Director - Marketing, Dell India
Ritu Gupta leads the Brand Marketing team for Consumer and Small Business (CSB) for Dell India. She is responsible for developing the overall Brand Strategy for Dell in India, across its product portfolio, making Dell as the Brand of Choice for consumers. In addition to her responsibility for driving the overall Marketing Strategy for Dell CSB segment, she is also responsible for Dell's Social Media Strategy in India.
She has been with Dell since 2011 and is also a member of the Dell WISE (Women In Search of Excellence) program for Dell women team members.
A Marketing professional with over 20 years of experience across industries, like - Consumer Research (AC Nielsen), Durables (Whirlpool), FMCG (Dabur) & Financial Services (ICICI Bank), she has worked extensively in Delhi (her home town) & Mumbai.
Ritu has a Post Graduate Masters in Management Studies from Mumbai University & is an Economics Graduate from Delhi University.
She is currently based out of Bangalore.
Sr.Manager-Marketing, Raymond Ltd
I'm currently employed with Raymond Ltd. as Sr.Manager-Marketing. I lead the marketing
initiatives of the Suiting category and previously used to head marketing for Parx; the casual
readymade brand from the house of Raymond.
I have close to 16 years of experience in the field of Marketing & Sales. Have worked on leading
brands across categories like Retail, Luggage & Apparel, namely Aditya Birla Retail, Samsonite &
Raymond. Also have experience as a media planner with Rediffusion Y&R and GroupM working on
brands viz. Hutch, Tata Motors, Yahoo, Citibank.
Vice President – Head Digital Marketing, Kotak Securities
Sonal is a deep skilled digital marketer with 11 years' experience in ROI focused online strategies
across SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, Social Media, Data Analytics, UX, UI and Brand. Passionate
about online, she has successfully founded an e-commerce for profit social impact venture in the past.
She currently heads Digital Marketing at Kotak Securities and has spent over 8 years in the Kotak
Having started in the days when business heads needed to be convinced about investing in a website
in 2005 to digital being at the core of business strategy, Sonal eats, breathes and sleeps Digital.
A commerce graduate, Sonal has done her Masters in Management Studies from KJ Somaiya
Institute of Management Studies and Research. However, she believes the only way to truly learn
digital is to get your hands dirty.
In her spare time she is either on a vacation or planning to go on one.
Pankaj S Parihar
Head - Digital Marketing, GCPL & Godrej group
Pankaj S Parihar, is in the Marketing communication field, for over 15 years, with over 10 years in Digital Marketing. He is a multi award winner true-blue digirati, who heads digital center of excellence & digital transformation at GCPL & Godrej Group. Pankaj leads complete digital lifecycle for brands at GCPL & Godrej group. Before joining Godrej group, Pankaj was the VP and Business head – at Omnicom India for Unilever India digital business & other clients from Mumbai and Delhi. Before that he has worked with marketing communications giants like Ogilvy, Quasar (WPP Digital), Times of India Group.
Pankaj, is a great contributor to various industry bodies in India, like – IAMAI, MMA, adtech, DigitalWorks, through bringing in thought leadership. He has been a judge and jury at various domestic and international award functions, and has been speaking on Digital Transformation at various large industry events . He also teaches digital marketing at various top B schools like SP Jain, Symbiosis et cetera .
He considers himself as an "Hyperadopter, is an auto head, and a food enthusiast.
Director of Marketing and Communications, India South Asia at IBM
As the Head of Marketing & Communications for IBM in India & South Asia, Vasanth is responsible for disciplines covering the spectrum of portfolio marketing, performance marketing, digital, market insights, brand & communications and field marketing. In recent times, he is also been experimenting with the application of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Technologies in Marketing. His previous experience includes leading Marketing at global banks as the Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN AMRO and working with advertising agencies as Y&R and Lowe Lintas. Vasanth is a graduate from IIM Kolkata.
Director, Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn India
Virginia Sharma is the Director of Marketing Solutions at LinkedIn India.
