After more than 14 years of service, the head of Boeing Defense, Space and Security in India, is leaving the company at the end of this month. Dr. Vivek Lall has spent the last four years driving Boeing’s presence in the Indian defense market.
His tenure has seen Boeing get orders for eight P-8 long range maritime aircraft from the navy, 24 Harpoon missiles for Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar aircraft and although India has not placed an order yet, it is also likely to do so for ten C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
He leaves at a time when the biggest Indian tender that in which Boeing is participating, comes to fruition. The shortlist for the IAF tender for 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) is likely to be announced soon.
He will move to head an outfit that promotes the aerospace and homeland security industry in India.
He is one of the few people at Boeing who have served with both, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) as well as the the company’s defense unit. He became Managing Director of BCA in India in 2003 and was part of the team that saw through the USD 11 billion sale of 68 aircraft to Air India in 2005.