Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is the founder Chairman of HMEL and is currently a member of the Board. He was the Chairman & Managing Director of HPCL till 31 July 2010 and was responsible for the formation and development of HMEL and HMPL.
Currently, Mr. Balakrishnan is on the Boards of a number of companies as Independent Director besides being a Member of the Board of Governors, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun and a Trustee of Bangalore Little Theatre. He is also the immediate past President of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering. a
A Chemical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, he is 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 on him in 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 a study conducted by Hewitt Associates and CNBC - TV 18. Under his leadership, HPCL was also the recipient of the 'Award for Best Work Place Practices' by the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility, the 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. 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 (ICAI) and member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also serves on the Board of various Group companies.
Mr. R. Kesavan, Executive Director-Corporate Finance, HPCL has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of HPCL with effect from March 01, 2019. Mr. Kesavan is a Chartered Accountant and has held various senior positions in HPCL and handled various areas of Finance covering Corporate Accounts / Audit, Treasury Management, Risk Management, Budgeting, Corporate Strategy & Margin Management and has vast experience of 33 years in Financial Management.
Dr. Vaijayanti Pandit, Advisor, Welingkar Institute of Management, is former Senior Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and headed FICCI West from 2006-12, before which she was Vice President, Public Affairs, Adfactors PR, Mumbai. She has a PhD in Management Studies with specialiaation in Entrepreneurship Development from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (2001) and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Pune (1975). Dr. Pandit topped Pune University for graduation and has a diploma in Journalism with silver medals in writing and reporting from the University of Mumbai.
Dr. Pandit has spearheaded gender empowerment projects for the 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 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 and public limited companies including subsidiaries of Tata Motors Ltd. She is on the Board of the one of the largest NGOs in India, Pratham.
Mr. Prabh Das has been involved with HMEL since its inception including in the formation of the joint venture. He formally joined HMEL in 2008 and has been instrumental in setting up of the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery project and its operations thereafter. He possesses vast and wide-ranging experience in administration and management, having served in the Indian Administrative Services for over 25 years. He is responsible for leading and managing HMEL and its subsidiaries as Managing Director and CEO.
Prior to joining HMEL, Mr. Das served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 2003 to March 2008 where he 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., HPCL, Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd., Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. and Engineers India Ltd.
Mr. Das is a B. Tech (Hons.) from IIT, Kharagpur and completed his Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University, Australia.