Mr. Thomas Albanese (Tom), is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc, Whole-Time Director & Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Limited and Non-Executive Chairman of Konkola Copper Mines. Tom brings a wealth of mining experience from Rio Tinto, where he was appointed a member of the Rio Tinto Board in March 2006 and the Chief Executive for the period beginning May 2007 to January 2013. He was conferred with the 'Mining Foundation of the Southwest' 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Award, for his dedication, knowledge, leadership and inspiration to his peers in the mining industry. In addition, he is on the Board of Franco Nevada Corporation and Co-Chair of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Mining for the year 2016-17. Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Mineral Economics and a Master's in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.
Mr. Jain joined Vedanta in 1984 and has over 32 years of experience in finance, accountancy, audit, taxation and corporate governance. He is responsible for corporate finance, business development and mergers and acquisitions at Vedanta. 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.
Mr. Jalan has over 38 years of senior management experience covering business improvement, corporate finance, accountancy, audit, taxation and legal matters. Prior to joining Vedanta Limited in 2001, he was Executive Joint President of Birla Copper at the Aditya Birla Group. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is recipient of the best CFO Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI).
Mr. Ashar was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cairn India in November 2014. He has a wealth of experience spanning over 37 years in the international oil & gas industry. He has previously held various senior management and top leadership roles in global organisations, such as British Petroleum, Petro-Canada and Suncor Energy and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and President of Irving Oil Limited. During his career, Mr. Ashar has helped to deliver industry-leading business results and demonstrated expertise in driving strategic growth, delivering operational efficiency and executing large, complex capital intensive projects. In recognition of his operational excellence and large scale project management leadership in the oil sands with Suncor Energy, Mr. Ashar was named as the Operations Executive of the Year by the Canadian Business Magazine in 2003. He has a masters in engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Teck Resources Limited.
Mr. Joshi is head of Zinc operations in India, Africa and Ireland. He also head of Group Exploration and Group R&D services. He joined Hindustan Zinc Limited in 1976 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Whole-Time Director of HZL in February 2012. In October 2008, he became Chief Operating Officer and Whole-Time Director of HZL. Mr. Joshi is also the Director of Skill Council for Mining Sector. Mr. Joshi has a mining engineering degree from MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Evaluation of Mining Projects from School of Mines, Paris. He is recipient of many prestigious awards including Government of India’s ‘National Mineral Award, 2006’ for his outstanding contribution in the field of Mining Technology, Business Today Group’s ‘Best CEO Award (Core Sector), 2013’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013’ by the Indian Mining Engineering Journal. He was also presented with Gold Medal by Indian Institute of Metals and was felicitated by the Institution of Engineers (India) for his contribution to the field of Mining Industry in 2013.
Mr. Duggal joined the Company in August 2010 and has been a significant driver of Hindustan zinc's growth over the years. His dedicated efforts on sustainability front has created safety awareness and helped building a robust safety culture. His thrust on adopting best-in-class mining and smelting techniques, machineries, state-of- the- art environment friendly technologies and mechanisation and automation of operational activities has added great value. A result oriented professional with experience of leading high performance teams and have worked in leadership positions for more than 20 years. Ability to keep a level head at all times, nurture and grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks, successfully drive efficiency and productivity whilst reducing costs and inefficiencies and deliver innovative solutions to challenges He is an electrical engineering graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala and is an Alumni of IMD, Lausanne - Switzerland and IIM, Kolkata.
Mr. Cairae was appointed as CEO Diversified Metals in January 2016. He provides operational and strategic leadership for Vedanta Limited's Aluminium, Copper India, Power, Iron Ore divisions in addition to Commercial and Asset optimisation functions. Prior to his appointment at Vedanta, Mr. Cairae held various senior leadership positions in global operations at Lafarge and Schlumberger. He has a rich and varied experience of a mix of line and corporate roles in strategy, M&A, industrial operations, in managing both growth and turnaround P&L roles in India, China, Philipinnes, France and has led complex businesses, including listed companies. In his last role before joining Vedanta, he was heading the global industrial function for Lafarge's 150 cement operations in over 45 countries and was based in Paris. Mr. Cairae holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and a Masters in Management from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School of Management, Paris.
