Boeing Names GE Vet Prat Kumar India Business Lead; Shep Hill Comments

Shep Hill

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has appointed Pratyush “Prat” Kumar to succeed Dinesh Keskar as president of Boeing India, effective Friday.

The company said Keskar has taken on a senior sales leadership role in the commercial planes segment.

Keskar will be responsible for coordinating business activities, growing Boeing’s presence and developing local relationships and in-country partnerships with business and government entities in the country.

“Prat has a distinguished business career and brings considerable experience and success in the Indian market to Boeing, ” said Shep Hill, president of Boeing International and senior vice president of business development and strategy. “Prat will focus on growing our business and will build on Dinesh Keskar’s outstanding accomplishments as president of Boeing India.”

India is negotiating a potential $2.4 billion purchase of Boeing’s Chinook and Apache helicopters (click here for our story on the potential transaction).

The country has also chosen the P-8I for maritime reconnaissance and antisubmarine missions and is acquiring 10 C-17 airlifters for transport missions.

Before joining Boeing, Kumar served as president and CEO of General Electric‘s (NYSE: GE) South Asia regional transportation business.

He previously led the company’s infrastructure business lines in India such as aviation, transportation, energy, oil and gas and water.

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