Arun Kumar Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kumar was appointed as Vedanta’s Chief Financial Officer on September 30, 2016. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President, Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the organisation. Mr. Kumar joined the Group in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer of Vedanta’s Aluminium & Power business. He has over 23 years of senior executive experience in finance, having worked in companies such as Hindustan Unilever Limited and General Electric. He is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Loyola University, Chennai and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Kuldip Kaura Interim Chief Executive Officer
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kaura was appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective September 1, 2017. Prior to this, he was President, Chairman’s Office and rejoined the Group in May 2016. He has over four decades of experience across engineering and mining roles. Mr. Kaura has served at senior levels in various reputed companies, including Vedanta Resources as Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director at ABB India and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ACC Limited (LafargeHolcim). Mr. Kaura holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani and has also completed his Executive Education at London Business School and Swedish Institute of Management Stockholm, Sweden.
M Siddiqi Group Director, Projects
Group Director, Projects
Mr. Siddiqi joined the Group in 1991 and possesses 42 years of rich industry experience. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium and led the setting up of the Group’s large aluminium and power projects, including BALCO smelters and captive power plants. He also played a key role in setting up the Group’s copper smelter at Tuticorin and copper refinery at Silvassa. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Siddiqi held senior positions in Hindustan Copper Limited. Mr. Siddiqi has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from AIMA, New Delhi.
Phillip Turner Head–Group Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability
Head–Group Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability
Mr. Turner joined the Group in September 2014 as Head of Group Health and Safety. He currently heads the Group HSE and Sustainability function. Mr. Turner has over 36 years of experience within mining, heavy engineering and manufacturing organisations. He was previously General Manager Risk & Sustainability of JK Tech, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Queensland. He has also previously held a number of senior corporate and operational roles at Rio Tinto in Australia, Canada and the UK, including responsibility for HSE and sustainability assurance. Mr. Turner has held senior roles at North Limited and at BHP Petroleum’s offshore operations. Mr. Turner has a Master of Applied Science degree in Risk Engineering from Ballarat University, Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry/Physics from Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene from Deakin University and Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management from Ballarat C.A.E.
Dilip Golani Director, Management Assurance
Director, Management Assurance
Mr. Golani joined the Group in April 2000 and currently heads the Group’s Management Assurance function. He has over 26 years of operational experience and previously headed the Sales and Marketing function at Hindustan Zinc Limited and the Group Performance Management function. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Golani was a member of Unilever’s corporate audit team responsible for auditing the Unilever group companies in Central Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. He was also formerly responsible for managing the operations and marketing functions for one of the export businesses at Unilever India and has worked at Union Carbide India Limited and Ranbaxy Laboratories. Mr. Golani has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from NITIE.
Deshnee NaidooChief Executive Officer, Zinc International and CMT
Chief Executive Officer, Zinc International and CMT
Ms. Naidoo joined the Group in 2014 as Chief Executive Officer designate of Zinc International and Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Zinc International and CMT in February 2015. Ms. Naidoo has over 21 years of experience in the natural resources industry, including platinum, thermal coal, manganese and zinc. Prior to joining the Group, Ms. Naidoo held various senior and executive roles at Anglo American such as the Strategic Long-Term Planning Manager, Corporate Finance Manager and Deputy Head of the CEO’s Office. She was appointed as the CFO of Anglo American Thermal Coal in 2011, where she managed thermal coal and manganese across South Africa, South America and Australia. Ms. Naidoo holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal and Certification in Finance and Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Rajagopal Kishore Kumar Director, Strategy & Business Development
Rajagopal Kishore Kumar
Director, Strategy & Business Development
Mr. Kumar has assumed the vital responsibility to lead the Group’s overall policy advocacy framework and external stakeholder management along with strategising new business and growth opportunities since February 2018. Prior to this, he played a pivotal role in the revival of the Group’s iron ore mining operations in India as the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Sesa Goa since 2015 and has also handled the Group’s Port business. He joined the Group in April 2003 and has over 33 years of experience covering finance, commerce, marketing, supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions, human capital development, business turnaround and policy advocacy with remarkable multicommodity experience across the globe. Mr. Kumar has previously held various executive roles in the Group, including Chief Executive Officer of Sterlite Copper from 2007 to 2008, Chief Executive Officer of KCM from 2008 to 2011, Chief Executive Officer of Zinc International from 2011-2013 and Chief Executive Officer, Africa (Base Metals) from 2013 to 2015. Prior to joining the Group, he worked with Hindustan Unilever Limited (then Hindustan Lever Limited) for 12 years. Mr. Kumar is a Chartered Accountant by profession and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Samir Cairae Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Metals (India)
Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Metals (India)
Mr. Cairae was appointed as CEO Diversified Metals in January 2016. He provides operational and strategic leadership for the Group’s Aluminium, Copper India, Power and Iron Ore divisions in addition to the commercial and asset optimisation functions. He has extensive and varied experience in a number of corporate roles in India, China, Philippines and France including strategy, M&A, industrial operations and managing industrial operations in both growth and turnaround situations. Prior to joining Vedanta, Mr. Cairae headed the global industrial function for Lafarge’s 150 cement operations in over 45 countries. He has previously also held various senior leadership positions at Lafarge and Schlumberger. He holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and a master’s degree in Management from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School of Management, Paris.
