Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, is the CEO and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) and is the Non-Executive Vice Chairman on the Board of the Company. In addition, he is also Vice Chairman on the boards of L&T Technology Services & Mindtree and Chairman of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited.
Prior to taking over the reins as CEO & MD of L&T in July 2017, Mr. Subrahmanyan in his capacity as Deputy MD & President led L&T’s infrastructure business to its position as the country’s largest construction organization and 14th in the world. As Non-Executive Director of the Company, Mr. Subrahmanyan is also leading L&T Infotech, a global IT services and solutions provider, to strengthen existing relationships while forging new strategic partnerships and be a key decision maker for offering smart world solutions.
Hailing from Chennai, India, Mr. Subrahmanyan commenced his professional journey with L&T in 1984 as a project planning engineer armed with a degree in civil engineering and a post-graduation in business management. Mentored by stalwarts, he took on roles of increasing responsibility across business verticals. With an entrepreneurial mindset, drive, and foresight, he began to rewrite the rules of the game. He led L&T’s foray into the realm of executing developmental projects starting with the extremely successful HITEC City project in Hyderabad and the Bangalore International Airport, forging deals in the process without precedent in the construction space. Successfully setting up the Ready Mix business in India for the first time, bagging mandates to design & build all major international airports in India, venturing into untapped geographies like the Middle East, Africa & ASEAN to establish L&T’s credentials and presence and building long-term relationships came easy to him.
Under Mr. Subrahmanyan’ s leadership, L&T has been transformed into a company that executes a wide range of projects at Speed & Scale and, in the process, builds the tallest, largest, longest, smartest, and most complex. Among his list of accomplishments are the mandates to build the tallest statue in the world – the Statue of Unity – and the development of dedicated freight corridors that will realign the dynamics of freight movement in the country. The construction division is among the top 30 global contractors and by far the largest construction organisation in the country.
In 2020, SNS was ranked as the Top CEO (Sell Side) and the 3rd Best CEO (Overall) in the All-Asia Executive Team Survey conducted by Institutional Investor and recognised as the CEO of the Year by the leading Indian news channel, CNBC-Awaaz. He has been conferred the Emergent CEO Award at the CEO Awards in 2019 for his exemplary leadership and for delivering seamless growth for L&T. SNS earned the 13th position in the Construction Week Power 100 Ranking for 2019, that had previously recognised him as the Infrastructure Person of the Year for 2012. He has also been accorded the Leading Engineering Personality award by the Institution of Engineers (India) in 2014.
SNS holds positions of pre-eminence on various industry bodies, construction institutions and councils.
In February 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC) for three years by the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment. In this role SNS will guide the NSC, which has a major part to play to ensure safety in workplaces under the new Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 (OSH Code, 2020).