Satish Talmale

Chief Operating Officer, IndiGrid

Satish Talmale has over two decades of experience largely in the power sector and is currently Chief Operating Officer at the 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 a recently acquired a 100 MW solar power plant. Prior to this, he was director, services, Ingersoll Rand. In the past, he has worked with GE Power, BHEL-GE and L&T in various capacities, largely in the gas-based power generation and renewable energy. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in establishing and implementing best-in-class reliability-centred approaches, inculcating a problem-solving culture and building highly collaborative teams with the right ethos.

On the current state of the power sector, Talmale 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 the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate the climate change challenges, but also improve the living standards of society. To support this cause, the country needs a very sharp execution strategy on building an entire ecosystem – ranging from manufacturing, integrated supply chains and emerging digital and energy storage technologies to power evacuation with a reliable grid.”

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

Talmale attributes his success to his 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 act on the said-unsaid expectations of his stakeholders is his key management mantra. A graduate in mechanical engineering from GCOE Amravati, MH, Talmale also has an executive MBA in management from IIM Calcutta. In the future some day, he hopes to write a book on his personal life-changing experiences.

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