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Shri Ranjit Lahiry,   Independent Director


Shri Ranjit Lahiry, aged 70 years, is M.Sc. in Physics with specialization in Electronics from D.A.V. College of Dehradun. He has rich experience of 40 years in Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Project Management.He had joined ONGC in 1973 and superannuated as General Manager (Logistics) on December 2009. Earlier, Ranjit Lahiry served as a Consultant in Yard Services of the Company during the period January 2009 to January 2012.



Shri Debashis Bir,  Whole-Time Director and Chief Executive officer


Shri Debashis Bir, 63 years, is a Science Graduate and has a bachelor degree in Science (Hons.) from Calcutta University and B.Tech. (Hons.) in Naval Architecture from IIT, Kharagpur. Shri Bir has over 40 years of experience in Ship Design and Construction, Ship Repairs, Design & Development of Shipyard infrastructure, Financial Planning, Bidding and Strategic pricing of Projects, Business Development and Customer Management at Global platform.

Shri Bir has joined the Company as President (Shipbuilding) w.e.f. August 16, 2007 and after developing the Yard's Infrastructure, Utilities and Services, implementation of policies and processes, he took over as the Chief Operating Officer. Thereafter, Shri Bir served as Head - Business Development for 2 years before being brought in again as COO to Reliance Shipyard in July 2015. Prior to that, Shri Debashis Bir has served in number of ship construction companies including, Alcock Ashdown Ltd., Alang Marine and Chowgule Group.



Shri. Pankaj Pandya,  Independent Director


Shri Pankaj Pandya holds a postgraduate degree in Power Engineering. He is also a Law graduate and holds Diploma in Computer Management. He has rich experience of 55 years in the engineering, commercial issues, legal matters, regulatory & tariff fixation, public relations, etc. He is a member of Institution of Engineers and a fellow member of the Indian Council of Arbitration. He has been associated with the Reform process in power Sector since conception till making of legislation. He was also part of delegation of Senior Officials of Government and Industry to USAID to study on Clean Development Mechanism, Efficient Energy use, SO2 Emission, etc.



Shri. Venkata Rachakonda,  Non Independent Director


Shri Venkata Rachakonda aged 54 years, is a MBA (International Marketing). He has 25 years of rich experience in the area of Import-Export, Customs and Foreign Trade Policies. He is associated with Reliance group since December 2003 and at present, an employee of Reliance Infrastructure Limited. He is also on the Board of various companies of Reliance group companies, as non-executive and non independent director.



Ms. Shiby Jobby,  Non Independent Director


Ms Shiby Jobby aged 40 years, is a P.G.D.B.A (Human Resources). She has 17 years of rich experience in the area of human resources. She is associated with Reliance group since August 2005. She is also on the Board of subsidiary companies of the Company, as non-executive and non independent director.