Board of Directors

Mr. Sanjay G. Hinduja Chairman

Mr. Sanjay G. Hinduja holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Richmond College, London. Having worked with Credit Suisse Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank, he brings in rich experience and expertise in the global oil and energy sector.


Mr. Shom Hinduja Non-Executive Director

Mr. Shom Hinduja, President – Alternative Energy & Sustainability Initiatives, Hinduja Group is charting the Group’s entry into the alternative energy sector. His prime focus lies in introducing effective sustainability strategies for the Group.

Before joining the offices in Mumbai, Shom worked in the Financial Due Diligence practice at KPMG, New York, as part of the M&A team.

He holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, New York. Apart from his business strategic expertise, he is green at heart, a foodie and a certified deep sea diver.


Mr. M. S. Ramachandran Independent Director

Mr. M. S. Ramachandran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Chennai. He has served as the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, IBP Company Limited, Bongaigaon Refineries & Petrochemicals Limited, Indian Oil Tanking Limited, Indian Oil Petronas Limited, and Director of ONGC Limited and Petronet LNG Limited.

With immense knowledge and experience in the Oil & Gas industry, he has won awards like the ‘National Institute of Industrial Engineers Lakshya Business Visionary Award’ in 2004 and ‘Chemtech Pharma Bio Hall of Fame Award’ in 2005.


Mr. Ashok KiniIndependent Director

Mr. Ashok Kini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Mysore University and Master’s Degree in English Literature from Madras Christian College, Chennai.

He joined State Bank of India as Probationary Officer in 1967 and became the Managing Director (National Banking) in 2004, a board-level appointment of Government of India. He worked in State Bank of India, was the Chairman of a Regional Rural Bank, Chief Dealer in the Bank’s Offshore Banking Unit in Bahrain, Deputy Chief Dealer (Industrial Finance) at the Bank’s Corporate Head Quarters, General Manager (Corporate Finance), Chief General Manager and Deputy Managing Director (Information Technology). As Managing Director (National Banking), he was responsible for Domestic Distribution, Retail Business, Marketing/Brand Management, Banking Operations and Internal Communications.


Ms. Kanchan Chitale Independent Director

Ms. Kanchan Chitale is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). She has worked as a chartered accountant since 1984 under the name of ‘Kanchan Chitale & Associates’.

With more than 30 years of experience in internal and management audits of corporate enterprises, specialized/concurrent audits and other assignments of commercial banks and financial institutions, she specializes in the internal audits of large construction companies.

Having completed her residential course on Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIM-A) and a course of Lead Assessor of Quality System for ISO 9000, she has been a member of IIM-A Alumni Association, member and Ex-VP of Association of Women Industrialists of Maharashtra (WIMA) from 1992 to 1993 and has also been a member of ICAI, Bombay Chartered Accountants Society.


Mr. Ravi Chawla Managing Director

Mr. Ravi Chawla holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai University. He also holds a Master in Management Studies degree (specializing in Marketing) from Mumbai University. He has over 28 years of professional experience in sales, marketing & management across diverse sectors in Indian companies and MNCs with organisations like Wipro Consumer Products Ltd., CEAT Ltd, Polaroid, Pennzoil-Quaker State India Ltd. (was part of Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies) & Mahindra and Mahindra (Farm Equipment Division) before joining Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd in 2007. He has held positions responsible for all areas of marketing, business development, sales via channel & B2B & general management for the last 24 years with country level responsibility. He has extensive experience of over 18 years in the lubricants space with Pennzoil (1998 to 2006) & in Gulf Oil (since 2007). With Gulf Oil, he joined as President for the Lubricants business in 2007 and was later designated as President & CEO – Lubricants business, after leading the organisation to become the fastest growing company amongst the top lubricant players. Since, June 2014, he is appointed as Managing Director of the Company. He is also on the Board of some other Gulf group companies and advising them at a strategic level.