CMO India, The Hershey Company
Ankit Desai is the CMO India at The Hershey Company. In his role at Hershey, Ankit brings in extensive experience from renowned organizations such as Kellogg, Perfetti Van Melle, in building consumer brands, across diverse food categories of Chocolates, Breakfast Cereals, Snacks, Groceries, Health F&B, and Confectionary.
Under Ankit’s leadership, Hershey Marketing vertical has deepened its presence in the fast-growing
Indian chocolate market with the successful launch of the iconic Hershey’s Kisses and other chocolate
brands including Hershey’s Exotic Dark and Hershey’s Bar. During the same period, Ankit has successfully
built campaigns, innovations and initiatives, which have led to Hershey being among the top players
across multiple categories including chocolate syrup, chocolate spreads, milkshake, soya milk and
Prior to joining Hershey India, Ankit has spent more than 11 years in various marketing and sales roles at Kellogg & Perfetti Van Melle.
Ankit’s expertise is in building sustainable & profitable brands. He thrives on unlocking potential and
building successful teams, bringing in culture of high bias for action and result-orientation. Recognized
industry thought leader, who has contributed to internal senior-level learning interventions, Ankit’s
orientation towards ‘thought leadership’, has led to many a successful cross-media campaigns and
launches, with 25+ industry awards.
Ankit enjoys spending most of his time post work with his wife, Delnaz, a seasoned HR professional and their nine-year-old daughter Hriana. He is a fitness enthusiast and a movie buff.
Senior Vice President and CMO, Matrimony.com Limited
A marketing leader, Arjun has 20 years of experience across eCommerce, Smartphones, Consumer Electronics, FMCG and Technology industries. His academic credentials include an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies Delhi and an engineering degree from Delhi College of Engineering. He earlier worked with Samsung India Electronics, IBM, Motorola and ITC Limited.
Chief Marketing Officer, Oppo India
Damyant Singh Khanoria, Chief Marketing Officer, OPPO India.
Damyant is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience who comes with an in-depth understanding of the smartphone industry and a compelling marketing portfolio across some leading consumer brands.
In his current role as the Chief Marketing Office at OPPO India, he is leading the Marketing team and has been entrusted to strategize the marketing operations for the brand across India.
Beginning his career as a brand communications manager, Damyant moved on to head brand marketing for adidas India as AGM. In this role, Damyant spearheaded a large product marketing team which accounted for ~94% of the Indian business of the brand.
Damyant made a shift to the smartphone technology business in 2016 when he joined one of the leading smartphone brands in India as the head of marketing communications. His role focused on helping the brand understand the Indian consumer landscape to drive growth, build a strong base and deepen the connection with Indian consumers.
On the education front, Damyant has completed his ISC in Economics, Commerce from Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok and B. A. (HONS.) in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi.
In his free time, Damyant loves to play Football, Golf and reading/ listening to podcasts.
Chief Marketing Officer, DIAGEO India
Deepika Warrier leads the Marketing & Innovation function at Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd). As Chief
Marketing Office, Deepika oversees Diageo India’s wide range of award-winning alcohol and beverage
portfolio, with brands including Johnny Walker, Black and White, Singleton, Black Dog, Smirnoff,
Tanqueray, Gordons,Baileys, Guinness, McDowell’s No 1 , Royal Challenge, Signature and Antiquity
An experienced marketer known for her consumer centric and transformational approach, she has over the years played a pivotal role in building brands and driving double digit growth.
Deepika has an outstanding track record of over 25 years in the industry. Prior to joining Diageo, she spent 20 years with Pepsico, where she was instrumental in driving strategic development, innovation, brand equity enhancement and resource allocation across an extended range of refreshment beverages, and juice-based drinks.
In her journey at PepsiCo, Warrier held key positions, including that of the MD & CEO at NourishCo Beverages, Vice-President – Nutrition Category for PepsiCo India as well as PepsiCo AMENA (Asia, Middle East and North Africa), based out of Dubai and as the CMO for PepsiCo India, where she handled a portfolio of 22 iconic brands including Lay’s, Kurkure, Quaker Oats, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7Up, Mirinda, Gatorade, Tropicana and Slice Juices and juice drinks.
