India’s Best Marketing Heads

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Anurag Mehrotra (Executive Director – Marketing, Sales & Service) Anurag Mehrotra is the Executive Director of Marketing, sales and services at Ford Motor Company. He has earlier worked with organizations such as WNS Global Services, Accenture and Genesis PR in the past. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from NYSS College of Engineering.

Abhijit Singh Brar (Head – Marketing) Abhijit Singh Brar is the Head – Marketing at Royal Enfield. He has more than 12 years of experience in Marketing of Premium Lifestyle brands in India and international markets. He has worked with organizations such as Bacardi India Pvt Ltd and United Spirits Limited in the past. He holds an MBA degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel operations from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration.

Ashish Malik (Vice President Marketing – Personal Brands & Market Research) Ashish is a multi-faceted marketing and sales professional with a successful career spanning 21 years, including experience in USA and Australia. He has managed large and complex business portfolios. Ashish possesses the unique in depth understanding of consumers across five different categories: Automotive, Foods, Skincare, Semi-Durables, OTC and across 30 brands. He has delivered superior business results leading to a significant 50+ brand and business excellence awards over his career. Ashish has launched, built and transformed brands priced from a mere 50 paise to Rs 26 Lacs. His distinctive experience includes marketing to diverse audiences ranging from adults to kids. It also covers both urban as well as rural marketing.

Amit Tomar (Brand Manager) Amit Tomar is the Brand Manager at Kenstar. Amit is a result oriented brand professional with extensive experience in brand management, advertising and communication. He has worked with organizations such as Haier Appliances, Samsung India, Hewlett Packard and NIS Sparta in the past. He was awarded the Marketing Excellence Award for innovative activities and campaigns. He holds MBA degree in Marketing.

Anuradha Aggarwal (CMO) Anuradha Aggarwal is the CMO adding wealth of experience to her role. Aggarwal is a marketing professional with 18 years of experience across diverse consumer businesses. She has worked with organisations such as Hindustan Unilever, followed by Vodafone and most recently with Mondelez. In her previous role, she was director- innovations, biscuits category for Mondelez Asia Pacific. Aggarwal holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration from IIM- Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. She started her career at Unilever where she worked for 12 years, across sales, marketing and general management functions, managing local and global brands and businesses across India and South Asia.

Ashok Bhasin (Head of Sales, Marketing & Customer Care) Ashok Bhasin leads the Sales, Marketing and Customer Care function at Hero MotoCorp. In his last international role, Bhasin was with Reckitt Benckiser, heading their operations in entire Central Africa as General Manager and as Managing Director, RB Nigeria. Prior to that, he worked with Whirlpool Corp in several leadership roles starting off as Director, Marketing – India leading onto Vice President – Marketing, South Asia and thereafter as Global Director, Whirlpool Corp, USA. He is an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi.

Abhimanyu Sharma (Director-Marketing) Abhimanyu Sharma is the Director – Marketing at Snapdeal since April 2016. He has worked with organizations such as Perfetti Van Melle and Volvo Eicher commercial vehicles in the past. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Operations from Institute of Management and Technology, Ghaziabad. He holds Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College.

Asha Kharga (Marketing Head) Asha Kharga is the Marketing Head of Axis Bank. She was the marketing head of Brooke Bond & Lipton, Hindustan Unilever before she joined Axis Bank. 42-year-old Kharga is a graduate from Mumbai University. Before Hindustan Unilever, she worked in Leo Burnett Group, JWT and TBWA.

Arjun Purkayastha (Marketing Director) Arjun Purkayastha is the Commercial Leader and Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser with extensive experience across Asia-Pacific – leading a large billion dollar brand portfolio. He has managed businesses and multi-cultural teams with Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser. He has a consistent record of market beating performance building iconic leadership brands like Gillette, Pantene, Duracell, Ariel, Tide, Vicks, Rejoice, Dettol, Durex, Vanish, Finish, Veet, Harpic, Bang, Air Wick, Scholl, Strepsils & Gaviscon. He has won multiple Cannes, Effies and other industry awards. He is an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research.

Anup Mukundan (GM-Media & Marketing) Mr. Anup Mukundan is the GM- Media and Marketing at Kalyan Jewellers. He is a marketing professional with over 9 years of experience across brand management, marketing campaign management, media management and BTL marketing in finance and jewellery industry. He is an excellent team leader with a good blend of conventional and new-age marketing skills. His strength lies in capability of planning and managing 360⁰ campaigns wherein he has consistently ensured optimum ROI by putting the right communication and media mix.

Arun Siddharth (VP-Marketing) Arun Siddharth is working with TVS Motor Company as Vice President Marketing and reports to the CEO. He is heading the motorcycle business marketing and product management with responsibility for defining high attractive quality products for domestic and international markets including BMW Motorrad -TVS Motor Company new joint platform. He holds an MBA degree in finance /marketing from Bharatidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli.

Amit Syngle (President Marketing) Amit Syngle serves as President of Technology, Sales and Marketing of Asian Paints Limited and served as its General Manager of Marketing. Syngle served as Marketing In-charge of Sea Services. He holds B.E. and M.B.A. degrees.

Amit Shah (President & Country Head, Marketing & Corporate Communication) Amit Shah is the President and Country Head, Marketing and Corporate Communication at YES BANK. He is an experienced banking and consulting professional with over 12 years of experience. Prior to joining YES Bank, Amit worked at TSMG (Tata Strategic Management Group), as a consultant assisting multiple Tata Group and non-Tata Group clients on their business strategy. Amit started his career with L&T where he joined as part of the prestigious Management Leadership Program. He has extensive international experience across Europe, East Africa and Asia. Amit has done his MBA from NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering. He did his BE (Mechanical) at REC Surathkal.

Asheesh Kumar Sharma (Vice President – Marketing) Asheesh Kumar Sharma is the VP for Marketing at Agro Tech Foods Ltd. Asheesh is a graduate in Science from Jawahar Lal Nehru University and an MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research. Prior to being a part of ATFL, Asheesh was Marketing Manager – Fabric & Home Care, Health Care and Baby Care in Procter & Gamble. He has also worked for Gillette and handled the roles of General Sales Manager and Regional Business Manager, Personal Care. Before joining Gillette, Asheesh worked with Marico and handled the roles of Area Sales Manager and Regional Manager, West. Asheesh started his career as Management Trainee with Berger Paints where he worked for 4 years handling the role of Area Sales Manager.

Biman Chaterjee (VP-Marketing) Biman Chaterjee is the VP-Marketing at Saj Food Products (Bisk Farm). He is a competent professional with over 32 years of crossfunctional experience in the fields of sales management, marketing, business development, distribution management and SCM. He has a proven track record of achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments that demand continuous improvement, leadership skills, achieving business as per defined goals and company objectives. He has pioneered in formulating cutting-edge, driving new business through multiple accounts and establishing strategic partnerships and dealer relationships to increase channel revenue. He is a strategist cum implementer with recognized proficiency in spearheading business to accomplish corporate plans and goals successfully.

Balwinder Singh Canth Director (Marketing) B. S. Canth has been appointed as the Director (Marketing) of the oil major – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL). Prior to his appointment as Director (Marketing), Canth was the Executive Director (Consumer Sales) at IndianOil’s Marketing Headquarters in Mumbai. A graduate in commerce, Canth has a Master’s degree in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (PM&IR) from Punjab University and is an LLB from the prestigious Delhi University. Having joined IndianOil in 1983, Canth has handled a variety of portfolios, including varied assignments in Human Resources, Retail, Operations and Consumer Sales. An avid golfer and a prolific reader, Canth is widely travelled. He has presented several papers in both domestic and international forums on diverse topics related to downstream business, HR and management.

Belson Coutinho (Vice President – Marketing, eCommerce & Innovations) Belson Coutinho, an Indian National, joined the company in 1999 and is currently the Vice President Marketing, eCommerce & Innovations. With over eighteen years in the aviation industry, Belson is an experienced airline professional having managed key roles in loyalty marketing and product development. He has spearheaded the setup of the global – digital marketing, social media, eCommerce and innovation strategy for Jet Airways and JetKonnect. He is a member of various industry and business leaders’ advisory committees and has been conferred with multiple industry leading awards for his contribution to eCommerce and digital marketing.

Clemens Ollmert (Head of Marketing) Clemens Ollmert is the Head of Marketing at Audi India. He brings with him over 12 years of experience in specialized areas of Marketing and CRM. A business economics graduate from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, Ollmert has an exceptional understanding of consumer markets across the globe through his various assignments with AUDI AG.

Chandan Deep Singh Dang (CMO) Chandan Deep Singh Dang has been the Chief Marketing Officer of Tupperware India Private Limited since January 16, 2014. Dang is responsible for conceptualizing, designing and implementing strategic initiatives to drive the Tupperware’s growth in India. He has moved to Tupperware India from Wrigley, where he was the sales director (India and Southeast Asia). He started his career as management trainee with Hindustan Unilever (HUL), where over eight years he worked in different sales and marketing roles. Dang holds a B.E (Honours) degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Rajasthan), and a PGDM from IIM Kolkata.

Chandru Kalro (Chief operating officer at TTK Prestige Limited) Mr. Chandru Kalro has been the Managing Director and Executive Director for TTK Prestige Ltd. since April 1, 2015 and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Kalro served as an Executive Vice President of Marketing at TTK Prestige Ltd. He served as an Assistant Manager (Marketing) of BPL India Limited and holds a B.E. degree.

Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan (Sr. VP & Head of Communications and E-commerce) Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan is working as the Head of Communications and e-Commerce for Nestle. In the past, he has worked with organizations and profiles such as Head of Brand with Airtel, Category Head with Marico and Group Product Manager with Britannia. He strongly believes in the power of meaningful communication in building brands and businesses. He has an innate flair for advertising and inspires creative teams to deliver outstanding work. He has won many marketing accolades for his communication work, especially for Airtel, Saffola, Nescafe and MAGGI. He has earned global recognition in Nestle for shaping the Communication strategy for the digitally connected world, by building the digital acceleration team (DAT) setup and now the 24×7 Consumer engagement Services (CES) in India.

Darioush Afzali (Director-Marketing) Darioush Afzali is the Director of Marketing SABMiller India and has over 16 years of extensive experience in Marketing, Trade Marketing and Sales from some of the world’s leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and industrial goods companies including SAB Miller, British American Tobacco and Robert Bosch. In his present role, his responsibility lies in managing the entire brand portfolio of SABMiller India that includes brands like Foster’s, Haywards 5000, Knock Out, Royal Challenge, Miller High Life, Peroni and the newly launched Indian specialty beer Indus Pride. Darioush is a graduate in nuclear physics from the Albert- Ludwig University Freiburg in Germany. Fun loving and down to earth, Darioush is an avid traveller, has a flair for arts, loves to dabble in poetry and is proficient in five languages.

Debabrata Mukherjee (VP-Marketing & Commercial) Debabrata Mukherjee, leads the marketing and commercial function at Coca-Cola India and South West Asia. He has more than 21 years of experience in the area of strategic planning and in sales and marketing operations. After a four year stint as an area manager with Unilever India, he joined Coca-Cola in 1998. He also has the responsibility of keeping two soft drink brands – Thums Up and Sprite – at their perch. He holds an MBA in Marketing from IISWBM, University of Kolkata and Bachelor’s degree Economics from Presidency College.

Deepika Sabharwal Tewari (General Manager – Marketing, Jewellery Division at Titan Company Limited) Deepika Sabharwal Tewari is the General Manager – Marketing, Jewellery Division at Titan Company Limited. With over a decade of rich experience at O & M, prior to her foray into the living waters of business, Deepika has developed invaluable insights into the dynamics of two distinct worlds – creative media campaigns on the one hand, and hardcore business acumen on the other. She has led the company’s jewellery division into a new sphere. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mithibai Motiram College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai University and a Masters in Management Studies from Welingkar Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University. She began her career in marketing at Vadilal Ice Creams and Milton Plastics, and later moved on to advertising.

Deepa k Srikuma r ( Director-Marketing) Deepak Srikumar is the Director – Marketing at Myntra.com. He has worked with organizations such as MakeMyTrip.com and ZS Associates in the past. He holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Indain School of Business and Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras. He also holds MS in Industrial Engineering and operations research from Texas A&M university.

Deepak Bhatia (VP- Sales & Marketing) Deepak Bhatia is the VP – Sales and marketing at Vodafone. He is a sales and marketing professional who has worked in companies like Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Hutchison Max, and Vodafone over the last 18+ years. He holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Delhi and Bachelor’s in Engineering from BITS Pilani.

Eric Braganza (President at Haier Appliances India Pvt. Ltd.) Eric Braganza, President-India Operations, Haier India joined Haier India in September 2009, as the President of Haier Appliances India. He heads India operations and oversees Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and all support functions. Prior to joining Haier, Mr. Braganza was COO, Electrolux Hyundai Division at Videocon Industries. Besides Videocon Industries, Mr. Braganza has worked with major companies like Novino Batteries, Sylvania Laxman. With over 32 years of professional experience, Braganza brings with him vast knowledge and expertise in the field of consumer durables.

Eric Vas (President Marketing) Eric Vas serves as the President of Motorcycle Business at Bajaj Auto Limited and served as its the President of New Projects and President of Retail Finance. Vas is a mechanical engineer from College of Engineering, Pune and holds a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta.

Gurpreet Kaur (Head – Marketing) Gurpreet Kaur is the Head- Marketing at Relaxo footwear Ltd. She has 16 years of core brand management and marketing experience spans across FMCG, consumer durables and telecom verticals. As Head of Marketing her key task has been to set up the marketing department and establish the marketing function as a centre of Excellence in the Organisation for future strategy and expert planning. She holds MBA degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She has been associated with VST industries Ltd, an associate of BAT, Parryware Roca and Sify in the past.

Gowarthanan Anandan (Head of Marketing – Leadership Sales and Marketing) Gowarthanan Anandan is the Head of marketing at Preethi Kitchen Appliances (Philips India Ltd). He is an accomplished business leader with 14+ years of experience in building sustainable business growth through structured sales and marketing strategy. He has a proven record of repeated successes in turning around businesses from decline or stagnation to strong growth and establishing infrastructure in a start-up project for long term growth, within and outside India. He has worked with Lornamead and CavinKare Pvt Ltd in the past. He holds MBA degree in sales and marketing from Bharatidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli.

Girish Hingorani (CMO & Head –Corporate Communications) Girish Hingorani is the CMO and Head of corporate communications. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Thadomal Shahani Engineering college. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles at Blue star Ltd.

Guneet Singh (Head Of Marketing) Guneet Singh is the Head of Marketing at Google India. Prior to this, Singh was co-founder of daily deals or group buying site named DealsandYou. com, which he left after divesting his stake in November 2010. Singh is a business graduate from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (CBS) and an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai). He has more than 13 years of experience. He started his career with Samsung. Singh later moved to ABN AMRO Bank as business head, personal loans. In 2005, he joined Microsoft (India), where he worked as lead, integrated marketing and communications, consumer and online, and was responsible for marketing of Windows, Hotmail and Bing brands in India.

Himanshu Bakshi (Marketing Director India Region at Danone) Himanshu Bakshi is the Director – Marketing for India Region at Danone. Himanshu is a results-driven business leader with more than 16 years of experience in some of the most competitive FMCG, OTC Healthcare & Surface Care categories across multiple geographies/ cultures. He has also handled large teams in varied roles across sales and marketing. He has worked with organizations such as Reckitt Benckiser and Pepsico in the past. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Fore School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College.

Hardeep Singh Brar (Vice President Of Sales) Hardeep Singh Brar has been appointed to the new position of Vice President of Sales for GM India. Prior to taking the job at GM India, Hardeep was with Volkswagen Group Sales India since 2012 as the head of Network and Dealer Development. Before that, Hardeep was General Manager of Institutional and Rural Sales at at Maruti Suzuki India, head of Dealer Development at DGM, and Territory Sales Manager of MSIL, among other positions. Hardeep began his professional career at Pertech Computers in 1994.

Indrajit Mitra (DGM-Marketing) Indrajit Mitra is the DGM – Marketing at Exide Industries Ltd. He has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing at State, Regional and National level in Battery and Automobile Industry. He started his career as sales officer in Patna at Exide Industries in 1997. He has worked as Sr. Territory Sales Manager at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd in the past. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from MBC institute of Engineering and technology. He also holds a PGDM in marketing from I.S.D.U

Jalaj Gupta (Head-Sales & Marketing LCV at Ashok Leyland) Jalaj Gupta is the Head of sales and marketing at the light vehicle division at Ashok Leyland. He has more than 19 years of experience in sales and marketing. He has worked with Tata motors in the past. A science graduate from Mohindra College Patiala, he holds a PGDBM in marketing from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. He was among the eight young managers selected from India by USEFI – CII for the Fulbright Fellowship in 2007. As part of fellowship, he went for 10 weeks at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business (TSB), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, from May 2007 to August 2007.

Jnaneswar Sen (Sr. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd) Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President – Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering. Sen has done his post-graduation in Business Administration from the prestigious IIM, Bangalore. He has been associated with Honda Cars India since year 2006 and has played an instrumental role in the expansion of Marketing and Sales activities of the company. Sen has been associated with the Indian Automobile Industry for almost three decades and has excellent sales and marketing experience with an in depth understanding of consumer trends in the Indian market. Prior to joining HCIL, Sen has worked with Maruti Udyog Ltd and B.H.E.L.

Jayant Acharya (Director at JSW Steel) Jayant Acharya is the Director – Commercial and Marketing and Executive Director of JSW Steel Limited, since April 01, 2010. He served as Executive Director, Director – Sales and Marketing of JSW Steel Limited. He is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters in Physics from BITS, Pilani. He has done his MBA in Marketing from the Indore University. Acharya has 22 years of experience in the steel industry spanning the entire range of flat and long steel products. He has worked in various capacities and locations in India. Acharya started his career in October 1986 as Management Trainee with M/s. Steel Authority of India Limited.

Kedar Apte (Vice-President, Marketing) Apte joined Castrol India in September 2011 as General Manager for the motorcycle engine oils category. In the past, he has managed multiple product categories and prior to his new role, he was the Head of Brand and Communications. Apte also spent almost a decade with Hindustan Unilever in sales and marketing roles. He has been responsible for successfully leading the launches of several pioneering brands like Castrol VECTON, Castrol CRB Mini-Truck and Castrol GTX ECO. He is leading the marketing function which includes brand communication and content, sponsorships, digital marketing and consumer and customer engagement programmes.

K K Sai (Vice President – Marketing, Retail Decorative Paints) KK Sai started his career with Berger Paints as as a Management Trainee and over the years had an opportunity to get exposed to various functional domains within the organization. He continues to be associated with the company in the current role. Sai is a B.Tech (Chemical) from IIT, Chennai and MBA, FMS, New Delhi having over 23 years of work experience.

Kaacon Sethi (Chief Corporate Marketing Officer) Kaacon Sethi is the Chief Corporate Marketing Officer at Dainik Bhaskar. She is responsible for business development and marketing communications of the Group’s print media business. She has more than 20 years of industry experience in marketing and sales of content powered customer engagements across platforms. Kaacon Sethi has earlier worked in leadership positions in Lintas Media Group, Mediasys Solutions (as Founder and Partner), K Sera Sera Productions, Sony Entertainment Television (MSM), and JWT. She has also worked with Indigo Business Services in a consulting role. In her last assignment prior to joining the Dainik Bhaskar Group, Sethi was employed with Smaaash Entertainment as Marketing Consultant.

Krishan Kumar Chutani (Executive Vice President – Marketing)Krishan Kumar Chutani is a seasoned and passionate marketing professional with over 20 years of experience of working in Health care and Foods business. He has many successes to his credit including the launch and development of leading brands like Real Fruit Juices, Dabur Glucose & Dabur Vatika Hair Oil. An IIM Ahmedabad and Kellogg School of Management alumni, Chutani is known to be a turnaround specialist and has successfully turned around businesses like Foods and Health Care for Dabur India. He has spent most of his professional life with Dabur India as the Senior Vice President in the company. He is currently heading marketing of Dabur India’s Health care, Foods & Fem Pharma business.

K.K Maheshwari (MD-Grasim Industries and sector head-Fibre and textiles, Aditya Birla Group) K. K. Maheshwari is the Sector Head – Fibres & Textiles, at the Aditya Birla Group. He is also the Managing Director of Grasim Industries Ltd., and serves as a Director of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd. As Sector Head, Maheshwari manages the Fiber and Textile Business across the value chain – from plantations to pulp, fiber to yarn, and fabrics. Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, he headed the Finance, Accounts, MIS, Legal and Secretarial function of one of the fastest growing consumer product companies in India. He holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce (Business Administration) and is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, having topped the CA exam in 1976.

Kamal Mukherjee (Marketing Consultant) Kamal Mukherjee is the Marketing Consultant at La Opala RG Ltd. He holds graduate degree in Economics and Masters in Statistics from Jadavpur University. In the past, he has worked with Dey’s Medical Ltd, Emami Biotech Ltd, MaCcan E Advertising.

Kapil Agarwal (VP-Marketing) Kapil Agarwal is currently the Vice President Marketing with Whirlpool India Limited. He joined Whirlpool as a Business Manager in 2002 and has served on various roles since then. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Kapil was Marketing Manager at Essel Group. Earlier he was also Brand Manager with Marico, a role he progressed from being an Area Sales Manager in the same organisation. He started his career as a Product Development Manager at ITC Group. Kapil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Krishnan Sundaram (VP-Marketing Transformation, South Asia at Hindustan Unilever Limited Krishnan Sundaram is the VP –Marketing Transformation at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Krishnan is a marketing professional with 15 years experience. He has worked across categories and marketing roles at Unilever and is passionate about a long term career in marketing and strategy. Krishnan is a science graduate and holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Delhi.

LSS Lal (VP- Corporate Planning) LSS Lal is the Vice President Corporate Planning and Strategic Management. He has established Rupa Technical Training Institute (a unit of Rupa Foundation) with affiliation of Sector Skill Council AMHF for skill development courses of NSDC. He has received the Emerging Marketing Leader of the year award 2011-12 in London by Power Brands. He has worked with Ruchi Soya industries LTD, Adani Wilmar LTD in the past. He is an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Lalatendu Panda Vice President & Head-Marketing at Reliance Retail (Value Format-Reliance Fresh / Reliance SMART) Lalatendu Panda is National Marketing Head and Chief Custodian of Brand Reliance Fresh/Reliance SMART. He is a customer centric CLevel Leader with 17 Years of balanced work experience in FMCG and retail domains. He has been associated with Max Hypermarkets India Pvt Ltd (SPAR), Wipro Consumer Care and Cavinkare Ltd in the past. He holds PGDM in marketing and HRD from Xavier’s Institute of Management.

Madhu S Dutta (Head Marketing & Digital Raymond Limited) Madhu S Dutta is the Head- Marketing and Digital Social Media at Raymond Limited. She is extensively involved in building brands across diverse categories. She has worked with organizations such as Pantaloons Fashion and Retail Limited – Aditya Birla Group, World Gold Council, Tanishq – Titan Industries, Ogilvy & Mather and Lowe Worldwide. Madhu holds a Diploma in Marketing from British Council, Diploma in Marketing and communication from Clarion College of Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Jadavpur University.

Manish Dubey (Executive Vice President & Head — Digital business and Marketing at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited) Ma n i s h Dubey is the Executive VP and Head of the digital business and marketing at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited. Manish has more than 15 years of experience working with Asian Paints, General Mills (Pillsbury) and ICICI Prudential Life in areas of marketing strategy, P&L leader, brand management and product management.

Mihir Dayal (Director Marketing – BMW India) Mihir Dayal is the Director of Marketing at BMW India. He has been associate with BMW India since 2007 and has also handled large teams in varied roles across sales and marketing. He has worked with organizations such as Daimler India. He holds Master’s degree in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

Mamta Kathuria (Deputy General Manager – Marketing –New product development, Good Knight) Mamta Kathuria is the Deputy General Manager – Marketing at Godrej consumer products ltd. Mamta is a confident FMCG professional with diverse experience in Brand Management and Sales across categories. She has been an excellent academician throughout her educational career. She is a graduate in Statistics from Delhi University and Business Management graduate from IIM Bangalore. She is interested in rescuing strays, swimming, yoga, dancing and travelling.

Mona Jain (Director – Strategy and Planning, HP Inc. India) Mona Jain leads B u s i n e s s Strategy and Planning for HP Inc. She is also responsible for driving business excellence and landing the balanced scorecard for the country. Mona has been in HP for over 5+ years and has had various assignments in Enterprise and Personal Systems. Before joining HP, she has held various leadership positions in Microsoft, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. Mona is an engineering graduate and a management professional with over 20 + years of experience in the areas of Sales Strategy, Business Planning and Operational Excellence.

Nilendu Mitra (CMO) Nilendu Mitra is the Chief Marketing Officer at Gitanjali Gems Ltd. He has an exposure to retail and product management. He has senior management exposure in retail marketing, merchandising and designing store SOP. He has consciously sought out opportunities to work in start-ups and in (launching) new product space / markets even within established industry verticals. He has his MS in Direct and Interactive Marketing from Mercy College, University of the State of New York.

Naveen Sreenivasan (Brand Marketing Manager) Naveen Sreenivasan is the Brand Marketing Manager of the retail division of Nilkamal LTD. He has worked with Ogilvy & Mather, Bohler High Performance Metals Pvt Ltd in the past. He is a passionate marketer and a blogger with interests in modern retail, luxury brands and automobile industry. He holds a BE degree in electrical and electronics from Anna University. He also holds a PGDM in retail management and marketing from ITM Kharghar.

Preeti Govindrajan (Head of Marketing- Van Heusen) Ms. Preeti Govindrajan is the Head of Marketing for Van Heusen. She is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with 9 years of experience in the FMCG sector across different roles in the categories of packaged foods and personal care. She has been associated with Unilever and ITC ltd in the past. She has completed her graduation from Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University and holds PGDM in marketing from Lal Bahadur Shashtri institute of management.

Praveen Gupta ( VP-Marketing) Mr. Praveen Gupta is the VP – Marketing for Tata Docomo. He has 17 years of experience in Strategic Marketing and Business Management across Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. He holds a proven successful track record of driving revenue growth through brand building, Omni- Channel Customer Experience transformation and incubating digital start-up business. He has been associated with HT media limited and IDC India limited in the past. He has received many awards in the past few years for social, digital media & creatives, website including ABBY’s, EFFIEs, Emvies, Yahoo Big Idea Chair, Campaign India Digital Crest Awards, Exchange4Media IDMA, IAMAI India Digital Awards and Digital Asia Festival. He is an alumnus of Delhi school of Economics and holds an MBA degree.

Projit Chakrabarti (Head-Marketing Services) Projit heads marketing services for the Ndtv group, He has been with them since 1995 when India’s first privately produced news programme “the news tonight “ was launched by NDTV on dd metro. He has handled a wide spectrum of projects from airtime sales, television marketing, Internet marketing, wireless services, CSR projects, sponsorship development and international consulting projects in broadcasting. He is currently working on a model that connects BTL and ATL initiatives via television and social networks to ensure market share objectives, both for channels as well as brands who advertise on them.

Pragnya Ram (Group Executive President-Marketing) Dr. Pragnya Ram serves as Group Executive President of Corporate Communications and CSR at Idea Cellular Ltd. Dr. Ram serves as the Chief Custodian of the Aditya Birla Group logo at Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. She has bagged many awards for establishing a strong Aditya Birla Group brand in the Indian Corporate world, for displaying exemplary commitment to the Group’s social vision and bringing refreshing leadership to her role, the first lady winner of the “Outstanding Leadership” Award was conferred (2002). She is member of the Governing Council of the Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore.

Prashant Pandey (CMO) Prashant Pandey is the Chief Marketing Officer at GSK and a member of the India Leadership team. Prior to this, he was the category development director, Family Nutrition, India subcontinent. He set up and expanded the category team and drove innovation across the portfolio. Prashant joined GSK Consumer Healthcare India in 2008 as marketing head of Horlicks where he led several initiatives for driving growth of the base brand as well as its different variants and extensions. Before the move to GSK, Prashant worked with JWT where he spent many years in account planning and management.

Pankaj Sharma (GM-Garnier) Mr. Pankaj Sharma is the General Manager – Garnier India (L’Oreal). He is a FMCG marketing enthusiast with 12+ years of experience in both brand and sales management. He has rich experience in developing brand strategy, product development and brand communication in local and global markets while leading crossfunctional teams. He is responsible for Garnier business in 10 countries of Asia. Garnier is the biggest business unit of L’Oreal in South Asia with strong presence in both developing and sophisticated markets. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Madras and Master’s in Marketing Management from MICA.

Prashant Desai (Head of Media, India at Mondelēz International) Mr. Prashant Desai is Sr. Media Manager at Mondelez International (formerly Cadbury India Ltd). He is heading the media function, managing traditional and digital media across the entire portfolio of chocolates, biscuits, beverages, gums and candies. He was associated with MediaCom India, MEC and Mindshare in the past. He has received many awards like Gold medal for Best Engagement Strategy during Festival of Media Global and many more. He is an Arts graduate from ARSD college, Delhi and he holds PGPC in media marketing and planning from MICA.

Puneet Anand (General Manager-Marketing) and Group Head at Hyundai Motors India Ltd. Puneet Anand is the GM for marketing and the Group Head at Hyundai Motors India Ltd. Puneet is an automobile professional with over 20 years experience in automotive marketing, sales & service operations. He was instrumental in developing and launching Hyundai Insurance Program. He started career as GET in 1995 and now handling National position since last eight years. Puneet is thefirst employee in HMI to be recommended by senior management to undergo 1 Year Executive MBA program at prestigious Korea University. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology.

Ravi Rayavaram (VP-Marketing) Ravi Rayavaram is VP-Marketing at ITC Ltd. He has work experience of 19 years across sectors like industrial products, FMCG and apparel and fashion retailing. He has a proven track record of growing and establishing new businesses. He has experience across B2B and B2C businesses with the ability to apply skills across product or sector configurations. He has been associated with lifestyle retailing business division, 3M India Ltd and Grindwell Norton Ltd in the past. He has received award for excellence in leadership from the Governor of Maharashtra.

Raj Kr Raina (General Manager – Marketing & Strategic Business at Apollo Hospitals, Delhi) Raj Kr Raina is the GM – Marketing and Strategic Business at Apollo hospitals, Delhi. He has over 24 years of experience in heading sales / marketing and business operations in health care sector with a proven record of acquiring partners, executing business strategies and positively contributing towards overall organizational growth and profitability. He is a dynamic professional with rich and extensive experience in spearheading sales and marketing, brand building, service delivery and key account management initiatives with key focus on top line and bottom line profitability while ensuring optimal utilization of resources.

Rajan Bhalla (CMO) Rajan Bhalla has been the Chief Marketing Officer at HT Media Limited since February 2015. He led the launch of Mint as its Business Head, which now is India’s second largest business daily. In his 18 years experience he has worked with several blue chip companies across diverse categories in senior leadership roles. These include Contract Advertising, Whirlpool, Pepsico Beverages India where he served as Executive Vice President – Marketing. While the bulk of his experience has been in the Indian market, he has worked on an International assignment in Brazil as well. Mr. Bhalla is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and has also done an MBA along with ICWA (I).

Rekha Nahar (GM – Marketing) Rekha Nahar is the GM – Marketing at MTR Foods. She is actively involved in working towards achieving operational excellence at MTR and creating societal impact through CSR activities for the company. She has achieved the highest ever growth for Spices and Masalas. She has successfully established the new imagery and look for the Brand. She has worked with Dabur India LTD and Dabur Foods Limited in the past. Rekha Nahar has completed her studies from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research.

Rjeev Jain Associate Vice President (Marketing) at DS Group Rajeev Jain is the Associate Vice President (Marketing) at DS Group. He is a brand strategist having acumen in brand planning, consumer insights and brand development. He has sound strategic and operational knowledge of various functions in brand management. He has launched various successful brands in FMCG category. He is heading the brand management and advertising functions for Rajnigandha Mouthfreshner, Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Silver Coated Cardamom Seeds, Pulse Candy, Pass Pass, Catch Salt and Spices, Chingles (Confectionery), Ksheer (Dairy Products), Tansen and Tulsi brands. He is a science graduate from Hans Raj College Delhi and has completed his MBA from Ajmer University.

Rakesh Sharma (VP – Sales & Marketing) Rakesh Sharma is the VP-Sales and Marketing at Patanjali Ayurved Limited. He holds the merit of increasing the turnover of the company from 360 Crores to 2000 Crores since taking the responsibility. He has worked with Hindustan Unilever Limited, ABM Information Technology and Paras Laminates in the past.

Rajshree Bakshi (Global Vice President and Head of Marketing for the Taj Group of Hotels) Rajshree Bakshi is the Global VP and Head of Marketing for Taj group of hotels. She has over 18 years of hospitality experience, and is known for her direct style and no-nonsense approach. She directs key strategic planning and marketing initiatives across the Taj portfolio in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Australasia and Africa, and is focussed on growing customer centricity, deepening brand engagement and increasing revenues. She has previously served the company as Global Head of Brand. Having joined the Taj when it was a 50-hotel chain, she worked with the team that was the first to introduce a customer feedback system in the company. Marking the Taj’s expansion to international shores, she spearheaded the successful launches of a number of international Taj properties including in the US, South Africa, UAE and Maldives, as well as the repositioning of several hotels in India.

Rama Dhamija (Head of Marketing) Rama Dhamija is the Head of Marketing at Himalaya consumer products. He has 15 years experience in brand management, sales and trade marketing in the FMCG space in India. He has handled the sales and marketing function with P&L responsibility across home care, personal care, foods and health care verticals. He has worked with Dabur India Ltd, Boots Healthcare International and Wrigley’s India in the past. He has done his PGDBM in marketing from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Raghuvesh Sarup SVP CMO & Head of Categories at Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt Ltd) Online cab aggregator, Ola has appointed Raghuvesh Sarup as its chief marketing officer (CMO) in January 2016. He is responsible for marketing across the brand and profit and loss for all categories. Prior to Ola, Raghuvesh was the marketing director at Microsoft where he was responsible for sales of the company’s devices in the country. Before this, he held various positions at Nokia including head of sales, global head of product marketing for Lumia, global marketing director of N-series and director of portfolio & categories, India. He also worked as the marketing manager for Pizza Hut India for nearly 7 years, before which he was an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble. He holds MBA degree from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Rahul Pansare (Head-Marketing) Rahul Pansare is the Head of Marketing at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Pansare has vast experience in his respective functions after having worked extensively with global automobile corporations. Pansare is a Mechanical engineer and a Management post-graduate, with 15 years of diverse experience in sales and marketing across domains such as FMCG, entertainment, and automobiles. His association with Fiat goes back to 1999 when he started his career at Fiat India as an engineer. Prior to joining FCA, Pansare was head of communications, Volkswagen Group, sales, India, and the brand custodian for its entire range of products.

Rajiv Nair (Director – Sales & Marketing) Rajiv Nair is the Director – Sales and Marketing at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Rajiv has more than 20 years of industry experience. He has worked with Ranbaxy and Wockhardt Ltd. He holds an MBA degree from Chetana’s R K Institute of Management and Research and he has also done Senior Management Program in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Rajeev Jain (Director – Sales) Rajeev Jain is the Director – Sales at LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd. He has a rich experience of about 27 years in the field of sales and marketing of consumer durables in India. He has worked with leading organizations of the country like Electrolux and Videocon in the past. Rajeev has received various reputed awards for consumer preference and satisfaction i.e. CNBC Awards, Readers Digest Awards, 4Ps award, EFY Readers’ choice award etc.

Rosie Virq Ahluwalia (Director, Marketing) Rosie Virq Ahluwalia is the Director – Marketing at Canali India. She handles marketing and communications for Canali in India. This includes press relations, events, promotions, in-film placements, media planning and social media management. Canali came to India in 2004 by opening its first store in Mumbai. In 2007, however, Canali changed partners and came under the ‘Genesis Luxury’ stable. Since then the brand has grown remarkably. Rosie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts faculty from Lady Shri Ram College.

Rajan Kohli (Senior VP) Rajan Kohli has been the Senior Vice President of Wipro Digital at Wipro Ltd. since April 1, 2016. A Wipro veteran of over 14 years, Kohli has held various leadership roles within the organization. He started his career with Wipro Infotech and picked up valuable sales experience and market knowledge of the fast growing Indian market during his stint. He is very successful in a variety of roles that combined sales and business management. He understands markets, clients and services. He joined Wipro from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, where he completed his Post Graduation in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing and Finance. He also holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communications.

Rajender Sehgal (Group Head – Financial Institutions, Public Sector Undertakings, Government Business and Custodial Services) Rajender Sehgal holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a gold medalist from the Punjab University. He pursued a Business Management degree from the FMS, Delhi University and is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (IIB). He is a senior banker with over 30 years of banking experience in India and abroad, Sehgal worked with SBI for 20 years prior to joining the Bank in 1998. He currently heads the financial institutions, government business, public sector undertakings (North), custodial services and microfinance businesses of the bank. In addition to the above, Sehgal is also designated as the MD’s representative for Northern India.

Ranjiv Singh (Senior Vice President – Corporate Marketing, CMO at Samsung India Electronics) Ranjiv Singh is the Senior VP-Corporate Marketing, CMO at Samsung India Electronics. Prior to this, he was the CMO at Hewlett Packard India Sales Pvt Ltd. He was associated with Microsoft Corporation India, Ericsson communications India, Level Strauss India and Hindustan Lever Ltd in the past. He is a commerce graduate from St. Xavier’s college and holds MBA degree in marketing from Sydenham Institute of Management.

Ramendra Sahai (VP-Marketing/Sales) Ramendra Sahai is the VP for marketing at Symphony limited. He has 19 years of experience in Channel Sales and Marketing. He has worked with organizations such as ALP Aeroflex India Pvt.Ltd., Roots Air Systems Pvt.Ltd. and Zeco Aircon Industries Pvt.Ltd.in the past. Ramendra holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing from State University of Lucknow.

Raman Awasthi (National Sales Head) Mr. Raman Awasthi is the National Sales Head at Hero Cycles Ltd. he has 13 years’ of work experience with an outstanding track record spanning across the largest conglomerates in the country and Abroad including Hirsch, Murugappa Group and now UT Bikes. He is currently the Sales Head at Urban Trail Cycles Ltd, India’s First integrated bicycle manufacturing and Marketing Company producing approximately 19,000 Premium and High Performance Bikes per years with a 200 dealer network across India.

Sanjay Kaul (Country Manager for Apple India) Apple has promoted Sanjay Kaul to the position of country manager for Apple India on May 8, 2016. A Canadian citizen, Kaul has been associated with Apple since November 2011 and has been taking care of the Apple’s iPhone business. Before joining Apple, Kaul was associated with BlackBerry as director of Channel Sales for India for over two years. After completing his Msc (Tech) Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering from BITS Pilani, Kaul completed his MBA in International Business from Gustavson School of Business, Canada in 1998 and moved back to India in 2008.

Sanjeev Rajasekharan (Executive VP-Sales & After Sales) Sajeev Rajasekharan is the Executive Vice President for Sales and after-Sales. In this capacity, he is responsible for driving growth in market share as well as delivering a great experience for all Suzuki customers. Mr. Sajeev has a wealth of experience from over two decades spent in Marketing, Sales and Operations. He last served as Panasonic India’s Deputy Divisional Managing Director (Channel & Retail). He also played an instrumental role in setting up and developing Electroluxs India (PE Electronics Limited) operations as COO of the company. In his initial years, Sajeev worked with BlowPlast and Onida before moving on to Samsung where his successful decade-long stint in various roles culminated as head of Home Appliances Division.

S Jeyakrishnan (Director – Marketing) S Jeyakrishnan took charge as Director (Marketing) of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited effective November 1, 2016. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director (Retail) of HPCL. An alumni of Madras University, S Jeyakrishnan joined HPCL in 1981 and has a rich and varied experience across the spectrum of Petroleum marketing. During a career spanning over 35 years, he has led large teams in the Marketing functions and held Leadership positions including General Manager- East Zone, Executive Director – Business Development & Corporate Affairs, Executive Director-Direct Sales and Executive Director-Retail. Jeyakrishnan has attended the Advanced Management Program at Cambridge (UK) and the Authentic Leadership Program of the Harvard Business School and has been an active participant in various industry forums and conferences both at national and International levels.

Sujit Ganguly (GM – Corporate Branding) Sujit Ganguli has moved to ICICI Bank. Ganguli, who was the marketing head at the insurance company, has taken over the mandate of general manager, corporate branding at the bank. Ganguli, a physics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune and an IIM Bangalore alumnus, began his career with Hindustan Lever as area sales manager and later, senior product manager for Deluxe Green Label Coffee and Lipton Taaza Tea. He was also a part of the core team at Reliance Infocomm which launched Reliance India Mobile.

Sangeeta Goel (DGM – Marketing at Bikanervala Foods Pvt Ltd.) Sangeeta Goel is the DGM of Marketing at Bikanervala Foods Pvt Ltd. Sangeeta is dynamic and confident marketing personnel, with significant experience in design development, brand building, launches and promotional campaigns. She has worked with organizations like Lina footwear pvt ltd. and MAJ Marketing & Engineering pvt ltd and ING Vysya Bank in the past. She holds a Master’s degree in Public relation and Advertisement from YCMA Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Sanjay Tripathy (Sr. EVP – Marketing, Product, Digital and E – Commerce, HDFC Life) Sanjay Tripathy is the Senior Executive Vice President, Marketing, Product, Digital, and Direct Channels, including E-commerce and member of the Executive management Committee at HDFC Life. Sanjay is credited for establishing HDFC Life as a strong and distinct brand in the insurance category through ‘Self Respect,’ the core brand proposition. He has been instrumental in designing innovative products in the industry including Smart Woman, India’s first ULIP for woman, and Click2Protect, a highly competitive online term plan. He started his career with GCMMF Ltd. in 1992. Since then he has worked with various reputed organizations like Frito-Lay (PepsiCo), Mattel and Reliance Communications (erstwhile Reliance Infocomm) before moving on to his current role at HDFC Life in 2004.

Sumit Bhattacharya (Executive President of Strategic Businesses & Marketing) Sumit Bhattacharya has been Executive President of Strategic Businesses and Marketing at HCL Infosystems Limited since January 2015. As a senior member of the management team, Bhattacharya is responsible for strategic new businesses and partnership opportunities for the company. He is also the functional head of all the Marketing teams in HCL Infosystems. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has been associated with the Indian and Global IT and ITeS industry for 25 years. Bhattacharya has worked in global organizations like Thorn-EMI and Xerox. He has also managed an entrepreneurial venture in the US. He is an MBA from London Business School and has been a key speaker and panelist in various industry forums and academic institutions.

Sandeep Pravinbhai Engineer (MD) Sandeep Pravinbhai Engineer has been the Managing Director of Astral Poly Technik Limited since April 1, 2006. Engineer started his career as Project Engineer in Cadila Laboratories Limited. After gaining an experience for around a year, he decided to promote Shree Chemicals, a proprietorship concern, in 1986, which was operational for about 10 years. Thereafter, in 1992, he promoted Kairav Chemicals Private Limited, a pharmaceutical venture for the manufacture of bulk drugs. He is the member of Executive Committee of the Indian Plumbing Association, and Chairman of the Gujarat Chapter of the association and also a member of the World Plumbing Council. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Gujarat.

Sachin Dingankar (Head – Marketing) A postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Sachin Dingankar took on charge as Head of Marketing at Zydus Wellness in March 2015. Zydus has a strong portfolio in the FMCG space with brands such as Sugar Free, Everyuth, Nutralite and Actilife. Of his 18-odd years of work experience, Dingankar has worked with well-known FMCG majors like Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Godfrey Phillips (GPI) and Henkel managing brands like Four Square, Red & White, Cavanders, Stayfree & Schwarzkopf Professional.

Sarthak Seth (Head – Brand & Marketing Communications) Sarthak Seth is Head – Brand and Marketing communications at Panasonic. Seth, an avid marketer with total of 12 years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and MBA in Marketing, has been very instrumental in formulating and implementing Panasonic’s marketing initiatives to effectively communicate its brand values & product ethos in India & South Asian markets. During Sarthak’s being in the foray, Panasonic has won many accolades in the field of Brand, Communication and Activation. Sarthak has received numerous accolades including Young Achiever of the Year @ 4th CMO Asia in 2013 and many more by some of the leading bodies in the field of Brand & Marketing including International Advertising Association (IAA), WOW Awards, EEMA etc.

Suresh Amarnani (Head – Marketing) Suresh Amarnani has joined MIRC Electronics as marketing head. MIRC owns the popular Onida brand. Amarnani’s mandate at MIRC has strengthed the brand, which is an ongoing process. He reports to Vivek Sharma, vice-president, sales and marketing, MIRC Electronics. In his career span, Amarnani has worked with agencies such as Contract, O&M, Lowe & Partners/Monsoon (Singapore). In between, he also did a short stint with Quadrant. Having spent the last five years at Mudra, he has been associated with many brands, among which he recalls the ad he did for Kinetic Style Silver as one of his favourites.

Sachin Dev Rai (Head –Marketing) Sachin Dev Rai is the marketing head of Sony India. Sachin Dev Rai was heading both sales and marketing for a brief period, before which he was heading marketing for the Bravia television division. The brand is currently the third-largest Smartphone brand by value after Samsung and Micromax.

Saad Ahmed (Head – BD) Saad Ahmed is the Head – Business Development at Uber and one of the first employees of Uber India, he has built scalable partnership structures and brokered some of the first national partnerships for Uber in India. He has also worked on a multitude of strategic projects to scale Uber’s business in this region. He has been associated with Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (Times Group), TCS and MSLGROUP in the past. He has done his MBA from Indian School Of Business.

Shankar Nath (CMO) Shankar has over 18 years of experience in the Consumer Marketing and Financial Services space in India. A graduate of St Stephen’s College and IIM, Ahmedabad, he has served in organisations such as GSK Consumer Healthcare, CitiFinancial and Aviva Life Insurance. Prior to joining Paytm, he worked as the Head of Marketing and Direct for ICICI Lombard General Insurance.

Sunil Gadgil (Director-Marketing) Sunil Gadgil is the Marketing Director of Nivea India for its India Operations. Gadgil comes in from Bausch and Lomb, where he headed the marketing function and was responsible for marketing and trade marketing strategy for the Vision Care business. He had also led a global task force for creating the ‘Emerging Markets’ value propositions for the brand. Gadgil brings on board 14 years of experience of which over 10 years have been spent in the marketing function across hair &and personal care, vision care, household care and credit cards. He began his career with Sales at Asian Paints and had thereafter handled various roles in Marketing with Marico, Godrej Sara Lee and GE Money.

Shitij Modi (GM Marketing) Shitij Modi is the head of the iconic personal care brand Cinthol in Godrej Consumer Products. He started his career as a management trainee in Cadbury India. He has exposure to managing brands in diverse categories like chocolates, soaps and deodorants. He manages brand P&L for entire portfolio of personal care brand Cinthol. He is also responsible for the innovation pipeline on Cinthol. He is the Winner of GCPL MD’s Award – Marketing Superstar for FY 15-16.

Sashi Shankar (Chief Marketing Officer) Sashi Shankar is the CMO of Idea. He joined Idea in September 2001 and has experience of over 11 years. Chemical Engineering graduate and Management postgraduate in Marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research, Mumbai, he has wide experience of 30 years across Sales, Marketing and P&L roles in FMCG, Durables and Telecom industries.

Sumeet Lamba (Executive Director) Sumeet Lamba is the Executive Director and responsible for International Brands P&L, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Corporate Communication, International development of India owned brands and Innovation. Over 32 years, Sumeet Lamba has earned an enviable reputation for building Brands and Businesses to positions of leadership for reputed Blue Chip corporations. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of compliance and governance in heavily regulated markets and industries. His leadership skills are exceptional in managing high performance, cross-cultural teams. Sumeet earned his MBA, with a major in Marketing, from the University of Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree from one of India’s leading educational institutions, St. Stephens College, and spent his formative years at The Mayo College.

