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 Marketing & Board Member
Ajay Anjaria, Director - Marketing and Board Member, is a B.Com. Graduate from Mumbai University and has been exposed to various MDPs from IIM Ahmedabad and ISB Hyderabad.

His industry experience spans more than 3 decades. Having launched his career in 1987 as a Management Trainee with Raj Petro Specialities’ Chennai plant laboratory, he subsequently held various positions in Supply Chain and Marketing functions for developing markets for White Oils, Transformer Oils and Petroleum Jellies. He has been instrumental in making inroads into many key accounts and earning product approvals from institutions like Railways, Power Grid Corporation Ltd and NTPC, to name a few.    

Senior Director Domestic Business and Board Member
Amit Nanavati, Senior Director Domestic Business & Board Member is a Chemical Engineer & joined the company in 1990. Started his career by working in Production & QA/QC for manufacturing Transformer Oils, White Oils & Petroleum Jellies, after which he moved his focus towards accessing business development opportunities. With a career spanning 29 years, Amit has been successful in developing new markets, creating a sales force across regions & introduction of marquee customers. 

To sharpen his passion for introducing a professional management system at Raj, he attended several executive management programs at IIMs & ISB.

Amit also took responsibility of expanding the Industrial & Specialty Lubricants vertical & successfully developed it into a “best in class” product portfolio, creating significant value. 
With a strong focus on “mission to change”, Amit has played an important role in Brenntag partnering with Raj.

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 Sales & Marketing
Yogin Porecha, Senior Director – Sales & Marketing for the Automotive Division, is a B.Sc. graduate and DMS holder from Mumbai University. He earned an FMBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, and completed his MDP from IIM Ahmedabad and ISB Hyderabad. In addition to various management programs, he has also attended the Howard Mumbai Chapter.

Yogin joined Raj Petro in 1982. He subsequently headed the organization as CEO and Executive Director. He has a very strong technical and business understanding with an impressive track record of over 30 years in strategic planning, business unit development and project management, and has contributed immensely to expanding Raj Petro’s business globally.

Senior Director – Sales & Marketing
Vinit Asher, Senior Director – Sales & Marketing, is an engineering Graduate in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University. He joined Raj Petro as a Management Trainee in 1999 and had played a very vital role in setting up the manufacturing facility at Silvassa from scratch and led a group of professionals to produce transformer oil, petroleum jelly, white oils and process oils. 

Vinit was also instrumental in getting all major national and international quality and process accreditations for the Silvassa Plant thus making it a State-of-the-art, world class facility, a fact corroborated by leading domestic and multinational clients and buyers who vouch for the plant’s efficacy, efficiency and productivity. 

He took over as Business Director and launched Zoomol Automotive range of Lubricants in the year 2010 and played a vital role in establishing the brand in terms of Supply Chain and Quality Management and mastered the nuances of structuring and developing retail business and at a very early age created a niche in the areas of creativity and innovativeness. From July 2018 he took over as Senior Director SCM and from April 2019 onwards as Senior Director – Sales & Marketing for Industrial Lubricants. 

Vinit was Awarded Kutch Kohinoor award in the year 2015-16 by Shri Prakash Mehta Minister of Housing Maharashtra state.

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.