Navin B Chawla joined the prestigious Indian Administrative Service in 1969. He enjoyed a distinguished 35-year civil service career. He rose to the rank of Special Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He was then appointed Secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs, before taking on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 2004. In 2005 he was appointed Election Commissioner. In April 2009, he was appointed a India’s 16th Chief Election Commissioner. During his tenure he successfully completed, to national and international acclaim, the General Elections in April-May 2009.