Chris Hirst is a change agent, widely recognized as an innovative and inspirational leader. After a decade in CEO positions he has a proven track record of leading transformation. He is currently Global CEO of Havas Creative – a multi-disciplinary marketing services group.
While studying at Harvard Business School, Chris developed his now-proven approach to leadership. He believes in the principles of an open culture – where people are given permission to take risks and make mistakes. He is actively engaged in broadening the appeal of the advertising industry and sees diversity and social mobility as key factors in the future health of the creative industries.
Chris is on the UK Council at entertainment giant Vivendi and a trustee of the MOBO Foundation. Named in 2018's Evening Standard Power 1000 list and #3 in Campaign magazine's most influential, Chris is also a regular speaker and commentator in national press including BBC News, The Politics Show, Evening Standard, CNBC, Financial Times and Sky News.
His first book, ‘No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why The World Needs More Everyday Leaders And Why That Leader Is You’ was published by Profile Books in May 2019.
Mr. Sameer Saxena is the Director, Marketing of Legrand Group India - a subsidiary of Euro 5.5*bn Legrand Group, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructure.
Mr. Saxena leads the marketing functions of three independent business divisions of Legrand Group in India – Legrand, IndoAsian and Valrack. Sameer is responsible for executing marketing strategies across three important segments – strategic, operational and technology trends. On the strategic front, Sameer devises and drives implementation of years of business and product roadmaps and brand strategies for the three independent brands. With keen expertise in operational strategies, Sameer has the directive to review, analyze and adapt the annual business plan for the three group brands.
Sameer has been associated with Legrand India since 2008 and was responsible for driving sales for IndoAsian Business division. In his marketing role, Sameer is also responsible for mapping the competition landscape and identifying new technologies and opportunities to take Legrand’s standards of innovation to new heights.
With over 22 years of experience, Sameer has a rich repository of knowledge and experience in sales, strategic marketing, product program, distribution and channels. Prior to this, Sameer had worked for reputed corporates like Schneider Electric, General Motors & Apollo Tyres.
Sameer had done his BSc (Hons) in Physics from Delhi University and PGDBA from National Productivity Institute. Sameer lives with his wife and two sons in Mumbai.
Sagar Boke, currently Head – Marketing of the consumer business at Tata Chemicals Ltd. is an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
He joined Tata Chemicals in September 2015 and brings with him more than 15 years of experience in FMCG Marketing and Sales having worked across 7 categories, 7 roles, 5 companies and 5 locations. Sheer diversity of roles has equipped him with sharp business acumen, strategic perspective,appreciation of cultural nuances and the ability to deliver in ambiguous and dynamic work environments. Sagar is a highly passionate individual, with an ability to inspire teams to take on seemingly difficult challenges.
Prior to joining Tata Chemicals, Mr. Boke was with Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) and has been a part of many business turnaround stories, such as Dalda into Edible Oils.
Recipient of the Business World Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Entrepreneur India Best Consumer Audio brand Award, Aman Gupta loves building brands. An alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB), he was a Chartered Accountant at 21. The customary work stints with global brands followed and he went on to work with Citibank, KPMG, and JBL (Harman) as Sales Director. This eclectic work experience speeded his decision to “build a brand of his own”. Sensing the need for smart, efficient, stylish and durable mobile wearables and hearables Aman teamed up with Sameer Mehta to launch boAt in 2015.
The current product portfolio includes mobile accessories centred specifically on smartphones across audio (wired and wireless headsets, Bluetooth and portable speakers) and connector (car and wall chargers and cables.
Anupam is a seasoned and passionate marketer with over 24 years of experience across global FMCG giants such as Unilever and Danone. He has worked across various marketing domains such as global & regional brand development, brand building and customer development & sales. He has successfully launched and led over a dozen brands including some iconic ones like Dove, Clinic Plus, Lifebuoy, Pepsodent, Clear, Tiger Biscuits, Huggies, Sunlight, Vim, Pureit and Too Yumm! in over 25 different countries.
Anupam’s current role at Guiltfree Industries (RPSG) is focused on overall strategy and marketing leadership for the company. He began with ‘Too Yumm!’ and has successfully turned it into the fastest growing FMCG brand in India with high-impact campaigns such as #WhyChipsVirat#SayNoToFriedSnackswithin its first year of launch.
During his tenure, Anupam has received several awards and recognitions, including Golden Peacock awards for Innovations, Indian Marketing Awards, Prime Time Awards, Kaleido 2019, Guinness World Record at Kumbh’2019, WCRC India’s most transformational brand, WCRC India’s most admired brand for Too Yumm! and e4m CMO of the year award.
Anupam’s hobbies are cricket, travelling and bingeing on chosen OTT content – these are as much passion points as they are an extended part of my day job!
Vignesh Vellore is the co-founder and the CEO of The News Minute. A new-age digital media company based in Bengaluru, TNM ( The News Minute) has been at the forefront of creating an English news media space with a primary focus on the southern states.
Vignesh oversees content operations, tech and product management and business development.
With a background in IT and human resource management, Vignesh bring a much-needed external perspective to the media industry.
A business doyen holding more than 15 years of experience in the domain, Saurabh Garg is Cofounder and CBO at NoBroker.com, the world’s first and largest customer-to-customer real estate portal. In his role at NoBroker.com, he spearheads the company’s marketing vertical and the business strategy. He is responsible for devising and implementing innovative marketing strategies to make people aware about NoBroker.com’s unique proposition and has been instrumental in achieving the lowest customer acquisition costs in the competitive Indian Real Estate sector. His deep understanding of the customer behaviour made him go further in the customer lifecycle and very early in the start-up journey launch ancillary services NoBroker Home Store, one-stop shop for all home-shifting needs. Home Store not only makes the life very easy for the customer but is a low cost high revenue source for the company as it is able to present the solution to the customer at the right moment of truth when they are in the biggest need of these services. He additionally heads the strategic alliances business with real estate developers and corporates which helps bring both high quality supply and demand at a low cost while generating additional revenue for the company and is the first time that a C2C business also has a B2B play.
An alumnus of IIT Bombay, and IIM Ahmedabad, Saurabh is also a serial entrepreneur. After spending almost three years with the Sales and Marketing team at Hindustan Unilever Limited, he took the entrepreneurial leap with Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, one of the select few from IIMA to leave a cushy job and start on his own. In 2014, he cofounded NoBroker.com, which is first of its kind C2C platform across the world, to address the house-hunting hassles and huge intermediation costs faced by Indian home seekers. The platform has helped more than 70 lac Indians in their home search and has saved upwards of 2000 crores in brokerage in the last 3 years.
Having managed and accelerated growth curves for start-ups, Saurabh leads NoBroker.com’s growth initiatives and has helped the company in securing key strategic partnerships. Saurabh’s unique perspective on marketing has been instrumental in achieving a rapid scale up at low costs in the sector mired with huge marketing spends. Saurabh is an exceptional problem solver and has been responsible for the overall company strategy uniquely positioning the company as a disruptor in the real estate sector in a short span of time. He has built his team from scratch and developed them by constantly posing new challenges to them which brings the best out of them and sets new benchmarks for the industry. He also gives them independence and motivates them to question the status quo and try new and disruptive solutions without any fear of failure. It is this spirit that helped NoBroker achieve 25 lac+ android app downloads with zero marketing cost.
An experienced Sales & Account Management professional with 15 years industry experience and having worked for a range of creative and technology companies, Jeremy has strong experience across Marketing & Creativity, Technology and the Media landscape. He finds the rapid change within the creative and technology industry fascinating and exciting. He is also incredibly passionate about technology and the way it improves society through connection, empowerment and disruption.
As the Head of Partner Ecosystem, he is responsible for Partnership ecosystem growth within the region, for the new business formed by Centerbridge Partners L.P., that will deliver the modern, comprehensive portfolio of solutions to meet the CMO's biggest challenges across marketing and advertising.
We collaborate with sophisticated Clients and Partners across the globe to deliver a cohesive blueprint spanning all customer connection points that will satisfy audience needs and surpass business goals.
Passions include social and political issues, the importance of values, and enjoying weekend long lunches among friends
If you like discussing the future of brand communications within our ever fragmenting media landscape, and how technology can grow and improve your business then we share something in common.
Sunil joined GCPL in 2011, where he successfully led the merger of the sales and marketing organisations of GCPL and the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee. He has diverse work experience across the FMCG and Consumer Services sectors in Sales, Marketing and business roles, including a highly successful 12 year stint at Marico Industries. Post this, Sunil served as a Business Head in retail and telecom companies, leading large and complex business operations. Prior to joining the Godrej Group, he was Chief Operating Officer of the Idea Rajasthan Circle, where he headed business operations, was responsible for the P&L, and led a major turnaround of the Rajasthan business.
Sunil is Chairman of the Indian Society of Advertisers and closely associated with the CMO forum, FICCI FMCG Committee and Advertising Standards Council of India. A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, he is also an MBA in Marketing from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad. Sunil is a staunch practitioner of the spirit of 'Possibility Thinking' and believes that this, coupled with a passion for flawless execution, is the biggest competitive advantage in today's world. An avid reader, he writes Hindi poetry, and loves watching Hindi movies and Hollywood science fiction.
Prathyusha Agarwal is the Chief Consumer Officer at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) driving viewer led brand and business growth for the company. She has been a part of the ZEEL family since January 2017 and leads the marketing function for the Domestic Broadcast business while spearheading key strategic initiatives and driving marketing capabilities across the company. At ZEE, she spearheads business transformation initiatives and the brand growth mandate, which have resulted in increased network share for India’s leading media and entertainment powerhouse.
Prathyushahas been instrumental in driving several multi-media communication initiatives and strengthening the cultural connect of the network by crafting the ZEE regional growth story through a ‘soul to screen’ approach of taking inspiration from the consumers’ lives backed by deep insights. This has resulted in overall growth in market share and brand perception in the regional markets, which the regional channels contributing significantly to the overall network share.
Under her leadership, ZEE has received several accolades including being recognized as the only Indian Content brand to be felicitated at the prestigious World Branding forum(WBF), bagging the Marketing Team of the Year award at the Indian Marketing Awards, and being felicitated with a silver for its campaign ‘The Great Indian Middle Class Awakening’ on Zee TV in the Corporate Advertising Category at the Effies 2019, amongst many others.
Prathyusha comes with over 17 years of professional experience across leading global and Indian MNCs across sectors as diverse as FMCG, Consulting, Insurance, and Media and Entertainment. Prior to joining ZEEL, she was Head-Marketing at TataUniStoreLtd -Tata’s ecommerce venture where she launched the much-awaited TataCLiQ in a hyper-competitive ecommerce market. As VP–Marketing and Analytics at HDFC Life, Prathyusha revived the ailing brand by making ‘SarUthaKeJiyo’ relevant to the new age males. Driving network brand strategy for Star India, Prathyusha spearheaded the Star corporate brand revamp and portfolio brand strategy during her term. In her enriching career path, Prathyusha was Founder Director of allOK Tech Support, worked with MarketGate Consulting and honed marketing skills at HUL over 5 years in different sales and marketing roles.
Prathyusha is a post-graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, with her graduation in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras.
Rubeena Singh is CEO of iProspect India, India’s premier digital performance agency. With almost 20 years of experience, Rubeena has developed expertise and built an enviable track record across digital, print and broadcasting. Rubeena’s demonstrated ability to build and scale-up businesses on the sustainable foundation of strong, motivated teams, business relationships and efficient processes is her strength. Under her leadership, iProspect India has grown rapidly & now serves 100+ clients and employs over 200+ people.
At iProspect, she is also credited for setting up various next-gen services like Intelligent Content(Creative), Solution Labs (Martech) to offer an entire spectrum of data-driven digital marketing performance strategies. Since she took over the reins, the agency has won numerous awards – ‘Digital Agency of The Year’ and ‘Digital Enterprise of The Year’ at the Drivers of Digital Awards 2018, ‘South Asia Mobile Marketing Agency of the Year’ at Campaign South Asia Awards, just to name a few. At an individual level, Rubeena's success as CEO hasn't gone unnoticed either. She has won several accolades from her industry peers. In 2019, she was named as one of the ‘Top 50 Influential Women’ in the Media and Entertainment industry in India by the Impact magazine.
Rubeena is known for her efforts to encourage women leadership – empower and encourage women to take on leadership roles and eventually break the glass ceiling. In 2018, she started Women@iProspect initiative which allows in-house talent to grow and excel as the future leaders of the industry. She also heads Female Foundry, iProspect and DAN’s global initiative, in India.
Aditi is part of the founding team at Pocket Aces, India's leading digital media entertainment company, whose mission is to solve boredom. The company operates three socially distributed content brands: FilterCopy (short videos), Dice Media (multi-episode web series), and Gobble (lifestyle videos) as well as a direct-to-consumer platform: Loco (live, interactive game-show app).
The company's socially distributed video network has amassed >2 billion video views in the last 36 months, with a current run rate of over 300 million monthly views. FilterCopy and Gobble are consistently ranked as the top short video creators in their categories. Dice Media has made some of the most successful long form digital content, including “Little Things 1 and 2”, “What The Folks 1 and 2”, “Home Sweet Office” and “Adulting”. It is also the first new age creator to have a multi-show deal with streaming giant, Netflix. Loco, India’s first and largest interactive game-show app, is one of the fastest growing apps in the country and boasts of 20 million registered users in less than one year. In July 2019, Pocket Aces announced a ₹100 crore investment from Sequoia India, DSP Group and 3one4 Capital, and other prominent investors.
