energy giant ONGC has got a new head. The Director (HR) in the company, Dr. Alka Mittal on Monday was given additional charge of ONGC Chairman and MD (CMD). Alka is the first woman to head ONGC, India’s most valuable PSU. Former ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Subhash Kumar retired on December 31, 2021.
The government usually announces the successor of a director or chairman of a public sector company at least two months before his retirement. But that did not happen in the case of ONGC. Therefore, the company continued to operate without a head for more than 48 hours. Kumar was ONGC’s director-finance and had been holding additional charge of chairman and managing director since April last year. Shashi Shankar, the last full time head of the company, retired on March 31, 2021. No one else was selected to replace him. Kumar, the most senior director on the company’s board of directors, was given additional charge of chairman and managing director.
About Alka Mittal:
Dr. Alka Mittal has a master’s degree in economics, MBA (HRM) and a doctorate in commerce and business studies. According to the company’s website, Mittal joined ONGC in 1985 as a graduate trainee. Mittal has been the Director (HR) at ONGC since November 2018 and is the first woman to hold the post of full-time director in the history of ONGC.
Prior to becoming Director (HR), Mittal was the Chief of Skill Development at ONGC. In this role, she streamlined the activities and brought uniformity in the functioning of ONGC’s skill development centers. During this period, he also implemented the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) at ONGC. Prior to becoming Skill Development Chief, Alka Mittal was the CSR Head at the company’s corporate office and initiated major CSR projects across India. Prior to that, she led HR-ER operations in various regions, including Vadodara, Mumbai, Delhi and Jorhat, and was also the Head of ONGC’s Corporate Communications during 2009.