Grand Jury

Grand Jury

Jury Chair

Ravinder Takkar

Vodafone Idea
Chandramohan Mehra

Chandramohan Mehra

Chief Marketing Officer
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

Debosmita Majumder

Associate Director & Head - Marketing

Manish Dubey

Chief Marketing Officer

Nipun Kaushal

Chief Marketing Officer – Marketing & Corporate Communications
Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai

CMO and Chief Strategy Officer
Tata Elxsi Ltd.

Pallavi Singh

Director Marketing
BMW India
Prasanna Rai

Prasanna Rai

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting

Ruchika Malhan Varma

Chief Marketing Officer
Future Generali India Insurance

Ruchira Jaitly

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) – India
HMD Global
Sweta Aggarwall

Sweta Aggarwall

Chief Marketing Officer
State Bank of India
Santosh Iyer

Santosh Iyer

Vice-President, Sales & Marketing and Member of the Leadership Team
Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd.

Ramakant Khandelwal

Chief Marketing Officer
Virat Khullar

Virat Khullar

Assistant Vice President & Group Head - Marketing

Prasanna Rai
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting

Previously worked with J&J, Lenovo and ITC. Was involved in the launch of Aashirvaad, Kitchens of India and Listerine in India and have been in the consumer marketing space for more than 20 years.

Virat Khullar
Assistant Vice President & Group Head - Marketing, Hyundai

Currently Group Head - Marketing, Hyundai India

Overall 20+ years in India with Auto Majors. Suzuki, Renault and Tata.

Diverse experience in Sales, Advertising and Marketing and New Product Strategy.

Ambitious and a Go-getter, Infectious and Fun-loving, All with a Goal to be the best in whatever I do, wherever I be!

Traversed through front line franchise management to a regional manager role onto several diverse national portfolios. Been in varied dynamics of different regions across the country.

Lead teams of professionals and have man management as a major strength.

Santosh Iyer
Vice-President, Sales & Marketing and Member of the Leadership Team, Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd.

Santosh Iyer is currently associated with Mercedes-Benz India as the Vice-President, Sales & Marketing and the Member of the Leadership Team. He has been associated with Mercedes- Benz for a decade and has headed several important functions in the company. Santosh has more than two decades of diverse experience in the Indian automobile industry, spreading across sales, marketing, retail, customer service and corporate affairs.

Prior to his currently role, Santosh was responsible for the Customer Services, Corporate Affairs & CSR functions at Mercedes-Benz India. He played an important role in driving ‘service differentiator’ as the key parameter towards achieving service excellence and customer loyalty. Under Santosh’s stewardship, Mercedes-Benz India significantly increased its Customer satisfaction scores and topped the J.D. Power CSI rankings for two years in a row.

During his earlier stint as the Head of Marketing Communications, CRM & PR; he led some of the most exciting brand campaigns and digital outreach programmes. A MBA from University of Applied Sciences Konstanz-College of Technology, Business and Design; Santosh loves playing golf, traveling and is a self-confessed foodie.

Nitin Pai
CMO and Chief Strategy Officer, Tata Elxsi Ltd.

Nitin Pai is the CMO and Chief Strategy Officer at Tata Elxsi.

He brings over 25 years of industry experience in product development and R&D, new business incubation, and global marketing for technology and design services in the automotive, consumer electronics, media and telecom industries.

As head of global marketing and corporate strategy, he helps the company develop business and market strategies, steer business units and Tata Elxsi in select verticals and markets, and drive strategic partnerships to strengthen its service portfolio, value proposition and business growth.

He started as a designer in one of the world’s largest motorcycle companies. He moved to Tata Elxsi and built and grew a business around industrial design and user experience, which is among the leading design agencies in the world today.

He then moved to a corporate role to lead marketing and strategy, and brings deep insights into design-led thinking and digital, and how that can be used strategically to impact brands and businesses.

He is an alum of INSEAD, IIM-Bangalore and BITS – Pilani.

Sweta Aggarwall
Chief Marketing Officer, State Bank of India

Sweta Aggarwall is a seasoned marketer and believes in ‘Listen, Learn, and Adapt’ approach to stay relevant in an ever-evolving market.

She brings with her nearly 16 years of work experience, starting with marketing agencies to industries like aviation, payments & banking while specializing in the areas of customer marketing, digital solutions, and loyalty. Equipped with a deep understanding of the changing market landscape, she has helped brands in identifying and delivering innovative business strategies for Indian as well as international markets.

As the Chief Marketing Officer of SBI, she is responsible for leading the marketing activities of the bank with digital transformation driven by a performance-based and a customer-centric approach.

In her previously held positions, she was leading the brand & marketing verticals, and majorly involved in end to end planning and execution of launch of new markets, devising loyalty programs, insights based campaigns, etc.

She enjoys reading, listening to music, and is a fitness enthusiast.

