Executive Leadership Team

Deepak Maheshwari - Chief Executive Officer

Deepak MaheshwariDeepak Maheshwari - Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Deepak Maheshwari has more than 25 years’ senior leadership experience, across the utilities, energy, and infrastructure sectors in Europe and Asia and will further strengthen corporate governance of the Company within an ESG framework. Deepak was most recently Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, India's largest commercial multi-port operator. He was previously CFO of Essar Energy Limited.

As CEO, Deepak will work closely with the Essar Oil UK Board on the delivery of a number of strategic transition projects which are aimed at making Stanlow a low carbon refinery to meet the future energy needs of the UK.


Jon Barden - Chief Operating Officer

Jon BardenJon Barden is a Chemical Engineering graduate, a Fellow of the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers and an Associate Member of the City and Guilds Institute of London. He has over 35 years of experience in the global refining industry with international assignments in six countries, the majority of which were completed with BP.

Jon has a deep understanding of all aspects of the refining business having executed roles in refinery leadership, operations, technology, commercial, strategy and global support. He is an experienced board member and has participated in many cross industry leadership groups to promote the value of industry within communities. Jon is committed to lifelong learning and has completed numerous continuing education activities including leadership development at Stanford University and a qualification in Accounting and Finance from the Open University.


Satish Vasooja - Chief Financial Officer

Satish VasoojaSatish Vasooja is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience and has worked across a number of different industry sectors for leading companies such Panasonic, Hutchison Whampoa and HCL Technologies. He has been with Essar Oil UK since the company acquired the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex from Shell in 2011 and has fulfilled a number of different finance roles during that period, including that of CFO for Stanlow Terminals Limited.



Michelle Lewis - Director of Public Affairs

Michelle LewisMichelle Lewis has over 20 years’ experience working in senior Corporate Communications roles and has responsibility for the company’s activities relating to reputation management, incident management, colleague engagement, stakeholder engagement and the ESG programme. Previously Michelle has worked in the utility sector (Electricity North West and Yorkshire Water) and the retail sector (Asda Wal-Mart) and joined Essar in January 2022. Michelle is also chair of Behind Closed Doors, a charity that supports victims of domestic abuse and acts to prevent it.



Mark Pennifold - Chief People Officer

Mark PennifoldMark Pennifold is a highly experienced Human Resources professional who has worked at senior level within both the Automotive and Chemicals manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Essar Oil UK, he was the Human Resources Director at Nissan Manufacturing UK, where he had lead responsibility for all HR and Health and Safety matters at the UK's biggest car plant, based in Sunderland. He has also previously worked for Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Chemicals Europe. He holds an Honours Degree from the University of London, together with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.


Karan Hari - Chief Commercial Officer

Karan HariKaran Hari is a graduate in Management Studies, with close to 35 years of experience, both in the UK and overseas. He has worked in a range of government (BPCL in India) and private companies, including oil major BP, upstream producer Cairn and global trading house Trafigura. He joined Essar Oil UK in February 2020 as Head of International Trading and Supplies and during his time in the role built a strong team by identifying and developing talented individuals from within the business. He was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer in July 2021.


Raahil Burhaani – Chief Information Officer

Raahil BurhaaniRaahil Burhaani is an Electronics Engineer with over 30 years’ experience as a technologist across sectors including Oil & Gas, Energy, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Utilities and EPC. Previously CIO for Essar India until 2011, heading the digital rollout in the group’s Power, Oil and Gas businesses.

Raahil was also involved in the acquisition transition of Stanlow. His career spans geographies in Canada, the UK, the Middle East and Asia, with organisations such as Enron, BG and Tata. Re-joining Essar in 2017, he is now driving the digitalisation and automation programs, transforming the IT and business systems to support the refinery and associated UK entities.


Sunil Puri - General Counsel & Company Secretary

Sunil PuriSunil Puri has over 19 years' experience in the energy sector. He joined Essar in May 2021 and is responsible for Legal, Governance and Company Secretarial for Essar Oil UK and its subsidiaries. A qualified solicitor, he holds a Bachelor of Laws from London Metropolitan University and a Master of Laws from University College London.

Sunil began his career with BG Group plc in 2002 before moving on to Tullow Oil plc in 2008 where he was an Associate General Counsel with responsibility for development projects, legal delivery and performance for the group's global portfolio of upstream assets. His extensive experience includes managing large legal teams and external counsel in many countries, progressing company growth and commercial initiatives and ensuring governance requirements are adhered to.


Michael Gaynon - Chief Executive Officer, Stanlow Terminals Limited

Mike GaynonMichael Gaynon was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Stanlow Terminals Limited (STL) on 1st July 2021.

Michael was a core part of the STL team since Essar first developed plans for and set up the subsidiary infrastructure and distribution company and has a wealth of experience in the Oil and Energy sector, working internationally across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, prior to joining Essar at Stanlow in 2011.

As the UK transitions to a low carbon energy economy, Mike will oversee STL’s focus on delivering the energy storage solutions of the future, drive third party business growth and continue to provide EOUK with critical infrastructure support.