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 will be replacing Prabir Jha, who left on 29th July. Two days later, a mail informing 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.
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.