Ms Rita Menon is a postgraduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. She taught at Economics at the Miranda House University of Delhi for 2 years 1973-75 before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and held a number of senior positions in Government of India and in the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
She served as the Chairperson and Managing Director, ITPO, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Textiles, Special Secretary/Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure; Joint Secretary in the Department of Defence Production in the Ministry of Defence, Joint Secretary and Director in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. As Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence she was instrumental in the formulation of the strategy for indigenous warship building by the Department of Defence Production through Public Sector Shipyards and advanced electronic systems for the 3 Services for addressing capital/platform build up weapon procurement issues and security concerns.
As the Secretary Textiles, she was driven by her vision for exploring new markets, enhanced Indian presence in major markets through larger export promotion shows, skill development programs for industrial workers. Ms. Rita Menon enhanced India’s image in trade and industry in international and domestic for a boom in textiles exports, which surged from USD 18 billion to USD 34 billion.
While with the Uttar Pradesh government, she served as Managing Director UP Finance Corporation, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Greater Noida Development Authority, Commissioner and Director of Industries and Vice Chairperson of the Ghaziabad Development Authority apart from field level and secretariat posts. Ms. Menon is deeply committed to second generation reforms in the Indian Industry best represented by labor reforms, trade liberalization, and financial sector reform. She remains deeply interested Policy formulation and continued service to the Nation in her spheres of policy expertise.