Dr. Alka Mittal, the first woman to head ONGC

Dr. Alka Mittal. She has been entrusted with an additional charge of ONGC CMD,

Dr. Alka Mittal, the first woman to head ONGC

New Delhi:  Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) an Indian government-owned crude oil and natural gas corporation, on Monday announced its First-ever woman to head the company, Dr. Alka Mittal. She has been entrusted with an additional charge of ONGC CMD, with this Alka Mittal become the first woman who will head the Energy major as well as the first woman to hold the charge of a full-time Director in ONGC's history.

The largest government-owned corporation, ONGC appointed her as an additional charge of ONGC Chairman and Managing Director which will hold the post for six months or until a regular appointment for the position is announced, whichever is earlier.


Mittal, the First woman to head Energy major

After the two senior-most directors retired, Mittal holds the power of additional CMD as she is the only senior most on the board of directors.

Back in March 2021, Shashi Shanker retired from the post after which Subhash Kumar, former director (finance) was given the additional charge. Generally, the government selects the director before the retirement of the existing one but Maharatna ONGC selected its CMD from the senior-most positions. 

Even PESB (The Public Enterprises Selection Board) also failed to pick up a suitable candidate for the position and recommended a search committee.

Currently, Alka Mittal is the senior-most, and was speculated that she would be given the CMD’s position but the formal orders came late on January 3.


Alka Mittal- An ONGC Trainee  

Mittal started her career in ONGC as a trainee back in 1985, who knows one day she will become a big part of Giant crude oil and natural gas corporation. She is a postgraduate in Economics, MBA (HRM), and Doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies.

While holding the tag of 'first woman' she reaches out to the top in ONGC’s history.