Hital Meswani to be the HR Director at Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries has appointed Hital Meswani as its new HR Director. Meswani has already played a leading role in some of the biggest projects of Reliance Industries. This includes building of the Hazira petrochemical and the Jamnagar refinery complexes.

Meswani replacing Jha

Meswani will be replacing Prabir Jha, who left on 29th July. Two days later, a mailinforming the appointment of Meswani was sent to the employees. It mentioned that employees who directly reported to Jha will now be reporting to Meswani. It also said that the reportees should work hard to give Reliance Industries a ‘truly transparent and meritocratic culture.’

Jha had made several changes to alter the work culture and appraisal processes of Reliance Industries. He then suddenly quit the company. Reliance Industries preferred to choose a familiar face and family insider to quickly overcome the situation. Meswani had already been a part of the HR activities. Moreover, the team members also knew him.

Some consultants compare this change to a doctor and a chemist. They said that a qualified medical practitioner is more likely to solve a problem than a chemist. A consultant said, “To build a brand, a repeat performance is needed. Indian companies know they need to build a workplace where their employees feel that they are integral to the company.”

About Hital Meswani

Hital Meswani has done chemical engineering from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He graduated with Honors in the Management and Technology program. He has also gained Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Wharton Business School.

Meswani has been a part of Reliance Industries since 1990. In 1995, he was admitted to the Board. This was the time when Reliance Industries started building its refinery at Jamnagar. Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refinery is considered to be the largest in the world.

Meswani has a lot of responsibilities at Reliance Industries. He looks after the petroleum refining venture and all activities of research, technology, manufacturing and execution. Meswani is a Director of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also a Director of Reliance Commercial Dealers Limited and member of its Audit Committee. He is the Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee at Reliance Industries. Besides, he is also a member of the Finance Committee and Shareholders’/Investors’ Grievance Committee.

For his work in the process industries, Meswani has won an award of Honorary Fellowship by Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). IChemE is the International Professional body for Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers.

Meswani family’s association with Reliance Industries

Nikhil Meswani, the elder brother of Hital Meswani is the Executive Director at Reliance Industries. Their father, Rasiklal Meswani was the first cousin of Reliance Industries’ Founder Chairman, Dhirubhai Ambani.

Both Nikhil and Hital have been a significant part of Mukesh Ambani’s team. They are termed to be the ‘second most important pair of brothers in India Inc.,’ after Mukesh and Anil Ambani. Nikhil Meswani earlier dealt with government related negotiations. He now looks after Reliance Industries’ petrochemical business.

Summary

Hital Meswani will now take up the responsibility of an HR Director at Reliance Industries, replacing Prabir Jha.

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