Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited announces the appointment of five independent directors to its board – ThePrint


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Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Dec 1 (ANI / NewsView): Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) announced the appointment of Pradeep Vishambhar Agrawal, Ghanshyam Sher, Dr. (Smt) Aiswarya Biswal, Prof. Bhagwati Prasad Saraswat and Gopal Krishna Agarwal, as independent directors on the Board for a term of three years from the notification of their appointment or until further notice. Consequently, they are appointed Directors at the Board meeting of 12.11.2021.

Pradeep Vishambhar Agrawal is a chartered accountant and corporate secretary. His areas of specialization are finance, business and administration. He is the Managing Director of a pharmaceutical company and sits on the board of directors of various other companies. He is also engaged in social activities and is a director of two section 8 (non-profit) companies. He also acts as trustee of the various trusts.

Ghanshyam Sher is M.Com, MA in Political Science, MA in Economics and LLB. He is a lawyer. He specializes in legal advice and social services. He has acquired administrative experience in various public associations. He has been honored with several awards by renowned personalities.

Dr (Smt.) Aiswarya Biswal received her BSc in Dental Surgery from Utkal University and MSc in Management from the University of Liverpool, UK. She received honors in Strategic Management, which encouraged her to continue her research on extraordinary leadership at the University of Liverpool. As a dentist, she was very interested in the organization of various dental camps for the disadvantaged and marginalized community in both urban and rural areas. She is a pioneer in the awareness and prevention of oral cancer and preventable dental diseases. Her particular interest lies in eradicating malnutrition and her articles on malnutrition have been well received, simultaneously she has organized various awareness programs and seminars to curb the debilitating effects of malnutrition. She is a well known columnist and has published her articles in various journals and newspapers internationally, nationally and regionally like Daily Pioneer, Outlook and Sambad etc. She is a bilingual poet (English and Hindi) and has written two books. She was also the former editor-in-chief of the Odisha Society of United Kingdom newspaper. She has been actively involved in many philanthropic works, especially in the Indian diaspora of UK and India as well. She is also associated with various cultural, social and literary organizations around the world.

Professor (Dr.) Bhagwati Prasad Saraswat is M.Com (Gold Medalist). He did his PhD in Financial Developments of Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Companies in India. He was Dean and Director of Faculty of Commerce / Department of Commerce at Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer and has teaching experience of over 38 years. He has held various academic and administrative responsibilities during his academic career, such as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, Joint Secretary of the Conference, Controller of exams organized by the Indian Commerce Association , coordinator of various exams, registrar of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, and member of the board of directors and selection committees of various universities. He has also been editor-in-chief of academic journalistic bodies.

Gopal Krishna Agarwal is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). He did his graduate degree in MA economics and a degree in BCom (Hons). He is an economic thinker and writes extensively for journals, financial journals, and lectures at seminars and conferences. He is co-author of a book “Water an Element of Life: Price Sensitivity and Consumption by the Marginalized” published by Bloomsbury India. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), a GoI think tank. He was a member of the Ministry of Finance’s MSME working group and a former board director of the Bank of Baroda (BOB) and the North Eastern Electric Power Co. (NEEPCO). He was appointed by the government to the Central Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). He is an independent director on the board of directors of ICSI (IIP). He is a director of the India Policy Foundation and Dr Mookherjee Smriti Nyas (think tanks). He launched various public welfare projects like Jaladhikar Foundation, Nagrik Manch, Shree Jee Gausadan, Milk Cooperative Movement, etc.

A Fortune Global 500 company, Bharat Petroleum is India’s second largest petroleum marketing company and one of the first integrated energy companies in India, engaged in the refining of crude oil and the marketing of petroleum products, with a significant presence in upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. The company achieved the coveted status of Maharatna, joining the elite club of companies with greater operational and financial autonomy.

Bharat Petroleum’s refineries in Mumbai and Kochi and its subsidiary Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd., in Bina, Madhya Pradesh, have a combined refining capacity of approximately 35.3 MMTPA. Its marketing infrastructure includes a network of installations, depots, points of sale, aeronautical service stations and LPG distributors. Its distribution network includes over 19,000 retail outlets, over 6,100 LPG dealerships, 733 lubricants dealerships, 123 POL storage sites, 53 LPG bottling plants, 60 aviation service stations , 3 lubricant blending plants and 4 transnational pipelines.

By focusing on sustainable solutions, the company is developing a dynamic ecosystem. Bharat Petroleum has partnered with communities by supporting countless related initiatives mainly in the fields of education, water conservation, skills development, health, community development, capacity building and employee volunteering. With “Energizing Lives” as a primary focus, Bharat Petroleum’s vision is to be the world’s most admired energy company by leveraging talent, innovation and technology.

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