Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Aravind Melligeri brings relentless focus on creating value to every Aequs endeavor. His long-term, strategic perspective is the driving force behind the company’s tremendous growth.
Aravind knows that success in manufacturing is powered by two things: continuous innovation and unbridled collaboration. It is precisely these ideas that have allowed his vision - a global ecosystem driving scale and efficiency through organic growth, acquisitions, and partnerships - to become a reality.
Aravind is a board member of QuEST Global, a company he co-founded in 1997 which is now a globally-recognized provider of outsourced engineering services.
Aravind holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He was recently conferred the ‘Young Achiever Award’ by the Indo-American Society.
Managing Director, Aerospace & Group CFO, Aequs
Rajeev Kaul is the Managing Director, Aerospace and Aequs Group CFO, responsible for the overall performance of the Aerospace vertical, driving business growth and expansion globally. He has been with Aequs since its inception and was instrumental in setting up the country's first aerospace manufacturing ecosystem.
With 25 years of rich industry experience, Rajeev has played a significant role in advancing Aequs' presence in India while setting up various subsidiaries and establishing Joint Ventures. For Rajeev, bringing new capabilities to the global manufacturing ecosystem while transforming Belagavi into an aerospace knowledge centre for India, is a vital mission in helping India realize it's global potential.
Rajeev serves as a board member of Aequs Group as well as its JV companies. Prior to joining Aequs, Rajeev was with QuEST Global providing support and guidance to operational leadership on financial matters. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Delhi University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Vice President Strategic Initiatives
Walt Sirmans is Group Executive Vice President – Strategic Initiatives, responsible for all aerospace holdings including core machining business units as well as joint venture partnerships of Aequs. He joined Aequs in June 2011 as SVP of Global Sales and Strategy with added leadership responsibilities for both Engineering and Account Management along the way.
Walt brings 29 years of experience in aerospace, manufacturing and the aviation services market segments. Since 2002, he has held executive leadership positions with Sabreliner Corporation, GKN Aerospace North America and Lockheed Martin’s Global Sustainment business prior to joining Aequs. Walt began his career with United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney, where he held a number of leadership positions within its Military Engines unit, serving most recently as Program Manager for the F135 propulsion system for the F-35. In 2001, his JSF propulsion team was among those honoured with the prestigious Collier Trophy.
Walt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His professional education includes the Executive Integral Leadership program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business and the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Konrad Hahnelt leads global site operations of Aequs located in France, India and the U.S. His operational responsibilities include production, engineering, quality and procurement. In addition, Konrad champions all business process excellence initiatives for Aerospace. .
Konrad brings over 20 years of extensive operational and supply chain experience in the Aerospace industry. Prior to Aequs, he served as Vice President of North American Operations for Magellan Aerospace where he was guiding their North American operating divisions, global supply chain development and India subcontract support organization.
His familiarity with the culture and customs of China and India enables him to understand the benefits and challenges of operating in these regions by virtue of his previous experience in operational management and overseas supply chain development (with a focus on India and China).
Konrad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Professional Accountant.
Senior Vice President Global Sales, Programs and Commercial
Steve Smith is Senior Vice President, Aerospace - Global Sales and Strategy. He is responsible for operations and growth encompassing financial, operational, and strategic objectives. He works closely with the India team to establish integrated growth solutions across Aequs’ global customer base.
Steve brings over 25 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defence Industry spanning commercial, supply chain, business development and operational roles for GKN and most recently as the president (EMEA) for AGC AeroComposites.
Operating at senior levels for both multi-billion dollar tier 1 and multi-national tier 2 companies, Steve has considerable experience in delivering results under challenging growth budgets, launching and managing joint ventures, and integrating acquisitions.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Classics from the University of Wales and has lived and worked in the US, Europe and China.
Managing Director Aerospace, France
Emmanuel joined Aequs Aerospace as Managing Director for France operations and is responsible for driving the tactical as well as strategic initiatives of Aequs Aerospace.
