GAIL begins search for new BD and HR directors

Vol 23, PW 11 (09 Apr 20) People & Policy

Two critical director positions at GAIL will see an enthusiastic response from company insiders, predict GAIL sources.

On March 3, the PESB advertised the job of director human resources (HR) to replace PK Gupta who retires on March 31 (2021). And on March 4, the next day, the PESB invited applications for director business development (BD) to replace Manoj Jain who took over on February 14 as chairman.

Applications for the director HR position must be sent in by May 12 (2020) while CVs for the director BD position must be in by April 27 (2020). At present, no clear frontrunners are apparent.

But GAIL sources say all company candidates interviewed earlier, on March 5, for the director marketing position are eligible for the director BD job. Among the GAIL candidates interviewed but not recommended for director marketing were executive directors MVR Someswarudu, Raman Chadha, Sanjay Kumar and Kamal Tandon.

Also expected to apply for both positions are executive directors Mahesh Iyer (projects), AK Jana (CEO, GAIL Gas), Prasoon Kumar (HR), Shantanu Roy (BD) and Rajeev Singhal (marketing). GAIL also has several chief general managers expecting a promotion to executive director rank on April 1.

They can apply for both positions but will stand little chance against executive directors with more experience. One person widely tipped because of his breadth of expertise is MVR Someswarudu who oversees the PATA petrochemical complex in Uttar Pradesh.