Vice Admiral Kannan (Retd) completed his BE in Electronic Engineering from College of Engineering , Trivandrum in 1973, whereafter he joined Indian Navy .
He subsequently did his M Tech from IIT Mumbai and his MBA from Jamanalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai
He held many varied appointments in the Indian Navy pertaining to Indigenisation , QA , DRDO projects etc. He was also Programme Director of India’s Nuclear Submarine Project for nearly 04 years, during which INS Arihant was launched. He retired from the Apex post of “Chief of Materiel” for Technical Officers in the Indian Navy.
During his 40 years of Naval Service he was conferred with three Presidential Awards, viz VSM, AVSM and PVSM for his distinguished service.
After retirement he worked in the corporate sector as MD & CEO of L&T’s Shipbuilding Company at Chennai for 05 years.
Presently he has settled down at Coimbatore .