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HMPL Board Of Directors


Arun Balakrishnan - Chairman

Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is the founder Chairman of HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. and is currently a member of the Board. He was the Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd till July 31, 2010 and was responsible for the formation and development of HMEL.

Currently, Mr. Balakrishnan is on the Boards of over six companies as Independent Director besides being a government nominee Council member on the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is also the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Member of the Board of Governors, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun. He is also the immediate past President of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering.

A Chemical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, he is also the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumni Award 2008" from his alma-mater. In the recent past, the All India Management Association has conferred a fellowship and the Institute of Engineers (India) has presented a Scroll of Honour for recognition 'of his outstanding contribution to the profession of Chemical Engineering'.

At HPCL, Mr. Balakrishnan introduced a number of contemporary people management initiatives. As a result the Corporation came to be acknowledged as one of the 'Best Employers in India -2004' in the study conducted by Hewitt Associates and CNBC - TV 18. Under his leadership, HPCL was also the recipient of 'Award for Best Work Place Practices' by Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility, Philippines in 2004. HPCL also received the Golden Peacock National Training Award for 2005 and an award for Commitment to Building and Learning Organisation by Peter Senge in 2006.


Mr. Avinash Chander Mahajan

Mr. Avinash Chander Mahajan has done his M.Sc. (Chemistry Hons.) in 1972 and thereafter joined Bank of India as an officer. He is a career banker with over 38 years of varied experience in various Public Sector Banks in India and abroad. He held various senior level positions in Bank of India viz. in charge- ‘Integrated Treasury’; General Manager In-Charge-Credit Department; General Manager-Risk Management Department; Chief Executive, Japan branch etc. He had also worked in Kenya for five years as in charge of Nairobi branch. Thereafter, he held various top level positions such as Executive Director-Bank of Baroda in 2005, C&MD-Allahabad Bank and thereafter C&MD- Canara Bank from where he superannuated in August 2010.

In the recent past he has been the Independent Director of HPCL and besides being on the Board of various companies, Mr. Mahajan is the Chairman of Governing Council of Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI).


Dr. Vaijayanti Pandit

Dr. Vaijayanti Pandit, Advisor Welingkar Institute of Management, is former Senior Director FICCI and headed FICCI West from 2006-12, before that she was Vice President-Public Affairs, Adfactors PR, Mumbai. She has a PhD in Management Studies with specialization in Entrepreneurship Development from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies(2001) and Masters in Political Science from University of Pune (1975). Dr. Pandit topped the Pune University for graduation and has a diploma in Journalism with silver medals in Writing and Reporting from University of Mumbai.

Dr. Pandit has spearheaded Gender Empowerment Projects for International Labour Organization (ILO) Geneva and has travelled to more than 40 countries with Business Delegations. She is the recipient of the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar for outstanding research in Entrepreneurship.

She has authored Business @ Home published by Vikas Publishing House in 2001 and Everyday Yoga by Himalaya Publishing House in 2012. She is an Independent Director on listed Companies and Public ltd companies including subsidiaries of Tata Motors Ltd. She is on the Board of the one of the largest NGO Pratham.


Rajan Tandon

Mr. Rajan Tandon is Vice President-in-charge of Finance and Accounts at Mittal Investments and has over 30 years of industrial experience. Prior to this he was Director-in-charge of Finance and Accounts at Mittal Steel. He has been a leading member of the Corporate Finance Team. He has also served as Treasurer for LNM Holdings NV until its merger with Ispat International in December 2004. With a 26 year career within the Mittal Steel Group, he has held various positions in Finance and Accounting within the Group. Mr. Tandon is an Honours Graduate in Accounting and Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Member of The Institute of Internal Auditors. He also serves on the Board of various Group Companies.


J. Ramaswamy

Mr. J. Ramaswamy is the Director-Finance of HPCL with effect from October 1, 2015. Prior to this he was Executive Director- Corporate Finance of HPCL for over 2 years.

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Mr. Ramaswamy brings with him rich experience of over 3 decades in handling various challenging assignments in HPCL in the field of Corporate Finance, Marketing Finance, SBU Commercial, C&MD’s Office, Internal Audit, Vigilance, System & Procedures, and Refinery Finance.

Mr. Ramaswamy has expertise in Financial Management, and is known for strengthening financial discipline, cost consciousness and commercial acumen in the Corporation, which is of immense benefit to the organization. He is also credited with effective treasury management in raising External Commercial Borrowing, Debentures and various other types of financial instruments at a very competitive interest rate as compared with the Industry.

He has various academic distinctions to his credit, and is a key technical speaker in in-house capability building seminars and workshops.


Prabh Das - Managing Director

Mr. Prabh Das is a B. Tech (Hons.) from IIT, Kharagpur. He has also completed his Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University, Australia. Mr. Prabh Das is originally from the Indian Administrative Service and has over 25 years of vast, diverse and wide-ranging experience in administration and management.

Prior to joining HMEL, Mr. Prabh Das worked as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 2003 to March 2008. Mr. Prabh Das was in charge of the Refineries Division and was instrumental in implementing the Auto Fuel Policy, Strategic Storage and New Initiatives in Oil Diplomacy. He led the transformation of the domestic refining sector which included strengthening refining capacities, improving refining operations, safety aspects and introduction of new technologies.

During his tenure in the ministry, he was on the Board of fortune 500 companies such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. He was also on the Board of Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd., Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Engineers India Ltd.