Know the journey of Alka Mittal, first female CMD of ONGC


Guwahati: ONGC’s Director of Human Resources Alka Mittal on Monday took over additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the company, becoming the first woman to hold the post at the Maharatna company. Mittal replaces Subhash Kumar who superannuated on December 31.

Mittal took over as Director—HR of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in December 2018 and was also the first woman to hold the post of a full-time director on the board of ONGC.

ONGC has not appointed a full time CMD since the retirement of Shashi Shanker in March last year. The Public Enterprises Selection Board had in June interviewed nine candidates, including two serving IAS officers, for the top post but didn’t select any one opting instead to announce that it would set up a search committee to find a new CMD for ONGC.

Who is Alka Mittal?

Alka was born in 1965 and her current age is 56 years old. she has a Masters Degree in Economics and has is a Masters in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Management. She has a PhD in Business/ Commerce, Corporate Governance from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi

She is married and is also a mother of two daughters. She is a wonderful example for many as a working mother.

Mittal’s Career graph

Take a look at the table below to understand Alka Mittals Career. This table informs her career in ONGC holding board member positions. 

Chairman Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd 01/2022–PRESENT
Board Member Hindustan Petroleum Corp 06/2021–PRESENT
Board Member ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals 08/2015–PRESENT
Board Member Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd 11/2018–01/2022

The table below signifies her journey in her career:

Designation Company Duration
Chairman/Managing Director Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd 01/2022–PRESENT
Whole-Time Dir/Dir: Human Resources Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd 11/2018–01/2022
Chief Skill Development Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd UNKNOWN–11/2018
Graduate Trainee Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd 01/1985–UNKNOWN
Group General Manager Oil & Natural Gas Corp Ltd Unknown data


Alka won the Silver Stevie Award in the Woman of the Year category at the International Business Awards in 2021. She also received the Leadership of the Year Award at the Learning & Development Summit.  In 2020, she also won the Most Admired Leader Award by the Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning.