About Us

Board of Directors

Mr. Prasun Kumar Mukherjee( Independent Director )

Mr. Prasun Kumar Mukherjee is one of the Non-Executive Independent Director of ESL Steel Limited. He joined the Board of ESL on 4th June, 2018.

Mr. Mukherjee held the position of Executive Director of Sesa Goa and the Vedanta Group's Iron Ore business from 2006 to 2014. He joined Sesa Goa Limited in 1987. He has 37 years of experience in finance, accounts, costing, taxation, legal and general management. Mr Mukherjee was ranked as one of India's Best Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in the year 2005 by Business Today magazine and as India's most 'Valuable' CEO by the Business World magazine in 2009. He is currently a member of the Managing Committee of Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industries (GCCI) and also Chairman of its Mining & Mining Infrastructure Committee. He is presently also a member of the Strategy Board of Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI), Gurugram, Haryana, India.

Mr. Mukherjee has a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Calcutta University. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Mukherjee does not receive any managerial remuneration except sitting fees for attending the Meeting of Board and Committees.

Mr. Mahendra Singh Mehta( Independent Director )

Mr. Mahendra Singh Mehta is one of the Non-Executive Independent Director of ESL Steel Limited. He joined the Board of ESL on 21st June, 2018.

Mr. Mehta was Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Infrastructure between 2014 and 2015. He was Chief Executive Officer of the London listed Vedanta Resources Plc between 2008 and 2014. Prior to this he held key managerial and operating roles within the Vedanta Group, in particular, Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Zinc between 2005 and 2008. Mr Mehta has been instrumental in driving several transformational initiatives during his tenure at Vedanta Group which started in 2000. He has 36 years of experience in operations, strategy and business turnaround in sectors spanning across steel, non-ferrous metals, mining, power generation and distribution, infrastructure and cement.

Mr. Mehta has a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Mehta does not receive any managerial remuneration except sitting fees for attending the Meeting of Board and Committees.

Ms. Poovannan Sumathi( Director )

Ms. Poovannan Sumathi has done her Bachelor of Engineering from erstwhile REC, Trichy currently known as NIT, Trichy and had completed Management Development Programs (MDP's) meant for Engineers working in manufacturing companies at IIT, Mumbai. She is having rich and diverse experience across Operations, IT, Projects, Sustainability, CSR and Legal functions. She also has a background in Corporate Governance and strong understanding of best practices and processes through which successful organizations are guided. She is associated with Vedanta Limited since 1997 and having over decades of rich experience.

Ms. Poovannan Sumathi, Chief Innovation & Transformation Officer, Sterlite Copper and Group Head- Environment, Health, Sustainability & ESG Communication, joined as Additional Director-Non-Executive of ESL Steel Limited, on 22nd October, 2019.

Mr. Navnath Laxman Vhatte( Whole Time Director )

Mr. Vhatte has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director of ESL Steel Limited w.e.f. 10th May, 2021.

Mr. Vhatte holds Diploma in Electrical Engineering (DEE) from Govt. Polytechnic Maharashtra, Graduation in Elect. Engineering (AMIE) from Institute of Engineers and MBA in Finance from IGNOU. Mr. Vhatte is associated with Vedanta since 1993 and has held various senior management positions. Recently, he was heading the Value Addition Business (VAB) of VEDL. In his role he was 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 8.5 years as a Project & Maintenance Engineer. He brings with him more than 36 years of experience in the Pig Iron, Metallurgical Coke, Waste Heat based Power Plant and Steel Industry.