VINAYAK K DESHPANDE Managing Director, Tata Projects
Vinayak K Deshpande is one of the country´s leading infrastructure professionals with 30 years of work experience in various senior managerial roles, across diverse industries.
He has been with the Tata Group for over 23 years and took charge as Managing Director of Tata Projects in July 2011. Since then, Tata Projects has achieved all-round excellence in its core business of industrial infrastructure.
This industry veteran has had many firsts to his credit in his current role. In 2014-15, he was instrumental in diversifying the company´s business in urban infrastructure into domains like urban metro systems and high-rise buildings.
Deshpande is also playing a key role in the development of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, where Tata Projects is a member of the consortium that has already started work on the crucial 320-km-stretch of the dedicated freight line connecting Delhi and Mumbai.
Under his leadership, Tata Projects will be focusing on six business units - EPC, transmission and distribution, transportation, civil and environment, urban infrastructure and quality services. Deshpande has been at the helm of many top Indian organisations, and his track record speaks for itself. At Tata Honeywell, he was the Managing Director of its India business for five years till 2004-05, where he grew the company´s operations pan-India, to achieve about 300 per cent growth. Thereafter, he had a successful stint as the Executive President (Operations) of Tata Teleservices.
At present, Deshpande is also on the Board of Voltas, Kennametal India and Philips Lighting India. As a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he is closely involved with the industry body´s activities in the construction and transmission sectors.
After graduating in Chemical Engineering in 1980 from IIT-Kharagpur, he started with the design and sales of boilers and captive power plants at Thermax. His versatility was on show right at the beginning of his career. After a stint with Tata Honeywell, where he was involved in industrial automation and process controls, Deshpande worked with Tata Teleservices, the mobility and telecommunications business of the Tata Group.
Deshpande´s guidance helped Tata Projects win Construction World´s ´Third Fastest Growing Construction Company in India´ award in2014-15. The company was also awarded an ´Exemplary Project of the Year´ award by Dun & Bradstreet for building the Krishnapatnam supercritical thermal power plant. As a latest development, he has been voted as the ´CONSTRUCTION WORLD Man of the Year 2016-Private Sector´. CW is proud to honour this true leader, and we wish him good luck in the years to come.