Sanjeev Kumar succeeds Natarajan as GSPC chief

Vol 22, PW 23 (05 Sep 19) People & Policy

Gujarat economic affairs secretary Sanjeev Kumar has been appointed full-time managing director of GSPC to replace T Natarajan in a major re-shuffle of 79 state government officials on August 30.

Kumar took his seat at company HQ in GSPC Bhawan on the morning of August 23 to take over from Natarajan who left the same evening following his high-profile appointment as senior advisor to IMF executive director Mark Rosen in Washington DC. Two days earlier Gujarat state authorities surprised observers with an order stating that Kumar would hold only additional charge as GSPC managing director until further notice.

"Luckily some better sense prevailed," says a source. "Additional charge for a busy officer like Kumar would have served no purpose.

He would have done justice neither here nor there." In his role as economic affairs secretary in the finance department, Kumar was also commissioner in the bureau of public enterprises.

Aged 49, Kumar was born in Patna and graduated as a civil engineer from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur in West Bengal. He also holds a Master's degree from the Hubert H Humphrey school of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in the US.

Low profile, friendly and studious, those who know him say Kumar doesn't like to talk much about his work or his department. "He prefers to listen," we hear, "and let others do the talking."