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.


N.Baijendra Kumar

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Kumar is currently Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NMDC Limited. Mr Kumar has over 35 years experience in administrative roles in state and central government as an Indian Administrative Services officer of 1985 batch.

Prior to joining NMDC, Mr Kumar has been the Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chhattisgrah, as well as the Commerce & Industries and Energy Departments in the Chhattisgrah government. He has also held positions of Collector and District Magistrate, Principal Secretary, and headed the Administration of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, and was the Chairman of Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) and Chhatisgrah Housing Board (CGHB).


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).


Dr Tanugula Rama Kishan Rao

Non-Executive Director

Dr Tanugula Rama Kishan Rao is the current Director (Commercial) of NMDC Limited.


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.


 Ben Donovan   -  B.Comm (Hons), AGIA, ACIS

 Company Secretary

Mr Donovan, is a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia and provides corporate advisory 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 extensive experience in listing rules compliance and corporate governance, having served as a Senior Adviser at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Perth, including as a member of the ASX JORC Committee.

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