Rakesh Mohan is the chief operating officer (COO) of the Lanjigarh alumina refinery owned by diversified metals conglomerate Vedanta Ltd. A business leader of vast and varied acumen, Mohan lays enormous thrust on people driven leadership and has always put his stakeholders at the core of his decisions and strategies.
Armed with a degree in chemical engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Mohan’s glittering career took off with the then INDAL in July 1991. He has also worked as the Senior Vice President of Aditya Birla Group owned Hindalco Industries, discharging his function with elan across verticals like greenfield projects, corporate projects, coal mines, imports & exports and transportation & logistics. He has been serving as the COO of Vedanta since November 2018.
“With people at the core of everything you do, you can achieve a lot and also objective is to create and leave something behind, touch lives”, says Mohan.
Under his leadership, Vedanta Aluminium has reinforced its commitment towards woman empowerment through the inauguration of a new turmeric processing machine for a woman Self-Help Group in Lanjigarh. The company runs the Self-Help Group program, under the Sakhi Project with the rural women, which is one of the key initiatives of the sustainable livelihood programme.
“Our SHG program is an excellent example of how companies and community can work together to build an institution of social good. We are proud to have contributed to financial aid, social security, and entrepreneurial development of women in Lanjigarh. Educating, empowering and inspiring women are one of the key focus areas of our program, revolving around sustainable livelihood”, Mohan adds.
In line with the group’s strategy of contributing to the communities it operates in, the company has focused interventions in the areas of health, education, livelihoods, and infrastructure amongst several others, in the Kalahandi region.
Beyond sustainability initiatives, Mohan is wedded to the core task of ensuring smooth operations of the Lanjigarh refinery. Vedanta is now in the midst of expanding the refinery’s capacity to six million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The project ramp-up will happen in a staggered manner. The company has pledged an investment of Rs 6500 crore on the scale up plan. Vedanta is focused on reducing costs for alumina making by enhancing sourcing of local bauxite. The company is already into a pact with Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to procure 70 per cent of the bauxite from its Kodingamali mine.