Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Joe Mahoney/AP)

McDonnell, who is on an 11-day trade mission to India and Israel, said the representatives will help increase Virginia’s exports to India, whose chief import from Virginia is coal.

“India is a very valuable market for the Commonwealth, as Virginia exported nearly $293.7 million in goods to India during 2010,” McDonnell said. “As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India is a key player in the global marketplace. With the addition of Virginia representation in the country, we open the door to further grow a strong economic relationship with India and help create more jobs and opportunities for Virginians.”

McDonnell announced that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership has hired Kavan Bhandary, of Sparta Strategy, who will represent Virginia in Mumbai, and Srinath Rao of Feedback Consulting Services, who will be based in Bangalore.