Shell Lubricants appoints new country head for India
Shell India has appointed Debanjali Sengupta as country head of Shell Lubricants India, effective August 1, 2021. Her appointment was officially announced on September 15. Sengupta succeeds Raman Ojha, who has moved on to take over as vice president – global head, Construction & Roads.
After joining Shell India in 2005 as part of the New Market Entry team, Sengupta has aced many global and local assignments as a frontline leader at the company and was chosen to join an elite group of strategists in their Group Strategy team in London, UK. At Shell, she has successfully fulfilled several roles, including head of Sales & Operations at Shell India, Retail, global strategy, manager of Non-Fuels Business, and Global Business head of Vehicle Care at Shell Mobility. Sengupta is also Shell’s nominated director in Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., carrying forward the low carbon mandate of Shell in India.
Supporting India’s energy transition
With more than 20 years of industry experience as a seasoned leader across industries, business cycles and markets, her focus as country head will be in leading Shell Lubricants through sustainable pathways to support India’s ongoing energy transition. Her commitment as a business leader will further focus on strengthening the company’s presence in India, delighting customers, harnessing relationships with key business stakeholders and continuing to build an organisation that is motivated and growing.
“It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Debanjali to this new role. I am very confident that our best years are ahead of us. Her extensive knowledge about the business and understanding of our customers will surely lead to conducive growth and greater innovative quality offerings for our partners and customers,” Ojha said.
India is third largest lubes market
“I am excited to step into this new position which comes after an already incredible 16 years at Shell. The Indian market is the third largest lubricants market in the world, and we believe that we will be able to achieve a successful growth trajectory with our consumer-centric approach. I look forward to bringing in a fresh and innovative business perspective to Shell Lubricants India whilst achieving new heights and benchmarks with this extraordinary team,” Sengupta said.
Prior to joining Shell, Sengupta worked at Tata Motors in the domestic, as well as international, business. She has an Economics Postgraduate and MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC).
When she is not working, Debanjali loves to travel and cook to both energise and center herself. She is also passionate about creating equal opportunities for women by actively working in areas of girl child education, women’s empowerment and financial independence.