Shri Mukesh D. Ambani

- Chairman & Managing Director

Source: Petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing.

Mukesh Ambani is a Chemical Engineer from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (earlier the University Department of Chemical Technology, the University of Bombay). He has pursued MBA from Stanford University, USA.

He joined Reliance in 1981 and initiated Reliance's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created several new world-class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that have raised Reliance's petrochemicals manufacturing capacities from less than a million tonnes to about twenty million tonnes per year.

He led the creation of the world's largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, with a current capacity of 33 million tonnes per year integrated with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure. Further, he steered the setting up of another 27 million tonnes refinery next to the existing one in Jamnagar with an aggregate refining capacity of 1.24 million barrels of oil per day at any single location in the world which has transformed "Jamnagar" as the 'Refining Hub of the World'.

Under his leadership, RIL is set to transform India's energy landscape from the oil & gas flowing from Dhirubhai 1 & 3 Natural gas - a low carbon, low polluting green fuel that will create value and be beneficial to a large section of India's society.

He is also steering Reliance's development of infrastructure facilities and implementation of a pan-India organised retail network spanning multiple formats and supply chain infrastructure.

His achievements have been acknowledged at national and international levels. Recently, some of the awards and recognition bestowed on him are:

  • Awarded the Dean's Medal by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2010 for his leadership in the application of Engineering and Technology.

  • Awarded the Indian Merchant's Chamber (IMC) 'Juran Quality Medal for 2009', in 2010.

  • Awarded The Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Leadership Award by The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in 2010.

  • Honoured at the Awards Dinner by Asia Society in 2010.

  • Ranked the 5th best performing CEO in the world by the Harvard Business Review in its ranking of the top 50 global CEOs.

He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, Government of India and the Board of Governors of The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.

He is a Member of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Advocacy Group constituted by United Nations (UN), a Member of The Foundation Board of World Economic Forum and Vice Chairman of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Further, he is a member of the Indo-US CEOs Forum, the International Advisory Board of Citigroup, the International Advisory Board of the National Board of Kuwait, the Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, the International Advisory Board of Brookings, Member of the Business Council, McKinsey Advisory Council and the Asia Business Council and Advisory Board of D.E. Shaw India Advisory Services Private Limited.

He is the Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Chairman of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. He is also Co-Chair of India-Russia CEO Council and Co-Chair of Japan-India Business Leader's Forum, a Member of the Governing Board of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

He has been appointed as a Director by the Board of Directors of the Bank of America Corporation on its Board. He is the first non-American to occupy such a position. 

At RIL, Shri Mukesh He is the Chairman of Reliance Retail Limited, a Director of Reliance Infotel Broadband Services Limited, Reliance Foundation, IMG Reliance Private Limited and Reliance Europe Limited.

At RIL, he is the Chairman of the Finance Committee and a Member of the Employees Stock Compensation Committee.

He is Promoter of the Company and holds 36,15,846 shares of the Company in his name as on March 31, 2011.