Shri Ashok Kumar Malhotra, founder of the MBD Group, was a first-generation entrepreneur who embarked on the journey of book publishing at the tender age of 13, when he published his first self-authored book, General Education. He had the quiet conviction to make his vision – ‘for every literate person, there would be an MBD product’ – come true. Today, MBD has eight printing units, fully equipped with state-of-the-art pre-press, press and post-press facilities, producing about 5,00,000 books per day. MBD Group is the largest publishing house in India; publishing books in all the regional languages of India, for all state boards, for all classes and in all subjects. Shri Malhotra also envisioned the Group’s diversification into hospitality and real estate business. The first 5-star deluxe hotels in Noida and Ludhiana were envisaged and executed according to his vision.
Mrs. Satish Bala Malhotra is the Chairperson of the MBD Group. She is actively involved in various businesses activities of the Group, as a guide and a mentor. She is also an avid painter. Her works adorn the interiors of all the offices of the Group and have also been displayed at various art exhibitions.
Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari is the Managing Director of the MBD Group. Carrying forward her father’s legacy, she has taken the publishing business of MBD to newer heights. Ms Malhotra Kandhari has designed the interiors of all the ventures of MBD Group which include Radisson Blu MBD Hotel (Noida) and Radisson Blu MBD Hotel (Ludhiana). She has also designed an eleven-room luxury wing, privé, in the Radisson Blu MBD Hotel (Noida). Her creative endeavours in privé have been highly appreciated by the print and electronic media. Her versatility is further reflected in the design and interiors of the Group’s latest ventures, MBD Neopolis in Ludhiana and Jalandhar, the first of its kind mixed-use land development project, including the first 5-star deluxe hotel in Ludhiana, a premium mega mall and a multiplex. These days Ms Malhotra Kandhari is working on the dream project of the Group, MBD Zephyr, in Bangalore, which houses a luxury hotel and luxury serviced apartments. She is also the driving force behind MBD Alchemie – the frontrunner in the knowledge portal domain in India. For her exceptional work, she has been honoured with the 'Global Punjabi Society Award in the Field of Publishing' in 2013 and the 'Naari Shakti Sammaan' award by the Adhaar Foundation in 2011. She has also received many other accolades and awards and earned recognition for her accomplishments including the prestigious 'Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award' in 2007. Ms Malhotra Kandhari was also awarded the prestigious '18th Talented Ladies Award' by Bharat Nirman in 2006, the 'IMM Top Women Entrepreneur Award' by the Institute of Marketing Management and the 'Young Achiever Award' in 2006.
Ms Sonica Malhotra is the Joint Managing Director of the MBD Group. Armed with an MBA in Finance from the International Management Institute, Ms Malhotra handles key projects from start to finish, right from project planning to pre-opening and post-opening of hotels and malls. She also looks after the legal and financial matters of the Group and has a keen eye for branding and positioning too; she gives valuable inputs in the expansion plans of the Group. Ms Malhotra is spearheading the MBD Group by making powerful strides in the hospitality and mall development ventures. She has also completed the 'Program in Leadership Development (PLD)' from Harvard Business School, Boston. A dynamic entrepreneur and a highly educated strategic thinker, she is all set to take hospitality business in India to newer heights with MBD Group's dream project – MBD Zephyr – one of the largest luxury mixed-use land development projects of the country. For her exceptional work, Ms Malhotra has been honoured with the 'Amity Leadership Excellence Award', 'The Women Entrepreneur of the Year' award by Franchise India, 'The CMO Council Marketing Super Achiever Award', 'The GPS Achievers Award' (2011), The Real Estate World Award for 'Female Professional of the Year 2011'.