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Expert in Iron and Steel Industry: Strategy, Projects & Operation Management, Sintering, Material Handling

Expert ID: 729352 India

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Mr. V. K. Expert is a highly accomplished and performance driven, steel Industry professional with 38 years experience, at board level and non-board level positions, in various areas such as business strategy and planning, operations and maintenance management, project management, supply chain management, design and engineering and HR etc. He was a member on Board of Directors of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), as Director (Tech). SAIL is India's largest steel producing public sector company, with a annual turnover of about $ 10 bil. One of his responsibilities was implementation of $ 15 bil modernization and expansion programme. Some of the key projects under this programme are; 4000 m3 blast furnaces; 7 m tall coke batteries; sinter plants; steel melt shops with BOF convertors, pre and Secondary steel refining facilities and continuous slab, bloom and near shape casters; new finishing mills such as plate mill, universal Rail mill, medium structural mill, bar and rod mill and cold rolling mill. He has a strong flair for innovations and low cost reliability solutions. Before moving into senior management roles he has had a long experience in Iron ore Sintering; Bulk material handling & processing and Maintenance management. In addition to his regular assignments Expert was a Director on board of a few JV companies; Chairman of a Ferro-Alloy subsidiary; Director in-charge of an alloy-steel, a Stainless steel and a Refractory unit;

Expert’s areas of experience:
Board member, Business planning and development, Projects, Operations and maintenance management, logistics support, procurements, engineering, R&D, HR. IT. Iron Ore Sintering, bulk Materials Handling and Processing.

Expert’s areas of expertise:
o Appraisals of the investment proposals and preparation of agenda for consideration of the board and sub committees.
o Interaction, in India and abroad, with senior officials of leading Indian and global manufacturing, technology, construction, consulting and raw materials supply companies etc. in connection with company’s business and strategic needs
o Preparation of annual and long term business plans; monitoring and analysis of performance against plan objectives and targets. Gap analysis. Action planning related to technology, engineering, Operations and maintenance.
o Organizing and guiding techno-commercial analysis, due diligence and other business processes with respect to various strategic initiatives and alliances; joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
o Establishment and review of policies and guidelines, systems and procedures, with respect to the technology, contract conditions, delegation of power, etc.
o Assistance in obtaining statutory clearances, project execution, dispute resolving. Project progress monitoring including monitoring tools.
o Large group and small group communications: competence mapping and building initiatives. organization restructuring,
o Sinter plant productivity and reliability improvement. Sinter machines and coolers. Charging and Ignition system. Single roll crushers. Large Exhausters and fans. Dust removal systems. Screening. Mixing and nodulising. Raw mix extraction, measurement and proportioning. Hot and cold materials conveying.
o Mass flow improvement, Bulk Material handling system productivity and reliability improvement. Wagon Tipplers, belt conveying systems, change over systems, shuttle conveyors, belt extractors, weigh feeders, disc feeders, electro magnetic feeders, electro mechanical feeders, paddle feeders, apron feeders, stackers, plough chain reclaimers, bucket wheel reclaimers. Stacker cum reclaimers. Hammer crushers; roll crushers, rod mills etc.


Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: B.E. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Delhi College of Engineering.

