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16th February 2023

SBharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) appoints Mr. Rajesh Kumar as CEO & Whole Time Director

Balconagar, 16th February 2023: The Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium Business, recently appointed Mr. Rajesh Kumar as its new CEO and Whole Time Director. Mr. Rajesh Kumar has 36 years of experience in operations, maintenance, project implementation, and productivity improvement in Tata Steel’s Indian and Thai units. Mr. Rajesh Kumar holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering ( B Tech) from Banaras Hindu University ( IIT BHU) and is a gold medalist in finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur, where he did his master’s in business administration( MBA).

Mr. Rajesh has extensive experience in organisational excellence, the implementation of large projects, and the commissioning of new plants. He has made significant contributions to the mergers and acquisitions of numerous companies and has led several manufacturing units to achieve world-class production, productivity, and quality benchmarks. Mr. Rajesh Kumar has overseen a wide range of functions, including profit centres, manufacturing, total quality management, operations, industrial safety, production and quality improvement, project engineering, digitization, logistics, human resource development, financial analysis, leadership and strategy.

Mr. Rajesh Kumar replaces Mr. Abhijit Pati, who will now serve as Vedanta Aluminium’s Chief Transformation Officer. Mr. Pati will play a significant role in the expansion of the aluminium and alumina projects, vertical integration, downstream aluminium business development, and many other areas, in addition to achieving the aspirations of Vedanta’s Center of Excellence and Environmental, Social & Governance verticals. Mr. Pati’s contribution to strengthening Vedanta’s largest greenfield aluminium smelter project in Jharsuguda, Odisha, is a noteworthy addition to his endeavours, in addition to taking BALCO to newer heights in ESG, operational excellence, and human resources.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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