Satish Talmale: Chief Operating Officer, IndiGrid

Chief Operating Officer, IndiGrid

Satish Talmale has over two decades of experience largely in the power sector and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at India Grid Trust (IndiGrid), where he is responsible for asset management of Rs 150 billion worth of power transmission assets spanning across 15 states and one Union Territory and recently acquired 100MW Solar Power Plant. Prior to this, he was the Director-Services at Ingersoll Rand. In the past, he has worked with GE Power, BHEL-GE and L&T in various capacities largely in Gas based power generation and renewable energy space. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in establishing and implementing best-in-class reliability-centred approaches, inculcating problem-solving culture and building highly collaborative teams with the right ethos.

On the current state of the power sector, Satish says, “The way India is moving its energy shift towards renewable energy generation is exciting. The 450 GW target by 2030 for renewable energy will not only reduce country’s reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate the climate change challenges, but also improve living standards of society. To support this cause, country needs a very sharp execution strategy on building entire ecosystem – ranging from manufacturing, integrated supply chains, emerging digital and energy storage technologies and power evacuation with reliable grid.”

“In past two years, we have created strong asset portfolio, making it a total of 12 transmission assets and now venturing to solar assets. IndiGrid has also drawn up a solid digital transformation roadmap focused on digitising all its operational activities as well as developing skill sets to adopt the best-in-class practices. We have partnered with our strategic technology partners to help us implement our digital roadmap and even co-create reliable and resilient asset management practices in the sector”, he says.

Satish attributes his success to the collaborative style of management and his perseverance. With ‘Servant Leadership’ being his core belief, he always strives for the best from his teams.  The ability to manage heterogeneity in an organisation and timely acting on the said-unsaid expectations of his stakeholders is his key management mantra. A graduate in mechanical engineering from GCOE Amravati, MH, Satish also has an executive MBA in management from IIM Calcutta. In the future someday, he hopes to write a book on his personal life changing experiences.