Mr Varun K Jha (Vice President, Engineering and Chattisgarh Project)

Mr Varun Jha is an electrical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Mr Jha has done a PGDBM from XLRI and a 10-week Management programme from CEDEP, France.

Mr Jha joined Tata Steel in 1972 as a graduate trainee and started his professional career in the Engineering Division. He is currently the Vice President of Engineering and Chhattisgarh Project. He has worked in various capacities in the Engineering Division and Modernisation Group and was responsible for project management and construction of a large number of projects under Modernisation.

He has worked in the area of Technical Training and was involved in revamping Graduate Training and other training programmes including training of personnel for new projects. In 1993 he worked for about a year looking after the maintenance of Electrical and Electronic equipment for Hot Strip Mill and other new facilities.

From mid 1994 he has led Information Technology Services. He was responsible for implementation of a large number of IT projects including SAP R/3 systems, Production Planning Systems for Flat Products, Long Products and for the Cold Rolling Mill, Data Warehousing and Datamining, Knowledge Management, e-Procurement etc. He was also responsible for out sourcing of IT infrastructure to IBM and IT for plant systems to HP.

In 2003, Mr Jha led the project to develop IT strategy for the company. Gartner executed the project in consultation with an in-house team consisting of business managers and IT professionals.

Mr Jha has led the IT Panel of CII Jharkhand Council and has interacted with Government Agencies to help formulate IT policy and also to promote e-Governance in the state.

He is currently a member of Board of Directors of Tata Yodogawa Ltd.

Under his leadership, Tata Steel has won several awards for innovative use of IT such as NASSCOM award for best usage of IT in Manufacturing Industries in India. Last year, Dataquest and CIOL recognised Mr Varun Jha as the Champion CIO in the country.