Thomas Cherian, Managing Director, Essel Mining & Industries Ltd
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.