Mr. Pati was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Group's Aluminum business in March 2015 and is responsible for the Jharsuguda Smelters, Lanjigarh Alumina and BALCO. He joined the Group in 2008 and with his wealth of knowledge over 27 years in the industry; he has been a significant driver of Jharsuguda's growth. Prior to joining us, he was the Vice President with Hindalco Industries Limited. He started his career as a budding engineer with Indian Aluminium Company in the year 1989. Mr Pati is a graduate chemical engineer from University of Calcutta and an MBA from IMI Delhi.
Mr. Dixit was appointed as CEO Power for Vedanta Limited in May 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dixit worked at Siemens for almost three-and-a-half decades, 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.
Mr. Kumar joined the Group in April 2003 and has held various executive roles 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 of the Group's Iron Ore businesses with effect from February 2, 2015 and is leading the revival of profitable, low-cost iron or mining operations in Goa and Karnataka, as well as developing the Liberian Project. Mr. Kumar has nearly 31 years of experience and expertise in accountancy, commerce, marketing, supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions and human capital development. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Kumar worked at Hindustan Lever Limited for 12 years.
Mr. Ramnath was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of our copper operations in Tuticorin and Silvassa in September 2011 and has over 33 years of experience in chemicals, manufacturing and paper industries. Mr. Ramnath joined the Group in September 2011. Prior to joining the Group, he worked at Jubilant Life Sciences, Praxair India, SNF Ion Exchange, Bakelite Hylam Limited and Reliance Industries Limited. Also, he was the Chief Operating Officer of JK Paper Limited. Mr. Ramnath is a Bachelor of Technology from Osmania University, Hyderabad and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.
Mr. Siddiqi joined the Group in 1991 and rising through several operational roles, he led the set 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 Copper smelter at Tuticorin. Prior to his appointment as Group – Director of Projects, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Group's Aluminium division. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Siddiqi held senior positions in Hindustan Copper Limited. He has over 40 years of industry experience. Mr. Siddiqi has a mechanical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a PG Diploma in Management from AIMA, New Delhi.
Mr. Bhavnani was appointed as Group Legal Counsel and Head of Compliance in April 2015. Prior to joining the Group, he was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Bharti Enterprises. He has over 38 years of senior management experience in legal, compliance, company secretarial and corporate affairs within organisations including Essar Group, Sony Entertainment, Max New York Life, Coca Cola India and Godrej Group.
Ms. Balwani was appointed as President-Group Communications, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in April 2014. Prior to joining the Group, she was Chief Communications Officer at Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. With over three decades of experience, she has won several Indian and International awards and accolades and she speaks at several summits on Sustainable Development & Communications in India and overseas. Roma has the distinction of being included in the PR Week Global Power Book 2015, South East Asia and from the Holmes Global Report, USA, a recognition in the Global Influence 100. Recently, she received the accolade of being one of the 100 Most Impactful Leaders in CSR at the World CSR Congress. Ms. Balwani is a Director of CMI FPE, and the Indian subsidiary of the Belgian company CMI. She also chairs the CSR committee as a board member.
Mr. Golani currently heads the Group's Management Assurance function. He previously headed the Sales and Marketing function at Hindustan Zinc Limited and the Group Performance Management function. Prior to joining the Group in April 2000, Mr. Golani was part of Unilever Corporate Audit team responsible for auditing the Unilever group companies in Central Asia, Middle East and Africa region. Earlier, he was responsible for managing operations and marketing functions for one of the export businesses at Unilever India. Mr Golani has over 25 years of experience and had previously worked with Union Carbide India Limited and Ranbaxy Laboratories as well. Mr Golani has a degree in mechanical engineering and a post graduate degree in industrial engineering and management from NITIE.