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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 is led by Mr. Albanese and comprises of the Executive Chairman, Mr Navin Agarwal and the following members of senior management:

Tarun Jain

Director of Finance and Whole-time Director, Vedanta Limited

Mr Jain joined the Group in 1984 and has over 32 years of executive experience in finance, accountancy, audit, taxation and corporate governance. He is responsible for corporate finance, business development and mergers and acquisitions at 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.

Dilip Golani

Director, Management Assurance 

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 the 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 previously worked with Union Carbide India Limited and Ranbaxy Laboratories. Mr Golani has a degree in mechanical engineering and a postgraduate degree in industrial engineering and management from NITIE.

M Siddiqi

Group Director, Projects

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 and the copper refinery at Silvassa. 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 38 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.

Samir Cairae

Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Metals (India)

Mr Cairae was appointed as CEO of Diversified Metals in January 2016. He provides operational and strategic leadership for Vedanta Limited’s Aluminium, Copper India, Power and 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 industrial operations and business CEO roles in both growth and turnaround situations, in India, China, the Philippines and 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 the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and a Masters in Management from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School of Management, Paris.

R Kishore Kumar

Chief Executive Officer, Iron Ore Business

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 to 2013 and Chief Executive Officer, Africa (Base Metals) from 2013 to 2015. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s Iron Ore businesses with effect from February 2015 and is leading the revival of profitable, low-cost iron ore mining operations in Goa and Karnataka as well as developing the Liberian project. Mr Kumar has nearly 32 years of experience and expertise in accountancy, commerce, marketing, supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions, human capital development, business turnaround and policy advocacy. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Kumar worked at Hindustan Lever Limited for 12 years.

Roma Balwani

President, Group Communications and Sustainable Development

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 and 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.

Steven Din

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) 

Mr Din was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KCM in May 2014. He has over 20 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 and 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. 

Abhijit Pati

Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium 

Mr Pati was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s Aluminium business in March 2015 and is responsible for the Jharsuguda Aluminium complex, Lanjigarh refinery and BALCO. He joined the Group in 2008 and, with his wealth of knowledge over 27 years in the industry, 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.

Sunil Duggal

Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Zinc

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 the sustainability front have created safety awareness and helped build a robust safety culture. His thrust in 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 results-oriented professional with experience of leading high performance teams, Mr Duggal has worked in leadership positions for more than 20 years. He has the 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. He is also the President of the Indian Lead Zinc Development Association.

Ajay Kumar Dixit

Chief Executive Officer, Power

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 35 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 9GW and driving strategies to achieve the full potential of the business. Mr Dixit is an electrical engineer from Delhi College of Engineering.

P Ramnath

Chief Executive Officer, Sterlite Copper 

Mr. P Ramnath is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta’s copper business in Tuticorin, Silvassa and Fujairah, UAE. Prior to joining Vedanta in September 2011, he was  the Chief Operating Officer of JK Paper Limited. He has over 30 years of experience across sectors of chemicals, specialty chemicals, manufacturing and paper industries at Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd, Praxair India, SNF Ion Exchange, Bakelite Hylam Limited and Reliance Industries Limited.  Mr. Ramnath is a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru.  

Deshnee Naidoo

Chief Executive Officer, Zinc International

Ms Deshnee Naidoo joined the Group in 2014 in the role of CEO, Zinc International and as CEO Copper Mines of Tasmania in February 2015. Ms. Naidoo has over 20 years of extensive experience in the natural resources industry, including platinum, thermal coal, manganese and zinc. Prior to joining Vedanta, Ms Naidoo was part of the Anglo American leadership where she held positions across operations in various capacities. Ms Naidoo holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal and Certification in Finance and Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.