Kharak Singh tipped as ONGCآ’s new Mumbai boss

Vol 5, PW 4 (11 Apr 01) People & Policy

Three of ONGC's regional power centres are headless and the search is on for executive and regional directors to assume charge of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.

All are lying vacant since the promotion of V.K Sharma (Mumbai) as director operations, Nathu Lal (Ahmedabad) as director drilling, and the retirement of C.

P Saha (Chennai). Kharak Singh, 'Asset Manager' of the Neelam oilfield offshore Bombay, is hotly tipped to get the top job in Mumbai.

"We are trying to make sure he becomes the new RD," an oil ministry official tells this report. "He's the best man for the job." Singh, aged 55, is widely credited with reversing declining production at the Neelam oilfield under a McKinsey-inspired internal reform programme.

His undeniable success as ONGC's first 'Asset Manager' prompted the corporation to appoint similar 'Asset Managers' for three of its fields in Gujarat: Mehsana, Ahmedabad and Ankleshwar. Others running for the Mumbai job are: K.

K Jagati, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Business Centre C.Lal, 'Asset Manager' Mehsana I.

B Raina, Group General Manager, Krishna Godavari Project A.G Pramanik, Group General Manager Exploration, GEOPIC Gyan Singh,Group General Manager Production, MRBC M.

K Kilam, 'Asset Manager' Ahmedabad C.B.

P Saini, acting head of Southern Regional Business Centre