New Delhi: Breaking the glass ceiling at Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Sukla Mistry is set to be the first woman Director (Refineries) of the Maharatna oil marketing PSU. A Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) panel, which interview seven candidates for the post on Wednesday afternoon, has recommended Mistry's name for the top post. Earlier on October 11, PSU Watch had reported that Mistry was the strongest contender among the top three who were touted to be the frontrunners for the post. Mistry is currently serving as the refinery head of Indian Oil's Barauni Refinery.
Mistry was competing for the top job along with Haldia Refinery Head Partha Ghosh and Panipat Refinery Head Gopal Chandra Sikder. According to a notification issued by the PESB, a total of seven candidates were interviewed in the selection meeting held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday. A total of six candidates who were on the list were from Indian Oil. The Managing Director (MD) of Mangalore Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) M Venkatesh was also in the fray.
Sukla Mistry: Indian Oil's 1st woman Director (Refineries)
During her tenure as Barauni Refinery Head, Mistry was the first woman to occupy the position and after her official elevation as Director (Refineries), she would be the first woman to occupy the top position on the board. Mistry holds a BE in Metallurgy from Calcutta University and an Advanced Diploma in Management from ICFAI, besides certifications in Industrial Radiography and Ultrasonic Non-destructive testing. She joined Indian Oil in 1986 and steadily rose to her current position. An all-rounder, she takes keen interest in debates, essay writing, poetry, sports and games. She has been instrumental in shattering the stereotypes associated with women executives.
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