Gurdeep Singh has taken charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC, the country’s largest power producer. Singh, who was earlier Managing Director of Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.
He replaces Arup Roy Choudhury, who retired from the post on August 31, 2015. In the interim, AK Jha, Director (Technical) at NTPC was given additional charge as the Chairman and Managing Director.
Singh is a mechanical engineer and has 28 years of experience in the power generation sector, NTPC said in a statement. Singh started his career with NTPC as an executive trainee in 1987 and served the company for nine years before switching over to the private sector. He worked with PowerGen for six years and moved to AES India for three years and had short stints with IDFC Projects and CESC.
Singh, 51, will be the first person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through a search committee route. Government headhunters, Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) normally selects board appointees to state-owned firms but in case of NTPC a Search-cum-Selection Committee was constituted after Arup Roy Choudhury was denied an extension of service in August.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Singh for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post, official sources said.