Chief Executive Officer- Watches and Accessories
CEO South Asia, Insights Division
Head- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) & New Business at DIAGEO India
Vice President - Marketing
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Communications Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Marketing Head (bbdaily & bbinstant)
President and Chief Knowledge Officer
Head of Marketing
Vice President -Sales & Distribution
S Ravi Kant
Chief Executive Officer- Watched and Accessories, Titan Company Limited.
S Ravi Kant heads the Watches & Accessories business of the Company as its CEO and Executive Vice President. He also handles the additional responsibility of leading Corporate Communications for the Company.
Kant completed his Masters in Business Management from FMS Delhi in 1982 and started his career with HCL, handling different sales and marketing responsibilities. He joined Titan in 1988 as Head - Direct Marketing and moved on to head Retailing, followed by Exports and also set up the watch assembly plant in Dehradun as Project Leader. Till 2005, Kant managed the Middle East and Africa operations for watches, jewellery and fragrances as MD of Titan International (ME), based at Dubai. He subsequently moved back to the Company headquarters at Bangalore and took over the International Business Division – managing both businesses – watches and jewellery in over 25 countries. Kant then moved to set up a new business of the Company as CEO- Eyewear and established Titan Eye Plus as a national chain of optical stores backed by a state-of-the-art lens manufacturing facility. He took over the watches business in 2015.
Managing Director, PUMA India
Abhishek Ganguly leads PUMA’s India business. He was appointed as the Managing Director in 2014, and has since grown India revenues by 70% while leading PUMA to become the largest brand in the space of sports and lifestyle in India. Under Ganguly’s leadership, India has become the eighth largest market for PUMA globally, opened a 100 new stores and entered 40 new markets across the country.
PUMA established India operations in 2006, and currently has 355 exclusive stores across 120 cities. Ganguly was part of the founding team which established the business in India. PUMA was one of the first brands to focus on the women’s segment, by providing a wide array of apparel and footwear that is high on performance and style.
A leader who thrives in adversity, Ganguly always encourages his team to push the envelope in terms of performance. He is very passionate about sports and fitness, and fervently stands for promoting this cause. He advocates that sports has to reach the grassroots for the overall development of the country.
Ganguly is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. He is also an active of Indian Angel Network and in his individual capacity invests in and mentors promising start ups. Other than Sports and Retail, he is actively interested in Technolgy and New Age media & content space.
Ganesh Kumar Sundararaman
SBU Chief Executive - Staples, Snacks, Meals Foods, ITC Ltd
Managing Director, NR Group
Mr. Arjun Ranga is CEO of N. Ranga Rao & Sons the manufacturer of Cycle Pure Agarbathies which is India’s largest brand of Agarbathies. N. Ranga Rao & Sons is the flagship company of NR Group. Established as a cottage industry in 1948, NR Group is today an Agarbathi to Aerospace conglomerate head quartered in Mysuru and managed by the third generation of the Ranga family.
Mr. Arjun has an engineering degree from SJCE, Mysuru, an MBA from Thunderbird, USA and certifications in many professional development courses. He worked and managed a variety of assignments before taking over the reins of Cycle Pure Agarbathies from his father in 2005.
N. Ranga Rao & Sons is currently the only agarbathi manufacturing establishment to have Carbon Neutral certification and theiragarbathies are exported to over 65 countries.
Under Arjun's able leadership, the Group has recently ventured into the online space with ‘Soulveda’, a portal that aims to encourage people to engage with their inner spirituality to spread happiness and well-being.
Another initiative, PurePrayer is an App that helps to connect devotees to divine and one more App PurePuja that supports and imparts guidance on our puja traditions.
Women empowerment and education for the betterment of society at large is an important activity of NR Group’s philanthropic arm, the NR Foundation. Ranga Rao Memorial Residential School for visually impaired girls in Mysore, is managed entirely by NR foundation under the guidance and support of the Ranga family.
Arjun Ranga is also now the Vice president of All India Agarbathi Manufacturers Association and the Chairman of CII, Mysore Chapter.
Under his able guidance the group aims at touching many more great heights.
Rajesh V Menon
Head- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) & New Business at DIAGEO India
A seasoned marketing professional, Rajesh joined Diageo in 2007 and now leads business, cricket operations for RCB & also heads the brand extension business for Diageo India. As the head of the business function, he is responsible for all the commercial, marketing and operational aspects of Royal Challengers Bangalore comprising: Match Day Revenue, New Business, Partnerships, Marketing, venue management & cricket operations.
Prior to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajesh held multiple roles in brand marketing, innovation & Strategy within Diageo India. He enjoys building brands and scaling businesses through data -driven marketing and structured, creative communication across traditional and new-age marketing channels. He is on the Marketing Leadership Team of Diageo India
Vice President - Marketing, Swiggy
Srivats TS is the Vice President - Marketing at Swiggy, India’s largest food ordering and delivery platform. With over 12 years of experience across consumer companies and tech startups, he is responsible for driving growth, brand love and consumer adoption through marketing, branding and digital strategies at Swiggy.
