Cairn strengthens senior leadership, appoints global HSE leaders

ANI | Updated: Apr 16, 2018 17:39 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr. 16 (ANI): Vedanta Cairn Oil and Gas on Monday announced the appointment of three senior leaders with diversified experience from across the globe in order to further strengthen the health and safety practice across various functional areas.

In line with Vedanta Cairn's vision of 'Zero Harm, Zero Waste, and Zero Discharge', one major focus area of the company is to systematically reduce the risk for people and nature in all their operations. With these latest hiring, the company aims to redesign the Health & Safety (HSE) program to ensure that every operating unit has a head of safety and environment.

Amongst the new HSE leaders who have joined the company are Kaushik Das, who was roped in as the Chief Health & Safety Officer-Onshore for Cairn Oil and Gas, where he will be leading the Rajasthan HSE organisation at Barmer and also oversee the implementation of Process Safety Management across onshore operations.

Prior to joining Cairn, Das served at TransCanada Pipelines as a Senior Advisor.

Christopher W. Waid was appointed as the Chief Health and Safety Officer for SBU - Tight Gas Facilities, Cairn Oil and Gas. He was earlier associated with Universal Pegasus International as VP, Corporate HSE and Risk Management - Onshore, Offshore, and Downstream. Waid will be responsible for health and safety excellence in the development of surface facilities for gas production.

Additionally, Froilan Vivas Merlo was appointed as Chief Health and Safety Officer, SBU - Tight Oil and Tight Gas Development, Cairn Oil and Gas. He is a certified ISO 14001 and OSHA 18001 Internal Auditor and has joined from Wintershall Argentina where he was holding the designation of a senior HSE leader. His key role would be to build the HSE capability and excellence in his SBU.

"Safety is and will always be our utmost priority. Our endeavor is to set a benchmark for the industry in all our business and employee-related initiatives. The three seasoned leaders along with impactful initiatives by Vedanta will support us to be amongst the top HSE players in the natural resources sector and strengthen our commitment of keeping sustainability and the well-being of all our stakeholders at the heart of all our decisions," said Vedanta Cairn Oil & Gas CEO, Sudhir Mathur.

In accordance with Vedanta Cairn's recent investment plan of USD 850 million in the oil and gas business, the company aims to build an integrated approach towards overall development, risk-reward mechanism, and industry best safety practices. (ANI)