Shri. Smt. Vanaja N. Sarna, IRS (C&CE:1980) took over charge of the Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on superannuation of Shri Najib Shah, (IRS C&CE:1979) on 31.03.2017. She was holding the charge as Member (Administration) while being elevated as Chairman.
Smt. Vanaja N. Sarna has served Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in several capacities over the last 36 years. These include postings in Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax formations in Kochi, Delhi, Chennai, Meerut, Chandigarh and Bangalore. She has also worked as Additional Director General, National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), in Chennai. She was also Additional Director General in the Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi. She also served on deputation as Under Secretary, Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and as Director/ Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
Prior to becoming Member, Central Board of Excise and Customs, she held the charge of Director General of Vigilance and Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department.