MD & CEO, Aequs Aerospace
Rajeev Kaul is the MD & CEO, Aequs Aerospace, 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.
President, Corporate Strategy & Ventures
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.
Global Sales & Commercials
Mohamed Bouzidi is the President - Global Sales & Commercials at Aequs Aerospace. He is responsible for growing the current business, driving new business campaigns, and expanding into other geographies. He will also play a pivotal role in managing the Strategic contract relationships.
Mohamed has a distinguished career spanning three decades in aerospace manufacturing and strategic customer accounts. In his 20 years with Aubert & Duval, he held several key executive positions with broad responsibilities across the highly diverse supply chain geographies. Mohamed also brings an in-depth understanding of diverse cultures and the dynamics in these markets. Prior to joining Aubert & Duval, he was associated with SAFRAN for 10 years.
Mohamed holds a PhD in Metallurgy from the Paris School of Mines. He also holds an Executive MBA (EMBA) from EDHEC Business School and graduated from the University of Paris.
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.
Andrew Buchan is Managing Director, North America, 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
Sales, Programs & Engineering
He is responsible for Global Programs Aerospace business at Aequs and has been with the company for the past 12 years.
Mohan comes with an experience of over 26 years with an expertise in fields across- manufacturing, design, operations, manufacturing engineering, and project management. He was responsible for the package industrialization.
Prior to this, he was associated with QuEST Global Engineering and Kirloskar Electric Company, rotating machines division. He is a certified lead assessor for ISO 9001 quality standards by M/s P.E. Batalas, UK.
Mohan D S holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka University, India.
Head, India Operations
Shirish is responsible for Aerospace operations and has been with the company for past 12 years. He has experience of over 27 years, with a thorough understanding of Production, Planning, Sheet Metal Fabrication and Green-Field project management.
During his earlier stint with QuEST Global Engineering and Kirloskar AAF limited in Surface Coating division, he served in Projects, Production & Erection and commissioning of Surface Treatment plants for Automotive customers.
Shirish Ganamukhi is a graduate in Engineering from Karnataka University and Certified in Six Sigma Green Belt
Sourabh Mittal is the CFO and Legal Head, Aequs Aerospace, responsible for overall financial reporting, compliance, and strategy. He has been with Aequs for over five years, leading treasury, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions in support of the company’s aggressive growth roadmap.
Sourabh is a Chartered Accountant with a diverse functional background. Throughout his career of more than 10 years in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Sourabh has been instrumental in aligning financial and business practices for high growth organizations
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.