ACP Co-chair (Industry)President, Honeywell Aerospace India
Neelu Khatri is President – Aerospace for Honeywell India from February 2017. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the business’ operations and pursuits for both commercial aviation and defense markets. Focused on driving growth through breakthrough strategies, she is an enterprising leader with a successful track record in delivering profitable growth consistently in emerging markets (South Asia, Turkey, and South Africa). She leads Honeywell Aerospace in India and South Asia covering the commercial original equipment and aftermarket, as well as defense and space businesses.
Neelu joined Honeywell in 2014 as senior director for strategy and marketing, where she worked with the company’s India-based business groups to develop and execute growth initiatives for Honeywell offerings and solutions across target market segments. She brings extensive aviation and defense experience to the Aerospace team, both from her time in Honeywell India, and in previous roles with Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited and KMPG, India. She served as Executive Director, International Relations and Business Development at Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited, providing strategic vision to the Group in the aerospace and land segments. During her earlier tenure at KPMG, she worked with Indian and global clients in aerospace, defense and homeland security, providing them advisory services on project management, bids, offset contracts, market research, and transaction support.
Neelu also enjoyed a 15-year-long military career, where she was part of the pioneer batch of women commissioned officers inducted in the Indian Air Force. During her military service, Neelu acquired strong project management and leadership skills along with in-depth understanding of the Indian government’s procurement and acquisition strategy in this sector. She also conducted events in India and across the world in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and worked closely with business and industry trade associations.
Neelu earned an MBA in Supply Chain Management from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, and a Master of Arts degree from Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur.
Neelu is an avid trekker and goes hiking in the Himalayas whenever she gets a chance. She enjoys watching movies, reads extensively, and loves cooking and baking for her two young boys.
ACP Co-chair (Government)FAA Senior Representative to South Asia
Tom joins the FAA’s Office of International Affairs following twelve years of service in Aviation Safety’s Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) where he worked in the Production & Airworthiness Division and the International Affairs Division. Tom’s most recent assignment was Manager of AIR’s International Affairs Branch. Earlier with the International Affairs Division, Tom served a four-year assignment in Shanghai, China as AIR’s international field representative for the Asia Pacific Region. Before his direct employment with the FAA, Tom was an FAA contractor working as a program analyst on the Aeronautical Data Link (ADL) program, partly to help establish international ADL technical standards. Previously he worked in budget, management, and human resource analysis with local governments in Savannah, Georgia and Loudoun County, Virginia. Tom is a military reserve retiree. He spent an initial twelve years on active duty with the U.S. Army and was mobilized three times after 9/11 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. Tom is married with two children and currently one granddaughter.
The U.S-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is a unique bilateral public-private partnership launched in 2007 between the U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. aviation companies.
Pictures from our latest event.
ACP Members Roundtable with GoI & USG officials on May 9, 2018 during U.S. – India Aviation Summit at Mumbai