A Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary by professional qualification, Purkayastha was Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) in GAIL before being elevated to the Board, the company said in a statement here.

He replaces P K Jain, who superannuated yesterday.Purkayastha, 56, is also Director on GAIL Gas (USA) Inc,Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL) and TAPI Pipeline Co Ltd.

"He joined GAIL in 1985 as a Finance Officer and rose to the position of Executive Director," the statement said.

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