A media veteran of over two decades, Tarun Katial is the CEO of ZEE5 India. In his current role, Tarun is responsible for steering ZEE5, India’s largest and most comprehensive digital entertainment platform for language content, towards gaining industry leadership position
Considered one of the most successful executives in the Indian media industry, Tarun has a robust body of experience across media platforms including television, radio and now the newest kid-on-the-block – OTT.Prior to joining ZEE5, Tarun’s last assignment was with Big FM, where hewas the Founder COO-CEO, and during this duration he alsoset up Thwink BIG– the content incubator, and the BIG TV channels - Magic and Ganga.
An MBA-graduate, Tarun began his career with advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Enterprise Nexus Lowe and Ogilvy & Mather. Pursuant to this, he moved to Star Network and rose to become the Head of Content and Communications across the network in India before moving to Sony Entertainment Television as Business Head.
Tarun has an established record of accomplishment through successful shows - KBC - Who wants to be a Millionaire - Lets make a deal India, a slew of daily fiction content at STAR and Indian Idol | Fear Factor | Fame Academy | Ugly Betty at SET. These have been in perfect tune with what captivates the Indian consumer.
Tarun’sacumen has been recognized at multiple Indian and international platforms. He has been voted as NewsCorp Achiever for Asia and included among the best in the ‘India Today 30 on 30’ list. He was also part of the team that won the first Media Gold at Cannes. Instrumental in revolutionizing the media and entertainment landscape in India, Tarun is now a Tedx speaker, and part of industry forums including Jury chair for the Ad club Abby and DMAI, committee member with FICCI and CII, Ex-Com at IAAA and Vice President at Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI).
Anjali Krishnan, Media Head, Mondelez
Anjali Krishnan is the Head of Media for Mondelez in India and Bangladesh. She comes close to 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, working with both agency as well as corporate organizations with expertise in Media Strategy, Business Planning & Analytics, Research, Brand Development and handling P&L.
Prior to Mondelez India, she was associated with well-known brands like Virgin Mobile India, TVS Motor Company, as well has leading agencies like Group M and Lintas, across key clients such as Hindustan Unilever, ITC and many more.
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Karthi Marshan, CMO, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Karthi Marshan oversees marketing efforts across all verticals with Kotak’s presence, including insurance, banking, brokerage, asset management et al.
Previously, Karthi helmed the marketing function of IDBI Bank. He is also a co-founder of Sharekhan, one of India's leading retail brokerage firms.
Karthi started his professional career as a copywriter, then moved on to account management at Grey Worldwide, and subsequently produced television content for Sony India. Prior to joining Kotak, Karthi was based out of Sydney, where he helped turn around an ailing DTH business that catered to the Indian diaspora in the ANZ region.
An alumnus of IIM Bangalore (class of '92), Karthi is a Bombayite who has been trying to escape from the madness of Mumbai all his adult life. Bengaluru is his favourite city in India; Goa comes a close second.
Group President - Corporate Brand Custodian Adani Group
Paresh Chaudhry, Group President - Corporate Brand Custodian, Adani Group
Paresh has set value benchmarks in the field of Global Corporate Communication with a profound expertise in the areas of marketing, brand communications and reputation management spanning multiple industries.
In over 3 decades, he has been part of strategic communication endeavours at Hindustan Unilever, Reliance Industries,RanbaxyLaboratories, Smith Kline Beecham and Wockhardt, directly addressing the communication objectives with Who’s Who of the respective companies.
Paresh is currently Group President –Corporate Brand Custodian of the Adani Group for its global operations. He will bring in a key strategic communication shift, as the group is poised to grow rapidly.
Prior to joining the Adani Group, Paresh was Chief Executive Officer of Madison Public Relations, a unit of Madison World, one of India’s largest 360-degree communication agency, employing over 1,000 communication professional across cities in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Paresh is the founder President of Indian Forum of Corporate Communicators (IFCC), a large group of practicing Corporate Communications professionals from leading corporates across the country. He was a Board Member of PRCAI. Besides, Paresh has been a distinguished Jury Member at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, France 2015; Jury Member, PR Asia Week, Singapore, 2015; Jury Chair at Goa Fest, ABBY’s Awards, 2015; Jury Member, Lions Dubai Lynx, Dubai 2014; Jury Member, Sabre Asia & South Asia, 2014. He was also the Conference Chair at Global Marketing & Advertising Week (GMAW), New Delhi, 2015. He is an active member of Round Table India, a social, non-political, cultural International organization for more than 20 years.
Paresh’s unique approach to leverage the aspect of Corporate Social Responsibility amongst all stakeholders in Smith Kline Beecham, RIL and HUL, have been noteworthy.
A voracious reader and erstwhile captain of University Cricket Teams and Bombay Cricket Association, Paresh is an MBA with a specialization in Marketing. Paresh has also completed a Public Affairs certification course from the Hong Kong University.
Head of Marketing & E‐Commerce Pantaloons
CMO Edelweiss Group
Shabnam Panjwani, CMO, Edelweiss Group
A marketing professional with almost 3 decades of experience in the field, Shabnam has been credited with building brands that are household names across categories such as aviation, automobiles, entertainment, durables, foods & beverages, FMCG, personal care, financial services and others. Post her stint with daCunha Advertising, Everest DY&R and as Course Director for the Advertising & Marketing Diploma at Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Shabnam joined Edelweiss in 2006 and set up the marketing function for the group. Her focus on ensuring consistent, compelling and relevant marketing roll-outs through the years have served to differentiate the Edelweiss Group in a high clutter category.
CMO Rebel Foods
VP & CMO Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd
CMO Info Edge
Sumeet Singh, CMO, Info Edge
Meet Sumeet Singh, the face of Marketing at InfoEdge. She is credited for contributing in shaping Info Edge into one of the most successful dotcomcompanies in India, through the marketing function of brand building, corporate communications, digital media, and consumer research for Naukri.com, Naukrigulf.com, Jeevansathi, Shiksha.com, and 99acres.com.
In her years with InfoEdge, Sumeet has been the architect of several effective campaigns including the high-recall ‘Hari Sadu’ ad for Naukri.com, the recent ‘Be Found’ campaign for Jeevansathi, amongst others. She has also been instrumental in driving over 150 alliances in association with leading publications across the country, paving ways for showcasing Info Edge as a dynamic brand.
She strongly believes in putting the customer first which is reflected in all her efforts of making InfoEdge a consumer focussed brand, as she says, “Our services relate with the people, making us a potential partner in their most important decisions; be it finding a job, getting married or settling down in a dream home.”
Sumeet has 19 years of experience in marketing, brand management and public relations. A management graduate from Pune University, she is a business strategist, speaker, and the Founder Executive Director of The Indus Entrepreneurs, Delhi. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Indian Venture Capital Association and served on the IT advisory councils of 6 states.