Mr S Thangapandian is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Essar Oil UK. Previously Group Director at Gulf Petrochem, he is an oil and gas professional with around 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and trading of petroleum products in India, the Middle East and Nigeria with PSU, MNCs and private sector companies. He also worked at Essar Oil Limited, India as CEO – Marketing & IST, responsible for Retail Sales, Direct Sales, Retail Network Expansion, Sourcing Crude, Trading of Petroleum Products and Supply & Distribution in India and Kenya. He established PetroFina in India and was part of the team that launched Gulf Oil in India post opening up of the market. Having started his career with HPCL, he worked with National Oil Nigeria, Reliance Industries Ltd., TotalFinaELF and Gulf Oil India.