As Regional Sales Manager, ME & India, Sunil Sivanandan is instrumental in overseeing the Fluenta sales team and ensuring we meet our ambitious goals for the year. His background in HR and Marketing has also allowed Sunil become an integral part of our wider team. We sat down with Sunil to discuss his career history and his predictions for the future of the Oil & Gas Industry.
Tell us a little bit more about your education and career before joining Fluenta
I have had a relatively direct path to my current role. In 2006 I completed my degree in Engineering in Electronics and Communication. I then began working at ESCO Trading Company as a Sales Engineer while simultaneously completing my MBA in Marketing & Human Resources, which I received in 2010. Following this, I accepted a job as Senior Sales Engineer at Warba National Contracting Company. After five years in the role I moved to Fluenta to take up the position of Regional Sales Manager.
How long have you been working at Fluenta?
I joined Fluenta last year, in September 2017. I have been here around nine months now.
What does an ‘average day’ look like in your hob?
I am constantly on the move. I travel to designated countries, meeting our customers and discussing new opportunities in the region with our agents. From there I report to Kevin Spiess – our Sales Director – and go forward accordingly.
What are you most proud of achieving during your time at Fluenta?
Despite my short time at the company, I have established strong relationships with our agents in each of my designated regions. We have now started working with them to find more opportunities for end user approval, making this an exciting time to be part of Fluenta.
What do you predict for the future of Oil & Gas Technology?
I expect the industry will remain strong for at least another 25-30 years. The Oil & Gas Industry is integral to nations across the globe, and countries such as China have only just begun transitioning to natural gas. However, with new projects recently declared and expansions happening in existing plants, I suspect the industry still has a few surprises in store for us.
What advice do you have for newcomers to the Oil & Gas Industry?
In this industry you get back what you put in. It takes a lot of study and drive to understand oil and gas, but there is no better way to learn than to dive in and get learning. This is a great industry, with opportunities still to come across a range of process conditions and instrumentation. Absorbing new experiences are key to improving little by little, every day.