Mr. Samir Cairae


Mr. Samir Cairae has spent more than two decades in managing complex, rapidly evolving, and competitive global businesses. For the several leadership roles that he has played to perfection during his career, he has gained a reputation for mobilizing businesses, driving growth and profits, and carrying out company-wide transformation programs. In January 2016, Mr. Cairae was appointed as the CEO of Diversified Metals, Vedanta Limited.


Mr. Samir Cairae received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1988. From 1989 to 1992, he studied at the HEC School of Management, Paris for a Master's in Business Administration. Since 1992, he has worked with several leading corporations and held global corporate roles in Asia and Europe.

Mr. Cairae started his career as a Business Head at Schlumberger India where he played a key role in building the business from scratch and running independent P&L operations in smart card division. After working there for four years, he moved to Accor Asia Pacific in 1996 as the Business Development Head primarily responsible for acquisitions, restructuring, negotiations and designing strategies. In March 1999, his association with the giant cement maker Lafarge began which lasted till January 2016. From 1999 to 2003, he served as the Vice President of Operations, Strategy & Development for several cement plants associated with Lafarge in Eastern India. For the next three years, he worked as the BU President of Lafarge China where he directly managed 3 companies in 2 different product lines. In January 2007, he was appointed as the CEO and Chairman of Lafarge Cement Philippines where he continued till 2010. His last stint with the group was at LafargeHolcim where he headed the SVP Industrial Performance Group responsible for managing the industrial strategy and performance of all the plants worldwide and the industrial competency centers comprising 330 experts and professionals.

While juggling to perform different roles and responsibilities, Mr. Cairae took another challenge and completed his Executive Development course from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2010 and further went on to pursue Executive Education from Harvard Business School in 2013.

In January 2016, Mr. Samir Cairae, owing to his rich expertise in managing global firms and delivering sustainable growth, was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Metals (India), Vedanta Limited. As he continues to provide operational and strategic leadership for the performance of Vedanta Limited's Aluminum, India Copper, Power, Iron Ore divisions along with Commercial and Asset optimization functions, the company is expected to sail through the tough 2016 in the market commodities.