Entrepreneur Magazine named Aditi on their annual 35 under 35 list for 2019. Aditi also bagged a position in the 50 Most Influential Women In Media, Marketing, and Advertising by IMPACT in 2019.
Aditi, along with founders Ashwin Suresh and AnirudhPandita, was featured on CNBC Young Turks in November 2017, with Pocket Aces being listed as one of the top 10 Indian startups to watch out for in 2018. The trio also have spots on Fortune 40 under 40 2019, Social Samosa 40 under 40 2019 and IMPACT's 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs 2018.
Separately, Aditi advises Intellecap, where she set up the Intellecap Impact Investment Network, the world’s largest angel network investing in for-profit businesses dedicated to creating a positive social impact across India and East Africa. She has worked closely with entrepreneurs advising them on their business models and growth strategy. She serves on the advisory board of Jibu, an affordable clean drinking water enterprise in East Africa.
Prior to joining Intellecap, Aditi spent over 5 years at Goldman Sachs in New York, specializing in quantitative equity research, trading and portfolio management. Aditi graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is a CFA (USA) charter holder, a Shaper in the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Mumbai Hub, and a TiE Mumbai Charter Member. Aditi is passionate about problem solving, dance, and travel. She calls Kuwait (where she grew up) and Mumbai (where she currently resides) home.
Alok Sanwal is a media professional with over twenty four years of work experience in the fields of sales, services, brand management, media services and running a print media set up. He is a Communication Post-graduate from MICA & Engineering Graduate from BITS, Pilani.
He started his career in 1993. In the past 26 years, he has worked for 3 years for Thermax Ltd. as Senior Sales Engineer, for 6 years for Jagran Prakashan Ltd. as GM-brand development, for two & a half years for GroupM as head of investments for all group agencies in North & East India. Since September 2006, he is working with Jagran Prakashan Limited as COO of one of its daily newspapers; Dainik Jagran-inext.
Alok has traveled extensively across the World, both professionally and personally.
His academic interests have resulted in his being a Guest Faculty at Institutes like IIM, MICA FORE, MDI & NIS and participation in national & International Seminars & Conferences of industry bodies such as UGC, INMA, WAN-IFRA, APNS, Afaqs, Pitch & E4M. Alok has been a trainer for in-house workshops of sales & marketing teams of publications such as Mathrubhoomi, Malayala Manorama, ABP & HT Media. He is an avid trekker, die-hard movie buff and a ‘self-acclaimed’ movie critique. He believes that his understanding of ‘language, culture & society’ and its effect on popular culture and consumer behavior is his forte’. He is 47 yrs. old and he stays at Kanpur with his wife and two kids.
As CMO of Paisabazaar.com, Sai spearheads brand, marketing, digital and social media efforts at Paisabazaar.com. He carries over 14 years of experience across brand management, advertising, digital marketing, social media and PR functions. Prior to taking over this role, Sai was Director & Head of Marketing at Policybazaar.com Group. He has also worked within marketing and brand management roles at leading insurance companies, Max Life insurance and Aviva India.
During the early part of his career, he has also worked with leading advertising agencies like JWT and Publicis India. Sai is recognised marketing thought leader and has spoken at various Marketing, Brand, Social Media, Digital & eCommerce events across India.
Sai is recognised amongst Social Samosa's 40 Under 40 list. In addition to this, he has is also recognised as the Most Influential Marketer in the Financial Services category.
Julie Bramham leads the Marketing function at Diageo India and is also a member of its Executive Committee. As the Chief Marketing Office, Julie oversees marketing and innovation for Diageo India’s wide range of award-winning beverage alcohol portfolio.
An experienced marketer and general manager with a strong track record of delivering results in the beer and spirits industry, Julie has a wide range of experience of working across Europe and Africa.
Prior to joining Diageo in India Julie was part of Diageo Europe for nearly two decades where she contributed across multiple functions and categories. She oversaw the development of the Europe Marketing team, serving as the Marketing Director for Gin, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. In her most recent role as the General Manager for Innovation at Diageo Europe, she was responsible for several successful launches including Gordon’s Pink Gin, Johnnie Walker Red Rye, Tanqueray Sevila and Rockshore.
