Board of Directors

Mr. Shaleen Sharma - Chairman


  • Mr. Shaleen Sharma, President and Managing Director of BG India, and Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL), has been elected as Chairman of MGL effective from May 28, 2013.
  • Mr. Shaleen Sharma is the President and Managing Director of BG India since July 2012.  Prior to his appointment in his current position, Mr. Sharma was the Managing Director of Gujarat Gas Company Limited, India’s largest private sector gas distribution company in terms of sales volumes, for five years. Mr.Sharma continues to be a Director on the Board of Gujarat Gas Company Limited.
  • Mr. Shaleen Sharma, aged 56 years, holds an MBA degree from Lucknow and has over 32 years of work experience, the last 29 of which have been in the natural gas sector with major oil and gas companies operating in India.
  • Prior to joining BG India in February 2000, Mr. Shaleen Sharma has worked with ONGC, GAIL and Petronet LNG covering many important business areas including finalization and execution of India’s first long term LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement with RasGas Qatar.

 


Mr. M. Ravindran -Director


 

  • Mr. M. Ravindran, aged 57 years, has been appointed as Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited on June 01, 2013.
  • Mr. M. Ravindran is a Mechanical Engineer and a Post Graduate in Management and brings to the GAIL Board over 33 years of rich and diverse experience in the Fertilizer and Oil & Gas industries, particularly in gas transmission, petrochemicals and City Gas Distribution sectors.
  • Prior to his appointment as Director (HR), GAIL, Mr. Ravindran served as Managing Director of Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL), a Joint Venture of GAIL & BPCL, the largest supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in Delhi and National Capital Region. He also has the distinction of being the first CEO of GAIL’s wholly owned subsidiary, GAIL Gas Limited from 2008 to 2011.
  • Mr. M. Ravindran joined GAIL in 1990 and has been associated with a number of prestigious projects of the Company including the commissioning activities of GAIL’s first integrated petrochemical plant at Pata, U.P and later headed Operations of HVJ, GAIL’s first cross country high pressure natural gas pipeline, Dahej Vijaipur Pipeline and other associated spur pipelines, besides Company’s largest LPG recovery units at Vijaipur in Madhya Pradesh.
  • As MD, IGL, he was instrumental in undertaking several business and HR centric initiatives including formulation of HR Policies and adoption of a robust Performance Management System.
  • During his tenure as CEO of the wholly owned GAIL subsidiary, GAIL Gas Limited, he steered the formulation of the company’s business policies, particularly those in the Human Resources domain. It was during his tenure that the Company participated in the CGD first round of bidding and won the licenses for the cities of Sonepat, Kota, Dewas and Meerut under the regulatory regime.

 


Mr. Apurva Chandra -Director


     

  • Mr. Apurva Chandra, aged 49 years, has been appointed as Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited on April 02, 2013.
  • Mr. Apurva Chandra has done his B Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT, Delhi, M Tech in Structural Engineering from IIT, Delhi and Diploma in Business Finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial of India. Mr. Chandra belongs to the 1988 batch in Indian Administrative Service, Maharashtra Cadre.
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  • Prior to joining as Principal Secretary (Industries), Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Apurva Chandra has spent more than 7 years in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Government of India. He has been involved in framing of policies for fuel supplies to Industries, supply logistics, transportation, storage and distribution of fuel products, etc. Mr. Chandra was directly associated with the natural gas transportation infrastructure, setting up of city gas distribution companies, LNG Import Terminals and allocation of gas to Industries.
  • In the State Government, Mr. Chandra has been associated with the development of sugar sector including establishment of cogeneration plants and ethanol plants.
  • Mr. Apurva Chandra has also served on the Board of Directors of Maharatna PSU, M/s. GAIL (India) Limited and M/s. Petronet LNG Limited.

 

 


Mr. Shahram Jahanbani - Director


     

  • Mr. Shahram Jahanbani, aged 50 years, has been appointed as Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited with effect from October 25, 2012.
  • Mr. Jahanbani is currently the Vice President (Finance) for BG India and supports the Asset in formulating and communicating strategy and provides leadership, direction and management in all financial matters.
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  • Prior to joining BG India, Mr. Jahanbani was the Finance Director of Rashpetco, a joint venture in partnership with the Egyptian National Gas Company, Petronas and Edison. The responsibilities included all aspects of finance including Treasury, production of partnership accounts, management accounting, project accounting (for projects in excess of $ 1.0 billion), budgeting and planning, taxation, business principles officer and member of contract tender board.
  • Mr. Shahram Jahanbani has an Honours degree in Chemistry and Technology.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK.

