AMCHAM’s Defense Committee members convened in a hybrid fashion on May 25th to discuss the activities in the sector. This was the first committee meeting after constitution of the committee leadership for 2022-2023. Ms. Udaya Arun, Director – Aerospace & Defense, AMCHAM opened up the meeting and welcomed the new leadership to the committee: Mr. William L. Blair, Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President and Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, Mr. Ravi Nirgudkar, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, BAE Systems India Services (Pvt.) Limited, Mr. Surendra Ahuja, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Boeing Defense India and Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Partner and Head – Aerospace & Defence, KPMG India. Members also welcomed CAPT Michael Farmer, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), U.S. Embassy. Mr. William Blair quickly shared a brief on AMCHAM’s Defense Delegation to DC in September/October 2021 and members were updated on the upcoming Door Knock Delegation 2022. Members deliberated on the key asks that the delegation should bring to the forefront during the discussions in Washington DC and the level of engagements and officials that the group should call upon.
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