Executives On the Move in the Renewables Industry

The December 2023 to January 2024 period saw several new top appointments in the sector


Sunsure Energy, a leading independent renewable energy producer with a focus on the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector in India, recently announced that Manoj Kohli and Mahesh Makhija have joined its Board of Directors. The company highlighted that the addition of Kohli and Makhija strategically strengthens the board by bringing in Kohli’s extensive 45 years of experience across global markets and Makhija’s more than twenty years of specialization in the renewable energy field. They join Inderpreet Wadhwa, the Founder & CEO of Azure Power, who became a board member in December 2022. Their collective expertise is anticipated to significantly contribute to guiding Sunsure Energy’s expansion within the Indian renewable energy landscape.

Sandeep Kashyap is embarking on a new chapter as the Chief Executive Officer of the Renewables Business at RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Kashyap comes from a seven-year tenure at ACME Group, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer for solar, wind, and electrolyzer manufacturing while also taking on the responsibilities of President of corporate affairs. His time in these roles, which were based in Gurugram, Haryana, India, preceded his position as Chief Operating Officer for the renewable energy business, where he played a significant role in the operations across India.

DhaSh Group of Companies has welcomed Bhupendra Singh Rawat as its new Chief Executive Officer. With thirty years of distinguished experience and leadership within the renewable energy field, Rawat is expected to play a pivotal role in driving the company’s growth and success through his vision and innovative approaches. Before joining DhaSh, Rawat spent more than seven years at RenewSys India, where he served as the Head of Supply Chain Management. Prior to that role, he was in charge of Business Development for over five years, further cementing his expertise and contribution to the industry.

Amit Garg has recently been appointed as Associate Director at AmpIn Energy Transition. Previously, Garg held the position of Vice President at SunSource Energy, where he was instrumental in managing costs and supervising the operations of power plants. Prior to his vice-presidential role, he was the Assistant Vice President of Solar Operations and Maintenance. In that capacity, he focused on maintenance management and SCADA systems, showcasing his expertise and proficiency in an additional skill area.

Sajay KV has officially taken on the position of Chief Executive Officer at Solarpack. Before this appointment, he significantly contributed to BrightNight Power India as its CEO, focusing on the company’s operations within the NCR region. Preceding his time there, Sajay was engaged as the President overseeing wind, solar, and regulatory affairs at Hero Future Energies in Delhi. Equipped with a mechanical engineering background and expertise in machine tool design, Sajay carries extensive experience in business process re-engineering into his new role. He is recognized for his leadership abilities in the wind and solar industries, having worked with independent power producers as well as firms specializing in original equipment manufacturing/engineering, procurement, and construction.

Ravindra Goyal has been appointed as the Group Chief Procurement Officer by Gensol Group. In his role, Goyal is tasked with spearheading the supply chain management initiatives across the group’s clean energy and electric mobility sectors. Working in collaboration with leadership teams at the entity level, his mandate includes improving procurement processes, achieving cost efficiencies to ensure projects are completed on schedule, upholding quality standards, and promoting the development and digitalization of supply chain management operations.

N. Srikant, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been named the Additional Secretary of the Union Ministry of Power and New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). A member of the 1998 batch of all India services, Srikant has previously held the position of Joint Secretary in the Union Cabinet, and was transferred last year. Prior to that, he was the Secretary (Energy) for the Government of Andhra Pradesh and has filled various roles, including being the first Commissioner of the AP Capital Region Development Authority. As the Energy Secretary, Srikant was instrumental in adopting cost-saving initiatives that led to significant financial benefits for the State.

The Madhya Pradesh government has appointed Manu Srivastava, IAS, as the Additional Chief Secretary in the Power and Renewable Energy Department. Srivastava was earlier the principal secretary of the Technical Education, Skill Development, and Employment Department and the Rural Industries Department. Before these appointments, Srivastava served as the Principal Secretary of Madhya Pradesh’s New and Renewable Energy Department, overseeing key responsibilities. He was also the commissioner for the New & Renewable Energy Department, the Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam, and the Chairperson of Rewa Ultra Mega Solar.