Our Board of Directors

Prashant Ruia - Director and Non - Executive Chairman

Prashant is part of the second generation of the Ruia family that founded Essar. Essar was founded in 1969 by his father, Shashi Ruia and uncle Ravi Ruia. Prashant has been an integral part of EGFL’s operations and management since 1985 and has been a key driver of the Fund’s growth, diversification and value creation both within India and internationally. He is respected for his project execution skills, financial expertise and people management capabilities.

Prashant holds key positions on several prestigious regulatory and professional boards. He is a Board Member of the World Steel Association, as well as a Board Member of the Metals & Mining and Energy Industry at the World Economic Forum. Additionally, he is member of the India-Indonesia CEO’s Forum.


S. Thangapandian - Director and Chief Executive Officer

S. Thangapandian was previously Group Director at Gulf Petrochem and 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 in India and abroad. Mr Thangapandian has previously worked at Essar Oil Limited as CEO – Marketing & IST where his responsibilities included, Retail Sales, Direct Sales, Retail Network Expansion, Sourcing Crude, Trading of Petroleum Products and Supply & Distribution for the company in India and Kenya.

During his career he also 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 has also worked with National Oil Nigeria, Reliance Industries Ltd., TotalFinaELF and Gulf Oil India.


P Sampath - Director and Chief Finance Officer

P Sampath was previously Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Essar Energy Limited (EEL). He joined the Essar Group in August 2008 and was previously Director of Finance of Essar Oil. He has over 30 years of experience in various fields, including global corporate finance and treasury, mergers and acquisitions, corporate business planning, investor relations, global HR strategy and financial and management accounting.

Prior to this, Mr Sampath held a number of senior finance roles including Group Chief Financial Officer for RPG Enterprises Limited and Managing Director of GHCL Limited. Mr Sampath has a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree from Madras University, is a Fellow Member of both the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and the Institute of company secretaries of India."


Kuthoore Natarajan Venkatasubramanian - Independent Non - Executive Director

Mr. K. N. Venkatasubramanian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Essar Oil, India, on November 29, 2000. He has over 51 years of experience in the oil & gas and petrochemicals sectors having worked for IPCL, IOCL and Gulf Oil Limited.

He has previously served as Director, Marketing and Director, Operations of IPCL, Chairman and Managing Director of Engineers India Ltd., Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Oil and as Chairman of Gulf Oil Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Times Technoplast Ltd. He is a Chemical Engineer from A.C. College of Technology, Chennai and an M.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur.