Jamestin will be a hard act to follow at ONGC

Vol 17, PW 4 (19 Sep 13) People & Policy

Whoever becomes the next ONGC director HR, Business Development & Joint Ventures (BD&JV) will have to focus on diversifying the company's income streams.

On August 30 the PESB asked for CVs by November 4 from anyone interested in replacing KS Jamestin, who retires on July 31 next year, three years after he was appointed. Whoever wins must work to meet the goals of ONGC's Perspective Plan 2030 under which non-E&P sectors are projected to account for 30% of group revenue by 2030.

ONGC wants to diversify into petrochemicals, gas-fired power stations, wind and solar power, LNG regasification, refining, urea manufacturing and gas retailing. “These days every general manager thinks he can become a director," jokes an ONGC source.

"There will be many internal candidates." These include PK Saharia, executive director and chief of employee relations, seen as one of the stronger contenders, and the most senior candidate likely to apply from the HR department.

Also believed to be keen to apply are JK Bodha, chief of ONGC's legal department; SSC Parthiban, general manager and head of the coordination department based in Delhi; and RK Singh, a GM in the HR department in Dehradun. “Singh is popular,” we hear.

“He organises cultural programmes.” Other candidates include Alok Mishra, group general manager, also in Dehradun, and CK Mishra, ED and chief of ONGC's corporate social responsibility department.

CK Mishra also appeared for the ONGC director offshore interviews in July.