Sanjeev Srinivasan is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Bharti AXA General Insurance, since December 21, 2016. Sanjeev had joined Bharti AXA General Insurance on August 09, 2016 as the Chief Commercial and Principal Officer.
He is a seasoned insurance industry professional with a stellar track record of over 20 years of experience,spanning both Life and General Insurance, manufacturing and logistics. He previously worked with ICICI Lombard, where he was heading Marketing, Bancassurance and eBusiness in his last assignment. Sanjeev played a pivotal role in developing the direct sales, agency sales, bancassurance and digital channels of ICICI Lombard. He was also responsible for the brand, marketing corporate communication and PR function. He has earlier worked with leading companies including Fullerton India Credit Limited, ING Life Insurance, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Xerox India Limited and DHL Worldwide.
Sanjeev is a post graduate in management, and graduate in science with statistics as a specialization.
Ms Vibha Padalkar has been associated with HDFC Life since August 2008. Ms Padalkar qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1992. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Prior to her appointment with our Company, she has worked in varied sectors such as global Business Process Outsourcing, global FMCG and in an international audit firm.
Ms Padalkar was recently honoured the 'CA CFO - Insurance Sector' award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and by Business Today for the second consecutive year, as being amongst the 'Top 30 most powerful women in business'. She was also conferred the 'CFO-woman of the year' award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2011 and for "Excellence in Financial Control, Compliance and Corporate Governance" by IMA, India in 2013.
Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held Senior Management and Top Leadership roles in leading global companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Narayanan was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board from October 2015.
Mr. Narayanan was Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore Pte. Ltd., from 2008 to 2010. During his time, the overall business in Singapore witnessed sustained growth amidst the economic downturn. He was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Government of Singapore in 2010, for excellence in employee relations during this challenging period. He moved to Nestlé Egypt as Chairman and CEO and Head of NEAR, where his initiatives resulted in significant business growth and investments despite the turbulence and volatility faced by the region at this time.
Mr. Narayanan joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. He moved to Nestlé Indochina in 2003, as Executive Director for Sales, Marketing and Food-Services, covering the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Two years later in 2005, he returned to Nestlé India as Head of Sales for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Mr. Narayanan began his career as a Management Trainee with Hindustan Unilever, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has also worked with Colgate Palmolive in India.
Mr. Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has a Diploma from the IMD (Lausanne) Program for Executive Development. He has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has been on various Industry Forums including being the Vice Chairman of ECR – Thailand, Member of the Council of Singapore Manufacturers Association (SMa), Co-Chair of the Trade & Industry Committee of American Chamber, Cairo and Member of the Advisory Board of the American University of Cairo (AUC) Business School. He is currently the Chairman of Food Processing Committee of CII.
He has delivered talks at NASSCOM forums, various Corporates, NUS School of Business-Singapore, American University–Cairo, Columbia University, Business Schools in India, Naval War College, Army War College, CII-Young India Forum and Indian Army’s Training Command in Shimla.
Suresh has been honoured at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2017 as the Best CEO in the Multinational category.
Annaswamy Vaidheesh is Vice President, South Asia & Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Vaidheesh is a successful senior business leader with over 3 decades of diverse experience in healthcare and FMCG domain. He has a strong track record of leadership development and building leading brands/franchises across various categories and multi-cultural locations in Asia-pacific region. In December 2016, Vaidheesh was recognised as one of the “Most Influential Leaders of Asia” by Economic Times at the Asian Business Leaders Conclave held in Malaysia.
Vaidheesh is a Bachelor of Physics, from Madras University and has done his Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from Bombay University. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India and is a certified Process Excellence Black Belt.
Prior to his current role he was Vice President, Corporate Government Affairs, Asia-Pacific for Johnson & Johnson based out of Singapore and a member of Global Leadership team for healthcare advocacy and policy. Before that he was Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical India (JJMI) and Vice president, Asia-Pacific- Diabetes franchise for five years.
Vaidheesh is widely recognised for chairing various initiatives with industry bodies in India and in Asia Pacific Region. Strategic MOU with China Communist Party School, India Health Insurance development and leading Healthcare agenda in APEC summits are noteworthy. He is currently the President of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), the Chairman of Healthcare Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and on the Board of UK India Business Council (UKIBC).
Vaidheesh is married and has a daughter.
Mr. Ashok Ramachandran is the Chief Executive Officer, Schindler India & South Asia wherein he is responsible for the Operations including that of Factory and the R&D facility.
Ashok got his Engineering Degree from University of Madras in Instrumentation & Control and completed his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. His journey with Schindler started in Australia in 2006 as a Quality Engineer working on Process Improvement and ISO audits. Later he moved on to become the MD of Schindler Vietnam in 2012 and then MD of Schindler Malaysia and Brunei in 2016.
Ashok is a highly passionate, motivated and result driven professional with varied experience from leading business in mature markets to fast growing developing markets. His achievements include developing and coaching talents, creating and driving strategy, sales management, end to end successful P & L Management and achieving results in varied markets and environments.
Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta is the Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, the largest private sector General Insurance Company in India.
Mr. Dasgupta began his career with the erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1992 and he has held key leadership positions in diverse business areas in the ICICI Group including Project Finance and Corporate Banking, E-commerce & Technology Management, International Banking and Life Insurance.
Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta holds a PGDBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a B.E (Mechanical) degree from Jadhavpur University.
Harish Kohli is an Acer India veteran, with almost 20 years in the company. He joined Acer as General Manager - Sales in July 1999. He was later empowered with the leadership of the India Sales & Marketing function for the erstwhile Enterprise Product division, and successfully built Acer India’s portfolio in all market segments.
Harish became the Managing Director of Acer India in December 2011 & was promoted to ‘President and Managing Director’ in May 2016. He has countrywide responsibility for revenues and profitability and ensuring the brand meets its long term vision of ‘Breaking barriers between people and technology’. Since September 2016, he has also been heading the Acer ‘Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) Regional Commercial Task Team’ which handles commercial strategy planning and implementation for the PAP region.
A technology industry veteran with a proven track record in driving sustainable growth for organizations, Harish has rich experience in building and scaling businesses. He has been instrumental in charting Acer business growth by laying a strong foundation across Commercial and Consumer business over the last 20 years.
Mr. Herjit S. Bhalla is the Managing Director India at The Hershey Company. He brings extensive experience in building consumer, food and retail brands, and is an accomplished industry leader.
Mr Bhallahas spent more than 18 years in various sales and marketing and management roles at Unilever in India, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In his last position, he served on the Board of Directors with Metro Cash & Carry handling operations for North and East India. Mr. Bhalla has repeatedly demonstrated his unique proficiency in effectively leading teams, turning around and building businesses, driving employee engagementand positively impacting revenue growth.
Kishore Jayaraman is the President for Rolls-Royce India and South Asia. Based in New Delhi, Kishore looks after all operations and activities of Rolls-Royce in India and South Asia and pursues expanded opportunities for all Rolls-Royce businesses across the region.
Kishore came into Rolls-Royce after 23 years with GE, the last of which was as President & CEO, of GE Energy, South Asia. Kishore has multi-faceted experience in Technology, Project Management, Commercial Operations and Business Leadership. Kishore has spent extensive time in global management responsibilities and during the course has relocated for extensive durations globally.
Born in Chennai, India, Kishore graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and is an MBA graduate from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, Athens.
Kishore is an active member of several boards and committees in the South Asia region and is based in New Delhi, India.
MK Anand, is the man literally in the News. Having engaged and won a high profile marketing war last year, Anand is the mastermind who defended Times Now against the loss of their critical prime time asset and then a violent competitive assault in 2017. He simultaneously conceptualised and launched the highly successful Mirror Now as a flank. With almost 3 decades of experience, MK is one of the most respected CEOs in the M&E industry today. He is a Times Group stalwart and has a combined experience of working with the group for over 23 years serving their, Print, Digital and Broadcast businesses. Anand joined Times Group in 1990 and rose through the ranks to be Managing Director & CEO, Times Network. Under his leadership Times Network has been steadily expanding its portfolio and business. Anand has also had a 4 year stint with Disney UTV. He joined UTV Global Broadcasting in 2009 as CEO and turned around their TV business. Following the Disney buyout of UTV he became the Managing Director of the merged entity - Disney UTV Media Networks in February 2012. Anand took charge as MD & CEO, TIMES NETWORK in February 2014 and since then the Network has seen spectacular growth in all areas. All in all, MK has had a stellar professional career with some successful brands to show off as glittering jewels in his crown.
