Leadership Team

CEO, Raj Petro
Mr. Harish Methil is the Chief Executive Officer of Raj Petro Specialities Pvt Ltd – part of the Brenntag Group of Companies, listed on the German Stock Exchange. Before embarking on this journey with Raj Petro in May 2018, Harish was the President of Kemin Food Technologies Asia. Based out of Singapore, he managed the Asia-Pacific region, including India. Kemin Food Technologies is a part of Kemin Industries, a global privately-held company that develops, manufactures and distributes specialty ingredients to the feed and food industries and the health, nutrition and beauty markets. 

Harish’s career trajectory at Kemin is a testimony in itself. He joined the company in 1999 to oversee the building and management of a manufacturing plant in India and subsequently moved to Kemin Agrifood Asia, Singapore, as Vice President Operations (heading end-to-end supply chain), before moving to the Human Food Division in 2009. He held the Commercial Head role for six dynamic years, before being promoted to head the business for Asia.

Prior to making his mark at Kemin, Harish was a Project Manager for the Murugappa Group.  He also managed a commercial construction company in Saudi Arabia and provided project management consultation to several industrial undertakings.

Harish is a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering from University of Calicut, India and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA.  He has also completed Executive Development Programs with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

Director - Sales & Marketing and Board Member
Viren Nanavati, Director - Sales & Marketing and Board Member is a Mechanical Engineer from Madras University and a Masters 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. Presently, he heads the Sales & Marketing of Process Oils, Waxes and Solvents and is a Board Member of the JV Board with Brenntag.

Senior Director- International Business
Mehul Nanavati, Senior Director- International Business is responsible for all International businesses, global strategic development and Key Account Management. Having joined Raj Petro in 1997, he has held various positions and led various functions within Raj Petro, including setting up a greenfield manufacturing plant, Plant Head, Projects, Operations, IT/ ERP, HR, Marketing, Strategy and M&A. He has been an active member of the erstwhile Raj Group Corporate Board leading key corporate initiatives and a member of key board committees, including Finance & Audit committees.

He is the Director managing the international subsidiaries in UAE & Netherlands - Raj Petro Specialities (Europe) BV, Netherlands and Raj Petro Specialities DMCC, UAE.

Mehul is a Chemistry Graduate with an MBA (Marketing & Operations) from University of Manchester and General Management Program from Harvard Business School. He is a regular participant at Executive Development Programs and has several technical qualifications including Lead Auditor under ISO 9000 systems, Certified Chemist under India FDA, Diploma in Import-Export management, etc.

Mehul is passionate about giving back to society and actively engages in CSR initiatives with non-profit organisations, particularly related to education & education infrastructure.

Director Purchase
Chaitanya Anjaria, Director Purchase, presently 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.

Senior Director – R & D / Technology
Dr. Daya S. Shukla, Senior Director – R&D & Technology, joined Raj Petro in 2010, bringing with him rich experience of almost 40 years in the petroleum industry. After completing his 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. Shukla led Castrol India’s Technology Center, which included an Asia-Pacific role for 13 years. He was also a member of the Global Castrol Expert team. He has many national and international research papers to his credit.
Dr Shukla is also a multiple award winner and recognized by:
  • BP Helios Award 2005 and 2006 - Commended Entry
  • REX award 2008 for Technology and Beacon Award 2009
  • CNRS Fellowship Awarded in 1992
  • National Merit Scholarship (1974-1976)
  • CSIR J. Research Fellowship (1976-1979)

Senior Director – Finance
Prakash Subramanian, Senior Director – Finance, 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, Senior Director – Supply Chain Management, 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.

Head - Human Resources
Archana Gharte joined Raj Petro in August 2018 as Head – Human Resources. She brings to the table 20 years of solid HR professional experience, offering comprehensive expertise across the entire HR gamut for corporate and plant functions.

Prior to joining Raj Petro, she was associated with Polygenta Technologies Limited, Nashik. 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 and mentors the HR operations of both the plants and offices. A strong HR professional and an influential leader with great energy levels, she is very passionate about people development and organisational excellence.

Alok Sharman
Vice President – Commercial and Senior Director
Alok Sharman, Senior Director Sales, heads the sales division of Transformer Oil, White Oil, Petroleum Jelly, Process Oil, Wax and Solvent division 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 Phyiscs & 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 Universiy. He has also completed Marketing Strategy program at Kellogg school of Management USA and course of Import & Export Management from Indian Institue of Mateiral Management.

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