summer 2006



For me, joining Mahindra was the result of a little bit of planning and a little bit of luck. I knew I ultimately wanted to work in a developing economy and I knew that I wanted to gain experience in the private sector, but I didn’t expect a first job to be able to give me both. The Global Recruit Program is an extraordinary opportunity for both professional and personal development.


Our role as Global Recruits is flexible and undefined. This is a bit of a double-edged sword—it can be difficult to get support, but if you are proactive and organized it is also an incredible opportunity to define your own role. When I arrived in July 2010, I plugged into the ongoing corporate rebranding campaign’s initiative to develop a comprehensive new corporate website. My first project grew from my role coordinating with a written content consultant. The quality of the content was just not satisfactory, so I took over developing the copy myself. In the process, I have been able to contribute to decisions on how to position our businesses, interact with senior executives across the entire Mahindra Group, and add long term value by creating guidelines to be used for future written content.


My next project involves investigating and evaluating methods for measuring the return on investment in marketing, both for the current rebranding campaign and for use by Mahindra companies. The opportunities to learn deeply about many business areas and make a real impact on the company are truly exciting.


Living in Mumbai offers a learning curve just as steep as working for Mahindra. I commute by train, shop in the local outdoor vegetable market, enjoy Mumbai’s nightlife, restaurants, and theatre, and travel at least once a month. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s also incredibly valuable to understand India culturally as well as professionally as its global economic and political importance rise.