Reliance Defence Gears Up For New Leadership Under H.S. Mahi
Rahul Bakshi | 08 Jun 2015

Giving thrust to its vision of being India's foremost defence-oriented group, Reliance Defence Systems has announced the induction of retired Vice Admiral H.S Malhi into its top leadership team. The company, which is a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd under the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group, ventured into defence recently when it initiated acquisition of Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering.

The big leap to foray into the defence sector comes in keeping with PM Modi's 'Make in India' mission.  It was also in line with 'Make in India' that Reliance Infra, under Reliance Group, recently came up with three new defence subsidiaries-- Reliance Defence Systems, Reliance Defence Technologies and Reliance Defence and Aerospace (RDA).  

Malhi brings to Reliance an experience of 36 years in the navy after which he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of the Mazgaon dock.

"Vice Admiral Malhi's expertise in strategic planning and execution, operational management, and joint ventures and partnerships will enable Reliance Defence Systems to realize its goal of creating India's foremost defence company, with an emphasis on the 'Make in India' program initiated by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, thereby creating sustainable long term value for all stakeholders," said Reliance Infrastructure in a press release.

His vast experience with the Indian Navy coupled with his acquired vision for planning and execution makes Malhi perfectly cut out for the job. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy who pursued many technical and executive courses, including a Post Graduate Course in Marine Engineering, a Naval Higher Command Course, and a National Security Course, all at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Some of Mahi's accomplishments include being in command of INS Shivaji--Indian Navy's premier technical training establishment.  He has also been a Director to the Defence Machinery Design Establishment and Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard at Visakhapatnam - rated among Indian Navy's most advanced ship yard on the East Coast