Advisory Board

Rohit Hegde
Advisory Board Member

Rohit has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University Chennai, a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the USA. He lived and worked in the US for 18 years and was with Hewlett Packard Medical Products and managed their Manufacturing Operations for Medical Supplies in Andover, MA. He returned to India in 1998 and ran his own business Adeep Group of Companies in the Auto Component Sector which he grew to 7 locations and 1500 employees before selling out to the Private Equity firm Actis, UK in 2005.

Currently Rohit also supports the activities of European Private Equity firms and helps their portfolio companies do business in India through Joint Ventures, Sourcing, Marketing, Setting up Operations and Business Development.

Frédéric Bonan
Advisory Board Member

Frédéric is the CEO and founder of I-Deal Development, a strategy consulting and CEO coaching organization since 2005. He has facilitated many M&A transactions through this business and has displayed an ability to identify and drive strong growth of start-up companies.

Previously, Frédéric served as the CEO of Altran which he managed and led through all of its development phases, and under him the company experienced the most dynamic growth in Europe. The Altran Group turnover went from 30 Million Euros to 2 Billion Euros under his leadership. His operations led him to buy-out over 250 small and medium organizations all across the globe, and he specially contributed to developing strategies for both its small and large companies.

He has also been chairman of Arthur D. Little and currently serves on the boards of several companies.

Frédéric holds an Aeronautics Engineering Ph.D from ENSMA and holds a Master degree in Marketing Management from ESSEC, which is one of the most prestigious French business schools.

Mike Propen
Advisory Board Member

As a member of the QuEST Board, Michael Propen (Mike) positions QuEST Global’s engineering and manufacturing services through his high-level interactions. He also counsels QuEST Global in talent acquisitions, defining the technology road map, and advising on potential acquisition and integration of these new entities into QuEST Global. Prior to joining QuEST Global in 2002, Mike held the position of Corporate Vice President Technology & Program Management at Honeywell International.

He is credited with driving productivity through corporate-wide networks and accelerating growth through sharing of common processes and best practices. He started his career as a Design Engineer and worked in this position for 5 years at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and then at Lockheed Missiles & Company. In 1977 he joined Textron where he held various senior positions. In late 1994 he became Vice President of Engineering at AlliedSignal, Stratford, CT. In 1997 he was made Vice President Technology & Business Development at AlliedSignal Automotive Products Group. In 1998 he took the position of Corporate Vice President – Technology & Program Management at Honeywell International.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics/Mathematics from Queens College, NY, BS degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from New York University, NY, Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Technological University, FL and an MBA from the University of New Haven, CT.

Crispin Vincenti-Brown
Advisory Board Member

Since 1975, Crispin has been a driving force in the international practice of the Bourton Group, a management consultancy specialising in operational performance improvement.

Crispin managed Bourton Group’s French and Italian offices before moving to the US. where he led US operations. Subsequently, Crispin has been based in Europe to focus on Bourton Group’s high technology international clientele.

Crispin applies his expertise in strategic and operations management to the aerospace, energy and electronics sectors. He is well known for his work in developing strategies for the Agile Enterprise®, values based management and “Lean” operations. Crispin’s success in helping clients take products from concept to market include the introduction of new operational processes in the design and manufacture of aerospace components in Europe,US and Canada and implementing lean operations for a major Indian aerospace conglomerate. His clients included Airbus Industries, Boeing, UTC, Arianespace, BAE Systems, Cummins, Fiat, Schlumberger, Snecma, Rolls Royce, Lockheed Martin and Textron.

Crispin is a European Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology in the UK. Crispin served his apprenticeship with a French aerospace machine tool company and graduated from the University of Birmingham with an honours degree in engineering production.

Ashok K Baweja
Advisory Board Member

Ashok K Baweja has joined AEQUS as an Advisory Board Member from QuEST Global Engineering Services, where he was heading their Indian entity, Quest Global Defense Engineering Services (QGD) for over 5 years managing offset driven opportunities and in New Business Development.

During his extensive stint at HAL, Ashok headed Aero Engine & Helicopter Divisions and Corporate Business Development. Later he joined the Board as the MD for Design & Development, and as the Chairman from 2004 to 2009. During which, HAL revenues grew to $2.3 Billion.

Significant achievements included, certification & Service entry of the Advanced Light Helicopter variants, besides development of the Intermediate Jet Trainer, major upgrades of the Jaguar Strike Aircraft, Sea Harrier, Chetak and Cheetah Helicopters, production of Darin standard, Jaguar Strike aircraft , Sukhoi Mk 30 I’s and ALH Helicopters. Instrumental in various alliances and ventures with Private Indian and foreign companies for development of complex aircraft systems and technologies. He worked with HCL Technologies briefly as a Senior Advisor for Aero & Defense and Business Development before joining QuEST in Oct 2012.

Ashok holds two graduate degrees, in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration.