Gulf Oil Lubricants, a Hinduja Group Company, has on-boarded popular Indian women cricketing star and current vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana, as its new brand ambassador. With this, Gulf Oil becomes the first company in the lubricant space to appoint a woman cricketer as ambassador to represent the organization and its ethos. Smriti Mandhana will join the pantheon of famous cricketers and current brand ambassadors Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.
Commenting on the decision to rope in a brand ambassador, Ravi Chawla, MD & CEO at Gulf Oil Lubricants said, “In the recent past, we have witnessed a surging demand for our products from a new audience segment. As an organization that is determined to lead with the evolving times, we seek to strengthen our brand recall among women vehicle owners in India. The remarkable Smriti Mandhana was a natural choice for us as she shares a lot of synergy in values with Gulf Oil. We have a long history of associating with top athletes in the country. Smriti undoubtedly enjoys a high level of popularity & credibility in the cricketing world at large. We believe this association will help us connect with consumers across the spectrum, male and female audiences alike, reinforcing our brand philosophy and enhancing our engagement with the sport of cricket.”
Amit Gheji, Head Marketing at Gulf Oil Lubricants, added, “Smriti is a natural choice to represent the brand considering her achievements and wide appeal with the cricketing audience of our nation. The popularity and viewership of women’s cricket in India is expanding and we can only see it growing from here. Together, we look forward to creating exciting campaigns that will help the brand get even closer to its consumers. We already have MS Dhoni and Hardik endorsing our brand and now with the addition of Smriti, we look forward to living our brand promise of ‘Together, we’re Unstoppable’.”
Speaking on the association, Cricketing star Smriti Mandhana shared, “I am excited to be associated with Gulf Oil, an iconic lubricant brand that has earned the trust of Indian consumers over the years for its product quality and service. Gulf, as a brand, has a long-standing association with performance sports and I am proud to be a part of the brand that has a great following among a young consumer base. I am thrilled to be joining MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in the lineup and look forward to our journey together.”
Gulf Oil recognises that the dynamics of the automotive segment has evolved with more women playing a pivotal role in the decision-making process of vehicular purchase and its further maintenance. With the addition of Smriti Mandhana to its group of inspiring ambassadors, the organization has taken cognizance of the changing consumer demographics, determined to appeal and cater to the new developing customer landscape in the segment.
The new woman youth icon, Smriti, is the ideal brand ambassador as she embodies Gulf Oil’s strong sporting heritage, and her commitment to outperform is in line with the organization’s values. Through this association, Gulf Oil aims to celebrate women power and inspire female audience in the country while also honoring the achievements of Indian women cricketers.