September 1: R Madhavan on Saturday replaced T Suvarna Raju as the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the state-owned Indian aerospace and defence company headquartered in Bengaluru.Earlier HAL was made a partner of French-based Dassault Aviation to make Rafale aircraft in India through transfer of technology clause.
But the new deal signed by the Narendra Modi government was not beneficial to the HAL as the French aircraft manufacturer had now refused to transfer technology to the PSU rather Anil Ambani Reliance defence has got the contract.
Prior to this, he was heading the Accessories Division of HAL at Lucknow as an Executive Director.
Madhavan, 56, took over from incumbent T. Suvarna Raju for the next five years.
“Maintaining the numero uno position of HAL in aerospace industry while delivering world class products and services through increased indigenisation would be my key focus areas,” a HAL statement quoted Madhavan as saying.
The emphasis would be to build on the core competence of the Company and emerge as the preferred supplier in the aerospace industry, said Madhavan, adding partnership, collaboration and support of all the stake holders is the key for HAL’s success in future.
Born in 1962, Madhavan did his Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Raipur, and is an M.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
He joined HAL as a management trainee in July 1982. Madhavan’s diverse skill-sets in varied fields like production, quality, customer services and management fetched him key positions within the organisation, said the HAL statement.
“Madhavan spearheaded successful absorption of technology for production of Su-30 airframe and engine accessories from raw material phase at HAL’s Accessories Division, Lucknow.
He has contributed to “Make in India” drive by developing MSME vendors for aerospace manufacturing. His focus would be on Design and Development, order book position and product mix to meet customer requirements.