Shell appoints Vijay Kannan as CIO for Global Lubricants – ET CIO


Shell appoints Vijay Kannan as CIO for Global LubricantsVijay Kannan has been appointed to the role of IT General Manager (CIO) – Global Lubricants, Sectors and Decarbonisation and B2B Customer at British-Dutch multinational oil and gas company Shell. Earlier, he was IT General Manager (CIO) for Shell’s Global Commercial businesses based out of London and will now move back to India to take up the new role.

As the global IT and Digital leader for Shell’s Lubricants, Sectors & Decarbonisation division, Vijay is charged with the responsibility of shaping and delivering the IT and digital strategy for both the businesses and enabling an integrated “customer back” approach to understanding and fulfilling the needs of its customers

Leading a team that is spread across Houston, London, The Hague, Shanghai, and Bengaluru, Vijay has been tasked to build a cohesive portfolio of business capabilities that bring together processes, data, and IT/digital tools that continue to serve the customers of Shell Lubricants, the global leader in Lubricants for 14 years running, and solve complex problems being faced in the energy transition towards a low carbon future.

“Decarbonisation is a top priority for Shell and the society at large and digital can play an important role in unlocking and accelerating the decarbonization pathways. From solutions that bring transparency to carbon footprint, optimizing value chains to increase energy efficiency and enabling collaborations that bring collective action, Technology and Digital would have a key role in the future decarbonization pathways across sectors” Vijay Kannan, IT GM – Shell, told ETCIO.

“India has the perfect combination of rich IT/digital talent and a thriving digital innovation ecosystem which is a bedrock for germination and scaling of relevant customer engagement and digital decarbonization solutions. I am excited to be back in Bangalore and work closely with this community to making a meaningful difference to the society” Vijay added.

Vijay Kannan carries over 18 years of experience across roles and industries, including the Chemicals/Paints, FMCG, and Energy sectors. He joined Shell in 2018 and has been associated with the company for around 3 years.

Before joining Shell, Vijay was working with Unilever for fourteen years, most recently as CIO – Hindustan Unilever Ltd and Unilever South Asia. Earlier in his career, has played multiple regional and global roles in IT during his time with Asian Paints and Unilever.


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