Mahendran is a seasoned entrepreneur. He was Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products from 2010 to 2013 and led the company's internationalization efforts. In his earlier role as the Managing Director of Godrej Sara Lee, Mahendran played a pivotal role and steered the fortunes of the Company since its inception and nurtured the Good Knight brand into an acknowledged 'Super Brand'.
Prior to his association with the Godrej Group Mahendran was a partner with M/s R G N Price & Co before joining Transelektra Domestic Products Limited, as an Executive Director in 1987. On Transelektra's takeover by the Godrej Group in 1994, he was nominated as Managing Director of the Company by the Godrej Group and continued in this capacity after Sara Lee Corp. acquired a 51% stake in 1995.
Mahendran is a founder member and President of the Home Insect Control Association (HICA) and an acknowledged authority on household pest control. He is also a Promoter-Director of Harvey Heart Hospitals, Chennai, a super-specialty hospital in cardiac care, and a founder member of the Great Lakes Institute of Management.
Mahendran served on the board of the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and is on several industry forums such as FICCI, CII, Crop Care Federation of India and the Pest Control Association of India.