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Construction : Winners | October 2015 | Source : CW-India

Construction World MAN OF THE YEAR 2015

SN SUBRAHMANYAN - Deputy Managing Director and President, Larsen & Toubro

Subrahmanyan commenced his professional career with L&T in 1984 as a project planning engineer and has risen through the ranks to become, Whole Time Director, Deputy Managing Director and President, Larsen & Toubro. In addition, he heads L&T Construction (erstwhile ECC), is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of L&T Infotech Ltd and President-L&T Infotech and President-L&T Technology Services. He is also responsible for the Metallurgical & Material Handling (MMH) and Ship Building business verticals.

With a degree in civil engineering and a post-graduate qualification in business management, this dynamic 55-year-old made a name for himself early on, by successfully setting up the Ready-Mix Concrete business for the first time in India. Apart from completing several challenging infrastructure projects across verticals over the years, he has played a crucial role in securing and managing EPC contracts for the construction of four major international airports in India at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai. The latest in his lengthening list of accomplishments are the mandates to build the tallest statue in the world - the Statue of Unity in Gujarat - and the development of dedicated freight corridors that will realign the dynamics of freight movement in the country. The construction division is among the top 30 global contractors and by far the largest construction organisation in the country.

Largely responsible for establishing L&T Construction as a significant EPC player in the Middle East, Subrahmanyan has spearheaded and won several large projects in Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia like the Salalah Airport in Oman and a big interchange and road project in UAE. The Riyadh Metro project is one of the largest international orders bagged by L&T thus far; while the Doha Metro, the AL-Wakrah Road Project both in Qatar and the Abu Dhabi Airport airside works have been won in the face of stiff international competition. He has also led the spread into Africa, and L&T Construction is already making its presence felt especially in North and East Africa.

He brought to the fore the expertise of ´Design and Build´ construction solutions on an EPC (Engineer Procure Construct) basis and is one of the first exponents of aluminum formwork systems and an early adopter of precast technology for housing projects.

With his elevation to the role of Deputy Managing Director and President, Subrahmanyan has the overall responsibility to guide the fortunes and build L&T, which is already a US$ 15 billion conglomerate.

As Non-Executive Director, Subrahmanyan is also leading L&T Infotech, a global IT services and solutions provider, to strengthen existing relationships while, forge new strategic partnerships and be a key decision-maker for offering smart world solutions. He has held and continues to play vital roles on various industry bodies, construction institutions and councils.

Much awarded and recognised for his significant contributions, Subrahmanyan has been ´Contractor CEO of the Year´ at the Qatar Contractors Forum & Awards function in 2014 in Doha and accorded the Leading Engineering Personality award in the event ´Glimpses of Engineering Personalities´ by the Institution of Engineers (India). As a latest development, he has been voted as the ´CONSTRUCTION WORLD - Man of the Year 2015´ by CONSTRUCTION WORLD magazine.

CW is proud to honour this rare hero and true leader. Indeed, Subrahmanyan is an inspiration and role model for many in the country - young and old. We salute him for his excellence and drive, and wish him good luck in the years to come.

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