Saab’s former Gripen test pilot and Head of Saab Malaysia, Ola Rignell has been appointed as the new Chairman & Managing Director of Saab India Technology Pvt Ltd (SITPL)
Ola Rignell’s appointment as Head of Country Unit India further reinforces Saab´s long-term commitment to the Indian market, where a high degree of market activity is already underway. Ola’s predecessor, Jan Widerstrom, has taken on new responsibilities in Sweden after many years dedicated to building Saab’s presence in India.
“Ola has the experience and the expertise which will enable Saab to further strengthen our work in the country and take forward our unbroken relationship of over 40 years. We are committed to building next-generation defence and security capabilities in India. Together with Indian government and industry, we would like to develop new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific, Dean Rosenfield.
Ola Rignell not only has years of experience in partnerships with international armed forces and engagements with their defence and security needs but has also worked as a former pilot with the Swedish Air Force. Ola has been deeply involved in Sweden’s Gripen programme, with responsibility for testing weapons, avionics, engine performance and human/machine interfaces.
Ola previously worked as Saab project pilot in the US/Swedish Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS) endeavour, working with the Swedish Air Force, FMV, USAF, NASA and Lockheed Martin. He earlier served as Saab’s Director of Business Development, Aviation Training, Business Area Support & Services.