Prior to Swiggy, Srivats was with Quikr where he led digital brand marketing. Before Quikr, he was with Nokia where he held roles in brand marketing, consumer insights, and organized trade. He enjoys building brands and scaling businesses through data-driven marketing and structured, creative communication across traditional and new-age marketing channels.
Srivats holds an MBA from IIM, Calcutta.
Aarti B Iyer
Marketing Head, Unibic
Aarti Iyer brings with her more than 15 years of expertise in the field of Marketing and Brand Communications. She has been working with UNIBIC Foods Pvt. Ltd since January 2017, spearheading its marketing operations.
She started her professional career in 2002 at some of India's premier agencies such as R.K Swamy BBDO and JWT. Iyer successfully ran an advertising consultancy firm, CYAN BrandWorks, between 2009 and 2016. At CYAN she worked on prestigious accounts such as Tafe, Parry's Bio, Murugappa Group, Rajshree Sugars, RainTree Hotels, TI Cycles, Parry's Confectioneries (and its progress into Lotte), FoodWorld, Spencer's Retail, Reynolds Writing Instruments, Citizen Watches, Pondicherry Tourism, Lifestyle, Fairever (CavinKare) and Pril Dish Washing.
Iyer's insights into advertising, business advancement, strategic planning, branding and media relations have played a key role in the upwards trajectory of Unibic.
Chief Marketing Officer, Lenovo India
Amit Doshi is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker and an emerging PC+ leader. In his current role, he is responsible for handling the master brand and elevating it to the next level of profitable growth through a series of focused marketing efforts. He leads the marketing activities for all three business segments for Lenovo India, viz. Consumer, Commercial, SMB and Tablets. Since 2013, when he joined Lenovo, he has been a significant contributor to the business and establishing the Lenovo brand in tablets and smartphones.
In his previous role, he played a critical role in Lenovo’s brand journey for over half a decade. With synchronized efforts from him and his team, Amit helped in enhancing Lenovo’s unaided PC brand consideration and awareness in the Consumer PC business.
With over 15 years of industry experience, Amit has been playing strategic roles in areas such as diverse business & capability building experience in key innovation, brand marketing, digital, sales and customer development. Prior to Lenovo, Amit headed the adult health category at Britannia Industries, one of India’s most trusted FMCG brands. Amit completed his post-graduation degree in management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and is now based out of Bengaluru.
Marketing Head, IKEA India
Amitabh Pande is Marketing Head, IKEA India, for IKEA India, with functional responsibility for Strategy, Planning and Insights. He joined IKEA 2 years ago, and has worked closely with the team to launch IKEA in India, helping create the communication strategy, the communication idea and plan for launch, the affordability strategy for the range, the long term brand direction, the setting up insights processes for measuring and tracking brand performance, and overall being the Indian consumer’s voice in ongoing decision-making.
Prior to joining IKEA, he practiced as an independent consultant for 2 years and before that, he led the Consumer Insights and Strategy vertical for Pepsico for over 14 years, across different businesses of Pepsico, in both India and UK.
When not at work, Amitabh spends time with his family, especially his energetic 11 year old son. He loves to read, is a huge content and movie buff and regularly reviews the movies that are playing in cinema, on his blog and on his social media handles.
Chief Marketing Officer, Medlife.com
Meera Iyer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Medlife.com, India’s largest online healthcare technology solution, where she leads the mandate for customer businesses. Iyer dived into the world of marketing in 2004. She began her career as an Area Sales and Customer manager at Hindustan Unilever Limited where she managed the Foods and Beverages business for Karnataka. Later, she became one of the founding members of Unilever’s Centre of Excellence team that led sales force automation & analytics projects for HUL. Post that she had a successful stint heading Consumer Insights for HUL’s largest category – Home Care. Before leaving Unilever in the year 2013, she was working as the Regional Brand Manager for Dove & Pears. She joined bigbasket as the Head of Marketing in 2015 where she spent close to 3 years helping the company align their marketing strategies and build their national market presence. She also worked briefly with Melorra as the Head of Marketing and helped the brand push the envelope to new vistas of innovation and success.
Iyer’s expertise spans across traditional marketing channels like ATL, BTL, PR as well as new age Digital Marketing. Her seasoned experience pertaining to the internet marketing channel combined with her core expertise in brand building has been instrumental to her success. Her ability to draw sharp insights, create marketing mixes, foresee problems, and devise strategies is what makes her stand out. For her work, Meera has won several accolades over the years. She featured on Impact Magazine’s India’s top 50 most influential women feature in 2018 in the “Women to watch out for” section.
Iyer has an MBA degree in sales and marketing from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai; and completed a BSc (vocational) in chemistry and biotechnology from the University of Mumbai.
M Yeshwanth Nag
Co-Founder, The ThickShake Factory
Mr. M Yeshwanth Nag is the Co-Founder of The ThickShake Factory – India’s 1st Premium ThickShake Brand. The ThickShake Factory has been a pioneer in the concept of specialty retailing of Shakes. Incepted in December 2013, in Hyderabad with a single store bootstrapped with a personal loan, the brand has steadily grown to 105 stores by March 2019.
Mr. Yeshwanth, 31, is an engineer from JNTU, post which he did a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar & IESEG School of Management, France. He had worked with Tata Consultancy Services for a year before plunging into entrepreneurship. Creation of jobs and adding value to the economy is the driving force which inspired him to start his own business. He is also the founder of Citron Mobility Private Limited, an Indian technology start-up company.
Mr. Yeshwanth is the recipient of the following prestigious awards:
He is a prominent thought leader in the F&B sector and has spoken at multiple forums like:
Marketing Head (bbdaily & bbinstant), bigbasket
Raagaleena Sripada is the head of marketing for bbdaily & bbinstant, two new businesses from bigbasket. She is a hands on marketing professional with 10+ years of experience in building successful brands across B2B & B2C industries. Her core expertise lies in developing brand strategy, creating impactful & engaging marketing campaigns and go-to-market strategies. She has ample experience in building and managing high-performing teams. Raagaleena specializes in Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Consumer Insight.
She pursued her dual master’s degree in Global Media & Communications from London School of Economics & University of Southern California. More recently, she has also completed her executive MBA program from IIM-B. From the year 2009 to 2015, she undertook varied roles and responsibilities including Assistant Manager, Marketing at Tata Chemicals Ltd; Manager at Nielsen Company; and Regional Multi Channel Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific at Merck.
At bigbasket, Raagaleena has been a key member in driving bigbasket’s 30 city expansion strategy and building the 360 degree brand communication strategy. More recently, she has been instrumental in launching and rapidly scaling 2 new businesses bbdaily (a subscription service) & bbinstant (smart vending machines), where bbdaily is now @ 70K+ orders per day within a short span of 6 months!
Ramesh Jude Thomas
President and Chief Knowledge Officer, EQUiTOR Value Advisory Pvt. Ltd
Chief Communications Officer, Tata Sky
Anurag Kumar is the Chief Communications Officer at Tata Sky. He is responsible for developing marketing and communication strategies across Tata Sky platforms using both the traditional and the new age approach. Prior to Tata Sky, Anurag was the Global Brand Vice President at Unilever, London. At Unilever he was responsible for leading brand strategy, innovation and communications globally for Unilever's Laundry business of global brands such as Surf, Radiant & Skip.
Chief Marketing Officer, Kurl-on
Ashutosh Vaidya is the Chief Marketing Officer of Kurl-on. Prior to this, he was the CEO of American Vision Pvt Ltd. He has also worked as Director Sales for Luxottica India Eyewear Pvt. Ltd, Head – Sales for Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited. He was also involved with IFB Industries Pvt. Ltd and Samsonite to name a few.
With a rich experience of more than 20 years, he has quickly set strategy and direction in order to address business challenges with courage, leveraging exceptional entrepreneurial drive and market acumen across Start-up & Growth organizations covering India, SAARC and APAC region.
Being a team collaborator and high performance motivator, he has built strong relationships with board, & policy making committees, customers, media, government authorities, strategic partners & potential acquisition opportunities, Ashutosh represents and promote companies at national/international level, Industry meet & Panel discussions.
For more info, please visit, https://in.linkedin.com/in/ashutoshv
Mangesh Panditrao, CEO, Shoptimize
Mangesh Panditrao is a rare entrepreneur who has an in-depth knowledge of technology and a great pulse for business. He is currently a mentor for budding startups which are a part of Reliance’s GenNext Ventures. He works very closely with young entrepreneurs to help them with finding a product-market fit.
Shoptimize is one of India’s leading eCommerce SaaS platforms that helps brands setup and grow their online sales. Shoptimize works with some of the largest companies in India and drives several million dollars worth GMV for it’s customers. Panditrao always believed that companies in India do not want to pay for technology and would rather have a solution that brings them growth and stability in business. Shoptimize has been built on this basic premise.
Panditrao started his first company, Niyuj Enterprise Software Solutions in 2007 in India with a focus of bringing world-class IT systems to businesses in India. Niyuj is an IT services company that works with clients to help build, integrate and deploy systems. While at Niyuj, Mangesh saw the growth of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a much more effective and scalable option to develop and deploy software. Mangesh moved out of Niyuj after five years to start Shoptimize in 2012.
Panditrao is an engineer from the Govt. College of Engineering Pune (COEP) and started his career as a software developer with Infosys. While at COEP, he was the recipient of the coveted “Best Outgoing Student” award and received several scholarships including the J.N. Tata Endowment. Post Infosys, Panditrao pursued his higher studies at Purdue University where he closely worked with the Krannert School of Management on Supply Chain Benchmarking. He later continued to work in the US at several manufacturing, consulting and technology firms for five years before returning to India in 2007. During this period, Panditrao witnessed the growth in eCommerce in the US from a very nascent stage to massive scale.
Panditrao currently is based in Pune and lives with his wife and two children. He is an avid sports enthusiast who has represented Maharashtra in rowing at the National Games and represented his city and university in several games such as hockey, football and volleyball. He believes that Shoptimize will be one of India’s largest drivers of online GMV and is investing in building a product and a company of the future
Chief Marketer, Mahou India
Ramita Chaudhuri is the Chief Marketer at Mahou India. With 17 years of experience across FMCG, Telecom, Media and Pharmaceutical verticals Ramita has developed expertise in Business & Marketing Planning and implementation.
Prior to Mahou, Ramita has worked with multinationals like Carlsberg, PharmaSecure, Hutchison, Lintas and large Indian Conglomerates like Reliance Broadcast and Network Limited.At Carlsberg, she was the General Manager and headedTuborg, wherein she was entrusted with brand activations and trade marketing.
Ramita has qualified M.Scin Nuclear Physics from Presidency College, Kolkata.
Samyukta Ganesh Iyer
Head of Marketing, Baskin Robbins India
amyukta Iyer has been on an interesting journey over the last decade and a half. She started as a young intern in an ad agency pursuing copywriting, account planning and media planning. All for three months each. Next, she found herself in Asian Paints as one of India’s first paint saleswomen selling paint in the hinterland of the country. This led to a series of amazing marketing stints at Parle Agro, Unilever, Abbott and Baskin Robbins that involved categories that ranged from beverages to ice creams to skin care to make up to fashion to OTC drugs.
She won the Young Marketers award at Cannes three years in a row – the only marketer in the world to have achieved this. A trained classical vocalist, a voracious reader, a voluntary teacher, she is also very proud of the kitchen garden that she has curated in her apartment balcony. Bitten by the wanderlust, she traversed across the length and breadth of the country and briefly overseas to author her first work of fiction. Iyer believes that it is her curiosity that makes marketing such a fascinating experience for her. Every day.
Vice President -Sales & Distribution, The Hindu Group
A progressive leader with a career spanning around 2 .5 decades of experience in sales & service operations across key industries impacting daily lives of people with skills to drive business growth, capitalize on new revenue potential, and manage all aspects of daily business operations. Currently at a capacity of Vice President – Sales and Distribution & part of the Executive Management Committee.
Exposure with Madura Coats, Gillette, Hindustan Lever, Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications and with “The Hindu Group” .P&L responsibility helps me handle larger role, with multi-locational presence.
Industries worked: FMCG, Telecom, Media
Exposure: Consumer Sales, Brand Activation, CRM, Product Launches, Marketing of new products; Circulation Sales with a focus on Customers, P & L Management, Planning & Executing Annual Operating Plans, Receivable Management ,Resource optimization Capability , Building Scalability through efficient outsourcing of projects. Distribution at country level and automation of distribution processes, People management; Bench marking industry best practices; Strategic business management with a focus on delivery of volume/revenue with quality, Creating and Documenting processes for Sales & all key operational activities.
Co-founder, Social Beat& Influencer.in
Suneil is the Co-Founder of India’s leading digital marketing solutions company, Social Beat and of Influencer.in, India’s largest social media influencer network.
Founded in 2012, Social Beat is a Premier Google Partner, recommended Facebook agency and a member of Facebook India SME Councilwith a 130 member team across Bangalore, Chennai & Mumbai. Suneil leads on driving business results via digital for some of India’s largest brands including Malabar Gold, Jaquar, Netmeds.com, Himalaya Wellness, mFine, Casagrand, Klay Schools, Tata Mutual, Neuberg Diagnostics, Brigade Group, Forum Mall, Narayana Health and Specsmakersamongst many others.
Suneil is a commerce graduate from Loyola college and has completed his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 2007. Post his MBA, Suneil spent nearly 4 years as a case team leader with strategy consulting firm, Bain & Co, across their Boston, Delhi and Mumbai offices.Prior to his MBA, Suneil spent 2 years with ABN Amro Bank.
Suneil is active with Madras Round Table apart from being active with the IIMA Alumni Activities.Suneilis the recipient of the Best Digital Marketing Professional Award by CMO Council, the VIT University & Think Media Outstanding Digital Person of the Year Award and the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Sindhi Chamber of Commerce & Industry.