 

 


Mr. Pankaj Kumar Pal - Director


  • Mr. Pankaj Kumar Pal, aged 55 years, has been appointed as Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited on May 28, 2013.
  • Mr. Pal holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (Erstwhile Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur).
  • Mr. Pal is presently Executive Director (Project Development) in GAIL (India) Limited. He has more than 34 years of work experience, the last 27 of which have been in all spheres of natural gas having served at various GAIL site in diverse areas like pipeline design engineering, construction, pipeline O & M, compressor stations, C & I etc. Mr. Pal is currently responsible for activities from conceptualization to finalization of all new projects of GAIL along with project engineering.
  • Mr. Pankaj Kumar Pal is also the nominee Director of GAIL on the Board of M/s. Gujarat State Energy Generation (GSEG) Limited, a GSPC group Company.


Mr. Jainendar Kumar Jain - Director


  • Mr. Jainendar Kumar Jain has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
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  • Mr. Jain, aged 68 years, who is an Ex-Director (Finance) of GAIL, is a Chartered Accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has total experience of thirty two years in various Organizations in different capacities in Finance function. Mr. Jain was Director (Finance) in GAIL from 1996 to 2005. He was GAIL Nominee Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Limited from January 1998 to August 2003. He has been on the Board of M/s. Indraprastha Gas Limited besides various other companies in the past.
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  • Currently, Mr. J.K. Jain is a Director on the Board of M/s. Jamna Auto Industries Limited and M/s. English Indian Clays Limited.  Mr. J.K. Jain has extensive experience in the areas of Finance, Investment, Funding, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Risk Management etc.


Dr. Basudeb Sen - Director


  • Dr. Basudeb Sen has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
  • Dr. Sen, aged 65 years, has over 34 years of executive management experience in different areas of commercial, development and investment banking and portfolio management. He has served as Chairman and Managing Director of the Industrial Investment Bank of India Limited and Executive Director of the Unit Trust of India. Dr. Sen has served on various Committees set up by SEBI, RBI and domestic financial institutions and industry associations.
  • He is currently Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of M/s. Gujarat NRE Coke Limited, M/s. Sumedha Fiscal Services Limited, M/s. Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Limited and M/s. AI Champdany Industries Limited. Dr. Sen had earlier served on the Board of several companies including CESC, L & T Limited, M/s. SREI Venture Capital Limited, M/s. ITC Limited and M/s. Himadri Chemical & Industries Limited.
  • Dr. Basudeb Sen is a M.A. in Economics from Calcutta University and a Ph.D. from Indian Statistical Institute, besides being an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, USA.


Mr. Arun Balakrishnan - Director


  • Mr. Arun Balakrishnan has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

 

  • Mr. Arun Balakrishnan, aged 63 years, who retired as Chairman & Managing Director from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in July 2010, has graduated in B.E. (Chemical) from the College of Engineering, Trichur, Kerala and holds a post graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1976. He has been presented the ‘Distinguished Alumniu Award 2008’ by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

 

  • Mr. Arun Balakrishnan is also a Director on the Board of M/s. HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited, M/s. HPCL-Mittal Piplines Limited, M/s. Western Coalfields Limited, M/s. NCDEX (National Commodities & Derivatives Exchange) Spot Limited, M/s. Indian Rare Earths Limited, M/s. BOC India Limited, M/s. MMTC Limited, M/s. Jaypee Infratech Limited, M/s. KSS Global BLV and M/s. Antrix Corporation Limited.

 


Mr. Santosh Kumar - Director


  • Mr. Santosh Kumar has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

 

  • Mr. Santosh Kumar, aged 64 years, who retired as Director (Projects) from GAIL, is an Electrical Engineer from Motilal Nehru Engineering College, Allahabad (1970 batch). He has a total experience of more than thirty years in Fertilizers &  Telecom followed by a major part in Oil & Gas Industry in India, particularly rich and varied experience in the fields of Human Resource Development skills and later as Head of Project activities followed by appointment by President Of India as Director (Projects) on the Board of GAIL.

