Leadership
Shri T. Suvarna Raju
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)
Shri T. Suvarna Raju

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
15/1,Cubbon Road, P.B.No.5150
Bangalore – 560 001.

 

Shri T. Suvarna Raju, took over as Chairman, HAL on 1st February, 2015. Subsequently due to restructuring of HAL Board Chairman was re-designated as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) w.e.f 1st April, 2015. 

He is an Engineering Graduate with an MBA (Marketing), M. Phil in Defence Strategies Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Laws from National Law School of India University. He is also an alumnus of National Defence College.
 
Shri Raju joined HAL on 26th June, 1980 as Management Trainee and has worked in different capacities at HAL Aircraft Division, Overhaul Division before taking over as Director, Design & Development on 1st February, 2012. 
 
Shri T Suvarna Raju is a firm believer that ‘Best of Technology can never be bought, It can only be developed”. With this vision to transform the company into a Technology Powerhouse, he 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. All the design centers have been brought under the ambit of COIN (Committee of Institutional Network) to synergize the learning across the organization. The policy has enabled creation of a corpus for the R&D by keeping aside 10% of Operating Profit after Tax.
 
Being a postgraduate in IPR laws, he has put in lot of thrust on creation of IPR wealth for the Company. The Company has filed more than 1000 patents in last two years. He has led his teams with a strategy of capitalizing on our technology strength and consolidation of our resources with a vision for developing Knowledge Based organization.
 
As Director (Design & Development) and Managing Director (Helicopter Complex), he was responsible for research and development programmes of the company viz 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, ground test vehicle run for LUH, completion of stall testing on IJT and LCH technology demonstrators clocking record number of sorties.
 
Shri Raju has experience in various facets of Aerospace Business and is currently steering a lot of futuristic programs such as UAVs, FGFA, MTA, Civil aircraft development programme, MMRCA etc.
 
He led teams at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and has contributed towards success of Jaguar production and Overhaul facilities establishment at HAL. He has the distinction of producing all variants of Jaguar as well as upgrading these aircraft as DARIN-II and DARIN-III. Shri. Suvarna Raju was instrumental in transfer of technology of Hawk Mk 132 Aircraft and has to his credit, delivery of highest number of Hawk Mk132 aircraft.
 
In his various earlier assignments, he was in charge of the State of the art Mirage 2000 Aircraft Maintenance Project which has the distinction of on time deliveries without any cost overrun.
 
He has been a member of various studies constituted by Indian Defence services be it for life extension of existing fleets or investigations into accidents and has received commendations for his professional involvement and contributions.
                  
He is considered an authority on Performance Based Logistics (PBL) and has pioneered the concept in the country. He has to his credit a mathematical model capable to effectively predicting the Total Cost of Ownership of Military Assets. 
 
Shri. Suvarna Raju is a highly professional and competent executive. Commitment to the assigned task, analytical ability, excellent professional skills, ability to relate superiors, peers and subordinates alike, effective inter-personal skills, pro-activeness, uprightness, clarity of mind and credibility are his forte.
 
The Aeronautical Society of India has conferred Shri. T. Suvarna Raju with Dr. BIREN ROY TRUST AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2002 for his unstinted efforts in planning and establishment of new technologies at HAL.
 
Shri T. Suvarna Raju is the Chairman of the Bangalore Chapter of Aeronautical Society of India and is the first Member Secretary of Design Development Management Board (DDMB) established by Ministry of Defence (MOD).