Management

Kishore Kumar is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore, the Iron Ore business vertical of Vedanta Resources Plc.Kishore comes with three decades of experience, of which 13 years has been in the natural resources arena having handled various portfolios across the Vedanta Group.

From 2013 to January 2015 Kishore Kumar was the CEO of Vedanta Base Metals: Africa, Ireland & Australia and oversaw the Vedanta metals business in Konkola Copper Mines- Zambia, Black Mountain Mining (Pty) Ltd- South Africa, Skorpion Zinc-Namibia, Lisheen Mine - Ireland and Copper Mines of Tasmania- Australia. Early 2008 to August 2013 he functioned as CEO of Konkola Copper Mines Plc & subsequently of Africa Base Metals with Zinc International / Konkola Copper Mines Plc / CMT Australia. From June 2004 to December 2006 he was the Senior Vice President - Marketing for the India copper division. He joined the group in April 2003 as Vice President - Marketing for Hindustan Zinc Limited. - Prior to joining the Vedanta Group Kishore served with Hindustan Lever Ltd for a span of 12 years.

Kishore Kumar holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Calcutta University and has around 31 years of experience in finance, accounts, costing, and taxation, legal and general management. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Mr. Sauvick Mazumdar joined the company in 1994 and has been a significant driver of Sesa Goa Iron Ore’s growth over the years.  He is presently responsible for the overall operations and expansion projects of the Iron Ore business.

His dedicated efforts on the sustainability front has created a robust safety awareness and HSE culture in the organization.  His thrust on adopting best-in class techniques, innovation, state-of-the art environment friendly technologies and automation of operational activities has added great value.  With an experience of over two decades, he has led high performance teams and has handled various senior positions including steering the Senior Management leadership during the mining ban.  

Mr.  Mazumdar began his career as a Graduate Engineer Trainee with Sesa and rose to the current rank with sheer passion and dedication to his role.
 
Mr. Mazumdar holds a B.Tech degree in Mining Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal Karnataka and a First Class Mines Manager’s Certificate of Competency from Directorate - General of    Mines Safety - Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, Dhanbad.
Mr. Azad Shaw joined Vedanta in December 2001 and comes with over 16 years of experience in Finance, Accountancy, Audit, Taxation, Treasury and Corporate Governance.   In his role as a Chief Financial Officer he oversees the Finance, Information Technology and Marketing functions of Sesa Goa Iron Ore.  Prior to joining the iron ore arm of Vedanta, Mr. Shaw has worked in our Group Companies like HZL & BALCO.

Mr. Shaw is a B.Com graduate from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College and a certified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Mr. Venkataraman joined Vedanta in 2000 and heads the Human Resource, Industrial Relation and Administration function of Sesa Goa Iron Ore. He is responsible for building a global workforce and translating our employees’ latent potential into world-class performance. He played a key vital role in Employee Engagement and Employee involvement including key stakeholders for the successful resumption of Mining operations in Goa. He has more than 16 years of experience with the Vedanta Group. 

Mr. Venkataraman is an Electrical Engineer with Masters in Business Administration and M.Phil in Management.
Mr.  Vhatte, joined Vedanta in 1993 as Assistant Manager and presently heads the Value Addition Business (VAB) of the company. In his role he is responsible for the growth of the VAB along with Plant Operations, Sales of Pig Iron, Met Coke and Power. His leadership and strategic approach has helped VAB to become the largest merchant pig iron producer in India at the lowest cost among peer groups. Mr. Vhatte championed the successful expansion of Pig Iron, Met Coke and Power Plant raising the unit capacity to 800 K Mt of Pig Iron. 

Prior to this, he has worked with Kalyani Steels, Pune for eight years as a Project & Maintenance Engineer. He brings with him more than 31 years of experience in the Pig Iron, Metallurgical Coke, Waste Heat based Power Plant and Steel Industry.
  
Mr. Vhatte holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and MBA in Finance from IGNOU. 
Mr. Kumar joined Vedanta – Sesa Goa Iron Ore in June 2016 as Head – Iron Ore, Goa. He is responsible for the Iron Ore Goa Business and volume ramp up.  

Mr. Kumar has over 20 years of extensive experience in mining and was previously with Anglo American plc, where he worked as General Manager for Coal (Global), Thermal Coal and Platinum Mining.  He has also worked in the Technical Division of Anglo, where he was responsible for Business Development for the Mining projects particularly in coal, Iron Ore, Platinum, Gold, Copper, Diamonds etc.   He was also with TATA Steel as Head Global Minerals Group, where he was responsible for developing Raw material sourcing strategy for TATA Steel.

Mr. Kumar has done his B-Tech, Mining from IIT, BHU, Varanasi and holds 1st Class Mines Manager Certificate of Competency from Director General of Mines Safety, Dhanbad. He has also done his management program from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Mr. Krishna Reddy heads the Vedanta - Sesa Goa Iron Ore operations in Karnataka. He has an enriching experience of 21 years of which six years have been with the iron ore vertical of Vedanta. His previous employers include Sesa Mining Corporation (Dempo) and Gulf Mining.

He started his career as a budding engineer with V.S.DEMPO & CO LTD  in the year 1994.  

Mr. Krishna Reddy   holds a B.Tech Degree in Mining from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Suratkal and   also possesses a First Class Mines Manager’s Certificate from Directorate - General of    Mines Safety - Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, Dhanbad.
Mr. Gupta joined Vedanta Limited in 2013 as Head - Supply Chain in Hindustan Zinc Limited. In 2014 he moved to Sesa Goa Iron Ore as Head - Marketing. Mr. Gupta is responsible to create a best in class commercial organization focused on buying strategy that is aligned to the vision of cost optimization  and consolidation.

He has spent nearly 23 years across diversified automotive companies like Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Mahindra Renault, New Holland Tractors and TATA Motors and has also handled various assignments for Indian and Global companies based in India. 

Mr. Gupta holds a graduate degree in Production Engineering from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. 
Mr. Chodankar joined Vedanta –Sesa Goa Iron Ore in July 2002. He comes with an overall experience of over 26 years in various areas of Legal, Compliance and Secretarial

In his role as the Legal Head, Mr. Chodankar provides expert and strategic legal advice to the management. He briefs counsel on legal issues, monitors compliances, legal / contractual documentation and manages the legal impact of external factors across various platforms  with stakeholders, regulatory bodies etc. to facilitate strategic business development and mitigate risks.

Prior to his career at Vedanta-Sesa Goa Iron Ore, Mr. Chodankar was practicing as an Advocate  in the State of Goa.

Mr. D Chodankar  is a  B.Com Graduate  and holds a  LL.B. degree.
Mr. Kulkarni joined the company in 2005 and is Associate General Manager – Health Safety & Environment of Vedanta - Sesa Goa Iron Ore. He has a vast experience of over 11 years in Sesa Goa in the areas of Environment, Safety and Sustainability. Prior to this he was with an Environmental Consultancy Firm,  M/s  Mahabal Enviro Engineers Pvt Ltd. and thereafter with  M/s  Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd. for about 12 years handling various assignments pertaining to sustainability initiatives.

Krishnakumar Kulkarni holds a Bachelor in Engineering Degree from Karnataka University in Civil and ME in Environment from Gulbarga University.
Ms.  Verenkar joined Vedanta - Sesa Goa Iron Ore in 1996 and has a rich experience of 20 years  in the field of Environment & Corporate Social Responsibility.  In her role, she has been instrumental in the frontline planning and execution of various sustainability initiatives at the iron ore business. Ms. Verenkar is passionate about community engagement and has a  strong stakeholder connect.
 
Prior to this, she was working with M/s Italab Pvt. Ltd and Helvetica Laboratories.

Ms. Verenkar holds a degree in MSc in Microbiology from  Goa University and  also  possesses a  Post Graduate Degree in Ecology & Environment from Bhopal University. She was awarded Fulbright Scholarship in 2004-05 and   Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD) fellowship in 2015- 16. 
Ms. Chakravarthy joined the iron ore arm of Vedanta in September, 2015 and  heads the Corporate Communications role of Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing external and internal communications, including public relations and media advocacy. 

Since joining Sesa Goa Iron Ore, she has been instrumental in strategizing the Communication function and enhancing the Company’s visibility in the media landscape after the restart of mining operations. Her strategic approach and distinct experience in media relations have helped bring to the forefront the challenges that the iron ore industry is facing and in elevating the Brand presence. 

Prior to joining the Company, she spent nearly 16 years across diversified industries: HPCL-Mittal Energy, Avaya India, HSBC Global Resourcing, Apollo Health Street and Deccan Chronicle to name a few. 

She holds a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism and Business Management.