As part of the senior leadership team at LinkedIn India, Virginia's focus is to help leading enterprises and marketers meaningfully engage with professionals on the LinkedIn platform, with relevant and valuable content. She leads a sales team who consult marketers and agencies create and execute high-impact content marketing campaigns.
Virginia has been a marketer all her life. Before this role, she was the Director, Marketing for LinkedIn APAC, where she designed and drove effective marketing campaigns to grow the LinkedIn Talent Solutions Business. Virginia started her career at IBM and held several marketing leadership positions across North America, APAC and India, including Vice President of Marketing and Communications for IBM India/South Asia. Before joining LinkedIn, she had to her credit 15 years of experience in the marketing industry and has won several awards including Asia's Most Influential CMOs in 2015 by CMO Asia.
An alumnus of New York University, Virginia is a global marketer who brings extensive business and leadership experience to her role at LinkedIn.
Virginia's detailed profile can be seen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/virginiasharma
Executive Vice President – Group Trading, Dentsu Aegis Network
Chief Corporate Sales and Marketing Officer, DB Corp
AGM Digital Marketing ,Bookmyshow
Director- Brand Marketing, Flipkart
VP & Head Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
Sanjeev is an Indian School of Business- Hyderabad Alumni and an Economics Graduate with over two decades of varied experience in Marketing, Strategy, Brand Management, Advertising, CRM and Sales in leading global organizations across varied industries. His expertise has been in strategizing and creating innovative marketing plans, steering the execution of marketing programs and new product launches. He has demonstrated success by driving growth in targeted markets through implementation of key projects.
As Vice President and Head of Marketing at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, he is presently leading planning and strategy for all future and present products in Maruti's portfolio and also all the CRM and loyalty initiatives. Over the past nine years at Maruti Suzuki, he has orchestrated and augmented strategies for launch of the power brands in Maruti's portfolio – Swift Diesel, Maruti SX4, Swift Dzire, Grand Vitara and Kizashi. He's enabled Swift's turnaround and shaped it up to become an iconic brand in India.
Lead Marketing and Communications, Havas Media India
Having setup Marketing and Communications for Havas Media in India, Roxanne has helped craft and showcase the image, work, merits and strengths of the group,spanning India and Asia Pacific, as well as of the people heading it; driving business and trust. She works closely with Havas’ India and Global teams, media, some clients and ratings-associations-consultant bodies.
A start-up professional, her portfolio includes direct marketing, digital marketing, business development, content creation, brand and communications; believing it is the ‘customer’ who creates and grows the ‘brand’.
Campaign India awarded Havas Media ‘Gold - South Asia Corporate Communications Team 2015’ at Haymarket’s Agency of the Year Awards. RECMA, for the 2nd evaluation in a row, ranked Havas Media in the Top 5 India Media Agencies 2015 (June 2016 Qualitative Evaluation).
A volunteer with DEEDS an NGO for the Deaf, Roxanne, is a keen movie buff, a tea-addict foodie, with interest in tech, AI+the mind and currently in the process of ideating a wearable aid.
President and Country Head, YES BANK
Head of Content & Communications, OmniChannel at Shoppers Stop
Head - Marketing & Analytics, Digital Business at Sony Pictures Networks
Abhishek Joshi is a dynamic professional with over 15 years' of experience
in the Media industry. A marketing post-graduate from Institute of
Management Development & Research, his expertise has been in
strategizing innovative marketing solutions and product & brand launches.
A person with an eye for detail, he tries to maintain a right balance between
his right brain and left brain.
In the 15 years, Abhishek has worked across various roles with ABP, Zenga
and Sony Pictures Networks. He has demonstrated tremendous success by
orchestrating augmented strategies for successful launches of iconic brands
like IPL, Indian Idol, Kaun Banega Crorepati, and many more.
As Vice President & Head – Marketing and Analytics, Digital Business, Sony
Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Abhishek is a member of the Leadership
team, responsible for shaping overall business strategy with the core focus
being on Marketing & Communications.
Abhishek was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year 2016 by CMO Asia.
