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. 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.


Mr. Arvind Uppal Independent Director

Mr. Arvind Uppal is B. Tech. from IIT Delhi and is a Post graduate in Management from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi and has over 31 years of experience in Business Development, International Marketing and General Management. Currently he is serving as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the Board of Whirlpool of India Limited and Non-Executive Independent Director on the Board of Akzo Nobel India Limited and a member of various Board committees. Prior to joining Whirlpool, he has worked with Nestle, in India and overseas. Under his leadership Whirlpool of India rebounded to be one of the most profitable ones in its segment. Under his tenure as Executive Director he was able to streamline – products, people, perception, and positioning of the Company.


Ms. Manju Agarwal Independent Director

Ms. Manju Agarwal has over 34 years of extensive banking and finance experience in State Bank of India in leadership positions in India and overseas. Her core expertise and key achievements include Retail Banking including ‘P’ Segment, SME and Agri-Loans, Financial Inclusion, Customer Service and Operations. She has led SBI’s partnership with Reliance Industries Limited that set up Jio Payment Bank. She has conceptualized and launched YONO, SBI’s Digital Bank, Financial Superstore & Online market place (one of its kind in the Industry). She headed SBI’s debit card strategy, Merchant Acquiring business, Government business and Transaction Banking Business. She drove process optimization relating to product, service delivery and improved customer experience. She further improved credit and operational risk management of branches with better coordination with Internal Audit process. She managed SBI’s very large agriculture business portfolio. She also led SBI’s Jan Dhan program and she was associated with setting up of SBI’s Pension Fund Subsidiary in 2007.

Further, she has been a prominent speaker and panellist on various banking and finance forums in India and abroad.

She is a Post Graduate from the University of Allahabad, 1978 and an Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, 1989. She has obtained Certification in Documentary Credits by EuroMoney, UK, 2006, Certification in Marketing by IIM- Kolkata, 2008 and Certification in Financial Inclusion by Harvard Kennedy School, USA, 2015.

She is currently serving on the Board of various entities including IFFCO Kisan Finance Limited, Hinduja Leyland Finance Limited, Vistaar Financial Services Private Limited, IndiaIdeas Com Limited and Access Development Services. In the past, she has been on Board of various entities including National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), SBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company, MasterCard AP Advisory Board.


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.