A veteran with more than 24 years of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Ramakrishnan is the Managing Director at Perfetti Van Melle India, the country’s leading confectionery player. Rajesh is responsible for the overall operations of the company for India and Nepal.
An accomplished business leader and a seasoned marketing professional, Rajesh has worked across categories like Personal Care, Household Care, Foods & Beverages, Confectionery and Media. Rajesh is well respected for his extensive skills and knowledge across management functions. Under his leadership, Perfetti Van Melle, Bangladesh delivered sustained growth and achieved market leadership in 2016.
Prior to joining Perfetti Van Melle in 2014, he was the Marketing Head at HT Media Limited. He has also held senior positions in diverse corporations includingPepsico, Marico Industries and Reckitt Benckiser.Post his graduation in Engineering from BITS Pilani, Rajesh pursued his masters from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Rajesh is an award- winning photographer. His work has been featured at Cannes and has also been published in several publications in India and outside. He is also passionate about travelling and has been on expeditions to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro. Rajesh along with his wife and teenage daughter started an initiative- My Daughter is Precious [MDIP] in March 2015 to raise awareness about gender equality and support the education of the girl child.
Rajiv Suri, is the Customer Care Associate, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India’s leading fashion and beauty destination - Shoppers Stop Limited. In his current role, he leads the overall strategy and performance of the company. Rajiv brings over 26 years of leadership experience spanning across multiple geographies viz. Europe, Middle East and India - specialising in the Fashion, Beauty, Home and Department Store segments. Prior to Shoppers Stop, he has held strategic leadership roles with brands like Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, Jashanmal, Mexx Europe Holding and M.H.Alshaya Co.
He is passionate about the fashion industry’s transformative impact on customers. Rajiv holds a Strategic Retail Management certificate from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. He has a dual PGD in Sales & Marketing Management from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Jaipur and PGD in Business Management from Institute of Marketing Management, New Delhi.
Rajiv’s extensive international repertoire lends him an astute and futuristic lens into the business of fashion. He is passionate about the fashion industry’s transformative impact on customers. He is a firm believer in leveraging market opportunities, strengthening customer relationships, and driving cohesive and innovative growth across all spheres of business.
Sameer Garde is President of Cisco's India and SAARC theater.
As President, Sameer is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives and investments in strategic alliances in the theater. Sameer spearheads Cisco's objective to be a transformational partner to the government across states and cities and provide customers with the right foundation for their digital businesses.
Over a career spanning 27 years, Sameer has led several top performing organizations with an enduring track record across multiple roles and regions. His keen understanding of technology and market opportunities enables him to drive transformation and capture critical market transitions. A proven leader, Sameer has built and managed global and regional businesses in India, Europe, USA and Asia.
Prior to joining Cisco, Sameer worked with and mentored a few emerging technology and B2C/distribution-related start-ups and as an executive coach and business consultant.
Earlier, as the President and MD for Dell India, he consolidated and stabilized the consumer and enterprise business for the company. During his nine-year stint in Dell in various sales and management leadership roles, he was instrumental in making Dell the number one hardware vendor in the country.
Sameer has served as President, South Asia at Philips Healthcare and Country Head for Enterprise Business at Samsung India.
Sameer is a highly respected leader who maintains a commitment to professional development and inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
He holds an engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata. Sameer dabbles in amateur long-distance running and photography, and is a driving-holiday enthusiast.
Santosh is the Managing Director and CEO of Future Brands Ltd. Future Brands is a branding services company that creates and manages a portfolio of brands and offers consulting services in the brand and consumer space. Before taking up this assignment, he was the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India’s premier advertising agencies. A post graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, his interest lies in studying the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. He wears two hats, one as an authoritative voice in matters relating to brands and consumers and the other as a social commentator, making sense of the complex changes India is undergoing.
He has served on the board of ING Vysya Bank and is currently on the boards of Future Consumer Products Limited, Oxfam India, Breakthrough and CFAR (Centre for Advocacy & Research). He is also a member of the Governing Councils of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad & Praxis Business School, Kolkata. He has been writing a weekly column in the Times of India for over 13 years and is the author of the bestselling Mother Pious Lady-Making Sense of Everyday India, a book that examines how the everyday life of middle class India has evolved.
A sharp mind and a heart that yearns to solve ‘people problems’ – that’s what makes for the advertising stalwart in Saurabh Varma, the CEO of Publicis Communications, South Asia.
With over 20 years of experience in building brands, Saurabh heads all the agencies under the Publicis Communications gamut – Leo Burnett India, Leo Burnett Orchard, Publicis India, Publicis Beehive, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, and MSLGROUP. Publicis Communications in India is also home to Indigo Consulting, Sapient Razorfish and Digitas – making it one of the country’s finest digital solutions agencies, leading experiential agency Arc Worldwide, Prodigious, one of the world’s fastest-growing production companies and recently launched Publicis Entertainment, the branded content and entertainment marketing arm of the Group.
Saurabh was appointed as CEO of Leo Burnett Group India with responsibilities covering the Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore operations in November of 2013. In late 2014, he was elevated to the CEO of the Leo Burnett Group across South Asia. And just a year later in 2016, he rose further up the ranks, being named the CEO of Publicis Communications, India. Within a short span of time took over the reins of Publicis Communications, South Asia. In addition to all his exhaustive duties, he also presides over the APAC Effectiveness Council and is part of Leo Burnett’s global HumanKind Counsel.
Sanjay Trehan is currently a Digital & New Media Consultant. With over 30 years’ experience in the super exciting space of new media and advertising across web, video, print and mobile content landscapes and monetisation models, he is now excited about creating disproportionate value for companies.
Before turning a new media consultant, Sanjay was the Business Head-Digital Content & Syndication with HT Digital Streams Ltd. Earlier he was with MSN India (portal and apps) for Microsoft Information and Content Experiences (ICE) Group as its Head & Executive Producer. A seasoned internet professional, Sanjay brings a deep understanding of the converging media ecosystem. Prior to joining Microsoft, Sanjay was the founding CEO of NDTV Convergence Ltd., the digital arm of NDTV. Under Sanjay’s leadership, NDTV Convergence incubated many new initiatives in the Web 2.0 and mobile space including the revamp of NDTV.com and the launch of India’s first full-service WAP portal. Prior to NDTV, Sanjay was Vice President Broadband and Web 2.0 at Times Internet Ltd., where he rolled out a number of verticals and built Web 2.0 communities. He also took Indiatimes into the online gaming arena. Previous to that, he was the Chief of Internet at Hindustan Times, where he played a key role in turning the website into a profitable business.
An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Sanjay is a founding member of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He has also published a book of poems. Sanjay and his wife currently reside in Gurgaon, India with their daughter.
Shantanu joined Pidilite in 2018 to lead the Consumer Products Business which includes the Arts, Stationery & Fabric Division and the Maintenance Division, comprising brands like Fevicol MR, Fevistik, Fevicryl, Fevikwik, M-Seal, Steelgrip.
In this role, Shantanu’s remit is to further expand the reach of Pidilite’s Consumer Division to new consumers with new products in new categories through intensive consumer insighting, and enhanced reach.
Prior to Pidilite, Shantanu worked for more than 15 years with Reckitt Benckiser (RB), of which half were spent at the Global Headquarters in the UK, and in Europe. At RB, Shantanu worked on Brands such as Harpic and Lysol before moving to the UK as Global Brand Marketing Manager, Dettol and Lysol. In his last assignment at RB, he was Marketing Director of the RB Business in Portugal.
Following that, Shantanu spent 10 years at HT Media, first heading Marketing for the flagship Hindustan Times brand, and then being the Business Head for HT Delhi. Thereafter, Shantanu moved as the Chief Digital Officer of the HT Media Group and led the newly created HT Digital Streams company as CEO to bring together all the Digital Content businesses across the HT Media Group.
A Post Graduate in Management from IIM-Calcutta and an Engineering Graduate from IIT–Kharagpur, Shantanu did an Advanced Management Program at the Saïd School of Business at Oxford University in 2007.
Shantanu’s passions are travel and photography and mentoring Digital Start-ups.
Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Apollo Hospitals is the pioneer of private healthcare in India and is Asia's foremost integrated healthcare conglomerate.
Championing Special Initiatives for over seven years, Shobana had steered the organization's emergence as a proponent of integrated healthcare in India. She heads Apollo Pharmacy, India's largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 3,250 stores, 23,000 employees; it serves 4,00,000 customers a day. She is a founder and chairperson on the Board of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, acknowledged as India's best specialized Health Insurance company for 6 years, consecutively.
s lead Director in Apollo’s research and innovation activities, and cognizant of the convergence between healthcare, pharmaceutical & biotech industries and the academia, Shobana championed the creation and Incubation of a Biobank – a catalogued library of Ethically consented, anonymised bio-samples. The Biobank was recognized as one of the top 10 ideas in Life Sciences by the Time Magazine for the decade.
Alongside, in keeping with her keen interest to participate in Public Health, Shobana accepted a Board position in FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics), an international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. Since its inception, FIND partnered in the delivery of 21 new diagnostic tools and has active collaborations with more than 200 partners.
Passionate about inculcating a culture of wellness, Shobana had championed the establishment of 'Billion Hearts Beating' - an NGO dedicated to educating fellow Indians about preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy.
An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana’s appointment as its president in 2017- 18 created history as she was the first ever woman to hold the position since its inception in 1895. Dedicated to ensuring that more women enter the workforce, she has launched the Power of Parity Initiative. In 2018, she was invited by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs to be member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NGFC) Trust.
She is an Independent Director on the Boards of Blue Star Limited and Hero MotoCorp. In addition, Shobana is Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business, that she founded with her husband.
Shobana has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The Women Economic Forum conferred upon her the award of ‘Businesswomen of the Decade’ in recognition of her work in healthcare and empowerment of women. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, in recognition of her life's work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India.
Zarin Daruwala has been the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, India since 2016. In a career spanning over 28 years she has worked across all areas of banking ranging from wholesale banking, agri-finance, corporate finance, corporate planning, investment banking and credit
As the CEO, she has been driving transformational change to get the Bank back to sustained growth and profitability; building out a competitive and technologically smart retail banking business; focusing on new income-streams, new segments; greater use of analytics to deliver better customer experience as well as better risk monitoring, and investments for increased process efficiencies.
She was selected as one of the Top 30 most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today seven times and has now entered the coveted “BT Hall of Fame” for being a consistent performer. She was also named the 6th most powerful woman in business by Fortune India in 2018, making her the highest-ranking banker in the overall listing. She has been recognised for “Outstanding Contribution toward Banking and Financial Services” for 2017-18 by Ladies’ wing of IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Zarin features in “Top 100 Most Influential BFSI Leaders” released by the World BFSI Congress and Awards.
A rank holder in Chartered Accountancy, Zarin has also won the President's gold medal, topping the all India Company Secretary exams. She has also been conferred the CA Business Achiever award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Prior to Standard Chartered, Zarin worked at ICICI Bank, where she spent 26 years of her career, starting out as a management trainee, eventually becoming President and Head of the Wholesale Banking business. She has also served on the Board of Directors of key ICICI group companies, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and ICICI Securities; and was also on the board of JSW Steel for almost eight years.
Zarin is married and has two children.
Sushobhan Dasgupta is the Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical India (JJMI) & South Asia and Vice President, Orthopaedics, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific serving as a member of the Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedics Global Leadership team. A gold medalist in Business Administration from Jadavpur University and a Master of Science degree in Human Physiology from Presidency College, Kolkata, Sushobhan joined Johnson & Johnson in 1992.
Over his 26-year career with J&J, Sushobhan has lived and worked in several developed and emerging markets such as USA, UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia/New Zealand. In his various roles, Mr. Dasgupta has led and delivered accelerated business growth through innovation, continuous talent and organization development. He has always been a strong proponent and advocate of business ethics and compliant business practices.
In his current role, Sushobhan is actively engaged in helping shape the Indian healthcare environment through active participation in leading industry forums. He is the Past President of the Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH), immediate Past Chairman of the FICCI Medical Devices Forum and currently Chair – Finance, Healthcare Sector Skills Council.
In addition, he is also an active member of FICCI’s National Committee on Healthcare, CII’s National Committee on Public Health and CII’s National Committee on MNCs, The American Chamber of Commerce’s (AMCHAM) and ADVAMED Medical Devices Forum. He is a founder member of the newly formed Medical Technology Association of India (MTai).
Sushobhan is the recipient of the honorary fellowship from the Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI), a rare recognition to an industry leader. He is also the only recipient of the Award of Appreciation from the Indian Arthroplasty association of IAACON 2017 Kolkata for his contribution over the years in the field of Arthroplasty in India.
He is passionate when it comes to contributing to the community. An advocate of “Operation Smile”, an international children's medical charity, that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative therapies, he extended his love by cooking for this noble cause and in turn raised money for Operation Smile.
Born and brought up in Jamshedpur, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering with MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in 1991.
Started his career with Asian Paints (I) Ltd. and thereafter joined Lab Garnier, a division of L’Oreal in 1994. Joined Berger Paints in the year 1996 and took over as MD and CEO from 1 st July 2012.
In the period between 2012 & now, Berger India’s market cap has increased from Rs. 3693 Crores to more than Rs. 29000 Crores, taking it to the Top 100 most valuable companies in India. Berger Paints has featured in Forbes India Magazine as India’s Super 50 companies for 3 consecutive years from 2015. He was selected as one of the 6 Best CEOs under Private Sector category of Forbes India Leadership Award 2015 & 2016 and one of 100 Top CEOs as per Business Today, 2016 & 2017.
He is President of Indian Paint Association and a Management Committee member of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Deputy.Chairman of CII.
Ms. Sulajja Firodia Motwani is the Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Limited, specialised in Green Mobility through electric and hybrid vehicles. She is also the Vice Chairperson of Kinetic Engineering Ltd. She is responsible for Kinetic group’s overall business strategy and development. Kinetic Group’s business interests include Automotive Systems, Green Energy, Multilevel parking solutions, Elevators & Escalators. Kinetic’s partners include companies like Hyundai, Ducati Energia, Taigene Electrical, Magna etc. Sulajja plays a key role in steering this business strategy and in its implementation across group companies.
Sulajja has received numerous awards for her achievements and has been invited to speak at a large number of forums. Sulajja has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a “Young Global Leader“. She was featured as a business “Face of the Millennium” by leading magazine India Today; and was voted among the top 25 business leaders of the next century in a poll of industrialists conducted by Fortune India. Sulajja has received the Society Young Achiever’s Award for Business, Young Super Achiever Award by Business Today, and MTV’s style icon award, “India's Most Powerful Women award” and Top Management Consortium Award of Excellence, among others.
She has been invited to participate in and speak at a large number of industry forums and associations. Sulajja is a Industry nominee on National Board for Electrical Mobility of India from the Ministry of Heavy Industries, and heads the Electric Three Wheeler category in SMEV (Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles). She has been a member of the National Executive Committee of CII, member of the prestigious Governing Body of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India) and Chairperson of FICCI Young Leaders forum and a member of National Steering Committee of FICCI. She is also on the Board of Advisors of iCreate – International Centre for Entrepreneurship & Technology, an initiative of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She has been a Director on the Board of Invest India, a dedicated Investment promotion agency for Govt. of India. Sulajja is also the Brand Ambassador for Plan International, for their “Save the Girl child” initiative.
Sulajja holds an MBA from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the University and was invited on the President’s Committee for India for several years.
Sulajja worked with BARRA International in their office at Berkeley, California before returning to India. She is a fitness enthusiast and a marathon runner. Her interests also include adventure sports such as skiing, scuba , mountain biking and sky diving.
Dipali Goenka is the CEO & Joint Managing Director of Welspun India Limited. She is an accomplished business leader known for her dynamism, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for people, who has driven the growth of Welspun’s textile business to 1 Billion USD enterprise globally.
Under her astute leadership, Welspun has become the largest exporter of home textile products from India and one of the largest integrated player in the world. Welspun supplies to nearly all major global retailers and has a distribution network spanning over 50 countries. By developing internationally recognized brands like Christy and Hygrocotton and leading domestic brand Spaces, Dipali has been seminal in her forward looking approach. Dipali has also been instrumental in making Welspun an Innovation focused organisation with Sustainability woven seamlessly into all aspects of value chain.
She has been recognized as 16th most powerful woman in Asia and 4th in India by Forbes in 2016. Dipali Goenka was co-chair in India Economic Summit 2017 organized by World Economic Forum. She was also an Inspire series speaker in recent Harvard India conference 2018. Dipali has a strong focus on women empowerment and has undertaken significant initiatives to promote skill and entrepreneurship development in local communities.
