Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, 57, is Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro. In addition, he heads L&T Construction (erstwhile ECC), is Vice Chairman on the Boards of L&T Infotech Limited (LTI) and L&T Technology Services and Non-Executive Chairman of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited. He is also responsible for the Metallurgical & Material Handling (MMH) and Shipbuilding business verticals.
With a degree in civil engineering and a post-graduate qualification in business management, Mr. Subrahmanyan commenced his professional career with L&T in 1984 as a project planning engineer and soon made a name 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.
Among his list of accomplishments are the mandates to build one of the tallest statues in the world – the Statue of Unity - 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Subrahmanyan has the overall responsibility to guide the fortunes and build Larsen & Toubro. As its Vice Chairman, Mr. Subrahmanyan is also leading LTI, a global IT services and solutions provider, to strengthen existing relationships while forging 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, Mr. Subrahmanyan has been Construction Week magazine’s ‘Infrastructure Person of the Year – 2012’, ‘Contractor CEO of the Year’ at the Qatar Contractors Forum & Awards function in 2014 in Doha, ranked 36th in ‘2014 Construction Week Power 100’ and accorded the Leading Engineering Personality award in the event ‘Glimpses of Engineering Personalities’ by the Institution of Engineers (India). He has also been voted the ‘Construction World – Man of the Year 2015’ by Construction World magazine.