Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena took over as the 22ndLieutenant Governor of Delhi on 26th May 2022. Shri Saxena, 63, comes with over three decades of vast experience in the corporate and social sectors and is the first corporate man ever selected for such gubernatorial post.
Prior to his appointment as the L-G of Delhi, Shri Saxena served as the Chairman of Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) from October 2015 to May 2022. At KVIC, Shri Saxena diversified the Khadi and village industry sectors, employed scientific techniques and implemented several innovative projects. As a result, the turnover of KVIC grew by a massive 248% while a massive 40 lakh new employment were created in less than 7 years. It was during the tenure of Mr Saxena, that KVIC, for the first time, clocked a historic turnover of Rs 1.15 lakh crore in 2021-22, the highest by KVIC and by any FMCG company in India so far.
Born in an educated and reputed family of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Saxena graduated from Kanpur University in 1981 and holds a Pilot Licence. Mr Saxena’s leadership abilities on a diverse range of social and corporate matters fusioned with technical, legal, social and cultural skills make him a philanthropist in vision and corporate scientist in action.
Mr Saxena started his career in 1984 as an Assistant Officer in Rajasthan with a private company. After working for 11 years in different capacities with its white cement plant, he was elevated in 1995 as General Manager to look after the proposed Port Project in Gujarat. He then rapidly rose to become the CEO and later elevated as Director of the Greenfield Dholera Port Project.
In recognition of his sharp social, cultural, political and administrative acumen, the government of India nominated Shri Saxena as a Member of the National Committee to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India's Independence. Earlier, he was nominated as a Member of the High Powered Padma Awards Selection Committee and as a Member of the 'Empowered Committee' for evaluation of "Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration".