Alka Mittal has become the first woman to head the Oil and Natural Gas Company as the chairman and managing director.

Alka Mittal who is the director of human resources at ONGC was given additional charge as chairman and managing director on January 3.

As per the ONGC, Mittal will be holding the CMD post for six months or until a regular appointment for the position is announced, whichever is earlier.

No full-time CMD was appointed for the ONGC since its former chief Shashi Shanker retired on March 31, 2021.

Although CMDs are selected before a few months of the retirement of the incumbent, the CMD position was given to Subhash Kumar, former director (finance) who too retired end-December.

Following the retirement of Kumar, the top position was vacant for a couple of days.

Mittal was given the position as she is currently the senior-most on the board of directors.

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