Julie began her journey with the company working on the Guinness Greater Britain business in 1999. At a global level, Julie played a key role in establishing the Customer Marketing team in Nigeria and supported the inception of Brand house in South Africa. Additionally, she worked with teams from APAC and North America on the development and launch of Johnnie Walker Platinum and the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label pack.
Prior to joining Diageo, Julie worked with a key UK alco-bev retailer in marketing and operations.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Leeds Metropolitan University.
With over 16 years of experience in the field of Sales & Marketing, Sukhleen has led diverse teams at top FMCG conglomerates. Responsible for handling marketing operations for RB Hygiene Home portfolio across India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, Sukhleen has been instrumental in shaping careers of upcoming marketing individuals. In her current role, Sukhleen has been anchoring power brands like Harpic, Lizol, Vanish and Mortein, and has been a force behind various award-winning campaigns while delivering strong business results. Noteworthy amongst these are Cannes and Effies for Durex & Harpic. While excelling in Sales & Marketing across multiple categories and geographies, Sukhleen has been driving purpose with Banega Swachh India and has led the more recent campaign on water conservation- Mission Paani. Prior to her current role, she has successfully managed diverse multi-cultural teams in both Marketing ops and Global innovations in RB, Hindustan Lever and L’Oréal Paris on marquee brands like the Dettol, Durex, Garnier and Lakme. Sukhleen has been recognized with the ‘ET 40 Under 40’ award in 2018. She has also been awarded with the prestigious ‘Impact Top 50 most influential women in business 2019’, apart from being listed in the ET Women Ahead list amongst the Top 25 Rising leaders in India. A passionate traveler, she drives multiple projects and diverse multi-cultural teams with equal élan.
Three time entrepreneur. Part time investor, Full time Creative Chief. Loves gin, furniture and Helvetica Bold, not necessarily in that order.
Started off as an entrepreneur early in life even before the dyslexic self could spell entrepreneur without autocorrect. 3 startups, 2 exits and a few mentor/investor relationships later, Rohit still actively is looking for something new every day. With a day job as Co-founder & Creative chief at the glitch, Rohit is seeking newer ideas and methods to help the various brands at the glitch solve their business problems. Working closely across all functions of the company, he seeks to build glitch into the modern agency where stories, technology and culture meet.
Rohit also actively works with startups and entrepreneurs to help mentor, guide and invest in newer ideas that he can apply his learnings in.
With a background in ad film making as well as a stint in Channel V, Rohit co-founded the Glitch with Varun in 2009. Today, Glitch is one of the leading integrated creative agencies in the country and a part of the WPP network. The glitch positions itself as a “Modern partner to ambitious brands”
Rohit has been featured in IMPACT’s 40 under 40 lists, Top people in Digital industry in APAC by the DRUM and Adgully Powerful Influencers 2019. He has also been a part of jury members for prominent awards like KYOORIUS Awards, IAMAI Digital Marketers Awards, PromaxBDA India and Vdonxt among others.
Rohit has spoken at many key events, been a part of multiple esteemed lists and has also participated as a panelist at major influential platforms like
• TEDx- As a TEDx speaker, he gave a talk on the topic of ‘The Future Is Analog’ at Birla Institute of Technology. He spoke about how, in this age of digitalization, one needs to go back to the origin and think from the first principle and how the old analytical methods come handy, when one wants to move ahead.
• Top people in digital industry in Asia Pacific - https://www.thedrum.com/lists/digerati-asia-pacific
• IMPACT 40 under 40 Rohit along with his co-founder Varun and CEO Pooja Jauhari have been on the IMPACT magazine 40 under 40 list for two years running https://www.exchange4media.com/advertising-news/impact-unveils-40-under-forty-2019-list-at-gala-event-in-mumbai-101065.html
• Social Media Week, Mumbai – As part of a panel discussion on ‘Influencer Marketing - The New Unicorn In India’s Digital Landscape’, Rohit put forth his views on how influencer marketing will create a dent in the media industry in the coming future and the rise of the human billboard.
• MasterClass with IndieFolio, Mumbai- Speaking at a Masterclass targeted at budding entrepreneurs in the creative field, he spoke about the Do’s and Don’ts of being a creative entrepreneur.
• PromaxBDA India Masterclass, Mumbai: As part of the Masterclass Conference, he was a part of a panel session titled ‘Meet The Disruptors’ – where he represented the new age marketer who use data to adapt their communication to the various consumers on a daily basis. He was also amongst the esteemed panel of jury for the PromaxBDA India awards 2017 & 2018.
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