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Sudhir Mathur Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Sudhir Mathur, 55, is the acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Cairn. Prior to joining Cairn in September 2012, he had served as the CFO and Head, Netco Business of Aircel Cellular Limited. In the past, he has held senior positions in Delhi International Airport Ltd, Idea Cellular, Ballarpur Industries Ltd and Price Waterhouse Coopers India. He has substantial expertise, knowledge and experience in several key areas of Finance and Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Mathur has with a proven track record in deploying significant capital to enable value creation and is leading the effort to increase Cairn’s contribution in India’s domestic Oil & Gas production to 50%. Mr. Mathur graduated in Economics from Delhi University and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University
Suniti Bhat Director Oil & Gas and Member – Executive Committee
Suniti Bhat is the Director Oil & Gas and Member – Executive Committee at Cairn. In this role he is responsible for all exploration, development and production operations at all of Cairn’s assets including the flagship RJ-ON-90/1 Block as well as offshore blocks in both the East and West coast of India. As a member of the Executive Committee Suniti is also responsible for driving the overall growth strategy of Cairn and delivering shareholder value. Under Suniti’s leadership Cairn’s world-class Rajasthan asset has delivered more than 200,000 bopd production making it India’s largest onshore block contributing about 25% of the overall domestic production. He has led the successful implementation of the world’s largest polymer flooding project at the Mangala field, India’s largest onshore oil discovery. Suniti has been working with Cairn for more than 8 years and has more than 20 years international experience in the Oil and Gas industry. Prior to Cairn, he has had successful stints in Reservoir Management and Production Optimisation with leading operators including BG and Centrica in UK & Central Asia. He has completed a General Management Program from Harvard Business School, he holds a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and has a BE (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University Chandigarh.
Pankaj Kalra Deputy CFO of Cairn Oil and Gas
Mr. Pankaj Kalra, 41, is the Deputy CFO of Cairn Oil and Gas and has been associated with Cairn since 2014. Pankaj has over 19 years of experience in Corporate Finance including M&A, Project Finance, Treasury, Management Reporting, Investor Relations, Planning & Accounting. Pankaj leads all areas of Finance & Accounts including Corporate and Management Reporting, Treasury, Taxation and Budgeting & Planning. His key achievements include generating higher Free Cash Flows through working capital unlocking, increased annualized sustainable savings through G&A renegotiations and higher Treasury returns leading to positive arbitrage. In addition, Pankaj has also been adding significant value in his Investments role with the Vedanta Group
Vidyut Gulati General Counsel of the Oil & Gas Business since 2015
Ms. Vidyut Gulati, 37, is the General Counsel of the Oil & Gas Business. Vidyut comes with rich and diverse experience spanning close to fifteen years. She is a part of the Cairn Executive Committee and works closely with the SBU and Functional Heads to deliver on critical business priorities. Prior to joining Cairn, Vidyut was associated with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas as a Partner and her assignments included complex, multijurisdictional contracts and joint venture deals in diverse areas as Infrastructure, M&A, Private Equity and Project Equity transactions. She has led several multi-party negotiations involving private companies and government undertakings
Sivakumar Pothepalli Director – Rajasthan Asset & ExCo Member
Mr. Sivakumar Pothepalli, 49, is Director – Rajasthan Asset & ExCo Member. He is leading Operations and Development of all Onshore Oil fields in Rajasthan. Sivakumar is a Chemical Engineer from NIT Warangal and has done his Post Graduate degree in Management from AIM, Philippines. He has been working with Cairn since 15 years and has more than 25 years of experience in both Upstream and downstream industry. He has worked in various roles in Offshore Assets of Ravva & Cambay and Onshore Assets of Rajasthan. Apart from independently running the business unit, he is experienced in Operations, Development, New Ventures, Asset Management, HSE, Process Safety, Asset Integrity, and Joint Venture & Regulatory Management
Madhu Srivastava Deputy Head – HR & Admin and ExCo member
Ms. Madhu Srivastava, has been with the Cairn Oil & Gas business of Vedanta for 4 years now. She is Deputy Head – HR & Admin and ExCo member at Cairn. In addition, she double hats to lead Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion for the Vedanta group and is also a member of Group HR Council & Group Ethics Committee. Madhu has done her MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and brings close to 18 years of experience across HR and Sales & Operations and has worked with Citibank, Genpact, Reliance & Godrej in the past. Madhu’s passion lies in finding & getting onboard top quality global leadership talent as well as hiring best-in-class entry level talent from premier Indian & Foreign universities. She has been instrumental in launching Vedanta’s flagship Global Internship Program, L&D execution with focus on e-learning platforms and in-house programs like Leaders Teach, Employer branding through innovative initiatives like Talent roadshows, Market mapping and leveraging LinkedIn & Social media in recruitment. As member of HR Council, Madhu has played a key role in launching some of the best-in-class & progressive people policies in the group. Madhu is a fitness enthusiast and loves running in her free time.
Sunil Bohra Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer
Mr. Sunil Bohra, 40, is member of Vedanta family since year 2000 and has demonstrated success across various group companies in diverse assignments across various functions. He has in depth experience in setting up systems and processes, formulating new strategies and developing organization structures to facilitate growth of the company. Mr. Bohra as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and has been instrumental in strategic decision-making and continued success of the company. He led strategic financial matters in the areas of Treasury, Taxation, M&A, Accounting, Insurance, Shared Services, Joint Venture, Commercial and new ventures, Corporate reporting & MIS. More recently, he has been elevated as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer. He is lending strategic oversight and providing direction to core commercial functions i.e Procurement & Supply Chain Management and Sales & Marketing. Besides, Mr. Bohra is also responsible for reinforcing the IT architecture, practices and overall digitization efficiencies. Mr. Bohra’s core financial expertise and business acumen helped Cairn realize the best value in keeping with best in class standards.