Board of Directors
ASHOK GOEL Chairman
Ashok Goel, the founder of Gulf Petrochem Group, started the business of trading with his younger brother in petrochemicals products in Delhi and Gujarat in 1993. As a result of his successful ventures in various manufacturing and marketing initiatives in India, he then established Gulf Petrochem in the UAE in 1998.
Chosen as one of Refining & Petrochemicals ME Power 50 in 2015, the Chairman of the Group, Mr. Ashok, a self-made man with sharp business intelligence is the brain of Gulf Petrochem Group; with a vision for Gulf Petrochem to become a global energy conglomerate that catalyzes growth by expanding into new markets, expanding its product portfolio and supporting its customers. He is the technical backbone of the company and the mastermind behind most new projects of the company. He is consistently injecting an entrepreneurial spirit into Gulf Petrochem through continued investments in plant manufacturing facilities and research centers that explore new technologies and develop innovative products for industrial applications.
Outside Gulf Petrochem, Mr. Ashok is equally committed to the continuation of his grandfather's legacy to make a difference in society through the ASPAM Foundation, a growing charity that provides practical support, such as shelter, education and healthcare, to improve children's quality of life, advance their rights and give them a better future. He is also an active member and one of the Working Presidents of the International Vaish Federation (IVF), committed to engage and share all the resources wherever needed in the world and carry forward our legacy to make a positive change in the lives of people every time, each time, anytime.
Mr. Ashok's commitment to local communities has also led the establishment of ASPAM Indian International School which opened its campus in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 2013. The school is renowned for providing developmental programs that not only encourage learning but also the love of learning. As founder of the school, Mr. Ashok remains intrinsically involved as its Chairman.
SUDHIR GOYEL Managing Director
Sudhir Goyel one of the main men behind Gulf Petrochem Group, started the business of trading with his elder brother in petrochemicals products in Delhi and Gujarat in 1993. After having established the business activities in India, they expanded the business activities in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates by the name and style of Gulf Petrochem FZC.
Sudhir has been associated with Gulf Petrochem Group, since its inception, currently holding the position of Managing Director (MD) of the Group. He has guided the team for the best uses of Financial and Managerial resources to take company to the next level of efficiency and profitability.
With his extensive background and experience, he has been a great influence in matters related to Financials and Funding, Strategic Planning and International Business Relations for the better growth of the organization. With over 25 years of experience in marketing oils and chemicals in India, he also oversees the company's business in the Indian subcontinent.
In recognition of his business achievements, in June 2013, Sudhir became the proud recipient of the Business Personality of the Year awarded by the Horwath Mak, Group of Auditors & Business Advisors. He received the honour in recognition for his achievements in the overall growth in the industry and his leadership skills that has enabled Gulf Petrochem to become a pioneer in their industry.
Mr. Sudhir Goyel was also named as one of the Top 100 Indian Leaders in the Arab World by Forbes Middle East in May 2014 and 2015, acknowledging his contribution towards the region's energy industry.
His achievements were coveted with the Indian CEO of the Year award from Arabian Business in relation to his efforts in the Energy Sector of the region consecutively in 2015 & 2016.
MANAN GOEL Group Director
An MBA and graduate from Cardiff University and Greenwich University in United Kingdom.
A young and dynamic go-getter, Manan Goel, Gulf Petrochem's Group Director, heads the Refinery and Marketing division of the company. Manan, who leads the group's refinery division, has been intrinsically involved in setting up the group's Bitumen processing plant in the UAE, acquisition of Shell Bitumen Plant in India and setting up a refining unit in Tanzania. He has been integral in realising the executive management's long term strategic view on Bitumen business across the Middle East and Indian sub-continent.
Manan is also one of the key people in making the Repsol tie-up possible, for Gulf Petrochem to exclusively manufacture and market Repsol's superior and comprehensive line of premium quality lubricants across India, thus unfolding a new chapter in the history of the Indian company's operations.
Manan a young leader continues to create a legacy that speaks volumes of the family's growth vision and leads the Group to the next level.
PRERIT GOEL Group Director
A young achiever and a man of many talents, Prerit Goel, Gulf Petrochem's Group Director, leads many new business initiatives in the company. He was instrumental in setting up the global trading offices, most notably in Singapore and London and was actively involved in the storage terminal project in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Prerit believes that the strength of our company lies in the fact that they hire the right people in the right place hence he holds a vital role in senior recruitments in the company and takes care of the corporate funding for the group.
An MBA on Family Managed Business Program from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai and an Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Dubai.
Prerit's exceptional achievements and contributions to the Group was recognized by Alleem Project Management Excellence and named him the Best of the 2014 in Project Management Awards. He was also awarded the Young Achiever Award 2013 by BITS Pilani Alumni Association Middle East.
THANGAPANDIAN SRINIVASALU Director
Mr. S. Thangapandian, Gulf Petrochem Group's Director is an oil and gas professional with around 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and trading of petroleum products in India and Nigeria with PSU, MNCs and Private sector companies in India.
Before joining the Group, he was working at Essar Oil Limited as CEO – Marketing & IST. He established PetroFina in India and was part of the Team that launched Gulf oil in India post opening up of the market. As Head of Marketing & IST in Essar Oil, a fully integrated oil company, his responsibilities included, ‘Retail sales', ‘Direct sales', Retail Network Expansion, Sourcing Crude, Trading of Petroleum Products, Supply& Distribution for the company in India and Kenya.
He has been associated with Recruitment and training of the Teams for the last 20 years. Established Essar Oil Ltd as a ‘player' in FO, Bitumen, Petcoke and Sulfur in the Indian market successfully. He had placed Essar Oil as the largest active Private Retail Network in India. Having started his career with HPCL, he has also worked with National Oil Nigeria, Reliance Industries Ltd., TotalFinaELF and Gulf Oil India.
AYUSH GOEL Director
A recent appointment to the board of directors at Gulf Petrochem Group, Ayush Goel oversees the marketing and financial functions of the group in India. Along with this, Ayush is intricately involved with the group's ‘Diversification Strategy Team' which is an executive function that is charged with managing the group's acquisitions in India as well as developing the strategy to diversify the group's portfolio into Real Estate, Steel and Education.
After earning a bachelor's degree in B com (hons.) from Delhi University, Ayush went on to achieve an MBA on Family Managed Business Program from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
Ayush has been instrumental in attracting and retaining the group's top industry talent with the introduction of a robust performance management system. Ayush has also played an important role in helping the group achieve such tremendous growth over recent years with the implementation of budgetary controls to ensure financial efficiencies, improving both the top and bottom line of the group's financials.