Puneet Kaura

Managing Director & CEO, Samtel Avionics Ltd.

Puneet Kaura is the Managing Director & CEO at Samtel Avionics Limited, a key Indian player in state-of-the-art systems for high-end applications in Defence Avionics, Armoured Vehicles and Railway Applications.

Puneet is a Management graduate from Bentley College in the United States, and has worked with Corning Incorporated, USA and Samtel Electron Devices, Germany before moving to India to build and grow Samtel’s avionics and defence business. Samtel’s joint venture with India’s major aircraft maker, HAL marks a landmark in this business and Puneet has played a very responsible role in developing this JV. Puneet was also a core member of the team that worked on setting up Samtel’s joint venture with Thales – a world leader in the field of defence. Now he is leading the Company to grow in the domain of Railway Electronics.

He has put a great deal of energy into building Samtel’s core competence to compete on a global scale, and today Samtel is a supplier and partner to the top global players in the Aerospace and Defence industry.

Owing to his initiatives in driving Samtel to contribute towards the ‘Make in India’ program of the Indian govt., he was hand-picked by Niti Aayog for Prime Minister’s Champions of Change ‘think-tank’. He is a part of a permanent team of Young CEOs who will share ideas with the Prime Minister and Niti Aayog to lead the transformation of India.

Under his leadership, Samtel has recently been awarded with SIDM Champion Award 2022, along with Frost & Sullivan Hot Investment Opportunity Award 2009, and Indian Innovation Award 2010 by a leading Indian organisation. Puneet has also been recognised by Aviation Week magazine as one of World’s Top 40 leaders under the age of 40 in the global aerospace industry. Led by him, Samtel is poised to become India’s first leading avionics, military technology and railway electronics firm in private domain.