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.
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.
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, 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.