About Us

The Board & Management

The board of Legacy Iron Ore has demonstrated commercial experience with the ability to drive innovative exploration programs, matched with effective cost-efficiency. The board has experience in commercialising large scale iron ore projects including assets for production and divestment.


Mr Sumit Deb

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Deb is Chairman cum Managing Director of NMDC Ltd.

Mr Deb is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of NMDC, he was Director (Personnel) and responsible for various functions of Personnel & Admin, Human Resource Development, Law, and Corporate Communications of NMDC Ltd.

Prior to NMDC, he was with Rashtriya lspat Nigam Limited (RINL) where he worked for 25 years gaining experience in the steel industry.

Mr Deb also has significant experience in the marketing and distribution of steel & iron ore, sponge iron, pellets and diamonds.


Mr Rakesh Gupta

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr Gupta is an experienced mining engineer with a high level of engineering and project management skills acquired within both national and international settings and various commodities and sizes.

From 2011 to prior to joining the Company, Mr Gupta worked at BHP Billiton Iron Ore in mine planning, and has performed a key role in future mine strategic replacement projects and in the development of the life of asset plans for corporate alignment process, including being responsible for framing the case scenarios and development of the current and future iron ore mine plans.

Mr Gupta also brings with him significant skills in pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, having worked at AMEC Minproc and SRK Consulting for several years, including assisting FMG (Iron ore Project) in the preparation of its long term strategic mine plan for the Chichester 90 mtpa (Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek operation), and he also worked for Barrick Gold, Australia for a brief period.

From 2003 to 2006 he served Ararat Gold Recovery Company, Armenia as a Technical Services Manager. 


Mr Devanathan Ramachandran

Non-Executive Director

Mr Ramachandran has approximately 30 years of wide-ranging experience in global mining and fertilizer industries. He has acquired hands-on business expertise across a variety of mineral commodities and cultures working in corporate, technical and operational roles in global leaders such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale.

Holding extensive business development experience ranging from identification and evaluation of investment opportunities through due diligence and post-merger integration, Mr Ramachandran has a proven track record in large investments in mining and fertilizer industries often with significant rail, port, power and other infrastructure.

Significant achievements of Mr Ramachandran include his work on Rio Tinto's acquisition and integration of North Ltd ($3.5b), and Vale's acquisition, integration and optimization of Fosfertil ($8bn).


Mr Amitava Mukherjee

Non-Executive Director

Mr Mukherjee currently serves as the Director (Finance) of NMDC Limited. He is an accountant holding a Master of Commerce degree from Guru Ghasi Das University, Bilaspur, and belongs to the 1995 batch of the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS). Prior to joining NMDC as finance director, he held the post of General Maganger (Finance) in Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for approximately 3 years. During his time with IRAS, he held various key positions in the Eastern Railways from 1997 to 2016.

He also worked in Indian Oil Corporation Limited as Accounts Officer from 1994-1997. He was also nominated by Railway Board to various Task Groups for Centralised Applications of Finance and Accounts department of Indian Railways.


Mr Alok Kumar Mehta

Non-Executive Director

Mr Mehta currently serves as the Director (Commercial) of NMDC Limited with responsibilities including the commissioning of the 3.0 MTpa Steel Plant at Nagarnar. Mr Mehta graduated from NIT Raipur in mechanical engineering and has in excess of 35 years of experience in the areas of iron ore mining, iron & steel production and the copper Industry, with experience gained from within India and abroad.

He began his career in India in 1983 with Hindustan Copper Limited before joining Saurastra Chemical, Porbander in 1993.

Mr Mehta has worked for Aditya Birla group at Birla Copper Dahej and has also significant experience in Australia in 2003 having been responsible for the construction of the Mount Garden Plant situated in Queensland, Australia.

Prior to taking over as Director (Commercial) of NMDC Ltd, he was responsible for the execution of all the engineering, contracts and project activities of NMDC as an Executive Director. He is also in the Board of three subsidiary companies and one Joint Venture company of NMDC.


 Ben Donovan   -  B.Comm (Hons), ACG (CS)

 Company Secretary

Mr Donovan is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and provides corporate advisory, IPO and consultancy services to a number of companies. Mr Donovan is currently a company secretary of several ASX listed and public unlisted companies and has gained experience across resources, agritech, biotech, media and technology industries. 

He has extensive experience in listing rules compliance and corporate governance, having served as a Senior Adviser at the ASX in Perth for nearly 3 years, where he managed the listing of nearly 100 companies on the ASX.

In addition, Mr Donovan has experience in the capital markets having raised capital and assisted numerous companies on achieving an initial listing on the ASX, as well as for a period of time, as a private client adviser at a boutique stock broking group.