Among others, he has a targeted focus towards optimizing operations across all the units and enhancing capabilities in France.Emmanuel joins Aequs from LISI Aerospace, where he worked as Managing Director responsible for managing customer relations in Asia, Europe & USA, spearheading ramp-up initiatives and leading the growth strategies for the organization. Prior to LISI Aerospace, he was associated with different multinational firms like GESTAMP, UTAS Aeronautics & Space, SNWM, SNOP, GIAT Industries, Defense and MANHURIN Defense in various capacities. Emmanuel has 24 years of experience, which includes international exposure, in different industries – aeronautics & space, automotive and defense.
Emmanuel holds a PhD in Industrial Sciences from LASQUO-ISTIA University and an Executive MBA from ESSEC & Manheim Business School.
Director, Treasury and Investments
Nayana Wali is the Director, Treasury and Investments. She is responsible for evaluating and monitoring investments for various acquisitions, green field investments, joint ventures and large capital projects across the Aequs global portfolio. She plays a pivotal role in driving key Corporate Projects by partnering with various stakeholders. Nayana has been instrumental in streamlining and establishing key processes to support organizational growth. She is also engaged in project management for various organizational initiatives.Before joining Aequs, she worked with Price Waterhouse as part of its assurance division.
Nayana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Pune University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Engr'g Quality and Safety
Andrew Buchan is Vice President – HSE, Quality & Engineering, responsible for leading those functions globally in the Aerospace vertical of Aequs. Andrew joined Aequs in February 2013 as VP – Oil & Gas, managing responsibilities for the Industrial Group before joining Aerospace division.
Andrew has over 15 years of experience in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations. Prior to Aequs, he worked at Halliburton where he was responsible for the manufacturing operations in Houston for the Sperry Product Line. He began his career with Halliburton through their Supply Chain Management Program and then was elevated to other positions, focusing on Lean Six Sigma Strategy Deployment, Quality and Production.
Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His professional education includes Business Leadership Development from the Centre for Executive Development at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University.
Mohan D S
Global Programs Management
Mohan spearheads Global Programs Aerospace business at Aequs. He brings in rich industry experience of over 26 years in varied fields like manufacturing engineering, design, operations and project management. Prior to this role, he was responsible for the industrialization of packages awarded by customers globally.
Mohan has worked with QuEST Global Engineering and Kirloskar Electric Company in various capacities in different areas including projects, engineering and production of AC motors and AC generators.
He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka University, India. He is certified Lead Assessor for ISO 9001 quality standards (by P.E. Batalas, UK).
Global People Function
Abraham Joseph is Vice President Human Resources (Global People Function) and is responsible for Talent Acquisition, Performance Management System, Learning & Development, Compensation & Benefit, and Talent Management. He has 20 years of experience in the areas of Human Resources, Sales & Marketing.
Abraham’s last assignment was with Flex, where he worked for 9 years and was responsible for all Human Resources and Branding initiatives for India Business Entities and HR functions for the Global Business Services centers located in India, China, Mexico and Europe. Prior to Flex, he worked with Tata AIG, Sify, Murugappa Group in the areas of Human Resources. His Sales & Marketing stints were with companies like Premier Auto Electric and Berger Paints India Limited.
Abraham holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources & Personnel Management from XLRI, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Apeejay School of Marketing.
P Madan Mohan
Industrial Relations & CSR
P Madan Mohan is Vice President – Industrial Relations & CSR. His responsibilities encompass Industrial Relations, Compliances, Administration and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for the company.
Madan Mohan brings more than 25 years of HR experience in leadership roles with organizations including BEML, UB Group, INDAL- IHEL, Lucas –TVS of the TVS Group and Biological E. Ltd. In his most recent role as Vice President of HR with the Aditya Birla Group – Grasim Industries, Madan Mohan provided strategic and operational HR support for the Group’s pulp and fibre business. Madan Mohan’s HR experience base includes HR strategy, HR systems and practices, organizational development & organizational behaviour, learning & development, implementing high performance cultures, industrial relations, corporate social responsibility and EHS. Highlights of his HR career include the successful development and signing of more than twelve long term wage agreements with various affiliated unions across India.
Madan Mohan holds a Master’s degree in personnel management & industrial relations from the TATA Institute of Social Science (TISS). He also holds a Master’s degree in economic history from the Central University of Hyderabad.