T Suvarna Raju took over the charge as Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from R K Tyagi, who retired on Saturday.
“Given the high expectation built around the Company, my priorities would be to concentrate on operational excellence, and build the company as technology powerhouse and knowledge-based organisation”, he said after taking the charge.
Born in a village of P Vemavaram of Tanuku (West Godavari) district in Andhra Pradesh, Raju is an Engineering Graduate and joined HAL on June 26, 1980 as Management Trainee.
Raju attended prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Chennai and attended National Defence College. Raju also undertook academic program at National Law School of India University relating to Intellectual Property Rights. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration as well as Masters of Philosophy in Deference and strategic Studies.
Raju heralded a new era in research and development programmes that covered LCA, LUH, LCH, IJT, HTT-40, Jaguar DARIN-III, Mirage Upgrade etc., Significant milestones have been achieved on R&D front with delivery of first series production LCA-Tejas aircraft and ground test vehicle run of LUH.
Raju led drafting of HAL’s first R & D policy, HAL has now applied for an unprecedented 1,000 patents in last two years. He also conceptualised, prepared and implemented a number of automation and real-time systems.
Raju has been instrumental in taking various path breaking measures to make R&D set up of HAL more competitive. He was responsible for drafting of first ever R&D policy of the Company that has shaped various policy initiatives in last few years. With his leadership, all the design centres were brought under the ambit of Committee of Institutional Network (COIN) to synergize the learning across the organization. The policy has enabled creation of a corpus for the R&D by keeping aside 10 per cent of operating profit after tax.
He also contributed towards success of Jaguar production and overhaul facilities establishment at HAL. He has the distinction of having experience in Design & Development, Manufacturing, Maintenance and Upgrade of various types of platforms.
Raju was instrumental in establishing production line of Hawk Mk 132 aircraft and its record delivery. He managed the Mirage 2000 aircraft maintenance project which has the distinction of on time deliveries without any cost over-run.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Bangalore Chapter of AeSI and is the first Member Secretary of Design Development Management Board (DDMB) established by Ministry of Defence (MOD). He is also Member Secretary, National Aeronautics Co-ordination Group.