Mohan Kumar is currently the Secretary in Department of Defence Production. He has been given a two-year term.
The government also appointed Ashok Kumar Gupta as the successor to Mohan Kumar.
Born in 1955 in Kerala, Mohan Kumar is an IAS officer from the 1979 batch Odisha cadre.
Mohan Kumar's elevation was announced by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
Appointed as the Secretary (Defence Production) on September 1 last year, Mohan Kumar has been credited with a series of initiatives for transparent and fast-paced systems in the Ministry of Defence.
Set to turn on turn 60 years on May 27, Mohan Kumar's elevation has been on the expected lines considering the role he is playing currently to propel the Make in India vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
At Aero India 2015, Mohan Kumar had told OneIndia that he was keen to see the DPSUs get on to the next gear to aid the armed forces.
During his recent visit to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Mohan Kumar undertook the review of all major programmes of the Company. According to sources in HAL, Mohan Kumar was keen to see Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).
A Post-Graduate in Chemistry, Mohan Kumar also holds a MBA from UK.