Sudhir Mathur Chief Executive Officer, Oil and Gas Business
Chief Executive Officer, Oil and Gas Business
Mr. Mathur is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas business. Prior to this, he was the acting Chief Executive Officer since June 2016 until the merger of Cairn India Limited with Vedanta Limited and joined the Group in September 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of Cairn India Limited. He has over 32 years of experience working in various industries such as telecommunications, manufacturing, infrastructure and consulting. Mr. Mathur began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1986. Prior to joining the Group, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Aircel Cellular Ltd and was responsible for strategy, finance, supply chain management, regulatory affairs and telecom network. He has substantial expertise, knowledge and experience in several key areas of finance and strategic planning, with a proven track record in deploying significant capital to enable value creation and is leading the effort to increase Cairn’s contribution in India’s domestic Oil & Gas production to 50%. He has also held senior executive positions in Delhi International Airport Ltd., Idea Cellular, Ballarpur Industries Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers India. Mr. Mathur has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and has completed his Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University.
Sunil Duggal Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Zinc Limited and Lead, Base Metals Group
Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Zinc Limited and Lead, Base Metals Group
Mr. Duggal joined the Group in August 2010 and has been a significant driver of Hindustan Zinc‘s growth. His dedication to sustainability has enhanced safety awareness and helped to embed a culture of safety at HZL. He has led the value-adding adoption of best-in-class mining and smelting techniques, machineries, state-of-the-art environment-friendly technologies, mechanisation and automation of operational activities. Mr. Duggal has over 21 years of prior experience in leading high performance teams and working in leadership positions, nurturing business, evaluating opportunities and risks and successfully improving efficiency and productivity whilst reducing costs and inefficiencies. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala and is an Alumnus of IMD, Lausanne and IIM Calcutta.
Tarun Jain Director, Finance and Director, Vedanta Limited
Director, Finance and Director, Vedanta Limited
Mr. Jain is a Whole-time Director of Vedanta Limited. He joined the Group in 1984 and has over 35 years of executive experience in finance, audit, accounting, taxation, mergers and acquisitions and company secretarial functions. He is responsible for the Group’s strategic financial matters, including corporate finance, corporate strategy, business development and M&A. Mr. Jain also serves on the Board of Bharat Aluminium Company Limited, Sterlite (US) Inc. and was a director of Cairn India Limited until its merger with Vedanta Limited. Mr. Jain is a graduate of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Scott Caithness Director, Exploration
Mr. Caithness was appointed Head of Exploration for Hindustan Zinc Limited in November 2015 before moving into the role of Director – Exploration (Group-wide) in October 2017. Mr. Caithness has over 30 years of experience within the exploration industry. Prior to joining the Group, he co-founded and was Managing Director of an unlisted Australian exploration company, Indian Pacific Resources Limited. He spent 18 years with Rio Tinto Exploration where he held a number of senior corporate and operational roles in Australia, Papua New Guinea and India, including establishing Rio Tinto Exploration’s first exploration office in India. In addition, Mr. Caithness held senior roles at Indophil Resources and the Australian Trade Commission. He was also associated with Vedanta, as Head of Exploration in the year 2005-06. Mr. Caithness has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Geology from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Suresh Bose Head, Group Human Resources
Head, Group Human Resources
Mr. Bose joined Vedanta in February 2002 and following a long career within various HR specialist roles at several of the Group’s businesses including Aluminium, Copper and corporate, was appointed as Head – Group Human Resources in September 2015. Mr. Bose has over 25 years of experience in the HR function and has formerly held key HR roles at HMT, Larsen & Toubro, Ford, Mahindra & Mahindra and AGRC Armenia. He has a dual Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Netherlands.
