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Soma Mandal : Breaking the glass ceiling : First Woman to be Chairman of SAIL : From NIT Rourkela to Nalco Trainee to top position of Steel Authority of India

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has yet to approve her appointment. Provided that Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approves her, Soma Mandal will leave a mark on the world with the uncommon qualification of being the main lady director of SAIL. She will likewise be the principal lady to head a significant steel organisation in India as well as somewhere else in the world.

Anil Chaudhary, the current chairman of the SAIL has been in charge since September 2018 and his retirement is due by the end of this year.

She completed her graduation from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 1984 in Electrical Engineering. She was a Trainee in NALCO and was also involved in various project implementation activities as a part of the Technology Cell.


In March 2017, she assumed as the Director (Commercial) as the first woman director of SAIL. At that particular time the organisation was a gander at a significant jump forward in marketing volumes out of its modernised plants.

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