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Advisor Department: Corporate Headquarters, New Delhi. Responsibilities: He advises the Chairman on strategic and policy issues and issues related to Projects, Production, and procurement etc.
Years: 2007 to 2010 Employer: Steel Authority of India Ltd. Title: Director (Technical) Department: Corporate Headquarters, New Delhi. Responsibilities: Appraisals of the investment proposals and preparation of agenda for consideration of the board and sub committees.
Interaction, in India and abroad, with senior officials of leading Indian and global manufacturing, technology, construction, consulting and raw materials supply companies etc. in connection with company’s business and strategic needs
Preparation of annual and long term business plans; monitoring and analysis of performance against plan objectives and targets. Gap analysis. Action planning related to technology, engineering, Operations and maintenance.
Organizing and guiding techno-commercial analysis, due diligence and other business processes with respect to various strategic initiatives and alliances; joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
Establishment and review of policies and guidelines, systems and procedures, with respect to the technology, contract conditions, delegation of power, etc.
Assistance in obtaining statutory clearances, project execution, dispute resolving. Project progress monitoring including monitoring tools.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Steel Authority of India Ltd. Title: Executive Director (Corporate Planning) Department: Corporate Headquarters, New Delhi. Responsibilities: Interaction, in India and abroad, with senior officials of leading Indian and global manufacturing, technology, construction, consulting and raw materials supply companies etc. in connection with company’s business and strategic needs
Guiding preparation of annual and long term business plans for the company; monitoring and analysis of performance against plan objectives and targets and Gap analysis.
Techno-commercial analysis, due diligence and other business processes with respect to various strategic initiatives and alliances; joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
Years: 2003 to 2006 Employer: Steel Authority of India Ltd. Title: Executive Director (Personnel and Administration) Department: Durgapur Steel Plant. Responsibilities: Maintaining strong and harmonious relationship with local, state and national level trade union leadership, and local and state level political and adminis-trative machinery.
Large group and small group communications: competence mapping and competence building initiatives. organization restructuring,
Estate management. Implementation of Corporate social responsibilty and perpheral Development initiatives.
Years: 1991 to 2003 Employer: Steel Authority of India Ltd. Title: Head of Zone/department of Sintering and RMHP. Department: Durgapur Steel Plant Responsibilities: He was Head of Sintering and Raw materials handling and processing departments, Durgapur steel plant of Steel authority of India Ltd. During his tenure New Sinter plant project was commissioned and old plant was revamped.
Mass flow and reliability problems faced in the Raw material handling and processing plant were solved to a great extent.
Years: 1972 to 1991 Employer: Steel Authority of India Ltd. Title: various junior and middle management positions. Department: Durgapur Steel Plant. Responsibilities: Front line operations and maintenance responsibilities in Sintering, Raw material handling and Iron And steel Zone maintenance technical bureau.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: USA, Minnesota Summary: He visited Mesabi Iron Nugget production facility owned by Kobe Steel to carry out a primary due dilligence. SAIL and Kobe Steel have signed a MOU and discussing possibility of establishing an Iron Nugget production JV in India.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: USA, Virginia Summary: Visited M/s Alpha Natural Resources at Abingdon, Virginia, in connection with possibility of SAIL's participation in ANR's new coking coal mine project.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Australia. Brisbane and Black Water (Queens Land) Summary: He led a delegation of International Coal Ventures Ltd. (ICVL)for carrying out technical, financial and legal due dillience for acquiring a coking coal mine development license at Black Water.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: China. Bejing and Shangai Summary: Visited China as part of Government of India delegation to interact with top Chinese government and Industry officials on areas of strategic co-operation.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: Germany, Dusseldorf Summary: Visited Dusseldorf Germany as a part of Indian ministry of steel and SAIL delegation to participate in METEC exposition and Interact with top leadership of leading technology and equipment manufacturing companies in connection with SAIL's $ 15 billion modernisation and expansion programme.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Indian Institute of Metals.
Professional Appointments
Expert was
a) Director (ICVL): International Coal Ventures Ltd. (ICVL), is a Joint venture company of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) with 4 other top energy and steel companies in public sector companies. The company focusses on acquision of coking and thermal coal properties out side India.
b) Director (NSPCL): NTPC-SAIL Power supply Company Ltd. manages power generation for SAIL's captive power requirements and for commercial sales at various locations in India.
c) Chairman (MEL): Maharashtra Electrosmelt Ltd. is SAIL's Ferro Alloy production subsidiary company.
d) Director in charge Vishvesraya Iron and Steel Ltd. (VISL):an alloy steel production unit of SAIL.
e) Director in charge Salem Stainless Steel Plant (SSP): a Stainless steel production unit of SAIL.
f) Director in charge SAIL Refractory unit (SRU): a refractory manufacturing unit of SAIL.
g) Member (ENCO): SAIL's representative on Environment Committee (ENCO) of World Steel Association (WSA).
h) Council member (IIM): SAIL's representative on Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) council.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert had been responsible for providing inputs and prepations of replies to queries raised by the Government ministries and agencies, the Parliamentry committees, the planning commission, central auditing and vigilance commissions, etc. He had also represented the company during performance reviews or examination by the various government agecies and parliamentary committees.
Training / Seminars
He has provided guest faculty support to some management institutes on many operations and management topics, related to Iron and steel industry. He was also invited to deliver key note addresses as chief guest or as guest of honour at some seminars and conferences.
Vendor Selection
As Director (Technical) of Steel Authority of India Expert had regularly interacted in India and abroad, with the top leadership of technogy, equipment manufacturing, consulting and construction companies. He had facilitated many vendors conferences and other interactions, with respect to projects, raw materials and spares procurement.
Marketing Experience
As Director (Tech) of Steel authority of India Expert was incharge of many departments such as Project directorate, Operations directorate, In house engineering and consulting division, Research and development center, Environment and safety divisions, Central material management group etc. In addition to the above he was director on board of coal and power JVs, chairman of a subsidiary company and director incharge special steels and refractory units. Before his elevation to Director (Tech) position, he was also executive director incharge of projects and corporate planning. The above responsibilities gave him a good opportunity to monitor the steel industry trends, the growth opportunities, bench marking, SWOT analysis, Gap analysis etc. so as to enable the company in formulating adequate business strategies.
Other Relevant Experience
Apart from being top performing steel business strategist, Expert is a top expert in Sinter making technology and bulk materials and processing, opportunity gap analysis, organization restructuring, competence mapping, competence building programmes, large and small group communications exercises for building a global vision and business orientation and for briging about cultural and attiudinal changes. Expert is a product of a premier Institute of India (DCE). Low cost small step improvements in process, technology and equipment reliability is his strong point.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English He is highly proficient in understanding, reading and clearly articulating his views in spoken and written English. He has a very good delivery and pronunciation.
Hindi He is highly proficient in understanding reading and clearly articulating his views in spoken and written Hindi. He has a very good delivery and pronunciation.
Punjabi He is highly proficient in understanding reading and clearly articulating his views in spoken Punjabi. He can also write reasonably well. He has a very good delivery and pronunciation.
Bengali He is good in understanding, reading and speaking in Bengali. He can also write in Bengali but not very well.

