Gen. V P Malik

Former Chief of Army Staff

General VP Malik was Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army from Oct 1997 to September 2000.  Concurrently, he was Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee of India from January 1999 to September 2000.

As Chief of the Army Staff, General Malik had dual responsibility of being an advisor to the Government as well as commander of 1.2 million strong Indian Army to fulfil its national role.

During his tenure as Army Chief, beside many other operations in India and abroad, he coordinated and oversaw planning and execution of Operation Vijay to successfully defeat Pakistan’s attempted intrusion in Kargil Sector in 1999.

He was awarded the Ati Vishishta Seva Medal in 1986 and Param Vishishta Seva Medal, the highest military award for distinguished services in India in 1996.  Some other awards included ‘Excellence in Leadership’ award by Atur Foundation, Pune; ‘Distinguished Fellowship’ of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi; ‘Punjab Rattan’ award by Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum; and ‘Pride of the Nation’ award by Doon Citizens’ Council.

Post retirement, he was nominated as member of the National Security Advisory Board for two terms.

In 2007, he was one of the judges for the ‘Asia Pacific Top 10 Companies for Leadership’; a study conducted by Hewitt Associates in association with Fortune Magazine.

Currently, he serves as Independent Director of some well-known multinational companies and is Chairman of the India Advisory Board of Coca Cola.

General Malik has authored two books; “Kargil: From Surprise to Victory” and “India’s Military Conflicts and Diplomacy: An Inside View of Decision Making” published by HarperCollins, India. He is a frequent speaker on national security, leadership and management issues in India and abroad.