R Madhavan has taken charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Till now, Mr Suvarnu Raju was the CMD. Prior to this, Mr Madhavan was heading the Accessories Division of HAL at Lucknow as an Executive Director. “Maintaining the numero uno position of HAL in aerospace industry while delivering world-class products and services through increased indigenisation would be my key focus areas,” Madhavan said. The emphasis would be to build on the core competence of the company and emerge as the preferred supplier in the aerospace industry, he added. Born in 1962, Madhavan is a Mechanical Engineer from NIT, Raipur and a Post Graduate in M. Tech. from IIT Madras. He had joined HAL as a management trainee in July 1982 and has a comprehensive management and engineering experience. His diverse skill sets in varied fields like production, quality, customer services and management helped him hold key positions within the organisation. Madhavan spearheaded the successful absorption of technology for the production of Su-30 airframe and engine accessories from raw material phase at HAL’s Accessories Division, Lucknow. He has contributed to `Make in India’ drive by developing MSME vendors for aerospace manufacturing. His focus areas would also include design and development, order book position and product mix which meets the customer requirements.