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Atul Sobti

Chairman & Managing Director

Mr Atul Sobti is the Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), India's largest Maharatna public sector engineering and manufacturing enterprise. Prior to his taking over the helms at BHEL in January 2016, Mr Sobti was Director on the Board of BHEL, heading two crucial portfolios of Power and Finance. He also held additional charge of Director (Engineering, R&D), and led all the engineering, research, and development activities of the company. Mr Sobti is currently spearheading fast-track development of Advanced Ultra Super Critical technology—a world's first—engineering highly-efficient environment-friendly mega thermal power plants of the future.

Mr Sobti is a graduate in mechanical engineering and a post-graduate in 'international management.' He also has a diploma in 'project management.' He has also undergone advanced management programmes at Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and at IIM, Ahmedabad. Mr Sobti has also pursued studies in other areas like cost accountancy, etc.

As Director (Power), Mr Sobti was responsible for spearheading and strategizing the power sector business of BHEL. Under his stewardship, BHEL's power business has achieved major milestones including the highest ever power generation capacity addition/synchronization, and the highest order booking in last five years period. In the business development and marketing arena, he has been instrumental in strategizing and securing a series of orders from various state and central.

Prior to joining the Board of BHEL in 2013, Mr. Sobti had a rich repertoire of diverse and versatile professional experience of over three decades in a wide range of strategic as well as operational areas. He worked in various capacities in all major segments of BHEL, including that of International Operations; a major manufacturing plant of BHEL at Hyderabad; Corporate Planning & Development; New Capital Projects; and Project Engineering & Systems Integration Divisions at BHEL Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

During his tenure at BHEL's International Operations, Mr Sobti was a key contributor to a fifteen-fold increase in its overseas business through securing and executing orders for prestigious power projects and for standalone products from many countries including Oman, UAE, Iraq, Libya, China, Kazakhstan, Suriname, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Kuwait, and Ukraine, etc.

As a member of New Capital Projects Group, Mr Sobti was actively associated in setting up of new BHEL plants at Rudrapur, Varanasi, PCRI-Haridwar, Jagdishpur, and, Goindwal, etc. He was involved in drawing corporate plans of BHEL as well as creating the vision, mission and values for the company.

Mr Sobti was a member of BHEL team that won Gold Shield in the national competition of 'Computer Simulated Business Management Games' for three consecutive years, later the team represented India at Asia Pacific Regional Business Management Games.

Mr. Sobti is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and other affiliated CII sub-groups. In addition, he is the Chairman of the CII's National Committee of Capital Goods and Engineering and member of the Studies Committee of the World Energy Council. Mr Sobti is also part of prestigious CEO level bilateral forums such as Indo-US, Indo-French, Indo-Sweden, etc. He has been a regular speaker at national and international seminars and conferences, and also at several management institutes.

Recognizing his contribution to the power sector development, Mr Sobti has been honoured with the 'CBIP Special Recognition 2018 for Excellent Contribution in Power Sector Development' by the Central Board of Irrigation and Power. Earlier, for his contribution to the engineering & capital goods industry, Mr Sobti has been conferred as the Visionary Leader in Heavy Engineering and fellowship of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has also been conferred the Eminent Engineering Personalities award by the Institution of Engineers (India) and India Pride Award for Excellence among Central PSUs.