Swati Rathi (Marketing Head) Swati Rathi is the Marketing head at Godrej Appliances. She has 14 years of rich marketing experience with more than 10 years in consumer durables and prior experience in market research. She was responsible for driving brand awareness and consideration for Godrej Appliances as a whole and for each of its operating categories – refrigerators, washing machines, ac and microwave ovens, supported by a team of Category Marketing Managers and Trade Marketing Managers when she was the Associate GM at Godrej. She has received Digital Marketer Award for FMCG & Consumer durable category by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) in 2016.

Sharad Agarwal (Sr. Joint President (Marketing) at Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.) Sharad Agarwal is the Sr. Joint President at Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. He is a sales and marketing professional in cement industry for the last 25 years. Currently he is heading marketing operations of Northern India in Jay Pee Group. He manage sales operations of over 100 offices and more than 5000 channel partners and also handled all India marketing operations of commodity and consumer products in previous organizations. He has successfully launched JP Cement brand in North India market and created brand equity. He has been associated with Surya Roshni Ltd, Lakshmi Cement Ltd and DLF Ltd in the past.

Sreenivaasan G (President – Consumer Products Division at TTK Healthcare Limited) Sreenivaasan G is the President of consumer products division at TTK Healthcare Ltd. He has worked with Lifestyle, GlaxoSmith- Kline Consumer Healthcare. Nabisco Middle East, ADMMI – Associate of Inchcape Middle East, Unilever( Brooke Bond India) and most recently with Eid Parry (India) Ltd as Vice President- Marketing. He holds a BE degree in production engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli and a PGDBM in Marketing from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Subhodip Pal (COO) Shubhodip Pal is the COO of YU televentres. This is Shubhodip Pal’s second stint with the company, as he was earlier involved as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Micromax, the parent brand of YU. He carries with him over 19 years of consumer marketing experience in launching, building and managing brands from consumer durables to the banking/financial, IT hardware sector and telecom services sector. He has worked on the whole spectrum of marketing, specialising in product management, retail, marketing communications, media, sports and entertainment marketing, online and mobile marketing. HE has been associated with organizations such as ABN AMRO Bank, N.V., Hewlett Packard India , BLYK Media – a Mobile Magazine for the Youth, 2012-15 as Chief marketing Officer Micromax. In his last assignment he was the CEO at Balaji Motion Pictures.

Satish Upadhyay (Head-Seller Marketing) Satish Upadhyay is the Head-Seller Marketing at Amazon. He has worked with organizations such as AkzoNobel, Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings and ICI Dulux in the past. He holds PGDBM in Marketing and operations from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Sanjeev Handa (Vice President and Head of Marketing) Sanjeev Handa is Vice President and Head of Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. In his current role Sanjeev leads the planning and strategy for all present and future products in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio. In his near nine years with Maruti Suzuki, he has orchestrated and augmented strategies for the launch of power brands in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio. Prior to his stint with Maruti Suzuki, Sanjeev worked in the advertising industry with JWT, McCann Erickson and TBWA where he formulated communication strategies for brands like Hero Honda, Microsoft, Xerox, General Motors, Benkiser, Bank of America, and planned numerous new products launches across all categories. An alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad and an economics graduate, Sanjeev has over 23 years of varied experience in marketing, strategy, brand management, advertising, CRM and sales across varied industries.

Sukhpreet Singh (Sr. VP) Sukhpreet Singh is the Senior VP at Dish TV. He has a rich experience in business, sales and marketing roles in the FMCG, consumer durables, media and entertainment space. He has worked with established Indian and MNC corporations like Dabur, Gillette, Whirlpool and Samsung in various markets across India and South Asia. He holds an MBA degree from International Management Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from School of Planning and Architecture.

Upanga Dutta (CMO) Upanga Dutta is the CMO of telenor. He is result oriented marketing professional with proven expertise in strategic planning, business development along with strong execution skills. He has outstanding track record in successful brand & product marketing, mass market distribution, customer relationship management & overall profit center management. He is an effective communicator with strong leadership skills to manage large and complex business operations at National level. He has digital marketing competency to develop digital enablers & drive business through digital platforms. He was associated with Idea cellular ltd and Bharti Airtel ltd in the past. He hold an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

Vikram Vijayaraghavan (Co- Founder) Vikram Vijayaraghavan is the co-founder at Duta. Vikram Vijayaraghavan has more than a dozen years technical experience with complex, large-scale computing systems and management experience running an India engineering and services office. Vikram has a Masters in CS & Elec. Engg. from Stanford University, California as well as a B.L from Madras Law College. Vikram was one of the key engineers at Efficient Frontier and was the founder of Efficient Frontier India in 2005. Vikram is a Partner in the renowned taxation law firm Subbaraya Aiyar, Padmanabhan & Ramamani, Chennai. Vikram is the founder of Vulcantech Software and RMT International School, one of the leading schools in Chennai.

Vishal Desai (Associate Director- Marketing) Viacom18 has roped in Vishal Desai as associate director, marketing, for its flagship Hindi general entertainment channel Colors. With over 12 years of experience, Desai joined Colors from Times Now, where he was senior manager, marketing. He joined the news channel in April 2005, where his mandate was to fuel the channel’s growth efforts through focused and result-driven consumer marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Times Now, he was assistant manager, mergers & acquisitions cell, at Bennett, Coleman & Co. for approximately two years. Before joining Bennett, Coleman & Co, he was manager, corporate and projects at Karma Network for two years.

Vinod Sisodia (President Marketing) Vinod Sisodia is the President for the HCD division. He is responsible for India Sales and Distribution for the Health Care Division comprising OTC range and Rx range. He is a sales & marketing professional with 17 years of varied experience in Sales & Distribution, Customer Marketing, and Customer Development across industries including FMCG (Food, Personal Care & Consumer Health Care), Durables, Health Care & Banking. He was associated with Johnson & Johnson Ltd. – Consumer Products Division, Cadbury Kraft India Limited, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited, Standard Chartered Bank and Wipro in the past.

Vivek Malhotra (VP, Marketing, Strategy Planning & Research, TV Today Network) Vivek Malhotra is responsible for brand development and communication strategy for the media brands under TV Today. He is also in charge of the research and special projects divisions. In his earlier stints, Malhotra worked with Big FM as Head of Marketing and with Bloomberg UTV as Sr. VP, Marketing, PR and Research, where he played an integral role in setting up the entire marketing system and repositioning the product to new brand values, along with additional responsibilities of distribution planning and coordination. Malhotra also had stints at Star News Network and TV18.

Vivek Agrawal (CMO) Vivek Agrawal, B.Tech. M.B.A. serves as the Group Executive President and Chief Marketing Officer of UltraTech Cement Limited. Mr. Agrawal serves as a Joint Executive President of Grasim Industries Ltd. He served as Vice President for Marketing of Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited.

Vishal R. Chordia (Director – Strategy and Marketing) Vishal Chordia has been spearheading the growth of the company in different verticals and geographies for the last 15 years. He holds a master degree in Marketing & Production from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies. Prior to which he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from University of Pune India. In addition to being a full time director, Mr Vishal is also on the board of many other organizations like Symbiosis College and Vishwakarma Institutes. He is a recipient of many prestigious Awards’ over the last decade like: The Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award, BIS, International Great Taste Award, Guild of Fine Foods, UK and many more.