Cairn names new MD, CEO

Cairn India has appointed Mayank Ashar as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from 17th November, 2014.


The Board of Directors announced the appointment in its meeting held on October 21, 2014.

Cairn says that Mayank Ashar brings with him more than 36 years of rich & diverse experience in the international Oil & Gas industry. In his earlier assignments, he has served in various senior management and top leadership roles in global organisations like British Petroleum, Petro-Canada and Suncor Energy.

He also served as the Chief Executive Officer & President at Irving Oil Limited. He holds a Bachelors of Art & Science in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, a Masters of Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto.

“Cairn India has built a niche for itself in a short span of time and it is a privilege to lead the organisation,” Mayank Ashar says.

In recognition of his operational excellence & large scale project management leadership in the oil sands project with Suncor Energy, Ashar was named as the “Operations Executive of the Year” by the Canadian Business Magazine in 2003, the statement from Cairn notes.

Navin Agarwal, Chairman Cairn India Limited said: “We are delighted to have Mr. Mayank Ashar on board to lead the Company as the new Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Mayank has a strong track record of executing corporate strategy, driving operational efficiency and delivering value to all stakeholders. His appointment comes at a critical phase when Cairn India is focused on delivering the next level of growth from its world-class Rajasthan asset and other assets. We are confident that Mayank’s unique blend of extensive oil and gas experience, leadership, organisational ability and business acumen will play a critical part in achieving Cairn India’s vision of sustained growth.”

Mayank Ashar, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Cairn India Limited said: “Cairn India has built a niche for itself in a short span of time and it is a privilege to lead the organisation. I am looking forward to working closely with the team. Together, I believe we can make a significant contribution towards taking this world class organisation to new heights.”

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