Grand Jury

Jury Chair
Sanjiv Puri
Chairman and Managing Director

Akshat Arora
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.

Sanjiv Puri
Chairman and Managing Director, ITC Limited

Sanjiv Puri is the Chairman & Managing Director of ITC Limited, one of India’s foremost conglomerates with businesses spanning FMCG, Hotels, Paperboards and Packaging, Agri Business and Information Technology. Puri was appointed Chairman & Managing Director in May, 2019, after serving as the Company’s MD and the Chief Executive Officer. Puri is also the Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK and USA as well as Chairman of Surya Nepal Private Limited. Puri is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business.

Puri joined ITC in January 1986. During his career of over three decades at ITC and its subsidiaries, he has held several business leadership positions and also handled a wide range of responsibilities in manufacturing, operations and information & digital technology. Puri has served as Chief Operating Officer of ITC and prior to that as President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis. Earlier, he was the Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division, with additional responsibility for the Company's Trade Marketing & Distribution vertical. He has also led ITC Infotech India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC as its Managing Director, and prior to that, was the Managing Director of Surya Nepal Private Limited, a joint venture subsidiary company of ITC in Nepal.

A passionate champion of Sustainability, he has given shape to ITC’s Sustainability 2.0 vision that has set bold and ambitious goals to address critical areas of global significance. Giving new wings to ITC’s credo of ‘Nation First : Sab Saath Badhein’, he has led focussed programmes that contribute to inclusive growth, combat climate change and address national priorities. Puri has also led several initiatives in ITC to leverage the megatrends of Digital, Sustainability and Innovation to shape a new horizon for the future.

Puri has served as the Chairman of the Expert Group constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission of the Government of India to promote agri-exports and as a Member of the technology discussion group 'Farm to Table-driving India's agriculture sector digitally' constituted by the NITI Aayog. He is on the Governing Board and the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been a Member of the Advisory Council constituted by the Odisha Government for promoting manufacturing ecosystem in the State, and a Member of the Expert Group constituted by the Punjab State Government to recommend an action plan in the aftermath of COVID-19 crisis. He is a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a Co-Chair of the ‘Business Commission to Tackle Inequality’ set up by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a Member of the BRICS Business Council.

Presently, Puri also serves on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI as well as on the Steering Committee of FICCI. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. Puri is also the Chairman of the CII National Council on Agriculture, a Member of the CII Economic Affairs Council as well as the CII Policy Council. He has also been a past Member of the Board of Governors of the Media Research Users Council, and has served on the Executive Council of The Indian Society of Advertisers.

Puri was conferred the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award of the year 2018' by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was recently honoured with the “Impact Person of the Year”, 2020 Award by the Exchange4Media Group.