Anant began his career with Cummins in the U.S. in 1986 as an intern and subsequently held a number of positions both in the United States and in India. Having worked in the U.S. for 16 years as a financial analyst, manufacturing engineer, project manager, product manager, strategy manager, he took upon various general management positions thereafter. He returned to India in March 2003 as Joint Managing Director of Cummins India Limited. He has served as a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Automobile Components Manufacturers Association in the past.
Anant has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Tulane University in 1987. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mysore University, India.