Board Of Directors
Chairman & CEO
As Chairman & CEO, Aravind focuses relentlessly on strategic initiatives and long-term growth.
Aravind believes that modern manufacturing is powered by a combination of two forces: continuous innovation and uninhibited collaboration. To that end, he has built a global ecosystem that drives scale and efficiency through organic growth, acquisitions and joint ventures. The Aequs manufacturing facilities in Belgaum, India and Houston, Texas are co-located with other companies in the supply chain to minimize cycle time and simplify logistics for customers. Aequs has a portfolio of joint venture partnerships with world-class companies including: Magellan Aerospace of Canada and Aubert & Duval of France and Saab AB of Sweden.
Aravind is a board member of QuEST Global, a company he co-founded in 1997 which is now a globally-recognized provider of outsourced engineering services.
Aravind holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has been conferred the ‘Young Achiever Award’ by the Indo-American Society.
Dr. Ajay Prabhu
Dr. Ajay Prabhu is a Board Member at Aequs.
Ajay is associated with Aequs since 2007 and he is currently COO of QuEST Global. Under his leadership, QuEST Global has grown from 200 employees to 7300 employees. He played a pivotal role in QuEST Global’s foray into aero structures domain, which has led to some major business wins for the organization in the aerospace and defense sectors.
Ajay has turned QuEST into a global company by set up delivery centers in several cities of USA, Italy, Japan, India, UK, Australia and Spain. Ajay’s passion and commitment to excellence permeates every facet of QuEST Global. His relentless drive to build a best-in- class company through delivery and people process excellence has resulted in AS9100, PCMM Level 3, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 27001, ACE Gold recognitions for QuEST Global and has been a key factor in bringing the organization on achieving CMMI Level 3 recognition. Ajay has architected a unique business process and institutionalized the rhythm that has resulted in scalability, predictability and enhanced customer and employee satisfaction.
Ajay worked with HP & Agilent Technologies in California for six years before moving to QuEST Global. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NITK, Surathkal, India and MS & Ph.D degrees from the University of Massachusetts, USA. Ajay’s research work on very high frequency amplifiers was recognized with an award from the IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Microwave Society Fellowship and he holds two US Patents.
Group CFO & Managing Director, India
Rajeev Kaul is Group CFO and Managing Director, India. He is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Administration, Infrastructure and IT. Rajeev joined QuEST Global, now an Aequs Portfolio Company in February 2003 as Senior Manager, Finance and has held the CFO position at Aequs since it’s inception.
Rajeev brings with him more than 15 years of industry experience. Before joining Aequs, he worked with A.F. Ferguson & Co and his current areas of specialization include Banking and Corporate Finance, Legal Risk Assessment, Strategic sourcing and Business Process Review. He was instrumental in setting up subsidiaries in different geographical locations, and was involved in strengthening mechanisms like Contract Review and Legal Risk Compliance. He has played a significant role in establishing various Aequs Joint Ventures in India and also serves as a Board member on all JV companies.
Rajeev holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (Honours) from Delhi University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant