New CEO at Essar Oil UK

This week Essar Oil UK confirmed the appointment of Mark Wilson as chief executive officer (CEO).  He will be based at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex and succeeds S. Thangapandian, who informed the board of his intention to return to India after almost three years in the UK.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson, who has ‘international experience at the highest levels in both the downstream and petrochemical industries’, is taking over the role of CEO at Essar Oil UK from S. Thangapandian

Mark Wilson has international experience at the highest levels in both the downstream and petrochemical industries.  During his time at BP plc. he held a number of senior leadership positions, including: CEO, Global Acetyls (Shanghai, China); president, Asia Aromatics and China Olefins & Derivatives (Shanghai);  chief of staff, downstream (London) and deputy general manager, SECCO Ltd (Shanghai).  He previously worked for Innovene LLC as vice president, Solutions BU (Brussels, Belgium).  Mark has a first-class degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

“Mark has successfully led major international businesses and I am delighted that he is joining us as our new chief executive officer,” said Prashant Ruia, Essar Oil UK’s non-executive chairman.

“Our UK operations remain central to the Essar Group’s strategic plans and we will continue to invest to further our growth ambitions here.  We enter a new decade determined to transform the business to ensure its long-term sustainability and Mark’s vision and leadership will be critical in meeting that challenge.”

“I would also like to thank Thanga for everything that has been achieved during his time at Stanlow and wish him all the best for the future.”

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Essar Oil UK business in the next stage of its development,” commented Mark Wilson.

“The company has adapted extremely well to a fast-changing market since taking over the Stanlow Refinery in 2011.  I am looking forward to leading the highly capable team in the next stage of the company’s development to ensure that we secure our future as a key supplier of the energy and petrochemicals products the UK needs.”

“I have very much valued my time in the UK and have been fortunate to work with many talented and dedicated colleagues,” added S. Thangapandian, chief executive officer.

“The company is at a key point in its development, with exciting plans over the next five years to build a robust and futuristic business.  Mark has the qualities necessary to do an outstanding job leading the team forward, and I wish him every success in his new role.”

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