Abhijit Pati will take over as the new Chief Executive Officer of Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (Balco).
Pati is a name to reckon with in the aluminium industry for the past three decades and he joined Balco after an appreciable stint as Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Limited, Jharsuguda, according to a Balco press release.
Born on 1st January 1964, Abhijit Pati, has a humble family background from where he rose to the pinnacle of academic excellence and professional success. He comes with a rich experience and an illustrious career spanning over 30 years in the aluminium industry.
Alumni of the Calcutta University, Abhijit Pati started his career as an engineer with Indian Aluminium Company (subsidiary of ALCAN, Canadian Major Aluminium Producer) in the year 1989.
Later joined INDAL/HINDALCO, Hirakud under the flagship of Aditya Birla Group of Industries, and established himself as a frontline leader. As a young and budding professional in his early career he was awarded the ‘exceptional contributor award’ by group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for his significant contribution in the turnaround story of the Hirakud Aluminum Smelter in the year 2006 and also bagged the prestigious British Sword of Honour for Hirakud Smelter in the year 1999.
He was serving the aspiration of the group as vice president till the year 2008 when he was offered the position of chief operating officer for leading one of the largest greenfield aluminium cum power complex of the world at Jharsuguda, Odisha by the global natural resources giant and conglomerate, Vedanta Group. Subsequently, on March 16, 2015 Pati was elevated to the coveted position of president and CEO of Vedanta Ltd.’s Aluminium business and headed the world’s largest single-location aluminium smelter at Jharsuguda for a little over four years.
Under his able leadership, Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda became an illustrious member of the prestigious ‘Million Tonne Club’ of global aluminium producing companies.
He is a proud Senior Management Executive Committee member of Vedanta’s Global aspiration in its quest to emerge as frontrunner in global natural resource business. He is also the lead officio member of Governing Council of Aluminium Association of India (AAI). He is a nominated representative of India for the Indo-Japanese collaboration on PAT scheme for collaboration on energy sector appointed by Government of India. He has also taken the responsibility to co-chair the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Odisha State Council and is a nominated member of the Board of Management of BPUT, Odisha for a period of 3 years.
Pati’s contribution to the aluminium industry has been recognized and held in high esteem by several industrial and academic institutions of India. He was felicitated with ‘Technological Excellence Award 2016’ at the 20th National Conference on non-ferrous minerals and metals for his significant contribution as a frontline leader in the turnaround and growth of several aluminium production centers of the country, as a result of his expertise and years of experience with the major metal based corporate organizations. He was adjudged twice as the ‘India Affairs Professional CEO of the year’ at the 8th and 9th Annual India Leadership Conclave and Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards. At the 3rd Corporate Excellence Award organized by Odisha Cultural Foundation, Pati was awarded ‘Best CEO of the Year’ in 2017 for his efforts in driving aluminium revolution in India as the CEO of Vedanta Ltd.