Singh and Sood frontrunners for ONGC dir. exp

Vol 18, PW 6 (06 Nov 14) People & Policy

DN Singh’s networking skills might allow him to emulate his idol NK Verma to become ONGC’s next director exploration.

Singh, a GGM and head of the KDMIPE, is tipped as frontrunner to replace Verma who moved to OVL as MD on August 28. The PESB will hold director exploration interviews on November 29.

Nineteen ONGC candidates sent CVs by October 31: five GGMs and 14 GMs. Some say Singh, earlier head of the frontier basin, like Verma before he won the director exploration post, pays more attention to lobbying than to work.

“He (Singh) is more a politician than a geologist,” we hear. Singh faces stiff competition from Anil Sood, head of GEOPIC and the most senior candidate in the race.

“Sood is a highly competent geoscientist and an excellent manager,” adds an ONGC source. “But his shortcoming is he is too direct and takes no nonsense.

” Another strong contender is GGM Chakradhar Mahapatra, Assam asset basin manager. Mahapatra is from Orissa like oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, something he could put to good use.

Former director exploration Verma is believed to support Sood because of his technical competence but he also likes Sudhir Sharma, country head of OVL in Colombia. Sharma, like Verma, is from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.