Debosmita Majumder
Associate Director & Head - Marketing, PUMA India

Debosmita Majumder is the Associate Director & Head of Marketing at PUMA India. In this role, she is responsible for developing marketing strategies and driving business impact while leading creative, digital, influencer and e-commerce marketing. A part of the leadership team, Debosmita has played a key role in driving PUMA to become the No. 1 sports brand in India.

Debosmita joined the company in 2015 and has since delivered award-winning campaigns like Suede Gully which was the only Indian campaign shortlisted for Cannes Awards in 2018 and #DoYou that broke the Guinness Record in 2016. Known for shaping the sneaker culture movement in India, she has brought global platforms like Sneaker Pimps to the country and has also activated a robust sneakerhead community. In addition to this, she leads asset management - strategizing and conceptualizing new signings and managing relationships with ambassadors like Virat Kohli, Mary Kom, Sara Ali Khan and Dutee Chand.

Prior to PUMA, she was the Corporate Communications Manager at Sony Six and Kix. She has also worked with global agencies like MSL and Corporate Voice Weber Shandwick leading campaigns for brands like P&G, Pfizer, Abbott and Boehringer Ingelheim.

A marketer with a passion for sports, Debosmita has played professional tennis for over 10 years. She holds a Masters degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from Xavier’s Institute of Communication.

Chandramohan Mehra
Chief Marketing Officer, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

A functional expert and a thought leader, Chandramohan Mehra heads Marketing at Bajaj Allianz Life and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. Under his leadership, the company has launched innovative and unique media campaigns, for driving brand awareness and strengthening the brand’s presence across traditional and digital platforms.

Chandramohan comes with over two decades of experience. He brings with him a deep understanding of the marketing ecosystem, and is known for partnerships enhancement and strategic execution. He’s led the function for building brands, market research, consumer insights, digital marketing and public relations, across industries including life insurance, media & entertainment, banking and automobile. Driven by a constant urge to stretch possibilities and results, Chandramohan has taken brands to next level of growth across his roles.

Prior to joining Bajaj Allianz, Chandramohan worked with Sony Pictures Networks, as Senior Vice President and Head-Marketing, for more than three years. Before that, he was associated with SBI Life Insurance for eight years where he defined the brand roadmap, co-led the creation of cross sell vertical and spearheaded the online commerce vertical. In his earlier stints, he was associated with Kotak Mahindra and FCB Ulka Advertising, in different roles.

Chandramohan is an MBA from INSEAD, France and an alumnus of BITS, Pilani. He is passionate about long-distance running and has participated in several international marathons. He is also the mind behind several popular consumer engagement initiatives including the #PlankForIndia and #36SecPlankChallenge which made Guinness World Recordsfor having maximum number of people plank together. Chandramohan has also been recognised as Digital Marketer of Year, 2018 by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India).

Ravinder Takkar
MD & CEO, Vodafone Idea

Ravinder Takkar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s leading telecom service provider, effective 19th August 2019.

Ravinder’s professional experience of 25+ years spans across cultures and geographies, building a strong track record in the field of business strategy, business planning and development in the ICT sector. Associated with Vodafone Group since 1994, he has worked in leadership positions with several operating companies of Vodafone, in multiple markets across the world.

Prior to taking his current role, Ravinder was the Chairman, Vodafone Group Services & Regional Business Development (Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific), based out of New Delhi. He has also served as CEO of Vodafone Romania S.A. and as CEO of Vodafone Partner Markets, based in London.

He has been closely associated with the growth and evolution of Indian telecom since Vodafone Group‘s entry in 2007. He held a number of senior roles in Strategy and Business Development and was also the CEO of Vodafone’s Enterprise business in India. He has also served as Director on the Board of erstwhile Vodafone India Limited.

In addition to his responsibilities at Vodafone Idea, Ravinder also serves as Director on the boards of Indus Towers Limited, Cable & Wireless Global (India) Private Limited and Vodafone India Services Private Limited. He led the Indian telecom industry as the Chairman of the industry body, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), in the year 2019-20.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Nipun Kaushal
Chief Marketing Officer – Marketing & Corporate Communications, PNB MetLife India Insurance

Nipun is the Chief Marketing Officer at PNB MetLife and has been associated with the company since March 2018.

Nipun leads the team responsible for full spectrum of marketing activities for PNB MetLife including Brand Communication, Digital Marketing and managing marketing and communication activities relating to building and supporting Sales channels. He is also responsible for all corporate communication including internal communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for the Company.

Nipun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Management Degree in Marketing. He also holds Fellowship in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School. Nipun has over 18 years of experience across varied Industries. Prior to his current role Nipun was associated with TATA Asset Management as Head Marketing and Digital.

Manish Dubey
Chief Marketing Officer, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

Manish Dubey is Chief Marketing Officer at ICICI Prudential . He operates in the areas of Marketing & Brand, e-Commerce, Innovation and Customer experience. He is inspired by the changes happening around us and leverages his hands-on experience in using external and internal data to drive growth marketing and business objectives.

He has over 21 years of experience working with ICICI Prudential, Asian Paints and General Mills (Pillsbury) in areas of online business, product, marketing, digital and sales. A strategic business and marketing leader who has led high performing teams. Manish has a rich experience in the areas of being a Brand Expert, Digital marketer, Revenue leader, Mar-tech capability builder. He keenly looks forward to learning from his interactions with the larger community.

Ruchika Malhan Varma
Chief Marketing Officer, Future Generali India Insurance

Ruchika Varma is the Chief Marketing Officer of Future Generali India Insurance Limited, a joint venture between Future Group – the game changers in Retail Trade in India and Generali – a 189 years old global insurance group featuring among the world’s 50 largest companies.

Ruchika has over 19 years of marketing experience across multiple sectors, including financial services, media, travel and consumer goods. Prior to this, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at IDFC FIRST Bank, where she developed, launched and managed the IDFC Bank brand pre and post merger. She has also held roles in Singapore with entities such as BBC Worldwide, Lonely Planet and Singapore Tourism Board and in India with VIP Luggage and Electrolux.

At Future Generali India Insurance, Ruchika is responsible for brand & marketing communications, PR, product innovations, digital assets & capabilities, web sales and CSR.

Ruchira Jaitly
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) – India, HMD Global

Ruchira Jaitly is the Chief Marketing Officer at HMD Global for India. She joined the organization in August 2019 bringing with her more than 21 years of work experience spanning Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Innovation, Business Start-Up and Impact Business Creation with global majors Unilever, Pepsico and DSM. Now at HMD Global, she leads Marketing for the smart and feature phones business across India.

Ruchira is an accomplished professional, known in the industry for her marketing and analytical expertise. She has been instrumental in launching new products and building new categories across her career.

As Director, Strategy and Nutrition at DSM, she led a B2C start up business, with a portfolio of need-based Food & Beverage solutions to combat the challenge of malnutrition. She successfully launched a complete business, from building strategy to developing local manufacturing and delivering market execution, balancing both business and social impact, on this key issue affecting 800 million people in India (and over 2 billion people globally).

Prior to DSM, she spent her time building some of the biggest brands for Pepsico in India, like Kurkure and Mountain Dew. She worked across the portfolio creating award-winning scale consumer campaigns (Crash the IPL, Kurkure launch and Lay’s World Cup); harnessing India energies for innovations (Nimbooz Masala Soda and Lays, and Kurkure formats and flavors) and leveraging global playbooks to bring alive the best loved brands from Pepsi, 7UP, Mountain Dew and Mirinda to Lays and Cheetos. Ruchira’s last role at Pepsico as Senior Director Marketing – Beverages, gave her the experience of managing Pepsi IPL, one of the biggest consumer mandates ever.

Pallavi Singh
Director Marketing, BMW India

Pallavi Singh is a senior Brand Marketing professional, with extensive experience in the premium automotive market segment for over 15 years. At present, she is Director Marketing for BMW India. Her area of expertise and focus is related to Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Digital-first approach, Data led decision making, and communication.

Pallavi has been instrumental in the launch of Iconic Brands like Harley-Davidson and Morris Garages (MG) in India. She loves to travel the world, especially on 2 wheels.

Ramakant Khandelwal
Chief Marketing Officer, PAYBACK India

Ramakant Khandelwal, Chief Marketing Officer at PAYBACK India, is a veteran inLoyalty and Payments space. In his role, he is responsible for enhancing PAYBACK brand value and simultaneously improving customer experience and engagement. With a rich experience of over20 years in sales & marketing roles across industries, he believes in creating incremental value for customers at every touch point through smart innovation.

He joined PAYBACK India in 2010, as part of the core management team. Over the years, he has managedrapid growth of the program through large partnerships with banks and retail partners.He has been instrumental in launching new business lines like PAYBACK PLUS and Insurance Corporate Agency business. He continues to play a leading role in identifying and nurturing growth areas for the company. He is currently focused on building a best-in-class digital marketing platform with the aim of leveraging a large base of customers, their purchase preferences and communication opportunities to deliver unmatched ROI for marketing spends.

Ramakant’s rendezvous with banking in general and payment card programs in particular started with ICICI Bank- a stint he thinks was a great learning ground. The freedom to experiment with new ideas at Cards business in ICICI helped him gain experience of building businesses from scratch. During his 7-year stint, he worked across all variants of payment cards – Credit, Debit, Prepaid & Commercial.

His first job was with Eveready Industries. A nation-wide distribution powerhouse like Eveready, helped him understand how things work in small towns and villages. He even got the opportunity to leverage the popularity of “Dangal” the renowned wrestling sport to promote a battery brand in Uttar Pradesh way back in 2000, much before Bollywood actor Amir Khan leveraged it for a blockbuster movie by the same name!

Ramakant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Roorkee and an MBA degree from MDI, Gurgaon.During his leisure time, he loves to travel. He enjoys reading non-fiction and watching documentaries.