Prior to PepsiCo, Deepika worked in companies like, Gillette, Ogilvy and Mather and Britannia Industries.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Deepika also holds an honours degree from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University.
She is an avid quizzer, reader and traveller (In pre COVID times) and loves spending time with her 2 sons Jai and Vir and her lab retriever Yuri.
Chief Business Officer, Spicejet
Debojo is a successful entrepreneur, marketing specialist and digital evangelist who founded
a company at the age of 26 in the area of technological and digital marketing consulting that
offers turnkey solutions to clients that operate in sectors as diverse as education, health and
Debojo has played an integral role in BJP’s general election campaigns since 2004. He played a major role in shaping the BJP’s high-octane campaign during the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, which has now become a subject of case study in leading business schools and universities. He has over 22 years of experience in areas of Marketing, Brand Management, Business Planning, Strategy, e-Commerce, Product Development and Technology. He is currently the Chief Business Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of SpiceJet and his current roles and responsibilities include financial planning, facilitating growth, marketing strategies, marketing automation and oversee the development of new products and lead the ecommerce strategy. He is also the founder of the SpiceJet Flight School and the training academy and is responsible for several other new initiatives at SpiceJet.
Mr. Maharshi has played a pivotal role in enhancing the aviation route map of North East India. He has also played a critical role in enhancing the air freight cargo network of India. The cargo network of SpiceJet has made it possible for North East India’s fresh produce to be exported to the Middle East. In the past he has worked with leading brands such as Coca Cola, Airtel, Gillette, Canon, Hero Honda etc. He was also responsible for managing the entire Marketing Communications at Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010.
Under his efforts SpiceJet adopted the remote village of BARUAHCHUCK, in the Majuli district in Assam for providing sustainable energy access through solar microgrid to the people living here thereby improving their quality of life. In an initiative to provide electricity to un-electrified Indian households, SpiceJet adopted BARUAHCHUCK village. The initiative will fuel new life choices for the people for whom even the basic amenities of life seemed a distant dream. Debojo in his personal capacity works with Miracle, an NGO for child adoption.
Debojo is native of Assam and did his schooling from Tezpur and Guwahati before he went to pursue his higher studies from the University of Delhi. He is married to Mitali and they have a 6 year old son, Manvik. He is also the Vice President and Chairman, Marketing Commission of Boxing Federation of India.
Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King India
Kapil Grover is the Chief Marketing Officer of Burger King India and leads all marketing initiatives for
the brand. Being a seasoned marketer with 22 years of rich experience, Kapil has a proven track record
of building brands and driving relevant consumer innovations. As the head of marketing, he is
entrusted with leading and formulating Burger King India’s marketing strategy that aims to reinforce
the brand’s presence with a strong Menu strategy. He is also strengthening online delivery channels
for Burger King India especially the BK App.
In his previous role as Chief Marketing Officer with Domino’s, he has built new channels like train delivery, launched the new brand positioning of Dil Dosti Dominos and helped accelerate brand recovery during the pandemic. Prior to this, he had spent almost eight years with KFC where he was instrumental in leading growth initiatives and creating engaging brand activations that won several awards. Kapil’s other stints include brands such as Radico Khaitan and Luxor Writing Instruments.
He has recently been named as one of the Top 50 CMOs in India by StartupLanes.
Kapil is married to Shelly and has a daughter, Hunar.
Chief Growth Officer, Vedantu
Nikhil Rungta is the Chief Growth Officer at Vedantu - India's leading Edtech company.
Nikhil is a seasoned leader with extensive experience across CPG, Consumer Internet, Ecommerce, and SaaS organizations. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has successfully scaled businesses, built brands, and led high-performance teams across both Global companies and startups. Previously, he has held CXO positions at Google, Intuit, Yahoo, Reliance Jio, Housing.com, and Yatra.com.
