Nalini Ranjan Mohanty
Born (1944-11-08) 8 November 1944 (age 79)
Odisha, India
Occupation(s)Bureaucrat, Technocrat
Years activeSince 1965
Known forPublic sector management
AwardsPadma Shri
Ruchi Prativa Samman

Nalini Ranjan Mohanty is a retired IOFS officer and former Chairman & Managing Director of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).[1] He is a former president of the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI) and has been the chairman and managing director of Textron India.[2] A Fellow of the ASI and the Institution of Engineers (India), Mohanty received the Ruchi Prativa Samman in 2003.[3] The Government of India awarded him the fourth-highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2004, for his contributions to Indian industrial sector.[4]


Mohanty was born on 8 November 1944 in the Indian state of Odisha, joined the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela (present day National Institute of Technology) from where he graduated in mechanical engineering (BTech Hons) in 1965.[5] The same year, he joined NIT as a member of faculty and, later, resigned from there to join the Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) [1] after securing the second rank in the All India Engineering Services Examination,.[2] As an IOFS officer, he worked in several ordnance factories in India including Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur and the Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi, and, in 1971, joined Hindustan Aeronautics Limited where he rose through ranks to become its chairman in 2001, the second civilian to hold the post.[1] Three years later, he superannuated from HAL and, in 2007, joined Textron India, the Indian subsidiary of the American conglomerate and the parent company of Bell Helicopters and Cessna Aircraft.[6]

Mohanty has served in many Public sector undertakings in India such as Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, Mahanadi Coalfields, Dynamatic Technologies, National Aluminium Company, Bharat Earth Movers and Sankhya Infotech in the capacity of non-executive director.[2] He has chaired two joint ventures, the Indo-Russian Aviation Limited and the British Aerospace-Hindustan Aeronautics Software Limited.[7] He was a member of the Kelkar Committee, headed by Vijay Kelkar, which examined the private sector participation in defence production,[8] and served the Society of Defence Technologists (SODET) as its chairman.[2] He is a former vice president of the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI) and is a Fellow of the Society. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India).[2] He received Ruchi Prativa Samman in 2003[3] and the Government of India included him in the 2004 Republic Day Honours list for the civilian award of the Padma Shri.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "'MiG man' Mohanty is next HAL chairman". Times of India. 13 August 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Nalini Ranjan Mohanty BE". Bloomberg. 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Ruchi Prativa Samman". Ruchi Food Line. 2015. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Nalini Ranjan Mohanty Profile Page". National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Alumni. 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Textron Names N.R. Mohanty Chairman and Managing Director for India". 1 May 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Textron's India arm headed by Mohanty". India New England. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Kelkar Committee submits report on defence acquisition" (PDF). Geod. 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.