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bp has announced that Mandhir Singh, bp’s executive for Castrol, will retire at the end of September 2022

Michelle Jou Joins Castrol as Chief Executive Officer as Mandhir Singh Retires

bp has announced that Mandhir Singh, bp’s executive for Castrol, will retire at the end of September 2022.


Following a 32-year career with bp, and over 20 years with Castrol, Mandhir leaves a significant legacy, as well as a strong platform for Castrol’s future growth.


Mandhir will be succeeded by Michelle Jou, who brings extensive strategic commercial expertise, with over 25 years’ experience across sales, marketing, supply chain and executive management in the chemical industry. Michelle will join bp on 11 April 2022.


Most recently, Michelle was Global President of the Polycarbonates business unit at Covestro, one of the world’s leading polymer companies which serves the mobility, electronic and electrical industries. Under Michelle’s leadership, the business unit became the global leader and a trusted partner of choice of many global OEMs.


Emma Delaney, EVP Customers & Products, bp said: “Under Mandhir’s leadership, Castrol has set out a clear growth and sustainability strategy that will enable the business to play a key role in bp’s transition to an integrated energy company. I‘m delighted Michelle is joining bp and will build on the strong platform already established to drive further growth for Castrol.” She brings extensive experience in strategy implementation, customer centricity and supply chain.


Michelle Jou commented: “I’m passionate about sustainability. At Covestro, I established the first closed loop collaboration with partners in China and introduced the first Carbon Neutral Polycarbonates in the industry into the German market. I’m looking forward to helping drive Castrol’s sustainability agenda through our PATH360 strategy and meeting the evolving needs of our customers.”


Castrol is part of bp’s Convenience & Mobility business – one of bp’s three strategic pillars to transform into an integrated energy company.




About Castrol

Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricant brands, has a proud heritage of innovation and fuelling the dreams of pioneers. Our passion for performance, combined with a philosophy of working in partnership, has enabled Castrol to develop lubricants and greases that have been at the heart of numerous technological feats on land, air, sea and space for over 100 years. 


Today, Castrol is helping drive sustainability with our new strategy that sets out aims for 2030 to save waste, reduce carbon and improve lives. See for more information.


Castrol is part of the bp group and serves customers and consumers in the automotive, marine, industrial and energy sectors. Our branded products are recognized globally for innovation and high performance through our commitment to premium quality and cutting-edge technology.


Castrol aims to grow its business through expansion in growth markets, extending Castrol’s branded service and maintenance offers globally, and providing market leading offers in EV fluids. Two out of three of the world’s major car manufacturers use Castrol ON EV fluids*.


About bp

bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition ‎to be a net zero company by 2050, or sooner and help the world get to net zero, and a ‎strategy for delivering on that ambition. For more information visit‎ 

*Based on LMCA data for top 20 selling OEMs (total new car sales) in 2019. Used as part of OEM factory fill.


Notes for editors:

Mandhir Singh

  • Mandhir joined bp in 1989 after graduating from Leeds University with a PhD in Chemistry. He spent the first years of his bp career in a variety of sales and marketing roles before moving to Dubai as the Strategy Manager for the Middle East and Indian sub-continent.  
  • Mandhir joined Castrol over 20 years ago in Singapore where he led the integration of bp and Castrol lubricants across the region before becoming the regional HR director for Asia Pacific.  He progressed through several leadership roles in strategy and was promoted to regional vice president Europe & Africa before stepping in to lead Castrol as Chief Operating Officer in 2015.  

Michelle Jou

  • After finishing her Master of Management degree in France, Michelle started her career in Hong Kong with Elf Atochem. 
  • She subsequently joined Bayer Material Science (now Covestro – one of the world’s leading polymer companies) in Shanghai and then moved to Germany in 2016. She held various country, regional and global management positions across a variety of functions.
  • Most recently Michelle was Global President of Covestro’s polycarbonates business unit and was the first Asian and first woman to hold that role at Covestro.