The Economic Times - - Special Feature -

Per­son­ally driv­ing the busi­ness, spends 70% work hours on de­fence, has met top global com­pa­nies, ev­ery­day over­sight

Rajesh Dhin­gra

in charge of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, has been forg­ing JVs and MoUs across the world, key to iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas to ven­ture into

Air Mar­shal M Matheswaran (retd)

for­mer strate­gic ad­vi­sor to HAL, known aca­demi­cian, to set up MIHAN aero­space park, will look af­ter key Rafale fighter deal off­sets

Vice Ad­mi­ral HS Malhi (retd)

(as Pi­pavav has been re­named); for­mer head of MDL, in charge of the com­pany’s main naval as­set, to drive frigate, LPD con­struc­tion projects

Lt Gen Man­jin­der Singh Buttar (retd)

to set up In­dore land sys­tems cen­ter, for­mer DG weapons and equip­ment, served as chair­man of the Pun­jab Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion

Vice Ad­mi­ral KN Sushil, (retd)

to look at new strate­gic yard in Ram­billi, to tar­get nu­clear sub­ma­rine con­tracts from In­dian Navy

Vice Ad­mi­ral Ganesh Ma­hade­van (retd)

Rus­sia ex­pert, to drive busi­ness from key de­fence ally

Gen Bhut­tar, a for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral of weapons and equip­ment at the army head­quar­ters. His task at hand is to set up the Dhirub­hai Am­bani De­fence Park at In­dore SEZ, to man­u­fac­ture land sys­tems rang­ing from ar­moured fight­ing ve­hi­cles, light ar­moured multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cles and gun tur­rets to ar­tillery and air de­fence sys­tems.

The com­pany has also hired some­one to fo­cus on one of In­dia’s largest de­fence sup­pli­ers: Rus­sia. Re­tired Vice Ad­mi­ral Ganesh Ma­hade­van, pres­i­dent of strate­gic busi­ness ini­tia­tives, is a Rus­sian ex­pert hav­ing worked on all ma­jor projects from the Vikra­ma­ditya to the Tal­war class frigates. Up to 40 peo­ple have been hired over the last year and 3,000 are tar­geted to be in­ducted over the next five, but the fu­ture will de­pend on or­ders.

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