Indian-American Aerospace Expert Appointed as Chief Executive General Atomics   

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General Atomics (GA), an American energy and defense corporation, based in San Diego, California, appointed a well-known Indian-American, Vivek Lall as its Chief Executive.

Vivek Lall is an expert who played key roles in some of the major defense deals between India and the US. He had resigned as vice president of Aeronautics Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin, in April, to spend more time with his family in San Diego, where he resides.

On a statement emailed to PTI on Sunday, Global Atomics said that “We are pleased to announce that Dr. Vivek Lall will assume the position of Chief Executive at General Atomics Global Corporation, effective immediately.”

“With Dr. Lall’s expertise, GA Global will expand its global footprint for managing sales, service, and international industrial collaboration in strategically important countries like Japan, Australia, the UAE, and others,” the company said.

“Dr. Lall’s extensive experience in the US and international markets will strengthen the company’s international growth,” said GA, which along with its affiliated companies operates on five continents.

This is, in fact, Lall’s second stint with GA. Last time, as Chief Executive of Strategic Development at GA from 2014 to 2018, Lall played a key role in the decision of the Trump Administration to sell category 1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to India, a non-NATO country.

For over a decade now, Lall has been instrumental in major bilateral defense deals worth around $18 billion. This includes the procurement of 24 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters from Lockheed Martin for the Indian Navy worth $2.6 billion, which was announced during the India visit of President Donald Trump in February.

In his capacity as vice-president and country head for India, Boeing Defense Space & Security, Lall was instrumental in several multi-billion bilateral defense deals. Prominent among them being 10 C17 strategic lift worth $4 billion, P-8I Anti-submarine warfare aircraft (eight and then four) worth $3 billion, 28 apache helicopters, and 15 chinooks worth $5 billion 22 harpoon missiles worth $200 million.

Two years ago, he was appointed to the US Federal Aviation Advisory Committee and has overseen multiple campaigns as well as pan India strategic industrial tie-ups.