R. Srinivasan is new MD of HAL's Helicopter Complex

R Srinivasan has been appointed as the managing director, Helicopter Complex, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). Prior to this he was the general manager of HAL's Helicopter MRO Division.

This new position has been created to bring all helicopter design, development and manufacturing activities under one umbrella.

Srinivasan will head five critical divisions of HAL, including the Helicopter Division, Helicopter MRO, Rotary Wing Research & Design Centre (RWRDC), Composite Manufacturing Division (CMD) and Barrackpore Division.

HAL's new helicopter programmes like the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) and the Medium Lift Helicopter are some key projects that will come under Srinivasan's ambit.

''ALH is the key and I will be focusing on further increasing the serviceability of this machine so that all the customers get what they want without any delays. On the civil front too we will have to make more inroads and that will also top my agenda,'' Srinivasan said, soon after assuming office on June 22, 2009.

Hailing from Tiruvarur (Thanjavur district) in Tamil Nadu, Srinivasan joined HAL as a management trainee in 1972 after his B Tech from IIT, Madras. Later he did his masters in industrial metallurgy and management from the University of Birmingham, UK.

In his career spanning over 25 years in HAL, Srinivasan was also the general manager of HAL's aerospace division.

He is specialized in the field of manufacturing of all types of forgings in a variety of alloys, computerised and conventional process planning, facilities and resource planning, machinery and equipment selection and procurement, vendor development and marketing.