Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The International Project Management Association (IPMA), Switzerland, has awarded its highest level (Level A) certification of Project Directorship to A. Sivathanu Pillai for his contribution in the field.

Dr. Pillai is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, New Delhi.

He is the first Indian to receive this certificate.

The IPMA is an organisation comprising 44 national project management associations from all over the world. The certificate was awarded to him on Tuesday in New Delhi by Adesh Jain, deputy chairman of the IPMA.

A press release says Dr. Pillai has 40 years of experience in project/programme management in the Indian Space Research Organisation, and the Defence Research and Development Organisation. It adds that under his leadership, the scientific communities of India and Russia designed and developed the BrahMos missile in a short span of time and made it a world leader in the cruise missile family.