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Cover Story | August 2014

Power 20:20 - Profiles | Alstom Ltd

Head of Best selling Power Equipment Company
Rathin Basu holds a BTech (Electronics) degree from Science College, Calcutta University and a BSc (Honours in Physics) from St Xavier's, Calcutta University. Basu was in NTPC during 1978-1983 where he was the Lead Engineer for design, project management and commissioning of India's first Computer Control System for the Singrauli Super Thermal Power Plant. Between 1983 and 1984, he worked for ESPL/Westinghouse as Division Head to create a new Distributed Control System business.

Subsequently, Basu joined the Alstom Group's subsidiary Cegelec India in 1985. During 1986-1987 he was posted to the Paris headquarters of the company to lead a group of Franco-Indian engineers working to execute NTPC's 6x500 MW Data Acquistion Systems for the Korba and Ramagunadm Super Thermal Power Plants. In 1989 he was appointed as CEO and achieved turnaround of the business and led the growth of Cegelec India during the period from 1989 to 2002. From 2003 to 2007 he was Vice-President, with a P&L responsibility, for Global Power Distribution Business, based in Paris. During this period, he led the turnaround of this business and doubled business volumes. Since 2007, under his leadership, Alstom T&D India has made significant contribution in building a strong electrical grid for India involving AC and DC technologies, tripling the transmission business volume of the company. He is member of CII's National Committee on Power, FICCI's Power Committee and CII's Capital Goods committee. He also chairs CII's 'Transmission Group'. He has attended INSEAD (France) for its 'Advanced Management Programme' and London Business School for a short programme on 'Global Electricity Markets'.

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