President & Managing Director, Ford India
Here is his profile: Anurag Mehrotra is the President & Managing Director of Ford India and spearheads the company’s efforts to deliver sustainable, profitable growth and strengthen the Ford brand by introducing products, services, and technologies that customers want and value. In his current role, Mehrotra, 48, oversees the successful implementation of Ford’s domestic and export growth and expansion plans, through its world-class integrated manufacturing operations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Sanand, Gujarat.
Previously serving as the executive director, Marketing, Sales & Service, Mehrotra led Ford’s product-led innovation promise and delivering a differentiated customer experience. He has been instrumental in introducing several customer-centric innovations such as the transparent and first-of-its-kind Ford Service Price Promise tool as well as the company’s Feels like Family brand transformation. He has also served as vice president of sales and marketing at Ford India, leading several successful campaigns & growing the company’s sales and service footprint.
Before joining Ford India, Mehrotra was vice president – Corporate Marketing at WNS Global Services, a leading business process outsourcing company, where he was responsible for lead generation and brand building in North America and Europe. Born in 1973, Mehrotra holds a degree in Electronics Engineering & Diploma in marketing management.
CEO & Zone President, Greater India, Schneider electric
Anil Chaudhry is anEnergy sector veteran with over three decades of experience in energy and infrastructure segment.A strong votary of the usage of technology and smart grid initiatives, Anil brings with him extensive learning of digitisation of the power sector. Anil has recently been appointed as the CEO of Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd (SEIPL) & Zone President, Schneider Electric, India. This follows the combining of Schneider Electric India’s Low Voltage and Industry Automation business with L&Ts Electrical and Automation business. Until recently, Anilwas the Managing Director and Country President of Schneider Electric India,a role he took on in the year 2013. Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President, Global Sales Organisation, Infrastructure Business and a member of the Leadership Team in Paris.
Anil champions the cause of energy efficient and green technologies and has done substantial amount of work, for French business interests worldwide with a focus oninfrastructure development, sustainability &climate change, access to energy and skill development. He is determined to set new benchmarks for the usage of innovative techniques to provide world class solutions &services to customers.Anilis extremely passionate aboutpromoting diversity &inclusion. He is also member of Women Advisory Board at Schneider Electric.
In July 2015, Anil was conferred the highest French civilian distinction – Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President of Republic of France recognising his significant contributions towards strengthening Indo-French economic relations.
In July 2015, Anil was conferred the highest French civilian distinction – Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President of Republic of France recognising his significant contributions towards strengthening Indo-French economic relations.
Executive Director, Bajaj Electricals
Anuj Poddar is the Executive Director of Bajaj Electricals Limited, India’s leading Consumer Appliances, Lighting and Engineering Projects company. Anuj Poddar is responsible for managing all the businesses and operations of the Company.
Prior to this he was a member of the Leadership Team at Viacom18 Media Private Limited and one of its key founding team members. During his over 13 years with the company he played an integral role in the growth of the company including its very successful foray into mass entertainment with Colors, its expansion into international territories, the acquisition and launch of its motion pictures business as well as its foray into the regional language networks business. He also led strategy for MTV Networks Asia, based out of Singapore. Prior to Viacom 18 Media, Anuj spent nearly a decade with Arthur Andersen and KPMG and was involved in a range of consulting, mergers & acquisitions and assurance services to a range of clients across financial services, consumer, IT & ITES and other sectors.
He is a Trustee of the Ananta Centre, a Fellow of it’s Inaugural Class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and member of Aspen Global Leadership Network, a member of BMW Foundation's World Responsible Leaders’ Network. He is a member of the Economic Affairs Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and an Executive Council member of various other industry associations (CEAMA, ELCOMA, IFMA). Anuj is a rank-holding Chartered Accountant and lives with his family in Mumbai, India.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Aviva Life Insurance Company
Amit Malik is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Aviva India. He brings along 22 years of experience in business strategy, solutioning, sales, customer experience management, business restructuring, succession planning and operations for large businesses across banking, financial services captive, insurance, and FMCG industry.
At Aviva India, he plays a key role in advancing the company’s mission and objectives whilst keeping the brand relevant to the evolving business environment. Under his guidance, Aviva India has been strengthening its position as the most trusted private life insurer in the country. Amit joined the company in December 2012 and has been part of the Aviva Leadership Team since then. In his earlier role as the Chief People, Operations, and Customer Services Officer, he was responsible for driving customer focus, operational excellence and people agenda for the company.
Amit holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and is a Management Graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. He is also an alumnus of The School of Industrial and Labour Relations, Cornell University, Saïd Business School – University of Oxford and a Certified Coach from International Coaching Federation.
Before joining Aviva India, he has worked in leadership roles at Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland, American Express and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and has undertaken regional assignments in Malaysia and Sri Lanka, during his working period.
CEO, ABP Network
Avinash has been with the group since 2005 and is the CEO of ABP Network since January 2019. Before that he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Group for over 7 years. He steered the transformation of the channel from Star News to ABP News in 2012, along with the rebranding and repositioning in 2020. He has also been at the forefront of promoting Indian regional languages especially on Digital mediums.
Avinash has over 26 years of experience in Media sector. His illustrious professional career includes stint with Indian Express Group and TV Today Group.
He is on the Board of the News Broadcasters Association of India, ABP Creations Pvt. Ltd. and Indian Chapter of International Advertising Association. A true industry specialist, he is a core member of Digital News Publishers Association and a former Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation. He is on the Advisory Board of Mobile Marketing Association of India and Amity International Business School. He has been a member of several committees, including Media & Entertainment Committee of FICCI, Panel Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Outreach & Communication for release of Government Advertisements and the Committee of Experts appointed by the I&B Ministry on ethical standards in media coverage.
Avinash is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards and felicitations including The News Television CEO of the Year – 2019 Award and Business Leader of the Year – 2018 Award. He has judged numerous awards in advertising, marketing & communication, including TV awards at the Goa Fest as Jury Chair.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, he also holds a degree in History and a postgraduate degree in Modern Indian History from Delhi University. A voracious reader, Avinash is interested in contemporary history as well.
Chief Executive Officer, Redbull
Bhaskar is an Asian business leader and marketing expert with a passion for accelerating business growth in companies, particularly in emerging markets across Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East. His depth of experience in the region includes general management expertise, holistic market development and building high performance teams.
His background includes over 30 years with FMCG companies such as Red Bull, Unilever, Bestfoods and JV with A| inomoto, in Marketing, Sales and General Management in three highly competitive geographies of Inclia, Greater China and South East Asia, leading diverse multi-cultural, multi-functional teams
Throughout his career, Bhaskar has applied his strategic and analytical thinking to redefine category source of growth and translating insights into financially viable multi- million-dollar businesses. He has taken several stagnant and nascent brands and transformed the growth curves by introducing relevant innovations such as building the energy drink market ground up, in India, ‘scratch conversion’ micro-marketing in SEA and breakthroughs in innovative cooking products in China, robustly growing the portfolios even bucking the macro economic trench.
He has championed fueling organic growth via simple-yet-compelling communication and 3D consumer activation, turning the businesses around. His dedication has brought profitable, healthier and growing portfolios to organizations and Retailers. This has won Bhaskar high regard from both internal and external customers throughout the industry.
His previous roles as Vice President, Marketing Operations for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Turkey with Unilever Asia, based in Singapore; as Managing Director Unilever Foods based in Taiwan and extensive years in Unilever have accorded Bhaskar a rich spectrum of interfaces, internally with global and regional stakeholders in a matrix structure, and externally with Joint Venture partners and franchisees in the various countries.
In his current role as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Red Bull India, he is building a global brand and a new category in India. In past ten years, Bhaskar has built a high caliber team; brought brand’s iconic global marketing mix to India and developed strong local marketing assets to make business profitable and grown it almost tenfold, both in availability footprint & consumer reach building key brand indices among Indian youth. He has led the complete set-up of company’s own Sales and Distribution network in the complex yet rewarding environment of India.
Bhaskar strongly believes in the social impact of the business for a sustainable growth. In his current role, as part of the brand credo of Giving Wings to people and their ideas, he has spearheaded promoting healthy lifestyle through building sports, both global, like football and cricket, and local ones like kabaddi and human pyramiding, at the very grassroot level. He has driven initiatives that provide platform to young sports people & indepenclent artists, entrepreneurs, to showcase their potential at national and international level.
An Indian, Bhaskar is educated in India completing double post- graduation degrees and currently based in Mumbai, India with his wife. His two daughters are pursuing their careers in United States of America.
Managing Director, Tupperware India
Deepak Chhabra is the Managing Director of Tupperware India. With over two decades of diverse and insightful experience in the field of Retail, Brand management, Sales and Merchandising, Deepak is spearheading Tupperware’s business transformation in India. Tupperware is a legendary global homeware brand with direct selling as its primary channel. In 2019, under the able leadership of Mr. Chhabra, the brand adopted a harmonized multi-channel strategy and introduced Retail, e-tail and webstore. This multi-channel sales strategy continue to exist in coherence with direct selling channel of sales in India.
Since 2019, Tupperware has launched 85 exclusive brand stores across the length and breadth of the country and reached 1000+ cities and towns with the newly adopted multi-channel approach. Deepak is a strong advocate of brick & mortar stores and believes that the retail model will always remain powerful and relevant, inspite of the proliferation of e-commerce business.
A Footwear Technologist and Marketer by qualification, he started his career in 1996 with Phoenix International Limited and since then has held various leadership roles with brands such as Crocs, Reliance Retail, Skechers and Sprandi before joining Tupperware last year. He became one of the youngest CEO in India at the age of 33. (Skechers in 2005)
He is a highly self-motivated and driven leader who believes in going beyond his comfort zone and taking risks. More often than not, such risks have enriched throughout his professional journey and he firmly believes that one should accept their failure as much as they celebrate their success.
Managing Director, Danone India
Himanshu is the Managing director of Danone India and is responsible for leading operations in India and neighboring countries. A results-driven business leader, Himanshu comes with more than 21 years of experience in some of the most competitive FMCG, OTC Healthcare and Surface Care categories across multiple geographies and cultures. He has handled large teams in varied roles across sales and marketing including management of multi-functional and multi-cultural teams, management of media, market research and design agencies, and sales and commercial Management in different geographies. Before joining Danone, Himanshu has worked at Dabur, PepsiCo and Reckitt Benckiser across various roles and geographies.
Managing Director, HP
Ketan Patel is the Managing Director of HP’s India Market, comprising India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. As head of India market, Ketan will be responsible for HP Inc’s all business including computing, printing, 3D printing and associated services.
Prior to this, Ketan was based in Singapore as the Vice President & Head, Personal Systems Category. He was responsible for Greater Asia’s computing business including hardware, services and solutions. The Greater Asia market at HP consists of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Korea. Ketan also led HP’s Commercial PC business between 2017 and 2019 for HP’s Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) region.
