Thomas Cherian, Managing Director of Essel Mining & Industries Ltd, has over three decades of experience in the mining sector across geographies. With expertise in mining value chain, supply chain systems and project management, his competencies include strategic planning, new business development, mergers and acquisitions, and stakeholder and community engagement.
Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Thomas was the Managing Director of Tata Steel Mining Ltd . He started his career with Tata Steel in 1992 covering operations, projects, and strategy. Over the course of his career, he led an international iron ore project as MD of the joint venture company Tata Steel Cote D’lvoire SA, in Ivory Coast, West Africa, managing the ~20 mtpa Indian Iron ore operations and taking care of the Ferro Alloys and Mineral Business covering Manganese and Chrome Value chains for Tata steel.
Thomas played an active role in the Executive Committees of Confederation of Indian Industries, CII (Manufacturing Council), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) and International Chromium Development Association (ICDA).
Thomas is a mining engineer from Osmania University with management education from XLRI Jamshedpur in addition to executive development from CEDEP, France.
Mr. Vinod Chaturvedi
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mr. Vinod Chaturvedi is the Chief Human Resource Officer – Mineral Resources & Mining Business, Head – Noble Ferro Alloys Business and Group Head – Employee Relations, Aditya Birla Group.
Mr. Chaturvedi is an MBA & LLB having more than 30 years of experience in varied businesses like Mineral Resources & Mining, Cement, Staple Fibre, Telecom, Sponge Iron and Steel in Corporate as well as Business roles handling strategic, tactical and operational HR concentrating on all functional strategies and objectives.
Vinod is known for his capability to build organisation culture, competence and commitment for long term sustenance by deploying Excellence models such as Business Process Reengineering, TPM, TQM, WCM, Quality Circle and Six Sigma.
He extensively worked on all facets delivering value in the areas of Organisation Building / Transforming Business Results via change management tools.
As the Head of Noble Ferro Alloys Business, he is responsible for implementing long and short term vision and strategy.
As Group Head – Employee Relations, he works closely with different Businesses of the Group and advise them on ER matters.
An ardent reader, he loves to meet & interact with people and build relationships and takes interest in coaching people. He has passion to build Value based Organisations, Systems and families.
Mr. Arun Garg
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Arun Garg is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Essel Mining & Industries Limited and Mineral Resources and Mining Business of Aditya Birla Group. As the Finance Head, Mr. Garg provides direction and facilitates implementation of strategy into profitable reality, relationship management, solution design requiring innovative approaches, building of high performance teams and holistic leadership mentoring.
He is responsible for planning, directing and controlling finance, taxation, secretarial, risk management matters in order to create and maximize shareholder & investor value. He is leading & directing development of financial policies and systems for the business. This includes guiding initiatives taken at business level for overall system improvement, implementing profit improvement plans of the Company & its subsidiaries in association with operating teams and explore various opportunities for business growth. Allocating financial resources amongst various businesses is one of his key responsibilities. Additionally, he is also managing operations of Wind Power division as P&L head.
Born in 1965, Mr. Garg completed his Chartered Accountancy in 1987 and is a Commerce Graduate with Honours from University of Jodhpur. He started his professional career with Aditya Birla Group in 1988 as accounts officer in Rayon division of erstwhile Indian Rayon & Industries Limited at Veraval. Before joining Essel Mining, he was working with the Fertilizer Business of the Group as Senior Vice President (F&C). In this role he was responsible for Finance, Accounts, Budgeting, MIS, Taxation, Assets Risk Coverage, and Working Capital Management of the business.
Over the years he has worked in International & multicultural environment of the Group with extensive experience in managing cross functional teams. Today he is a seasoned management executive with experience of over 30 years and he has been successful in achieving growth objectives in extremely volatile markets. His extensive experience with industries subjected to ever changing market scenarios, necessitated in-depth understanding of critical business drivers. He is highly successful in building relationship with decision makers and other stakeholders. He has hands on experience in accomplishing structuring and negotiating transactions on favourable terms with banks and financial institutions.
Tuhin Kumar Mukherjee
Senior Advisor, Ex-MD, Essel Mining & Industries Ltd
Tuhin Kumar Mukherjee is Managing Director of EMIL and Sector Head, Mineral Resources Development, Aditya Birla Group. As Business Head, Mr. Mukherjee provides strategic and operational leadership to the mineral resources development and mining business of Aditya Birla Group, both in domestic and overseas arena.