Mr. Mehta started his career with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1978. He resigned in 1980 to join Phillips Petroleum in London as their senior economist. In 1984, Mr. Mehta returned to India to join the government company, OIL INDIA LTD as its advisor, strategic planning. Mr. Mehta joined Shell International in London in 1988. He was appointed Managing Director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt in 1991 and Chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India in 1994. Mr. Mehta left Shell in October 2012. He is currently Executive Chairman of the think tank Brookings India and senior fellow of Brookings Institution
Mr. Mehta was Chairman of the Hydrocarbon Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a member of its National Council.
Mr. Mehta was the recipient of Asia House's "Businessmen of the year” award for 2010. He also received the Asia Centre for corporate governance and Sustainability‘s Award for “Best Independent Director“ for 2016.
Mr. Mehta is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deen Dayal University of Petroleum. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh's award for India and a member of the Board of Governors of Doon School. Mr. Mehta has a regular column in the leading National Newspapers “Indian Express" and ”Financial Express" and is the author of a large number of published papers in journals etc.
Mr. Mehta holds a BA mathematics honors degree from St Stephens College, Delhi University, BA/MA economics honors degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University and a post-graduate degree in energy economics from the Fletcher School Of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Mr. Mehta is a Director on the Boards of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, HT Media Limited, Vodafone India Limited, Apolo Tyres Limited, Jet Airways (India) Limited and NV Advisory Services Private Limited.
Mr. Mehta joined the Board of the Company on October 22, 2012.