Leadership Team

Managing Director
Mehul Nanavati joined Raj Petro in 1997 and has held key leadership positions across various functions. He led multiple functions/projects at Raj Petro, including Plant Head, Projects, Operations, IT/ ERP, HR, Marketing, Key Account Management, Strategy and M&A and set up greenfield manufacturing plants.

He has been responsible for managing the international subsidiaries in UAE & Netherlands – as Director of Raj Petro Specialities DMCC, UAE and Managing Director of erstwhile Raj Petro Specialities (Europe) BV, Netherlands. At Raj Petro Specialities Pvt Ltd. India, he has been an active corporate board member chairing board committees and leading strategic initiatives; as Director for Exports & Projects, then Senior Director responsible for International Business BU.

Mehul completed the General Management Program (GMP) from Harvard Business School, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Madras University. He has several technical qualifications, including Lead Auditor under ISO 9000 systems, Certified Chemist under India FDA, Diploma in Import-Export management.

Mehul is passionate about giving back to society and actively engages in CSR initiatives with non-profit organizations; particularly close to his heart are initiatives related to education & education infrastructure and clean energy.

Alok Sharman
Vice President – Commercial & Senior Director
Alok Sharman heads all Commercial functions including Domestic & International Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, 3P manufacturing and Technical Services at Raj Petro from February 2020. Alok has a career spanning of more than 30 years’ work experience with US MNCs Valvoline Cummins & Indian Conglomerates TATA, Reliance & Deepak Nitirite based across multiple geographies in Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Alok’s expertise span both in B2B and B2C segments with exposure in Lubricants, Automotive components & Chemical industries. He has significant Sales and Marketing expertise in addition to General Management roles which proves his strength of being an astute leader in leading and motivating multi-functional teams and inspiring them to achieve beyond their own expectations.

Alok is a Physics & Chemistry graduate with MBA from MS University of Baroda. At present he is enrolled in part time Ph.D. program in Organisational Management at Pune University. He has also completed Marketing Strategy program at Kellogg school of Management USA and course of Import & Export Management from Indian Institute of Materials Management.

Alok believes in sharing back his knowledge & expertise to the upcoming talents and has been a visiting professor & guest faculty in renowned institutes like IIM Kashipur, IIM Lucknow, IMT – Ghaziabad, SCMHRD – Pune and many more.

Senior Director- Sales
Viren Nanavati heads the Sales division of Transformer oils, White oils, Petroleum Jelly, Process oils, Waxes, and Solvents. He is a Mechanical Engineer from Madras University and a Master’s in Manufacturing Management from Coventry University, England. He has participated in several symposiums and is an active life member of the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)

Viren’s career spans 25 years across Operations, Purchase and Sales functions at Raj Petro, contributing immensely on the Business Development front. Presently, he heads the Sales & Marketing of the Domestic Business and is a Active Member of the JV with Brenntag.

Senior Director – R & D / Technology
Dr Daya S. Shukla joined Raj Petro in 2010, bringing with him rich experience of almost now 42 years in the petroleum industry. After completing his Master’s & Doctorate in Chemistry in 1980 from Agra University, he joined Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun (CSIR Laboratory) as a Scientist and worked there for 17 years on various research projects.

Prior to joining Raj Petro, Dr Daya S Shukla led Castrol India’s Technology Centre, which included an Asia-Pacific role for 13 years. He was also a member of the Global Castrol Expert team. He has been the recipient of the national merit & international fellowship and many awards as well. He has many national and international research papers to his credit.

Dr. Shukla has been leading the Raj Petro Technology team - pioneering his research inputs for critical product developments in various petro specialty areas including supporting the effective lube applications with more focus new developments for high end products to support energy savings, cost economics and environmental considerations.

Senior Director – Finance
Prakash Subramanian is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. He comes to Raj Petro with a rich experience of 27 years, enhanced by long tenures of work experience in Finance, Tax, Treasury, Controllership, Business Development and Business Integration. Prior to joining Raj Petro, Prakash was associated with FMC India Private Limited, operating out of Bengaluru, as Financial Controller for their India businesses.

A versatile, results-driven senior management professional, he boasts quantifiable achievements in decisive leadership, strategic planning, financial management and driving business operations.

Senior Director – Supply Chain Management
Sirhans Peshin handles the integrated requirements of Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing, Logistics, Warehousing, and HSEQ for the RPSPL business since April 2019. Fortified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumentation and Controls, and an MBA in Operations, he has undergone intensive specialized training in his domain of expertise.

With over 25 years of experience in Lubricants, Specialities, Petrochemicals & Engineering, Sirhans previously held the post of President – Operations at IG Petrochemicals, overseeing Manufacturing, Logistics, Administration, HR, Accounts and HSSEQ functions. Prior to that, he had a long stint with Total Oil India Pvt Limited as Vice President – Operations & Supply Chain.

Having held key leadership positions with global corporations and Indian companies of repute over the past two decades, Sirhans brings with him valuable experience across various domains and business lines.

Director Purchase & Board Member
Chaitanya Anjaria handles Purchase and Base Oil imports. Chaitanya began his career with Raj Petro and, since the past 14 years, has been associated with the Raj Leadership Team, handling various business functions in Supply Chain, Logistics Operations and Manufacturing at the plant.

Chaitanya is a Commerce Graduate from Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce, Pune, and holds a Diploma in Import-Export Management and Finance Management from Welingkar’s Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai..

Head - Human Resources
Archana Gharte comes with 20+ years of experience and has joined Raj in August 2018 as a Head -Human Resources, offering comprehensive expertise across the entire gamut of HR for corporate and plant functions. She is a highly motivated, determined and committed HR professional offering an array of experience across Organization Strategy & Development, Performance Management, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning & Development, HR Business Partnering, Employee Engagement & Retention and many more.

She has a charismatic personality with strong leadership traits & excellent ability to bring out the best in others, contributes to strategic decision making for the organization and optimizes resource utilization while creating a healthy & friendly work environment.

She comes with a versatile experience in Manufacturing & IT industries with a robust forte in corporate & plant HR functions. A Masters in Human Resource Management with specialization in labour laws from Pune University, she holds a Gold Medal in Mathematics.

Archana is based in Mumbai & mentors the HR, IR & Admin functions across offices and plants. A strong HR professional and an influential leader with great energy levels, she is very passionate about people development and organizational excellence.