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New industry appointments: Siemens and Reliance Infrastructure

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On 1 July 2014, Dirk Hoke took over as CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit of the Siemens Drive Technologies Division. Large Drives develops, manufactures, and markets products, systems, solutions and services for drive engineering in industrial and infrastructure applications, as well as sectors such as marine engineering, mining, cement, pulp and paper.

Dirk Hoke.

Hoke joined Siemens in 1996 and started his career at Transportation Systems Division. Subsequently, Hoke held management posts in rail electrification, traction technology and power supplies at Siemens locations in Germany and other countries. After serving for several years as CEO of Siemens’ Cluster Africa and Siemens Morocco, in 2011 he took over leadership of the Industry Solutions Division before being appointed to head the Siemens Division Customer Services in October of the same year.

Reliance Infrastructure Limited

Reliance Infrastructure Limited, part of the Reliance Group, has announced the appointment of Shri M S Mehta as the Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective from 7 July 2014. He will take over as CEO from Shri Lalit Jalan, who has held the position for more than seven years. The company also appointed Shri Lalit Jalan as Director – Corporate Strategy and Affairs, with effect from 7 July 2014.

Shri Mehta was, until recently, the Group CEO of Vedanta Resources. During his term of 14 years at Vedanta, he was instrumental in steering the Group into the leadership ranks of the top five natural resources players in the world. Prior to taking over as the Group CEO of Vedanta, Shri Mehta was the CEO of Hindustan Zinc. He has also worked with Lloyds Steel, where he held various senior positions with wide ranging responsibilities including marketing, procurement, working capital management and projects.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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