Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company, announced that G. Krishnakumar has taken over as the chairman and managing director of the company.
An electrical engineer from National Institute of Technology (erstwhile Regional Engineering College), Tiruchirapalli and a Masters in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is an Industry veteran with diverse leadership experience across business and functional domains in his 36-year journey at BPCL.
He has been at the core of BPCL’s pioneering work in revolutionising the downstream fuel retailing industry in the country. He has been leading the organisation’s customer-centric forays in convenience retailing, premium fuels, in a way heralding the digital age of BPCL at the turn of the century using customer relationship management and loyalty, a first in the Indian oil Industry. He has developed and nurtured winning brands like Petro Card, SmartFleet Speed, In & Out, which have been significant contributors to BPCL’s differentiated customer value proposition in the marketplace, reinforcing the Pure for Sure customer promise.
Prior to his elevation to the board, as the head of BPCL’s Lubricants business, he spearheaded brand MAK’s aggressive growth in the domestic and international markets, and in the expansion of the product portfolio to cover new and emerging industrial, agricultural, passenger and commercial vehicle segments. He also championed the expansion of the service dimension of the MAK brand – MAK Quik, for quick oil change for 2-wheelers which has since been adopted by millions of customers.
BPCL prides itself as a learning organisation with an overarching focus on continual learning and talent development. During his stint as head of learning & development and subsequently as executive director (HRD), he led the conceptualisation and implementation of several path breaking initiatives to bring about a transformation in skilling and leadership development in the organisation, future proofing BPCL in the face of the emerging challenges and the paradigm shifts in the business landscape.
He is also an avid quizzer, a voracious reader, a passionate cricket fan and a golfer.