 

  • Mr. Santosh Kumar was Director (Projects) in GAIL from November 2006 to June 2009. During his tenure in GAIL, he was also the Chairman of M/s. Green Gas Limited, Lucknow and M/s. Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited, Pune and Director on the Board of M/s. Central UP Gas Limited, Kanpur, NATGAS, Egypt and GSEG and a Member of First Board of Directors, M/s. Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt. Ltd, Dabhol. Mr. Kumar was advisor with GSPL, Ahmedabad from September 200.9 to August 2010.

 

  • Mr. Santosh Kumar is also an Additional Director (Independent) on the Board of M/s. Indraprastha Gas Limited. Mr. Kumar is also a Consultant (Oil & Gas) for Project Finance SBU, State Bank of India.

 


Mr. Vipin Chandra Chittoda - Managing Director


  • Mr. Vipin Chandra Chittoda, aged 59 years, has taken over the charge of Mahanagar Gas Limited as its Managing Director from his predecessor Mr.Prafulla Kumar Gupta effective from April 22, 2010.

 

  • Mr. Chittoda graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1975. He has rich experience of more than 34 years in Hydrocarbon Industry in Navratna Public Sector Undertakings at prominent positions. He started his career with refining cum petrochemical company, Bongaigaon Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (now an IOCL Company) in its infancy and subsequently joined Gas Authority of India Limited [now GAIL (India) Limited] in 1990. 

 

  • Mr. Vipin Chandra Chittoda, prior to his secondment to MGL, was Zonal General Manager, GAIL heading marketing activities of  Northern Zone generating revenues in excess of ` 3500 Crores. Prior to his assignment at Northern Zone, Mr. Chittoda headed GAIL’s Mumbai Zonal office responsible for Natural Gas, Petrochemicals and Liquid Hydrocarbon marketing activities of GAIL in Maharashtra, Goa and Daman / Silvasa generating revenues of about ` 2500 Crores, prestigious company wide ERP-SAP implementation project covering Petrochemical complex, LPG plants, Natural Gas transmission and LPG transmission business of GAIL.  

 

  • Mr. Chittoda has rich experience of conceptualizing, engineering, planning, controlling, implementation, installation, commissioning and maintenance of large petrochemicals, Refining, oil and gas projects. Mr. Chittoda has been in leadership position for about two decades. He also headed IT and instrumentation at UP Petrochemical complex Pata and was responsible for erection, commissioning and successful operations of GAIL’s flagship petrochemical project of about ` 2600 Crores then.

 


Susmita Sengupta


  • Ms. Susmita Sengupta has been appointed as Technical Director on the Board w.e.f. February 15, 2014.
  • Prior to joining Mahanagar Gas Limited, Ms. Susmita Sengupta has held the position of Director - Engineering, Project Management at DCP Midstream, Denver/Midland, CO/TX, USA. Ms. Sengupta, inter alia, has led internal and EPCM engineering / construction project activities for multi-faceted operating assets (pipeline, compressor stations, processing plants). Ms. Sengupta has provided hands-on management of project control / forecasting / reporting activities. She has also prepared and implemented engineering & HSE required certification, practices, policies, procedures and managed employee and EPCM performance and conducted performance reviews.
  • Ms. Susmita Sengupta’s prior experience has included working as Project Director, Project Management for ENOGEX/OGE, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, as Engineering Manager, Engineering & Corrosion department for Vermont Gas Systems, Burlington, VT, USA, as Formal Leader, South East Region, Construction & Maintenance for MICHCON Gas Company, Detroit, MI, USA, as a Program Manager for British Gas Plc., London/Loughborough, UK among others. During the span of her career, the responsibilities included managing all phases of project budget control and financial reporting, ensuring project being carried out is as per Company specifications and regulatory Standards and are being implemented as per contract, preparing and maintaining group business plan and budgets.
  • Ms. Susmita Senguta is a M.Sc in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary, Alberta and an AOSTRA Scholar from Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority Scholarship. She is affiliated to Professional Engineer, Canada, Pipeline Inspectors’ Certification, Canada and GRI/PRCI NDT Committee, North East Gas Association, AGA, ASME, ACHE