P. Ramnath Chief Executive Officer, Sterlite Copper
Chief Executive Officer, Sterlite Copper
Mr. Ramnath joined the Company in September 2011 and is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta’s Copper business in Tuticorin, Silvassa and Fujairah Gold, UAE. He is also a Board member for MALCO Energy Limited, a subsidiary company of Vedanta Limited. Prior to joining the Company, he was the Chief Operating Officer of JK Paper Ltd. He has over 34 years of experience across many varied sectors, which include chemicals, specialty chemicals and paper industries at Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd., Praxair India, SNF Ion Exchange Ltd., Bakelite Hylam Limited and Reliance Industries Limited. Mr. Ramnath holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and has a Post Graduate Diploma from the IIM Bangalore.
Naveen Singhal Chief Executive Officer, Sesa Goa - Iron Ore Business
Chief Executive Officer, Sesa Goa - Iron Ore Business
Mr. Singhal is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore, the Iron Ore business vertical of Vedanta Limited. Mr. Singhal comes with over three decades of experience, of which 22 years has been in the natural resources arena, having handled various portfolios in metals & mining and cement industry. Mr. Singhal joined Vedanta in 2003 and was instrumental in driving the growth projects in Hindustan Zinc from conceptualisation to commissioning through best-in-class mining and smelting technologies, mechanisation and automation alongside effective stakeholder management. He has been a key pillar to bring about strategic alignment in business with his strong techno-commercial mind set. Prior to joining Vedanta, he served in leadership roles at Swaraj Mazda, Shri Ram and Dunkan Goenka Group and played a pivotal role in the areas of supply chain management, assets acquisition, business turnaround strategy, general management and project management. Mr. Singhal has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from IIT, Roorkee and has a post graduate diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management from NITIE, Mumbai.
Arun Arora Head, Corporate Communications
Head, Corporate Communications
Mr. Arora joined Vedanta Group in 2014, as Chief Communications Officer, Cairn Oil & Gas. He assumed charge of Group Communications in September, 2017. He has over 30 years of experience in various facets of communications, including branding, advertising, media, social & digital media, publications, crisis communication and internal communication with employees and various stakeholders. Mr. Arora has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has pursued his MBA in marketing, along with additional qualification in Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to joining Vedanta group, he headed communication functions for organisations such as Escorts, Maruti Suzuki, GMR DIAL, Jindal Steel & Power and GVK, encompassing sectors such as automobiles, airports, infrastructure, power, roads, steel, mining and oil & gas.
Ajay Kumar Dixit Chief Executive Officer, Alumina and Power
Ajay Kumar Dixit
Chief Executive Officer, Alumina and Power
Mr. Dixit joined the Company in 2015 and is currently operating as CEO Alumina effective February 2017, prior to which he was operating as CEO, Power for Vedanta Limited since May 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dixit worked at Siemens for nearly 36 years, in various profiles in the industry and energy sectors before taking over as CEO – Energy sector for South Asia. At Vedanta, he is leading the power plant units vertical with a capacity of over 9 GW and driving strategies to achieve the full potential of the business. Mr. Dixit is an electrical engineer from Delhi College of Engineering.
Abhijit Pati Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium, Jharsuguda
Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium, Jharsuguda
Mr. Pati joined the Group in 2008 and is currently operating as CEO Aluminium, Jharsuguda, effective from December 2016. Prior to this, he was handling the Group’s Aluminium business since March 2015, with his wealth of knowledge gained in over 28 years in the industry. He has been a significant driver of the Company’s aluminium growth. Mr. Pati is a two-times gold medal holder and an honours graduate in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Calcutta University and holds an MBA from IMI Delhi.
Vikas Sharma Chief Executive Officer, BALCO
Chief Executive Officer, BALCO
Mr. Sharma joined the Company in 2012 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BALCO effective March 2017, prior to which he was associated with HZL as COO Smelters, HZL. Mr. Sharma is known as a result-driven individual in the industry, with experience of over 29 years in various national and multinational companies. He holds the experience of serving HMT, Praxair, JSW and AMP in various key positions. He has done his B.E. (Mechanical) Honours from Engineering College, Kota and MBA (Marketing) from Sikkim Manipal University.