Dipali is a graduate in Psychology and a Harvard alumnus.
Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute MDI Gurgaon (Now its Gurugram), one of India's leading Business School. He is a first generation entrepreneur and after acquiring the iconic business media and magazine brand BW Businessworld. a 35 year strong media brand as well as most respected business publication in the country.
Since taking over BW Businessworld 13 months back Mr. Batra has expanded BW Businessworld into digital, events and BW communities and has taken into its fold www.digitalmarket.asia, a leading website on digital marketing, www.everythingexperiential.com India’s leading experiential marketing website and launch BW Hotelier in partnership with hotelier international. BW Smart Cities an editorial platform in a 360 degree format is to be launched in mid February 2015. Mr. Batra is building the BW Businessworld business aggressively.
Mr. Batra also founded the exchange4media group and he serves as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com – India’s leading media industry website, PITCH – India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media Magazine, IMPACT – The Marketing Weekly, Franchisee Plus – Business Opportunity Magazine, Realty Plus – India’s leading monthly real estate magazine and samachar4media.com/ – leading media industry website in Hindi.
Mr. Batra is also appointed by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He mentors many budding entrepreneurs and enjoys the process of reverse mentoring as in what he learns from these young entrepreneurs. At BW Businessworld BW Accelerate is an initiative to provide a structured platform to entrepreneurs for mentorship and growth.
Mr. Mulla is the Chief Operating Officer of HDFC Life and has been associated with the Company since January 2018. He is also on the board of HDFC Pension Management Company.
Prior to joining HDFC Life, he was the MD at True North Managers LLP and before that he was the Chief Executive of Retail at L&T Financial Services. Prior to L&T Financial Services, he was associated with ICICI Bank, ANZ Grindlays Bank and Bajaj Auto. He has over 23 years of experience in retail banking and financial services.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Vivek Ramabhadran is the Vice-President for Asia South Region for Swarovski Professional and has been in this role since January 2017. He will spearhead the development and execution of the business strategies at Swarovski Professional Asia-South that includes Middle East, India & the subcontinent, Thailand, South East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia) and Australia & New Zealand. During his tenure at Swarovski Professional, he has strengthened the brand’s position as a design ingredient of choice for bridal couture and high-end accessories, and further diversified into the spaces of luxury interiors, bespoke wedding décor, and corporate gifting.
Before spearheading the operations in India for over 3 years as the Managing Director, Vivek Ramabhadran had completed a year in the Swarovski Professional business out of Dubai looking after Strategy and Business Development for the Asia South markets (Middle East, India, SE Asia, and Australia/NZ).
Prior to Swarovski, Vivek had spent over 4 years at McKinsey & Company with a focus on serving clients in the consumer goods space across a range of strategic and organizational topics, across Middle East, Europe and Africa regions.
Vivek holds a Bachelors in Engineering from IIT Madras, a Masters in Manufacturing from the University of Texas-Austin, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Vikram is the Equity Partner and Group CEO of Madison Media & OOH, India's largest independent Media Agency. In his 30 year career, he has been the global CEO of Maxus, the CEO of GroupM South Asia and Mindshare South Asia. Vikram started his career with P&G and Coca-Cola in Media, Market Research and Brand Marketing. He also set up the marketing department at Star India (Newscorp).
His career highlights include setting up India’s first Media AOR; starting India’s first afternoon soap opera (and daily strip); a great track record of product launches including Ariel, Whisper, Sprite, Diet Coke, Kinley, IPL; pioneering a series of researches in India including BASES, Conversion Model, a Purchase Retail Audit and Consumption Panel; and being part of the leadership team that started Mindshare and GroupM in India/ South Asia. Under his leadership Mindshare was the undisputed Agency of the Year at most Indian awards.
Vikram has sat on several industry body boards/ committees including ASCI, ABC, RSCI, BARC and FICCI. He is currently the President of Ad Club Bombay, Chairman EFFIES, Chairman IRS Technical Committee, Co-chairman IBF-AAAI sub-committee and Member BARC Disciplinary Comm. He has consistently been voted amongst the most influential persons in Indian Media by the Economic Times