• Joshi brings 25 years of industry experience to the new role
  • Appointment supports Boeing’s growth strategy for India

New Delhi. 15 February 2024.  Boeing  has announced the appointment of Nikhil Joshi as managing director of Boeing Defence India (BDI), in a move to strengthen the company’s operations and accelerated growth strategy for India.

Based in New Delhi, Joshi will lead current and future programs for BDI to enhance the mission readiness and modernization of India’s defence forces. Reporting to Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India and South Asia, Joshi will work in close collaboration with Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) and Boeing Global Services (BGS).

“We are delighted to welcome Nikhil to our team. His wealth of experience and strong leadership will drive our growth strategy in India and strengthen our commitment to continue serving our defence customers in the country,” said Scott Carpendale, vice president, Asia Pacific, Boeing Global Services – Government Services (BGS-GS).

Joshi has more than 25 years of aerospace and defence industry experience, including over two decades of service with the Indian armed forces in the aviation branch of the Indian Navy. Prior to joining Boeing, Joshi served as the country manager for Eaton Aerospace where he was responsible for growing the business footprint for Eaton in India. He has more than 4,000 hours of flying experience on various Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft and has commanded both frontline ships and air squadrons.

“Efficient solutions, timely support, and flawless execution are critical elements of BDI’s commitment to our customers and the Indian aerospace and defence industry. We welcome Nikhil to Boeing India and look forward to collaborating to support our customers with their future requirements,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India and South Asia.

Boeing’s commitment to India includes a heritage spanning over eight decades. Presently, India operates 11 C-17s, 22 AH-64 Apaches (with six more on order), 15 CH-47 Chinooks, 12 P-8Is, 3 VVIP aircraft (737 airframe), and two Head of State aircraft (777 airframe), all of which are Boeing platforms. India is at the front and center of Boeing’s business plans and is one of the largest defence markets for Boeing. BDI serves as a local entity, offering comprehensive lifecycle solutions for government and defense customers in India.