All the best jobs for ONGC's production engineers

Vol 17, PW 22 (19 Jun 14) People & Policy

ONGC appointed 50 new managers last month (May) - the first wave of promotions since DK Sarraf re-introduced interviews into the selection process after becoming chairman on March 1.

ONGC hasn't used interviews in its promotions process since 2002. “This time officers with production experience have been appointed to head important assets," says an ONGC manager.

“In the past drilling managers were preferred.” ONGC wants to double production by 2030 from the 23.71m tonnes of oil and 23.32bn cubic metres of gas produced in 2012.

Among the new posts are those of managers of ONGC’s key western offshore fields Mumbai High and Neelam-Heera. Rajesh Kakkar, a production engineer who heads Neelam-Heera, will take over as Mumbai High head on August 1 as Executive Director (ED) replacing RV Marathe who retires.

Kakkar, 52, will be replaced at Neelam-Heera by Tulsi Das, 58, also a production engineer promoted to ED. Yash Malik, ONGC’s chief of marketing, will take charge on July 1 as ED and head of the Ahmedabad asset replacing JG Chaturvedi who retires.

Group general manager Tamil Selvam will replace Malik as chief of marketing responsible for gas sales and new business ventures such as the proposed Mangalore LNG terminal with Bharat Petroleum and Mitsui.