Thomas Cherian is the Managing Director, Essel Mining & Industries Ltd. at the Aditya BirlaGroup, a US$45 billion global conglomerate in the league of Fortune 500. Essel mining has a portfolio of mining and downstream businesses covering Iron ore pelletizing, Coal mining MDOs, Projects for Commercial coal and diamond in addition to being the market in noble
ferro alloys business in India.
Thomas is a Mining Engineer with Management education, and an Internationally experienced business leader with expertise in Mining value chain, supply chain systems and project management with competencies in strategic planning, new business development, M&A, stakeholder and community engagement over 3 decades .
Prior to joining Aditya Birla Group Thomas was Managing Director of Tata Steel Mining Ltd (TSML). Thomas started his professional career with Tata Steel in 1992 covering operations, Projects, Strategy. Other key roles played by him include leading an international iron ore project as MD of the joint venture company Tata Steel Cote D’lvoire SA, in Ivory Coast, West Africa, managing the ~20 mtpa Indian Iron ore operations and taking care of the Ferro Alloys and Mineral Business covering Manganese and Chrome Value chains for Tata steel.
Thomas has actively participated in Professional Bodies in the Executive Committees for Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), Mining engineers Association of India (MEAI) and International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) and is Co‐Chair for CII National Committee ‐Mining.