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Ravi Nirgudkar appointed BAE Systems India chief

By UNI India

Leading defence firm BAE Systems has announced the appointment of Ravi Nirgudkar as Managing Director for India, with immediate effect. Mr Nirgudkar will spearhead BAE Systems’ operations in the market and build on the company’s 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, BAE Systems said in a release here on Friday.

Dave Armstrong, group business development director, BAE Systems, said: “India is a key strategic market for BAE Systems and Ravi Nirgudkar will lead the company in the market.

His 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.”

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