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Apollo Tyres Ltd


Artemis Health Sciences


Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association

Past President

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry

Past President

International Chamber of Commerce, India

Past Chairman

Automotive Tyre Manufacturers' Association

Board of Governors

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Mr. Onkar S Kanwar

Onkar Singh Kanwar is a renowned businessman who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Apollo Tyres – the largest automotive tyre manufacturer in the country. With the intention to provide quality healthcare services to the tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India, it was his vision that led to the establishment of Artemis Cardiac Care.

Mr. Kanwar is guided by the principles of innovation, quality, and exclusivity. These principles have allowed him to steer the management of Apollo Tyres and catapult the company to success. His dedication to the realm of Research & Development, manufacturing, and marketing has helped his venture create its niche in the industry. Registered back in 1976, it is under his leadership that Apollo Tyres transformed into a globally renowned brand with a holistic product portfolio spanning three continents.

After completing his graduation in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Mr. Kanwar worked in Riverside, California as a salesman for six months. Here, he worked on the estimates of different Government contracts. He then moved on to work on the shop floor for Abbey Etna Machine Company in Perrysburg, Ohio. Looking at the competence and perseverance of Mr. Onkar, the present of the Etna company invested money to set up a pipe factory in India.

His passion and interest in the healthcare sector led to the establishment of Artemis Hospitals – India’s highly renowned state-of-the-art and super speciality hospitals. With Artemis Hospitals, Mr. Kanwar has been striving to redefine personalized customer care and facilitation by staying in tune with the latest technological advancements in the country. Moreover, his venture has always focused on working with highly competent doctors to facilitate faster identification and cure of diseases.

As an adept business leader, Mr. Kanwar has been closely associated with some of the biggest national and global industrial organizations. He has served as the President of FICCI & ICC India, the Director of India’s ECGC and KSIC, and the Chairman of ATMA (Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association). In 2018, he was awarded the “Order of Merit” of Hungary for his work towards strengthening economic relations between Hungary and India. In November 2018, Mr. Kanwar was bestowed with the Japanese honour of “Order of the Rising Sun”, Gold and Silver Star. This award was given to him by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the presence of Emperor Akihito for Mr. Kanwar’s contributions to strengthening the economic relations between India and Japan.

The HIV-AIDS awareness and prevention programme for the trucking community by Apollo Tyres is very close to Mr. Kanwar’s heart. Implemented with the help of quality health centres located across the large trans-shipment hubs in India, the initiative aims at spreading awareness and providing quality medical help across the country.

At present, Mr. Onkar S Kanwar lives in New Delhi. He has a daughter and two sons. He is a widely travelled individual with a good year for Indian and Western classical music. Moreover, Mr. Kanwar keeps himself upgraded by being an active student of modern management practices and their applications in business.