First President for Rolls-Royce India appointed

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Rolls-Royce today announced the appointment of Anil Shrikhande as President Rolls-Royce India. Anil will assume leadership of all Rolls-Royce operations and activities in India and South Asia.

This appointment reinforces the company’s commitment to India as an important centre for sourcing, technology services and product development and also reflects India’s importance as a long-term market for all its four businesses – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.

Sir John Rose, Chief Executive Rolls-Royce, said: “India is an important market for Rolls-Royce and I am very pleased to welcome Anil to the Group. Anil brings extensive experience that will be very valuable to us as we continue to grow and develop our business in India and South Asia.”

Anil Shrikhande, President Rolls-Royce India, said: "I am very excited to be part of such an iconic company with a brand that stands for excellence, globally. Rolls-Royce has a solid foundation built up over 75 years in India. I look forward to building on that and developing collaborations which capitalise on India’s growing competencies in manufacturing and technology services.”

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Anil held a number of executive positions at Boeing, including Vice President, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and President, Boeing India. His previous roles in India also include President of Unisys India and Board membership of Tata Unisys.

  1. Srinivas Duvvuri, previously Regional Director – India, is transferring to a new role in the Group’s Bangalore office.
  2. Rolls-Royce has more than 1,300 engines in service in India, mainly as a result of long-term defence programmes. However, all four of the company’s global market sectors – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy – are well represented.
  3. The association with Indian aviation dates back to 1932 when Tata Aviation Services took to the skies with an aircraft powered by Gipsy engines. Bristol Jupiter MkVIII engines powered the Westland Wapiti aircraft for the Indian Air Force number 1 squadron on 1 April 1933, beginning a 75-year relationship that Rolls-Royce and the IAF celebrated this year.
  4. Rolls-Royce also has a long standing relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) that dates back over 52 years to a collaboration that began in 1956 with the assembly of engines under licence that has now progressed to component manufacturing for the world’s most successful large turbofan engine, the Trent.
  5. HAL has been manufacturing the Adour Mk811 for the Jaguar since 1981 and is now producing the Adour 871 for the new Hawk AJT under a new licence agreement. The Hawk AJT aircraft powered by the Adour are being used to train the next generation of Indian pilots. The 1st HAL produced Hawk aircraft with HAL produced Adour engine has already been delivered to the Indian Air Force.
  6. Rolls-Royce is a leading partner in the International Aero Engine consortium that manufactures the V2500 engine. This engine powers the A320 aircraft in service with NACIL, Kingfisher, Kingfisher Red and IndiGo. There are more than 120 V2500- powered A320s in India. The V2500 is a predominant market leader with airlines in India, with more than 80 percent of the A320 fleet in service or on order powered by this engine. A new upgraded version of the engine, V2500SelectOne™ offering additional advantages, including fuel efficiency was launched with IndiGo in October this year.
  7. In May 2008, Rolls-Royce opened a new Marine MRO facility in India. 60 Rolls-Royce UT™ designed vessels and over 300 vessels with Rolls-Royce Marine equipment are currently operating in India, with a further 39 UT design vessels currently under construction at various Indian shipyards.
  8. Rolls-Royce Operations India Limited (RROIPL) in Bangalore, manages and develops the growing volume of engineering work that the Group is sub contracting in India. Rolls-Royce Energy Systems India Private Limited (RRESIPL) based in Delhi has capability in engineering, project management and after-sales customer services for reciprocating (diesel and gas) engines.
  9. As part of its educational engagement with India, Rolls-Royce is co sponsoring the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship programme for the second year. The scholarships will enable academically outstanding Indian students to pursue studies at St John’s College, Cambridge, for MPhil and PhD degrees.
  10. Following the tsunami in 2004, Rolls-Royce took a leading role in rebuilding a high school in Tamil Nadu which currently provides education to 300 students. Previously Rolls-Royce has also raised money, along with the Rotary Club, to build a school for disadvantaged children in Kochi.

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