Ravi Uppal has been Managing Director & Group CEO of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. (JSPL) since October 2012. He has more than 37 years of experience in the engineering and infrastructure sectors in India and abroad. Prior to joining JSPL, Ravi served as President and Managing Director and Board Director of L&T Limited. From 1981 to 2009, Ravi worked for ABB Group in Sweden, Germany and the Middle East. During his tenure, he served as President of Global Markets for ABB Group, Member of ABB’s Executive Committee and Chairman & Managing Director of ABB Ltd., India, where he led a seven-fold increase in business. From 2005 to 2007, Ravi was also President & Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region at ABB Group. Prior to rejoining ABB for a second stint in 2001, Ravi undertook the formidable challenge of setting up Volvo’s operations in India as its first Country Head and Managing Director between 1995 and 2001. He successfully introduced state-of-the-art trucks, buses and construction equipment in the old fashioned and conservative Indian market.
Ravi has been Chairman of the India Advisory Board of Schindler and Vice-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has served on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and the Global Board of Directors of BAE, UK. Ravi is currently on the Board of Suzlon, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers. Ravi has been conferred the Royal Order of the Polar Star and named a Knight of the Order by the King of Sweden. He has also been the finalist of EY’s entrepreneur award and was recognised as distinguished alumni of the prestigious IIT, Delhi.