A power-sector professional with more than 35 years of experience, Venugopala Rao was CEO for Reliance Power for over three years. Under his leadership, Reliance Power achieved record upswing in employee engagement levels, set benchmarks in operating and financial performance, and received industry-wide recognition for its contributions towards various social and environmental initiatives. He held the position of Group CFO of Reliance Power for over five years prior to his latest role as CEO. Prior to this, Venugopala Rao was CEO of Sasan Power Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Reliance Power. Sasan UMPP is the world’s largest integrated coal mine and power project with an investment outlay of approximately 4 billion dollars. Under his leadership, the plant delivered best-in-class operational performance in India. Venugopala Rao won the Greentech Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 in honour of his contributions to the field of environment.