Chairman and Nominee Director

Shri Sanjay Kumar has joined GAIL in the year 1988 and over the next 3 decades has worked in various roles across domains including Gas Marketing, LNG Sourcing/Trading/Shipping, Business Development, Gas Transmission, Projects Management & Gas Pipeline Operation & Maintenance. This cross functional and multifarious experience has enabled him to gain deep insight on all aspects of the gas and LNG value chain.

In the year 2011, Shri Sanjay Kumar was tasked with setting up GAIL’s overseas LNG trading subsidiary GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. This was the first such subsidiary created by any Indian Oil & Gas PSU and over the next 4 – 5 years he played important role in developing this subsidiary into a standalone entity that is now well established in the global LNG business. He has also served as GAIL’s nominee director on the Boards of GAIL’s other overseas subsidiaries viz. Gail Global (USA) Inc. and GAIL Global (USA) LNG LLC.

In his current role, Shri Sanjay Kumar is responsible for overseeing GAIL’s Gas Marketing and Transmission business.

Presently he is also GAIL’s nominee Director on the Boards of GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd (MNGL).

He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

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Shri Deepak Sawant

Managing Director

Shri Deepak Sawant has taken charge as Managing Director on the Board of Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd. (MNGL) w.e.f. April 6, 2021.

He has graduated in B.E. (Mechanical) from Government of Engineering College, Ujjain (Vikram University) having in-depth knowledge in chemical and hydrocarbon sector.

Shri Deepak Sawant has rich experience of over 28 years in Gas business which includes overseas assignments in Myanmar for exploration and production of Natural Gas.

He started his career with GAIL (India) Limited, a Maharatna PSU under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India in the year 1991.

During his tenure, he has been involved in various Projects including LPG recovery plant and LPG transportation pipelines. He has wide experience in City Gas Distribution. He was with Mahanagar Gas Ltd. (MGL), Mumbai from the year 1997-2000 which was the initial built-up period of the company. He has worked in PNGRB (The Oil and Gas Regulator) from 2007-2013 and was one of the team members for making of CGD and NG Pipeline regulations.

He has been with GAIL Gas Limited and handling 6 Geographical Areas (GAs) directly including Bengaluru and 6 Geographical Areas with Joint Venture partners. He was also a pioneer in 9th and 10th bidding round which could get GAIL Gas total 11 new Geographical Areas directly and 2 new GA through JV.

He was holding the position of Director in various JVs of GAIL Gas including Haridwar Natural Gas, Goa Natural Gas and Kerala GAIL Gas.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director in MNGL, he has successfully shouldered the responsibility of full time Director as Deputy Managing Director of MGL.


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Shri Sanjay Sharma

Director Commercial

Shri Sanjay Sharma has taken over as Director (Commercial) of Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited on 30th January 2021. Shri Sanjay Sharma has over 29 years of rich experience in the Oil and Gas sector, spanning across a spectrum of diverse functions such as LPG Operations, Retail Operations, LPG Marketing, Retail Marketing, etc. besides working in different departments and States of India.

Shri Sanjay Sharma started his career with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), a Maharatna PSU under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India in 1991.

His tenure in various capacities during the last three decades witnessed major events at BPCL and included successful implementation of projects like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and various flagship schemes of Govt. of India.

Shri Sanjay Sharma has completed B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and is a postgraduate in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Prior to his appointment as Director (Commercial), MNGL, he was working as a State Head (LPG) – Odisha & Jharkhand.

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Shri A. K. Jana

Nominee Director

Shri A. K. Jana is the Managing Director of Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company of the country, operating City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks across four states including national capital.

Shri Jana, a Production (Mechanical) Engineer from Jadavpur University, has a rich experience of over 35 years in leading, managing and implementing large projects and business solutions in Oil and Gas sector in the fields of Marketing, Pipeline Projects, CGD and Operations & Maintenance.

Before his current assignment, Mr. Jana was posted as Chief Executive Officer of GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of his parent organization GAIL (India) Ltd., India’s youngest Maharatna. He has successfully led GAIL Gas in expanding its footprints in various geographies across the country, directly as well as through joint ventures.

A process oriented professional, Mr. Jana represented GAIL in development of BIS standard on Gas Turbines (IS- 15664 to 15666) as Subject Matter Expert (SME) and has developed various policies and procedures in the organization with the objective of adopting best practices. He has earlier also held positions as a nominee director of GAIL on the boards of GAIL Gas, Ratnagiri Gas & Power Pvt. Ltd. (RGPPL) and Avantika Gas Limited (AGL), where he had played key role in formulizing policies and providing strategic direction to these companies. He had been associated with first ever cross-country natural gas pipeline of India i.e Hazira- Vijaipur- Jagdishpur- Pipeline popularly known as HVJ pipeline Project.

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Shri Priyotosh Sharma

Nominee Director

Shri Priyotosh Sharma have been appointed as Nominee Director on the Board of Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited.

He has done B.Sc.Engg.(Mechanical) from Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Muzaffarpur in the year 1986. Apart from that, he has also done Graduate Diploma in Materials Management from Indian Institute of Materials Management, Mumbai in 1991. He completed a certificate program in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, New York, USA in the year 2008 and an Advance Leadership Program from Shanghai Economic Management College, China in the year 2014.

He is having wide experience of 34 years in Oil and Gas Industry. He joined Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) in the year 1987 and have worked in various capacities in BPCL, out of which spent 18 years in Gas Business.

He also had wide ranging experience in handling Gas Business including setting up of CGD Networks, LNG sourcing from International suppliers, international negotiations, spot tie ups, industrial as well as retail marketing of gas etc. He successfully shouldered the responsibility of Head of Gas Business of BPCL from Nov. 2019 till Jan. 2021. He then moved as Head of the Central Procurement Organization of BPCL marketing since Feb 2021.

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Smt. Bageshree Manthalkar

Independent Woman Director

Mrs. Bageshree M. Manthalkar is an Independent Woman Director appointed on the Board of Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd. (MNGL) w.e.f. 19th March 2021. She is having a wide experience in social work as she is an active social worker for last 3 decades. she has been primarily working in the field of academic betterment of weaker sections of society, through NGOs such as Swa-Roop-Wardhini and Surajya Sarvangin Vikas Prakalpa. Her focus area was betterment of women from low earning groups and children in slums with academic spark. She is also an elected Senate Member of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra from Graduate Constituency. Mrs. Manthalkar is a commerce graduate and holds a law degree (LLB) from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

She is also an experienced retailer from her petrochemical retail product’s business.

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Shri Pawan Kumar

Nominee Director

A graduate in Industrial Engineering from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and post graduate in management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, Mr. Kumar is a senior leader in hydrocarbon space having a rich experience of over 33 years across multiple regions in various roles during his tenure in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). He has worked across the entire value chain in LPG sector, including Marketing, Operations, Maintenance, Safety, Training, Strategy, Network Expansion, Distribution Channel Management, Logistics etc.  
Presently he is holding the position of Director (Commercial) in Indraprastha Gas Limited  Before joining the current assignment, he was the Regional LPG Head for Northern Region of BPCL comprising seven states & three Union Territories servicing 2.5 crore customers & 2000 distributors.  He has been the pioneer in implementation of Ujjwala Scheme across states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Chandigarh.

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