Vijay Kannan has been appointed as IT General Manager (CIO), Global Lubricants, Sectors and Decarbonisation, B2B Customer of Shell- the British-Dutch multinational oil and gas major.
Kannan was earlier the 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, an ETCIO report added.
“Decarbonisation is a top priority for Shell and the society at large and digital can play an important role in unlocking and accelerating the decarbonisation pathways. From solutions that bring transparency to carbon footprint, optimising value chains to increase energy efficiency and enabling collaborations that bring collective action, Technology and Digital would have a key role in the future decarbonisation 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 decarbonisation solutions. I am excited to be back in Bangalore and work closely with this community to making a meaningful difference to the society” Kannan added.
Kannan has 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.