KOCHI: Madhu S Nair has been appointed as chairman and managing director of the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).
He succeeds Commodore K Subramaniyam, who will be retiring from service on December 31 after heading the PSU for five years.
Madhu Nair is currently serving as chief general manager (Business Development) at the Cochin Shipyard. It was during Madhu’s tenure in the marketing department that the firm started accepting contracts for building ships for overseas markets.
Madhu Nair, a native of Guruvayur who holds engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Ship Technology from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, joined the Cochin Shipyard as an executive trainee.
Later, he took postgraduate degree in Naval Architecture and Option Engineering from Osaka University in Japan, and underwent training at the IHA Shipyard in Japan.
The Cochin Shipyard, which was initially engaged in construction of ships for sale within the country only, later started taking orders from international clients. Madhu Nair was instrumental in securing 50 of the 111 export contracts signed by the Cochin Shipyard.
He also played a key role in signing contract with French firm GTT for technology for building LNG ships.