“In a meeting held last week, the board gave its nod to this decision aimed at putting in place a professionally managed and unified organisation structure,” said a company statement. “The board also recognised Khulbe’s exceptional leadership skills, strategic vision, and dedication to core values to lead the company.”
An industry veteran with experience of about 35 years, Khulbe has played an instrumental role in expanding the company’s business.
“In his nearly 20-year stint at JSL, he gained a holistic, 360-degree exposure to all areas of operations, business development, supply chain management, people practices, and IT enablement,” the company said. “It was under his leadership that JSL undertook its latest and previous expansion drives. He played a pivotal role in the operational turnaround of JSL’s Jajpur facility, which was important in inducing company’s financial turnaround later.”
Abhyuday Jindal, managing director, Jindal Stainless, said, “As a home-grown talent whose experience spans the shop floor as well as the boardroom, Khulbe is the perfect choice for the position of a CEO. His experience in crafting long-term business strategies and strengthening all facets of operations and sales has been commendable.”
Jindal further said, “At a time when the company is expanding and maturing its upstream and downstream linkages, having Khulbe at the helm of affairs is critical to our growth plans.”Khulbe said, “The last two decades here have been inspiring and enriching. On one hand, I was entrusted with some of the most complex assignments in the areas of operations, expansion, business development, and digitalisation. On the other, I was promoted, encouraged, and empowered to perform in all these capacities.”Khulbe joined Jindal Stainless as general manager for the Cold Rolling Mills at Hisar, Haryana, in October 2004, where he gained exposure to the entire spectrum of operations and led high-performing teams to deliver value and volume expansion. This led to his appointment as the head of the entire stainless steel operations at JSL in August 2012. Later, he assumed the role of director and chief operating officer for JSL.
Khulbe started his career with Raymond Steel, which later merged with ThyssenKrupp, and garnered varied industrial experience spanning across India and Germany. He is an engineering graduate from MITS, Gwalior, and acquired his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.