Privileged or not, when it comes to business, hard work, determination and integrity are what define one’s long-term success. Mahimananda Mishra’s is not a ‘rags to riches’ story, nor is it that of an overnight success; it is a story that involves focus, diligence and not to mention the hurdles along the way.
Hailing from a family of affluents in Odisha, Mishra was born on May 7, 1953. He was an alumnus of Christ College, Cuttack and MS Law College, where he served as the President of the Students Union for two years. Soon after his graduation, he established OSL Group in 1978. Initially, the group consisted of only 15 employees however, under the leadership of Mahimananda Mishra – someone who never settles and strives for the best, it grew tremendously over the years. Today, talk about India’s cargo sector and the name of OSL Group is nothing less than ubiquitous. It is counted among the largest corporates across the East Coast of India.
Mahimananda Mishra has helmed the company to become a highly diversified group that not only deals with cargo and stevedoring, but is involved in other port-related activities such as chartering, intra port transportation, freight-forwarding, port-developing and mining as well. Other sectors that Mishra-led OSL Group has forayed in include hospitality, media productions, aviation, education and healthcare.
Owing to its unparalleled feats across various industries, OSL Group has been honoured with the Outstanding Company Award by Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha. From 1 April, 2009 to 31 March, 2014, it was declared as ‘STAR EXPORT HOUSE’ by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. If there is any one person that can be attributed to, for the company’s growth and its achievements, it is Mahimananda Mishra.