MsSukla Mistrytakes over as the first women Functional Director on IndianOil Board

MsSukla Mistry has taken over as Director (Refineries) of IndianOil, India’s highest-rankedenergy Public Sector Enterprise in ‘Fortune 500’ global listing on February 7, 2022.  Ms Mistryisthe first womanFunctional Director on the IndianOil Board.

She will also be holding the positions of Director on the board of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) & the 60 MMTPA Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemical Limited, the world’s largest grass root refinery project, coming up in Maharashtra.Ms Mistry will continue to hold the post of Non-Executive Director on the Board of IHBL, a Joint Venture Company of three leading Oil & Gas Central Public Sector Undertakings.

Ms Mistry as Director (Refineries) of IndianOil shall spearhead the business & operations of nine refineries & petrochemical plants of IndianOil. With a robust Refineries Division, IndianOil (including its group companies) remains the nation’s top refiner with a group refining capacity of 80.55 million tonnes per annum (1.64million barrels per day).

A Metallurgical Engineer from Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Ms Mistry also holds an Advance Diploma in Management from ICFAI and certification in Industrial Radiography & Ultrasonic Non-destructive testing.

Prior totaking over as Director (Refineries), she was heading IndianOil’s6.0 MMTPA Barauni Refinery in Begusarai District, Bihar, as the only woman Executive Director& Refinery Head, leading an IndianOil refinery. Some of the major achievements under her tenure have been implementation of the mega BS-VI projects, roll-out of BS-VI grade fuel from the refinery much before its stipulated timeline, supply of ethanol-blended MS& XP-100 MS, setting-up of ContinuousCatalytic ReformingUnit by sourcing reformates from other refineries, therebyincreasingthe GRM of the refinery.

Ms Mistry is alsothe first woman in IndianOil to hold the position of Executive Director & Refinery Head of an IndianOil refinery unit, first atDigboi Refinery(Assam) from 1st January 2018-7th February 2019, which is theoldest operating refinery in Asia, then later went on tolead Barauni Refinery. At Digboi Refinery, Ms Mistry played a key role in maximization of value-added productslike Rhinowax brand by 25%&commissioning of IOC’s GolaiMarketing Terminal. Under her tenure, DigboiRefinery became the only and first-everrefinery in the country tobag the Special TPM Award from the Japan Institute of Productive Management.

Ms Mistry wasthe only Indian womanselected for deputation to Qatar Petroleum (at Qatar site) way back in April 2004 (3rd April 2004 – 31st March 2006) and Emirates National Oil Company (Dubai) in March 2002 for execution of the mega Linear Alkaline Benzene Project and plant turn-around inspection respectively.

With over 35 yearsof extensive experience in refining & petrochemicals operation, she has also been a key part of the prestigious team that set-up India’s largest Naphtha Cracker Complex, including its captive power plant and Styrene Butadiene Rubber Project of Indian Synthetic Rubber Private Limited at Panipat Refinery. The Styrene Butadiene Rubber Project received the best infrastructure project award from Dun & Bradstreet in 2015.

Ms Mistry’s rich contribution to the oil & gas industry has earned her prestigious awards like the recent ET Prime Women Manufacturing & Operations Leadership Award-2021, SCOPE Excellence Award for Outstanding Woman Manager among PSEs (2016-17),PetrotechOjaswini Award-2016, Petrofed Best Woman Executive Award-2009, and National Petroleum Management ProgrammeBest Woman Executive Award-2000, among several others. She has been an active participant at prestigious conferences likeWorld Petroleum Congress and CERA Week (USA).

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