National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), the premier government body for cement and construction industries announced the appointment of Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd., as its new Chairman. Mr. Singhi has been a part of the board of Governors of NCCBM since 2013.
NCCBM operates under the administrative control of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, for technology development, transfer, continuing education and industrial services for cement and construction industries.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr A Saxena, Director General of NCCBM said, “We are fortunate to have someone of Mr Singhi’s calibre and experience to lead NCCBM. We are at a critical phase of development of our centres of excellence and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our research, strengthen our technology initiatives and take advantage of the opportunities ahead for sustainable development of cement and construction sector. Mahendra Singhi is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. Furthermore, as a member of NCCBM’S board of governors for the past five years, he has a deep understanding of NCCBM’s capabilities and potentials. ”
A prominent figure in the Indian manufacturing industry, Mahendra Singhi has played a prominent role in the growth and development of the country’s cement sector over the last 40 years. Beginning in 1978 with Birla Group, he has held leadership positions with major cement companies: Shree Digvijay Cement, Ultratech Cement, and Shree Cement, in various capacities. He led Shree Cement before his present appointment. His expertise lies in driving and sustaining industry leadership in a global context, fostering self-actualization and competencies at every level through a robust backbone of trust, support, innovation, reward & Happiness.
He serves as co-chair of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in India and Vice-President of Cement Manufacturer’s Association (CMA). A thinker and advocate of Sustainability, Mr. Singhi has been the driving-force in inculcating this concept in the objectives and operations of the companies he has worked with. Under his dynamic leadership, Dalmia Cement has been ranked # 1 cement company across global cement sector by award winning research series of CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project).
Mr. Singhi has also represented Indian business and cement sector during COP-23/22/21 and High-Level Government-Business Dialogues invited by French Presidency among the ministerial representatives, the global business leaders and civil society in addition to Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony on invitation of former UN General Secretary Mr. Ban ki-moon.
On his appointment Mr Mahendra Singhi said, “I am really honoured to be trusted with the top job at NCCBM, after successfully completing 5 wonderful years of association with the council. It has been a tremendously rewarding journey over the years of my work in the cement industry and this role will add more learning for better future & happiness. It would be my utmost endeavor to promote research and scientific work connected with waste to wealth, cement and building materials trade and industry and I am certain that together with NCCBM, we will make huge strides and carry out many ambitious projects to make impact on society worldwide.”