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Executive Committee


The Executive Committee oversees the implementation of the Group's strategic initiatives which are set by the Board. It comprises of the Executive Chairman, Mr. Navin Agarwal and the following members of senior management:

Arun Kumar

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kumar was appointed as Vedanta’s Chief Financial Officer on 30th September 2016. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President, Finance & Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kumar joined the Group in 2013 as chief financial officer of Vedanta’s Aluminium & Power business. He has over 22 years of senior executive experience in finance having worked in companies such as General Electric and Hindustan Unilever Limited. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Kumar was the Chief Financial Officer—Asia Pacific (Appliances and Lighting) for General Electric, based out of Shanghai. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola University, Chennai and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Deshnee Naidoo

Chief Executive Officer, Zinc International

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 20 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 Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal and Certification in Finance and Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Dilip Golani

Director, Management Assurance

Mr. Golani joined the Group in April 2000 and currently heads the Group’s Management Assurance function. He has over 25 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 region. 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 degree in mechanical engineering and a post graduate degree in industrial engineering and management from NITIE.

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) has been CEO of Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti Limited. During his tenure, he has had significant success, delivering major projects on time and on budget improving productivity, strengthening the balance sheet, reducing operating and overhead costs, and improving overall safety and sustainability performance.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in May 2013, Venkat was AngloGold Ashanti's Chief Financial Officer, a post he held since 2005. Before that, between 2000 and 2004, he was CFO of London-listed Ashanti Goldfields Limited. Venkat has accumulated extensive experience throughout his career in the UK, India, Africa, Australia and South America. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant who holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Madras.

M Siddiqi

Group Director, Projects

Mr. Siddiqi joined the Group in 1991 and having risen through various operational roles has 40 years of 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, New Delhi and a PG Diploma in Management from AIMA, New Delhi.

Phillip Turner

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 35 years’ of experience within mining, heavy engineering and manufacturing organizations. 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 mining company, 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.

Rajagopal Kishore Kumar

Director – Strategy & Business Development

Mr. Kumar joined the Group in April 2003 and has over 32 years of experience covering finance, commerce, marketing, supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions, human capital development, business turnaround and policy advocacy. With remarkable multi-commodity experience across the globe, Mr. Kumar has assumed the vital responsibility to lead the Group’s overall Policy Advocacy framework and external stakeholder management along with strategizing new business and growth opportunities since February 2018. In his previous role, Mr. Kumar was pivotal for the revival of the Group’s iron ore mining operations in India as the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Sesa Goa since 2015. He also handled the Group’s Port business till February 2018. 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 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 of 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 optimization 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 Masters in Management from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School of Management, Paris.

Sudhir Mathur

Chief Executive Officer, Oil and Gas business

Mr. Sudhir Mathur is the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Cairn in September 2012, he had served as the CFO and Head, Netco Business of Aircel Cellular Limited. In the past, he has held senior positions in Delhi International Airport Ltd, Idea Cellular, Ballarpur Industries Ltd and Price Waterhouse Coopers India. He has substantial expertise, knowledge and experience in several key areas of Finance and Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Mathur has 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%. Mr. Mathur graduated in Economics from Delhi University and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University.

Sunil Duggal

Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Zinc Limited

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 culture of safety at HZL. He has led the value adding adoption of best-in-class mining and smelting techniques, machineries, state of art environment friendly technologies, mechanisation and automation of operational activities. Mr. Duggal has over 20 years of prior experience of 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, Patialaand is an Alumni of IMD, Lausanne - Switzerland and IIM, Kolkata.

Suresh Bose

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 24 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 from Hague, Netherlands.

Tarun Jain

Director of Finance and Director, Vedanta Limited

Mr. Jain is a Whole-Time Director of Vedanta Limited. He joined the Group in 1984 and has over 34 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 mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Jain also serves on the board of Bharat Aluminium Company Limited, Sterlite (USA) 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.

P Ramnath

Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Limited - Copper Business

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 32 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 Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.

Steven Din

Chief Executive Officer, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)

Mr. Din was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KCM in May 2014. He has 22 years of experience in the natural resources industry, with over 15 years’ experience in African mining and oil & gas. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Din was chief executive officer of Essar Minerals in Zimbabwe. Mr Din spent a large part of his mining career with Rio Tinto where he was managing director and president for Simandou in Guinea, managing director of Strategic Projects for Rio Tinto in Senegal, chief financial officer and executive director of Palabora Copper Mines in South Africa and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium based in London.

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 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.

Naveen Singhal

Chief Executive Officer

Naveen Singhal is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore, the Iron Ore business vertical of Vedanta limited. Naveen 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.

Naveen joined Vedanta in 2003 and had been instrumental in driving the growth projects in Hindustan Zinc from conceptualization to commissioning through best-in-class mining and smelting technologies, mechanization 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 had served in leadership roles at Swaraj Mazda, Shri Ram & Dunkan Goenka Group and played pivotal role in the areas of supply chain management, assets acquisition, business turnaround strategy, general management and project management.

Naveen has a bachelor 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

Mr. Arora joined Vedanta Group in 2014, as Chief Communication Officer, Cairn Oil & Gas. He was given charge of Group Communications in September, 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience in various facets of communications including branding, advertising, media, social & digital media, publications, crisis communication and internal communication with employees and various stakeholders. Arun has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, MBA (Marketing) and additional qualification in Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to joining Vedanta group, he had worked with, and headed communication functions of organisations like Escorts, Maruti Suzuki, GMR DIAL, Jindal Steel & Power and GVK, encompassing sectors like automobiles, airports, infrastructure, power, roads, steel, mining and oil & gas.