Fields of Expertise

alloy steel, basic converter, blast furnace, bulk material level measurement, bulk materials handling, carbon coke, cast iron, coking, computerized maintenance management, continuous solid handling machine, electric iron melting, electric steel melting, equipment maintenance, facility maintenance management, facility management, factory management, iron alloy, iron melting, iron metallurgy, iron ore, iron ore beneficiation, iron recovery, iron recycling, iron removal, ironmaking, machinery reliability improvement, manufacturing management, materials handling equipment, operations management, oxygen blown converter, pallet handling, plant operations management, plant reliability, reliability engineering, sintered iron material, solid handling equipment, solid material handling, solid material handling engineering, steel casting, steel converter, steel development, steel manufacturing, steel mill operation, steel processing, belt conveyor, conveying system, engineering project management, feeder conveyor, screw conveyor, pelletizing, solid storage, organization strategy, manufacturing procedure, project appraisal, technology operations management, executive management, change management, business process management, gap analysis, air pollution, business strategy, dust collector system, reliability-centered maintenance, equipment specific maintenance, post project appraisal, system reliability, ferrous metallurgy, coal storage, ferrous metal heat treatment, hematite, stacker (machine), agglomeration, ferrosilicon, ferromanganese, sheet steel, reliability analysis, scrap iron, billet (ferrous), hot-rolled steel, bulk material, feeding mechanism, basic-oxygen process, bulk density, rotating machinery reliability improvement, rotating machinery reliability, machinery reliability, ferrous metal refining, rock handling, mechanical reliability, equipment failure, electrostatic discharge control plan, electrostatic discharge controlled workstation, electric-arc furnace, electric ferrous-metal melting, ferrous metal recycling, iron oxide, corporate strategic planning, product handling system, low-rank coal, plant management, air-handling equipment, equipment failure analysis, materials handling, beneficiation, ore agglomeration, coke-oven gas, pulverizing, carbonization process, mechanical conveying, strategic planning, engineering management, material storage, ferrous structural component, dolomite, pig iron, solid waste handling equipment, waste management, steel, steel structure, project planning, project management, powder handling, mechanical engineering, magnetite, iron isotope, iron environmental effect, iron, inventory management, failure modes and effects analysis, energy management, conveyor, coal pulverizer, cementite, carbon steel, carbon monoxide

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