BAE Systems has announced the appointment of Ravi Nirgudkar as Managing Director for India, effective immediately. Mr Nirgudkar will spearhead BAE Systems' operations in the market and build on the Company's proud track-record of partnering with the Indian defence industry. He succeeds Nik Khanna who concludes his tenure in India and takes up a new role with BAE Systems' Air Sector in the United Kingdom.
Mr Nirgudkar joins BAE Systems from Raytheon where, as Country President he led business development, marketing and strategy for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He has more than 25 years of experience in international business development and programme management, including 21 years with Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services and Space and Airborne Systems businesses.
Dave Armstrong, Group Business Development Director, BAE Systems Plc said: "India is a key strategic market for BAE Systems and we are delighted that Ravi will lead the Company in the market. Ravi's wealth of experience, strong business acumen and in-country relationships will be instrumental for us to grow BAE Systems' business in India and support the expansion of the country's indigenous defence capability." He further added, "I would like to thank Nik Khanna for his tremendous efforts in strengthening the local footprint of BAE Systems which is anchored in the Company's focus on Make in India."
Ravi Nirgudkar said: "I am thrilled to join BAE Systems which has been at the heart of India's defence industry for more than 65 years and been a founding partner of defence manufacturing. I look forward to working with my colleagues in India, and around the world, and leading BAE Systems' endeavours to develop further a world class defence and security capability in India."
Ravi has an MBA in programme management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and master's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. He is also a certified domestic and international capture manager and a Six Sigma black belt.