Alka Mittal becomes the first woman to head ONGC

Alka Mittal has become the first woman ever to head energy major Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC).

Alka, director of human resources at the ONGC, has been given the additional charge of chairman and managing director, the company announced on January 3.

Alka will hold the post for six months or until a regular appointment for the position is announced, whichever is earlier.

The ONGC has not had a full-time chairman and managing director since former chief Shashi Shanker retired on March 31, 2021. Alka is currently the senior-most on the board of directors, it was speculated that she would be given the CMD’s position but the formal orders came late on January 3.

Alka is a postgraduate in Economics, MBA (HRM), and Doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies, she joined ONGC as a graduate trainee in 1985.

Prior to joining as Director (HR),  Alka held charge of the chief skill development (CSD) of the company. In her capacity as CSD in-charge, she streamlined the activities and brought in uniformity in the working of the skill development centres of ONGC, stated a note published on her on the company’s official website.

During this period, she has also implemented the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in ONGC engaging more than 5,000 apprentices across all work centres, it said.

Previously, she worked as Head CSR at the corporate office and took up major CSR projects across India.