Chief Marketing Officer, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals
Pragya is the Chief Marketing Officer for Crompton where she is responsible to developing winning brand proposition and adapt the brand to the ever evolving consumer needs. Her goal is to strengthen leading brand position in key categories and accelerate growth in new categories through meaning innovation supported by integrated consumer communications. Prior to joining Crompton in April 2021 Pragya has worked with Castrol India limited where she led product innovations, brand campaigns and technology based innovative solutions. Pragya brings with her strong knowledge on marketing across the value chain with consumers, influencers and channel partners with expertise in consumer insights, brand management, influencer advocacy, innovation and digital platforms development. She has an experience of both India and international markets like Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Middle East. To her credit she has several awards for brand & PR campaigns, performance marketing and also been recognized in the Top CMO list by e4media and StartupLanes.
Pragya is an alumnus from IMT, Ghaziabad batch of 2004.
Regional Marketing Director, South Asia- Hygiene
Saurabh Jain is an accomplished International Marketer
with more than 16 years of experience across top FMCG and blue-chip companies. In his current role,
Saurabh is responsible for strengthening Reckitt’s Hygiene portfolio across India, Bangladesh & Sri
During his tenure at Reckitt, Saurabh has been instrumental in building brands, through purpose-led campaigns showcasing innovation and Reckitt’s commitment to address significant societal issues while delivering strong business results. Before moving back to India, Saurabh managed Reckitt’s Marketing Operations in Australia and New Zealand for its consumer hygiene portfolio. He formerly led strategic and creative marketing for Reckitt’s disinfection portfolio globally.
Referring to himself as a ‘Global Marketing Scientist’, Saurabh has a proven track record across multicultural and diverse roles spanning Personal Care, Surface Care, Foods, Fashion, and innovative business models like e-Choupal. Prior to joining Reckitt, Saurabh has managed key portfolios at ITC and Amazon.
Saurabh has completed his post-graduation in Marketing, Finance and Economics from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He was also recognized as one of Australia’s Top 20 Marketing Bosses in B&T’s CMO Power List 2022.
Group Chief Marketing Officer, Info Edge India
Sumeet Singh is a seasoned and dynamic marketing professional with 23 years of experience.
She is currently serving as the Chief Marketing Officer of Info Edge, India’s largest consumer internet business that owns leading portals in the job, real estate, education and match making fields. She is credited with driving these businesses to being leaders in their respective fields and has created some iconic films for these brands.
She was the Founder Executive Director of The Indus Entrepreneurs, Delhi and has served as the Executive Director of the Indian Venture Capital Association in her past assignments. Sumeet was also a part of the IT advisory councils of the government.
A management graduate from Pune University, Sumeet started her career as a management trainee with NIIT. In her free time, she loves cooking, gardening and reading.
Head of Marketing, Acer India
Sooraj Balakrishnan is currently the Head of Marketing at Acer overseeing India
and Bangladesh markets. He is responsible for the entire product portfolio
across PCs, tablets, monitors, projectors, audio, air purifiers and smart IoT
devices for consumer, education, enterprise, government and banking
segments. In his capacity he drives brand preference, customer acquisitions,
product marketing, and strategic alliances. He also leads all GTM marketing
efforts for the brand across online and offline channels.
Having worked with some iconic brands in India and establishing new categories across PC and automobiles during his advertising and marketing career, Sooraj is a seasoned professional who has spearheaded multiple award-winning campaigns. He is also a regular speaker and contributor at various media forums and jury member to awards.
As a marketing leader, he is leading the Acer brand in the new normal and establishing new GTM and marketing model to reflect the changing consumer behaviour and driving the next chapter of marketing excellence and growth
Chief Marketing Officer, AirAsia
Siddhartha Butalia is Chief Marketing Officer of AirAsia India, a part of the Tata group. He oversees Brand and Marketing, Sustainability, PR & Corporate Communications, Digital & eCommerce, Ancillary Revenue, Loyalty, and Catering Operations.
Siddhartha has over a decade of senior leadership experience in the Tata group from Tetley to Taj hotels, launching and heading iconic brands in Europe and Asia Pacific. He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, is a post-graduate from the Xavier Institute of Communications and graduated with Honours in Economics from Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Siddhartha is a published author in The Economic Times, industry publications and international marketing journals, a futurist and seasoned speaker on travel & tourism and digital ecosystems across the world.