During his 16 years with HP Inc., Ketan has held several leadership positions across Category, Sales and Marketing. Ketan was the General Manager and Senior Director of Personal Systems at HP India from 2013 to 2017. In these roles, Ketan led PC Hardware, services and solutions businesses, driving profitable growth and market share gains for HP in Asia Pacific and India.
Prior to joining HP Inc., he has worked with Wipro Infotech, Wipro Peripherals & TVS Electronics in India, driving their Printing business. Ketan has over 25 years of experience in the industry with a proven and consistent track record of growing and transforming businesses.
Ketan holds an Electronics Engineering Degree from the University of Pune, holds a Special Management Program from IIM-Kolkata and a Graduate Diploma in International Business from Helsinki School of Economics.
CEO, TAM India
A journey of over two decades in the world of Media Insights, LV & his team pioneered a range of Audience understanding information for the Media industry.
He is one of the most experienced and competent professionals in the Media Research arena. His contribution to the growth and understanding of data analytics for Programming & Marketing of Media Brands has significantly helped the blossoming of TV Media Industry in India.
His vision is characterized by the belief that all harmonious research work will spark new insights that are bound to deliver ROI for businesses.
A speaker at Global Media Research Forums of ESOMAR & ARF and continues to be a Visiting Faculty in leading B-Schools across India.
He is also a Strategic Advisor & Board member of a new Digital Start-up. In the new age of IOT, VR & AI, his new vision for TAM is to become the Data Monetization Company, with more focus on Hyper Local CI (Consumer Intelligence).
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD&CEO), Kotak Life Insurance
Mahesh Bala, has over two decades of professional entrepreneurial experience in financial services. Starting his career at Godrej & Boyce in 1992, Mahesh moved to Cholamandalam Investment and Finance company in 1994, as the first regional head for the retail business in the West. During his five year tenure, he lead the expansion of the Vehicle finance business, making Chola a key and profitable player in the West. By 1999 he had moved on to a “Strategic team “of the Murugappa Group working on business planning, improving operational efficiency, exploring new initiatives , Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2000, Mahesh turned entrepreneur and cofounded Apnaloan.com India’s first and largest Online Loan market place for Credit Cards, Unsecured Loans, Car Loans and Mortgages. As Executive Director and Business head he got more than 20 leading Indian/Foreign Banks and NBFCs to participate in the market place. In 2005 Mahesh joined Kotak Mahindra Bank as part of the core team of the Retail Liabilities and Branch Banking Business. He was instrumental in setting up and leading the Retail Sales, Retail Institutional, Government Business and Cross Sell verticals. In his last assignment he was also the Co-Head of Branch Banking Division. After successfully setting up and building significant scale across business in Assets, Liabilities and Branch Banking, Mahesh was given the opportunity in Oct 2014, to be the founder CEO of Kotak Mahindra General Insurance. Mahesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management Studies.
Managing Director, Digital Experience, Adobe India
Nitin Singhal leads Adobe’s Enterprise and Commercial business in India. He is responsible for spearheading the company’s business growth and acceleration across all industries in India.
An avid technology enthusiast, Nitin is passionate about Adobe’s vision for enabling the world through digital experiences. Since joining the company in 2020, he has been playing the role of a strategic advisor to India’s enterprises on digital transformation and the growing significance of effective customer experience management to drive business success.
With over 30 years of industry experience, prior to joining Adobe - Nitin led high performance teams across organizations like Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft., where he was instrumental in driving growth and customer retention, building value and competitive differentiation for customers through impactful use of technology innovations.
Nitin completed his MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis in Pune and also has a Post-Graduate degree in manufacturing from NIFT in New Delhi, among other educational qualifications.
He is based in Gurgaon, where lives with his wife and two children.
MD & CEO, BSH Home Appliances
Mr. Neeraj Bahl is the Managing Director & CEO at BSH Household Appliances as the MD and CEO.
Prior to that he was with Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd where he was the Group Chief Sales for Retail and Online. In his role as the Business Head for Consumer Electronics at Panasonic, he was responsible for increasing sales of TV panels from a mere 3% to over 10% market share within a span of six-seven years. He greatly contributed in expanding the company’s sales network from 5000 to more than 15000.
His achievements include the successful launch of XXL panel in 2016, launch of the OLED range of panels in 2018 with Ranbir Kapoor as the brand ambassador, the Viera Shinobi pro series panels and the relaunch of Panasonic urban audio in 2017.
During his significant tenure of more than 25 years, Neeraj has also worked with leading global organizations including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Electrolux India bringing vast industry experience.
Managing Partner & CEO - ESG Stewardship Services, ECube Investment Advisors
Richa has recently joined ECube Investment Advisors, as Managing Partner & CEO – ESG Stewardship Services. In this entrepreneurial venture, her mandate is to drive the strategy and implementation of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) assessment & engagement.
Prior to ECube, Richa was with the Tata group, where as COO she led the transformation of the consumer business of Tata Chemicals, launching Tata Sampann, and building the foods portfolio beyond salt. In her last role at the Tata group, as President – Packaged Foods, Tata Consumer Products Ltd, she was responsible for driving the Packaged Foods business in India.
Before joining the Tata Group, Richa had set up Five by Six Consulting - a boutique strategic marketing consulting firm, advising companies like McCain Foods, Britannia & Wipro (Consumer). Prior to Five by Six, Richa’s stints as Head of Marketing & Innovation at Britannia, and in leadership positions at Balsara & FCB-Ulka, were all during the critical inflexion points in the journey of these organisations.
