RTI International has picked an executive at consulting firm McKinsey & Company to lead its subsidiary in India.

Rajat Modwell was named chief executive officer of Research Triangle Institute Global India on Tuesday.

“We were impressed with the depth of Rajat’s sector experience and his strong leadership skills,” said Jim Gibson, RTI’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “He has the all of the attributes that we were looking for as we look to develop RTI Global India’s presence in India. We were especially pleased to find a leader in Rajat who shares our commitment to improving the human condition through research and evidenced based practices.”

The RTI group in India works with clients on air, water, sanitation, energy, health, skills and education issues.

Modwel was senior vice president at McKinsey’s Centre for Government & Public Enterprises based in India. He earned an  MBA from the London Business School, an MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a BA in economics from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.