Those in the fray include three Power Finance Corp (PFC) officials believed to be among the front-runners for the post of the company's chairman and managing director, as the present Chief VK Garg retires on July 31 next year.
Sources said PFC Director (Finance) Satnam Singh, Director (Institutional Development & Administration) M K Goel, and Executive Director (HR, Administration and Projects) Rajeev Sharma are among the top contenders for the PFC top job.
Goel took over as PFC Director (IDA) from July 27 this year. Prior to this, he was Executive Director (Projects) in the company. Sharma (46) joined PFC in August 2005, while Singh (48) joined in 1996 as Deputy General Manager of finance.
Others in the running include NTPC Director (Finance) A K Singhal and his counterpart in BHEL C S Verma.
Hindustan Paper Ltd CMD Raji Philip, who is also said to have contended for CMD posts at BHEL and NTPC, would also appear for an interview for PFC's top job, to be conducted by Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) on January 21, 2008.
Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Chairman and Managing Director H K Sharma, Mineral Exploration Corp's A K Lomas, Cement Corp CMD A K Srivastava, NHPC Director (Personnel) S K Chaturvedi, and Engineers India Ltd Director (Finance) D S Chakravarty would also take a shot at the top position of PFC. PFC made a stellar debut on the bourses early this year and got listed at a 22 per cent premium at Rs 104, against the issue price of Rs 85 per share.
Shares of the company were quoted at Rs 256.50, up 1.14 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange during morning trade.
The company was also conferred with navratna status this year.
Besides PFC, hunt for heads of two other power firms - NTPC, and PGCIL - has also begun. NTPC's T Sankaralingam and PGCIL's R P Singh are set to retire in April and July respectively next year.