Vivek Lall resigns from Boeing, to join Indian aerospace company

 | March 18,2011 12:48 pm IST

Vivek Lall, the soft-spoken vice president for Boeing's defence, space and security operations in India, is quitting the world's biggest aerospace company to join one of the top 10 Indian companies venturing into all these fields.


Lall declined to mention which company with his usual "I will check and let you know" smile, but authoritative sources in the industry told India Strategic defence magazine (www. that it would be one of the Mumbai-based companies, and that he would be its CEO.


He leaves Boeing with high credits for winning major orders for 10 C-17 heavy-lift aircraft (with six more likely to follow) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), 12 P-8I multimission maritime aircraft for the Indian Navy, and Harpoon missiles for both the IAF and navy.


Lall has spearheaded the Boeing campaign for the 126-plus medium multi- role combat aircraft, Apache AH 64D combat helicopters and Chinook heavy- lift helicopters for the IAF, the results of which are expected within 2011.


Son of an Indian diplomat and born in Indonesia, the 42-year-old Lall has a doctorate in aeronautics and an MBA from US universities. His first assignment was with the Nationial Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and then with Raytheon on combat systems, followed by Boeing.


Lall is expected to join his new assignment with the Indian company in April after a mandatory 30-day notice to Boeing.


His first job, he said, is to set up a team to work towards futuristic aerospace platforms and systems.