Madhukar Vinayak Kotwal
Member of the Board and President, Heavy Engineering
Larsen & Toubro
Mr M V Kotwal is a member of the board of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and President of L&T's Heavy Engineering Division. Within the division, he is responsible for the Heavy Engineering and Shipbuilding operating companies.
Mr Kotwal joined LT in 1968 as a Junior Engineer and subseqently assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the company's specialized manufacturing facilities. He headed the Nuclear and Special Fabrication shops in Mumbai, before taking charge of critical functions at L&T's works complex in Hazira, Surat. Currently, in addition to Mumbai and Hazira, he is responsible for facilities located at five other workcentres in India. In addition he is responsible for a new joint venture with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for special steels and heavy forgings in Hazira, a large shipyard being set up in Kattupalli, near Chennai, and a large heavy fabrication facility in Oman.
He was Co-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's national committee on defence and amember of the Vijay Kelkar Committee tasked with advising the Government of India on restructuring defence production in the country. He was elected as Chairman of the Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) for 2005-06 and 2006-07. Mr Kotwal was awarded the title of Business Leader of the Year 2009 by the Chemtech Foundation, Mumbai, for development of the engineering industry in India. He was the representative member from India for the Technical Advisory Group for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) programme.
He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and a member of SectionalCommitteeIX (Nuclear Power & Energy Technologies). In March 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Committee on Defence and joined their National Executive Committee for the year 2011 as a Special Invitee.