Dr K Elangovan, a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), has recently been appointed executive director of the Council for Leather Exports. Prior to joining IAS, from Kolar Gold Fields near Bangalore, Dr Elangovan worked as an orthopaedic surgeon. He joined the IAS in 1992 and has since held a number of senior managerial positions including managing director of Kerala Food, where he was instrumental in an Indo-EU Project in Kerala. He was managing director of Kerala Tourism from 2000-2003 and prior to appointment to the CLE, he was the deputy chairman of Chennai Port Trust from 2003-2005.