Richa has served as a Director on the Board of Tata Nourishco and Tata Unistore, Tata Group’s e-commerce venture launched under the Tata Cliq brand name.
Over the years, Richa has engaged deeply with key government stakeholders and has been active on various CII and FICCI committees on FMCG, Nutrition & Agriculture. She has played an active role in mentoring senior leaders, across industries & organisations. In 2020, Richa was on Business Today’s list of Most Powerful Women.
Besides business, Richa is passionate about photography; she has had solo exhibitions in India at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi & NCPA, Mumbai, and has also exhibited at an edition of the India Art Fair.
A graduate in Economics & an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Richa is a Chevening scholar from the London School of Economics.
Managing Partner, Flyvision Consulting
In a career spanning over 30 years, worked across large businesses of European, American and Indian corporations. Worked largely with the corporate sector in India & in Switzerland as well as spearheaded the implementation of a national level social sector and World Bank funded project in Rural India.
She was perhaps the first lady in the Consumer Products industry in India and has multifunctional exposure across Marketing, Sales and Human Resources as Function Head and later as CEO.
Innovation has been one of her hallmarks; during her early years with Nestle India, she helped craft, create, launch and establish what became a marketing legend in its time, Maggi 2 Minute Noodles. She launched the first social marketing campaign in India, “Jaago Re” campaign, which won international acclaim. Under her watch Tata Tea catapulted into becoming the largest Tea brand in India.
She was posted to Nestle HQ Switzerland for 3 years and has travelled across Europe, US, Asia & Latin America.
She is now an Independent Director with experience across a diverse range of businesses from consumer products, energy, education, financial services to IT Infrastructure & hardware distribution and the social sector. She is a Diversity speaker and Author of the book The 2 Minute Revolution, the Art of growing businesses
She has been awarded as : Business Today 30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, India Today Woman in the Corporate World, Women Super Achievers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social.
Managing Director, India, Essence
Sonali Malaviya is Managing Director, India at Essence, a global data and measurement-driven media agency which is part of GroupM. Leading Essence across its offices in Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, she drives continued client-centric innovation in data, analytics and technology, as well as business growth and company culture for the agency in India. As part of her role, she is also a member of Essence’s APAC leadership team and GroupM India’s executive committee.
Joining Essence in 2018, Sonali previously led the agency’s Google business in India and Southeast Asia as Senior Vice President, Client Services. Earlier, she served as Chief Operating Officer at Colorbar Cosmetics and Country Marketing Lead at Twitter in India. With over 20 years of experience in management, marketing and media across industries and markets, she has also held senior roles at Mindshare, PHD, Roy Morgan Research and MediaCom in India, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.
A postgraduate in business management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sonali strives to build strong, collaborative partnerships with clients and employees alike, and is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In addition, she is a firm believer in change as the only constant, and continuous learning and exploring are what keep her going.
MD & CEO, Tata Coffee
Mr. Chacko Thomas is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Tata Coffee. He has been associated with Tata Coffee since 4th August 2015. Before joining Tata Coffee, he was the Managing Director of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Ltd., Munnar.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in Computer Science from the University of Jodhpur. Further, he pursued an Advanced Management Programme from the INSEAD, France. With over 28 years of rich experience in the plantation industry, Chacko enjoys his expertise in plantations, business strategy, sales and marketing functions of this industry segment.
He is married to Mrs. Neetu Thomas who teaches Mathematics in NPS Yelahanka, Bangalore. He is a proud father of two daughters, Tamanna & Akanksha. His elder daughter, Tamanna, has completed a degree in Economics in the University of Warwick and is currently working in Deloitte- UK. She is parallelly pursuing Chartered Accountancy parallelly. Akanksha, his younger daughter is in the US as she is pursuing a degree in Visual Communication Design from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
He is passionate about sports and loves to play cricket, especially. He is an 80s rock music aficionado and also loves to revisit his good old days of long motorcycle rides. He is also fond of reading in his time off and as most of us out there, is a Canophile.
Managing Director & CEO, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd
Vishakha RM has helmed IndiaFirst Life as its MD & CEO since March 2015. Under her strong leadership, the company has recorded a significant growth rate and steadily risen in industry ranking. Leading from the front, Vishakha spearheaded the seamless transition of shareholding from former partner, Legal and General to Warburg Pincus.
Vishakha has ranked among the Top 50 of Fortune India’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ in business three times in a row (2017, 2018 and 2019). She has also been bestowed with ‘Most Influential Woman’ by the Business World magazine. Recognising her achievements, ICAI bestowed Vishakha with the prestigious award of CA Business Leader – Women (2017). Vishakha has been enlisted as a trailblazer amongst contemporaries across industries by prestigious publications such as Forbes India and Business Today.
A thought leader, Vishakha co-chairs the Pension and Insurance committee of CII. She is also an esteemed member of National Council on Insurance (ASSOCHAM), a committee member of FICCI, and a Charter Member of Exqualifi by AIWMI. She is an independent Director on the board of NRB Bearings Private Limited. She also has been on the executive committee of Life Insurance Council.
Vishakha continues to guide and mentor the upcoming generation of thinkers and leaders. Some of her prestigious mentorship associations include International Insurance Society (IIS) Mentor program, WWB Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program, RGA Leaders for Tomorrow and WILL Forum.
A Chartered Accountant equipped with a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Systems, Vishakha is also a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India.
Lead- Digital Marketing
Akhil started his career with social media close to 11 years back. And, after learning the so-called nuances of social media at media2win, he thought why not learn all traits of digital marketing. Hence, the mind of this curious marketing student took him to Isobar where he learnt - client servicing, account management & media planning / buying, digital strategy and thereby helped some of the biggest brands to achieve their marketing objectives. After that, he thought why not apply all these skills as well as knowledge to help a brand, hence he's doing what he initially envisioned.
Head of Media & Digital, Marico Limited
Currently heading the Media and Digital Global Centre of Excellence for Marico, Anagha Bhojane has managed media for multiple corporates and categories. She started her journey with media 15 years ago in media agencies. With 7 years of media strategy planning, she made her switch to the Corporate side. A journey that started with traditional media soon traversed across all media. In her previous role she also lead market research and PR in addition to media. She is passionate about understanding consumer journey and enthusiastic about data driven decision making in marketing.
Head Of Digital Strategy,Media, Brand Commerce- ITC Foods
A Marketer with varied experiences in managing and thinking about brands both as a brand owner and a strategic planner. Have amassed great learnings along the way in creating, managing and re-imagining brands across traditional and digital spaces. Have nurtured keen interest in the start up space, e commerce and all things technology.
Head - Business Operations, Digital Business, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
Amogh Dusad leads business operations vertical forSonyLlV—thedigital business ofSony Pictures NetworksIndia.Priortobeingelevated to this role, Amogh spearheaded the Digital Products division for Sony Entertainment Television, where he was pivotal in driving the business strategy for the channel, consumer insightsand collaborations on creative development and P&Lmanagement.
In a career spanning 15 years, Amogh has worked in leadership positions covering different facets of the Broadcast and Digital industry, including content acquisition, partnerships with content creators, gaming and second screen engagement, digital content creation,revenue maximization for digital products and consumer insight generation. In addition to this, he also headed programming and acquisitions for Sony PIX and AXN. Prior to joining SPN, he was part of the core launch team for NDTV Imagine.
Amogh has a degree in ’Digital Strategies for Business’ from Columbia Business School & Emeritus School of Management. He also holds a master’s in management (research) from MICA, Ahmedabad. Continuing his passion for academia, Amogh is a visiting faculty at MICA. In his free time, he loves to read and listen to Urdu poetry.
Head Digital Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank
Amit Deorukhkar is one of the industries veterans in the space of Marketing and entered the Top 50 Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders list by World Marketing Congress in 2018.
He currently leads the Digital Marketing and Content team at Standard Chartered Bank, prior to which he was heading Digital Media & Acquisition at ICICI Bank wherein he spearheaded the banks digital business strategy to drive consideration and advocacy using digital media and technology.
At ICIC Bank, he was also a part of the core team to drive the product & platform designs leading to achieve the Banks’ digital road-map and enabling group companies on their path to digital transformation. The role included to improve; design, usability, content and conversion points of key digital assets, thereby creating a unique digital ecosystem along with internal stakeholders and external partners to support the Banks digital landscape.
Amit also led a group level team to implement attribution and multi-channel models on Google Analytic for a one-view of the entire customer journey
He brings with him wide and deep industry experience of over 17 years with expertise in multi-channel marketing programs be it digital, traditional, direct marketing, social media strategies, online reputation management, data analytics and decisioning processes. Amit’s strength lies in building and scaling up businesses and managing them successfully on the back of strong motivated teams, business relationships, technologies and efficient processes.
An enterprising, passionate go-getter throughout his career. He was an integral part of a start-up, Chaupaati Bazaar, India's 1st phone commerce platform started in 2008 which was later acquired by Future Group in 2010. Soon after that, he founded Bookstok Media Pvt. Ltd. (2011), a publisher enabled reading applications (e-books and e-magazines) for IOS and Android mobile device.
As a professional, Amit is committed to the dynamic digital story of the Indian Advertising and marketing industry and through his wide spectrum of work experience across all media formats, is well positioned to play an important role in the digital disruption of the marketing sector.
A calm demeanour, a doting father, cycling enthusiast, a photography enthusiast, Amit dreams of traveling around the world in a custom-made road-tripping van!
Head of Digital Marketing & PR, Bisleri
A marketing professional with 11 years of rich, diverse experience across FMCG, Luxury Retail, Automobile & Banking industries. Being an Army Officer’s son, I learnt the art of adapting to change at a very early age, which helped me in adjusting to new businesses and industries very quickly. Throughout my professional career, I have mastered the nuances of Client Management at Citibank, Retailer & Experiential Marketing at Jaguar Land Rover India, Brand Management & Digital Marketing at Steve Madden (Reliance Brands) and Digital, E-commerce & PR at Bisleri.
Brand, Social & Community, CureFit
Athul Uday is Head of Digital at United Breweries Ltd, where he is responsible for driving consumer engagements for Kingfisher and Heineken family of brands on digital. His decade long experience in content, social media, programmatic, PR and brand marketing has helped UB achieve 80+% SOE (Share of Engagements) amongst key beer brewers. Prior to UB, Athul co-founded Happy Cook, then India’s largest meal kit brand and had marketing stints with Godrej, Amagi and Kirusa in Indian and African markets. Apart from his passion for innovating at the intersections of brand and digital, he enjoys badminton, reading and travelling.
Chief Creative Officer, BC Web Wise
A Digital player with over 20 years of experience, Swamy has demonstrated his creative journey, combining emotions and technology to make meaningful connections with the audience.
With 2-decades of being a creative native of digital advertising, Swamy has bagged over a 100 prestigious metals in this time. Swamy today drives the creative practice at BC Web Wise, one of India's most respected and homegrown independent agencies, as Chief Creative Officer.
His agenda today - driving brands to leverage digital at the core of all advertising communication, and tap the full-funnel with unique experiences. He brings with him a strong digital orientation with experience across agencies such as BBDO Proximity, Liqvd Asia, Tribal DDB, Law & Kenneth and SapientRazorfish.
Swamy has been serving the digital community as a jury with Adfest Asia Awards, Abby Awards Goafest, IDA, Media Apac, Tambuli, Adstars & Grand Jury at New York Festivals.
He propagates his practice of ‘Simplifying Digital’ in his campaigns and through lecturing opportunities as a faculty at ADMC and various advertising colleges.
Swamy is featured in Digital Power - Top 100 Digital Leaders 2021 of India by one of the Leading IMPACT Advertising Magazine.
Practice Head - Digital Marketing, Indigo
Almost 12+ Years of Experience in all aspects of Digital Space includes Planning ,Implementation, Strategy and Digital ROI and always open for new ideas and new experiments and their implementation . My analytical and exhaustive approach towards the Media campaign shows my deep understanding towards digital and analytical led decisions/campaigns.
Specialized in Digital Strategy, Search, Display, Digital ROI, Mobile Marketing, Multi Screen marketing, Programmatic buying, Social Media , Facebook , Influencer strategy , Google Analytics, Convertro, Data Analysis, Lead Generation, User Buying, Behaviour Analysis, Performance Marketing, User journey visualisation, media mix modelling, Good understanding of ATL/BTL campaigns
Specialized Domain: Travel, Real Estate, and Classifieds, SME/SMBs, Aviation, FMCG, IT/ Technology, Automobile
Associate Vice President, Growth Markets (South Asia, China, Japan, ASEAN & MEA), Indegene
“Gurpinder is a Digital Transformation professional with over 17 years of experience in healthcare. He has been into transformation roles in Pharmaceuticals from more than a decade with the key objective to reinvent pharma commercial model in this digital age. He is passionate about delivering digital experiences to Healthcare Professionals & Consumers. In his current role Head of the Customer Engagement at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), he is responsible for Digital Marketing & Commercial Effectiveness for Pharmaceuticals & Vaccines Business. A strong believer of challenging the status quo, driven by curiosity and motivated by driving innovative commercial models in healthcare space.”
Lead - Digital Strategy (Global Brand), Royal Enfield
As a lead, Jatin is responsible for devising a marketing strategy to achieve brand and business objectives across global markets – leading digital marketing and strategy across 4 continents. Driving brand marketing metrics with across the funnel impact, through relevant strategic & tactical initiatives. Building company-wide processes to connect offline opportunities with digital as a standard practice and Digital Transformation.
Head, Digital Marketing, Dabur India
Kapil Ohri, has more than 14 years of experience in digital media across digital transformation, digital strategy, media planning, programmatic advertising and content. Currently, he is leading digital marketing at Dabur India. Prior to this he has worked with organizations like Arvind Lifestyle, Mindshare, Ogilvy, afaqs! and FCB Ulka and has worked on digital marketing for categories like FMCG, Consumer electronics, Home appliances, Automobile and Aviation etc. Kapil has also authored a series of books titled – The Curious Digital Marketer.
CMO and Head – Business Development
Ketan Kulkarni is CMO and Head – Business Development at Blue Dart, South Asia's premier express air and integrated transportation distribution and logistics company and part of Deutsche Post DHL group. Ketan has a rich and varied experience of over 26 years across industries as diverse as FMCG, Advertising, Alcoholic Beverages and Travel goods.
He joined Blue Dart in December 2006, and is responsible for new business development, product innovations, process improvement, customer activation and loyalty, market research, strategic intelligence, public relations, corporate communications and sustainability. He was also earlier entrusted with the role of Senior Advisor and Head - First Choice, the quality and excellence program at Blue Dart. A certified master black-belt, he is involved in leading & guiding change, organizational strategy, development and transformation.
A thoroughbred marketing professional with expertise in Sales Management and Advertising, Ketan has tremendous insights into national, regional and global market trends and evolving scenarios. Brand architecture, market research, retail management, buyer behaviour, environment scanning & customer strategy development are also his areas of core competence.
An experienced sales professional, prior to Blue Dart, he has successfully led goal oriented national sales teams. He has been involved in running sales coaching & training, incentive programs, portfolio management, trade channels & distribution set-up and strategizing & operating Key Account Management structures. As part of the national sales leadership responsibility, he has had the opportunity to travel extensively across the nation and has virtually been to every state and its interiors, enabling him to gain tremendous insight and knowledge of the Indian market-place and its consumers.
In 2008, Blue Dart’s silver anniversary year, he gave further impetus and traction to the company’s aggressive growth plans. Apart from leading various strategic initiatives, he has led the One-Retail programme in Blue Dart thereby developing a strong foothold in the retail landscape in enhancing customer value proposition. Ketan is a leader who believes that value and innovations can lead to a profitable organization especially in the fast paced ‘express’ sphere.
Ketan is in the advisory council of the CMO Asia Council and has received numerous awards across forums in the areas of Marketing, Branding and Corporate Social Responsibility. He holds the jury position at the BSE – Corporate Responsibility Awards, the SIFE Enactus Panel and the Asia HR Congress.
He was recently awarded the Responsible Business Leader of the Year 2017 by Responsible Business Awards, “Greatest Marketing Influencer” Award 2017, ‘Most Influential Marketing Leaders’ Award at the World Marketing Congress, presented the ‘Award for Retail Excellence - Retail Leadership Award’ at Asia Retail Congress, conferred as the ‘Marketing Professional of the Year’ at the 10th Indy’s awards, was recognised as one of ‘100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders - Global Listing’ at World CSR Congress. He was also awarded the CISCO Sustainability Leadership Award at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit & Awards, Best CMO of the Year – by indiasgreatest.com – The Greatest Corporate Leaders of India. He has also won the ‘Best Sustainability Leader’ by Star of the Industry Awards at the 9th Indy's Awards for Excellence in Mass Communication, Marketing Communication, Public Relations, Advertising, Corporate Social Responsibility, ‘Best CMO of the Year’ by indiasgreatest.com - The Greatest Corporate Leaders Of India and is also the recipient of the ‘Sustainability Leadership Award’ by Global Sustainability Leadership Awards 2014, an ‘Indira Super Achiever’ and winner of ‘Pride of Profession Award for Excellence in Marketing’ to name a few.
Ketan likes to keep himself updated of the recent trends in business and advanced leadership, based on which he recently completed the Asia Pacific Business Leadership Program from the Australian School of Business. Corporate Sustainability & Living Responsibility are areas that appeal to Ketan's heart. He leads by example in greening the environment, conserving energy and working with children and youth from the marginalized sections of our society in order that they and our future generations are provided a better quality of life.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mumbai University and an MBA in Marketing from Sydenham Institute (Mumbai). He enjoys reading books on game theory, scenario planning, world history & architecture.
Senior Manager & Head of Marketing, Amazon
Mayank is a seasoned product marketer with 12+ years of experience in the technology space. In his current role he is responsible for leading product marketing, research & scalable educational initiatives to drive awareness and adoption of Amazon ads offerings - (Search, display and video) for India. Prior to this, he was associated with Adobe Systems Inc where he handled the digital marketing mix portfolio for Technical Communication products.
Sr Director, India & SEA, Brand & Strategy, mediasmart
Consumer Marketing professional with over a decade of experience working in FMCG , Retail, F&B & Ad-Tech set-ups with global brands like Puma, L'Oreal, Cafe Coffee Day and recently Bytedance & InMobi. He was voted & awarded as one of India's Most innovative Mar-Tech leaders in 2019 by World Marketing Congress. With a career spanning over 14+ years - Nikhil has worked across multiple functions with his domain expertise primarily being Brand Marketing (digital & offline), Business strategy/ Sales & Go-To Market plan/ execution across consumer goods, retail & start-up eco system. In his recent roles, he has led business functions across India, SEA, EU & has previously led marketing/business functions at Cafe Coffee Day, L'Oreal, Puma, HouseJoy & InMobi.
Global Product Owner – Web & Shoppability, HUL
“Digital evangelist championing the use of digital technology to drive Excellent Consumer Experience & Sustainable business performance”
She has 10+ years of experience in driving the digital transformation agenda across Marketing, eCommerce, and Finance functions of the FMCG industry. She has deep expertise in Marketing/Ad Tech & ECommerce platforms and she is passionate about building great tech driven products that create excellent consumer experience and generate healthy revenue for the company.
She enjoys creating, scaling, and optimizing the product portfolios that matter and she does that by building an amazing team & driving their focus on problems that matter.
She is skilled in business partnering, product management, devising digital strategy for brands, leading large-scale transformation initiatives and building multi-stakeholder digital platforms that unlocks capacity for growth.
Vice President, Disney+ Hotstar
Pooja Verma heads Disney+ Hotstar's Branded Content division - The Brand Lab and content development, commissioning, digital studio partnerships for the platform's latest short form slate Quix.
Bringing to life credible, authentic, and memorable stories is her passion. In a world filled with hashtags, Pooja has mastered the grammar of storytelling to craft unique content and experiences that are not just liked but loved by viewers and prized by brands.
Working at the intersection of content creation, monetisation, and marketing in a digital first eco-system, Pooja is currently responsible for identifying, developing, and delivering commissioned shows, digital studio & creator partnerships, as well as brand oriented content solutions by combining Disney+Hotstar’s strengths of storytelling and scale. Earlier Pooja led Wavemaker Content; the branded content, entertainment, and sports & live partnerships practice at GroupM, where she mentored a 20+ strong national team to deliver content, collaboration, and partnership solutions to a vibrant mix of brands. She has also delivered a string of firsts at her previous stints. Pooja managed marketing communications at Walt Disney India as a part of its launch team and went on to become Communication Partner for Walt Disney Media Networks. At BASF, she spearheaded a children’s education project as part of a first-of-its-kind public private partnership that led to a recognition in the Limca Book of Records. As a consultant based in Singapore before joining GroupM, Pooja delivered marketing and content solutions/projects for start-ups, social enterprises in India and SEA, and international brands looking to expand in India. She wrapped up her stint in Singapore as Director Marketing and Communications at Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Pooja embraces technology and new media as gateways to enhance consumer experience and build strong content, creative, and business strategies. She also offers her expertise pro-bono to non-profits and academic institutions. She is a travel and nature enthusiast with a keen interest in diverse cultures and local artisanal handicrafts while also being a 'Do-It-Yourself’ evangelist.
Head Digital, E-Comm and CX efforts, Asian Paints
Ramya is a marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience in designing customer experiences both digital and otherwise. She currently heads the Digital, E-Comm and CX efforts at Asian Paints Ltd and is in the thick of the company’s digital transformation and Omni-Channel Experience efforts. She specialises in bridging the gap between technology and marketing minds. She is passionate about creating digital solutions that deliver value to both the business and its customers.
Head Of Digital Marketing and Communications, Havells India
Saurabh is a seasoned digital marketing professional with work experience of more than 12 years with some of the most incredibly talented teams across the globe. He believes in the notion - Digital is certainly not just an advertising channel, it is a way of doing business.
He has a proven track record of enabling brand transformation through digitization of Consumer Decision Journey through implementation of marketing CRM with the help of AI & Machine Learning. He is known for digital establishment within the brands by synchronizing the business objectives and new age consumer content adaptability behaviour.
His strength lies in Media Buying, E-commerce, Social Media, Influencer marketing, Content Marketing, Digital PR, Online Reputation Management, and Digital Innovations.
Strengths & Recent Achievements:
- Digital Marketers’ Awards 2018 by IAMAI
- Gold For Best Display Campaigns in IDA by IAMAI 2019
Setup of Real Time Marketing Centre for understanding consumer sentiments and real time listening
Establishing E-com Marketing strategies across all marketplace with multiple x ROI.
Exposure to manage digital annual budget of more than 20 Cr. and developing offline-online synergy campaigns plan, agency coordination.
Regular participant in panel discussion on several topics related to digital marketing and consumer behaviour analysis.
Core skills in implementing long-term brand strategies for B2C and B2B segments with an unshakable track record of delivering market leadership, rapid growth, and strong ROI.
Operational expertise in the areas of concept marketing, strategic planning and execution, communication design and deployment, brand perception enhancement, innovation management, and improving access mechanisms for faster acquisition of customers.
Deputy Manager – Digital Sales & Retail Marketing, Ford
Shruti Khanna is Deputy Manager – Digital Sales & Retail Marketing at Ford India Pvt. Ltd. Prior to Ford India, Shruti was working with Digitas as Project Manager, CRM Programs, where she was responsible for leading the strategy and execution for some big FMCG and Automotive Brands.
With over 15 years of experience across Media channels and platforms, advertising agencies she specialization in CRM, Loyalty, Digital & Retail Marketing while managing media and marketing for leading local and global brands. For over 5 years now, Shruti has been actively involved in Digital Sales & Marketing at Ford.
Digital Marketing Specialist, P & G Health
Shruti is a versatile professional having worked in different industries like FMCG, Confectionery/snacks, Banking and IT. Currently she is responsible for Digital Marketing and e-Commerce for brands for P&G Health. Creativity in any form interests her and she is passionate about movies. With more than 11 years of work experience in Digital, she brings in great marketing expertise and innovative approach with customer perspective and has raised several benchmarks in Digital marketing.
Head - Digital Marketing, RB
Shashi is a digital marketing professional with over 15 years of experience across digital strategy, integrated media planning and content marketing..
He has worked across creative agencies (Publicis, Rediffusion Y&R) to media agency (GroupM) and is now heading Digital Marketing at RB Health for marquee brands like Dettol, Durex, Moov, Veet etc. His campaigns for RB has won awards at APAC EFFIES, Asian WARC and, EMVIES back home. He is among IMPACT DIGITAL Power 100 list and, Top 30 Digital Marketer by Brand Equity.
Head of Media & Digital Marketing, Kansai Nerolac Paints
He is currently responsible for looking after Media & Digital for Kansai Nerolac paints. . Averse to be called as a specialist or expert , His constant endeavour is to continuously enhance his competencies in media planning , performance marketing , Ecommerce & SEO and always on the lookout for the use of the digital & tech solutions to solve marketing constraints. He has built his experience over 14 years of working with top media publishers, agencies & businesses. . In his free time , He looks to read & invest in the uncertain world of the Stock markets.
Executive Vice President, HDFC Life
Vishal Subharwal, Executive Vice President, HDFC Life
Vishal heads the marketing and e-commerce functions of the company. He has been part of HDFC Life for over a decade in which he has successfully led diverse roles across Strategy, Business Insights, Analytics. Vishal has a rich experience in the financial services sector across consulting, business process management & sales roles.
He holds a B.E (Electrical) Degree from Mumbai University and a Masters in Management studies degree from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Head - Digital Marketing Transformation COE, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Zubin is a Digital Marketing leader with 18 + years of Digital Marketing Communication & Technology expertise in the B2C and B2B industry. He has been responsible for pioneering and transforming digital marketing platforms, techniques and approaches to construct new and exciting ways of creating awareness, engagement and generating revenues from the Digital medium – Web, Mobile and Social Channels across Global Markets ( namely India and North America)
He has more than a decade in the Banking and Insurance industry where he set up and led the online digital marketing functions across HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and ICICI Lombard General Insurance. In his previous role at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) he led their corporate digital marketing function and was responsible for leading the Digital Transformation & Marketing Technology ( MarTech ) roadmap, building capabilities that focussed on Data Analytics, Content and Automation to drive an omni channel customer journey.
He presently works for Dr Reddy’s Laboratories as Head – Digital Marketing Transformation COE , his role is to set up the Digital Marketing Centre of Excellence, the Digital Marketing Technology (MarTech) strategy & Roadmap for the company.