New Delhi: Manoj Jain has assumed charge as Chairman & Managing Director of GAIL (India) Limited, a Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) on Friday. Prior to joining as CMD of GAIL, Jain was serving as Director (Business Development) in the same organisation. With his new assignment, Jain has replaced Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, who was appointed on August 1, 2019.
Earlier, PSU Watch had reported when Jain was recommended for the post of CMD of GAIL by a PESB panel on October 25, 2019. He was selected from a list of six candidates who were interviewed by the selection panel.
Education & background
Jain is a mechanical engineering graduate with an MBA in operations management. He joined GAIL as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1985 and rose through the ranks to his current position. He possesses rich and diverse experience encompassing more than 32 years with GAIL in the areas of projects, operations & management, pipeline integrity management and marketing. Prior to his elevation as Director (Business Development), he was serving as Executive Director (Marketing-Gas) in the same organisation.
Jain also spearheaded the installation and commissioning of the Rs 10,000 crore grassroots petrochemical complex at Lepetkata Assam, as Chief Operating Officer of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) which has been one of the fastest projects ever implemented in the North East of its size and magnitude. Earlier, Jain also worked in Operation & Maintenance at the Corporate Level for a number of years. Jain is currently, Chairman of Central UP Gas Limited (CUGL) and Konkan LNG Private Limited (KLPL). He is also Director on the Boards of Indraprastha Gas Limited & GAIL Global Singapore Pte. Limited. As Director (Business Development), he was responsible for building GAIL’s business portfolio in India and abroad, Merger and Acquisition, Petrochemical O&M and Expansion, Exploration & Production, R&D, Start-Up, Health Safety & Environment Management, Quality Management, Project Development including feasibility study and investment approval for new pipelines, process plants, renewables, etc.