Beachhead Advisor, India
Apparao Mallavarapu is the founder, chairman & managing director for Centum Electronics Limited, a public limited company listed on National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange.
Established in 1994 and based in Bangalore India, Centum Electronics Limited, is India's leading designer and manufacturer of high technology electronic systems, subsystems and products. Centum's customers are large organizations and Fortune 500 companies in the area of aerospace, defence, telecommunications, and industrial electronics.
Rao has Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Daltech University in Canada. He is a recipient of the Ford foundation scholarship and engineering research scholarship in Canada.
Under his leadership, Centum group grew to be one the largest manufacturers and exporters of electronics products from India. He has been a director at Centum Rakon India Private Limited since January 2008. He served as a director of Bangalore Stock Exchange Ltd.
He has run successful joint ventures with several multinational companies and currently has a very successful hi-tech joint venture with Rakon Limited, a publicly traded New Zealand company.
Rao is also deeply involved and passionate about corporate social responsibility.