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Vinesh Kumar JAIRATH

Vinesh Kumar JAIRATH
Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Ethics and Compliance Committee
Tata Motors Ltd
Former Principal Secretary of Industries, Government of Maharashtra, India

Mr. V. K. Jairath is an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer of 1982 Batch of Maharashtra Cadre. He is a First Class Graduate in Public Administration and also holds a Graduate Degree in Law from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He also holds Post Graduate Degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K. He was selected and conferred status of Leader and Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation (USA) in Environment and Development.

Mr. Jairath has over 30 years of experience in public administration, infrastructure, finance, industry, urban development, environmental management, and a touch of the private sector occupying various important positions in the Government of India and the State Government of Maharashtra. He started his professional career as an Assistant Collector in 1984 and has worked as Municipal Commissioner and Director in the Ministry of Environment, Government of India. He was also Secretary to the Governor of Maharashtra and Managing Director, SICOM. He served as Principal Secretary (Industries), Government of Maharashtra between February 2005 and March, 2008 and was instrumental in formulating various policies for Infrastructure and Industrial Development as also setting up of SEZs, Financial Centres and IT Parks resulting in huge investments and economic development in Maharashtra.

Mr. Jairath is credited with out of box thinking and being proactive in wooing investors and for making Maharashtra the most favoured investment destination. During his tenure he was responsible for bringing in 93 mega industrial projects with total investment commitments of over 30 Billion USD. Some of the big names in these mega projects included Boeing, General Motors, Volkswagen, International Trucks, Mico Bosch, Renault, Siemens, Dailmer Chrysler, Microsoft, etc.

He has also been actively associated with Infrastructure initiatives for Power Generation in private sector as well as the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Mumbai Rapid Transport System, Toll Roads and Trans Harbour Link and the proposed green field International Airports at Navi Mumbai and Pune.

He worked as Managing Director of State Industrial and Investment Corporation of Maharashtra (SICOM), and was instrumental in turning around the organization, in a very short period, to a healthy, profit making financial institution. He has also been a Director on the Boards of Mahanagar Gas Ltd., Manganese Ore India Ltd., United Western Bank, Sangli Bank Ltd., Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Maharashtra Airport Development Company and Maharashtra Maritime Board.

Mr. Jairath has also served as an Independent Director on the Board of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and Bharat Forge Ltd.

Mr. Jairath took voluntary retirement from the IAS in March 2008 and is presently working as a consultant on infrastructure and industry. He is also at present an Independent Director on the Board of Tata Motors.