Abhishek's work has been recognized and awarded at various prestigious
events including Cannes Ad Festival, Clio and Goa Fest. Abhishek is an
active member of AdTech, iMedia, DMAI, IAMAI and FICCI
He strongly believes and nurtures the spirit of teamwork, and is committed
to the philosophy of enjoying every moment of the journey towards
success, not the destination alone.
Gaurav Jeet Singh
Head Media Services- South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Limited
Brand Marketing, AIRCEL
AGM - Marketing, (McDelivery, Family Mktg, Digital, Media)
Chief Business Officer, craftsvilla.com
Manish Kalra is the CBO at craftsvilla.com and is responsible for Product, Marketing,
Categories, Supply and Operations functions. His core responsibility though is to
understand the customer and grow the business while creating the best experience for
Manish was the Director, integrated marketing at Amazon India before joining Craftsvilla
in Feb'2016. He was leading Marketing for Amazon, Kindle, and Junglee businesses in
India and made these brands a household name with many award winning campaigns
from the inception of India business.
With 15+ years of experience in the marketing and business roles, he has handled sales,
digital marketing, brand marketing and channel marketing assignments across
industries, levels and geographies. He was the Head of Marketing at MakeMyTrip.com
prior to Amazon, and has led the Segment Marketing function for Dell in India. He has
also worked with Pepsico India in the past.
Manish holds a Masters in Business Administration from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College,
Manish is also a keen photographer, health enthusiast, and an avid reader.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Abundantia Entertainment
Vikram is the Founder & CEO of Abundantia Entertainment that is formed with
the vision of being the best and most admired creator and enabler of content
in the Indian media & entertainment ecosystem. Formerly the Chief Operating
Officer of Viacom18 Motion Pictures one of India's largest motion pictures
studios, Vikram has been the name behind some of the industry's most-loved
films in the last few years. From critically acclaimed box-office hits like
Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Special 26, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Queen,
to mass entertainers like OMG – Oh My God, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai
and Tanu Weds Manu to name a few.
Vikram, who has also previously headed the motion pictures business at
Balaji Telefilms, has set the bar even higher with Abundantia Entertainment,
after releasing the superhit 'Baby' in 2015. Abundantia's, latest film 'Airlift'
that released on January 22 nd , 2016, has gone on to become a massive hit at
the box office, apart from earning unprecedented critical and audience
Under Vikram, the team at Abundantia has an enviable line-up of upcoming
movies, namely the Hindi remake of a hit 2014 Hollywood film, titled Chef
starring Saif Ali Khan, the film adaptation of the popular book, Karachi, You're
Killing Me! titled Noor, starring Sonakshi Sinha… director Nishikant Kamat's
period love story and a film on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, titled Toilet – Ek
Prior to entering the Entertainment industry, Vikram has spent more than a
decade building brands and businesses across leading companies such as
The UB Group (spirits, airlines, sports), Tata Communications (retail internet)
and SC Johnson – Draft FCB (FMCG)
Vikram's first love is Tennis, a sport that he competitively played at the
National level, and finds time for even now. An avid reader, business and
biographies are his favorite genre.
Group President- Food FMCG, Brands, Future Group
Director, Producer & Screenwriter
Bejoy Nambiar is an Indian director, screenwriter and producer, who marked his debut in commercial cinema with Shaitan (2011).
Bejoy's career started with the short film Reflections (2006; 9 min; silent). It might have been a first, but it starred one of India's most revered superstars Mohanlal. With such a high beginning, he went on to make another short, Rahu (2007; 40 min) after which he won Sony Pix's filmmaking reality show Gateway to Hollywood. Winning this contest allowed him to intern with Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj and his production house in Los Angeles.
Bejoy also assisted veteran Indian film director Mani Ratnam on the films Guru and Raavan in the capacity of an associate director and line producer respectively.
Shaitan, Bejoy's debut commercial film made under his banner Getaway Films created quite a wave in the modern Indian film scenario—with its gripping, disturbing yet most realistic depiction of today's urban Indian youth.
The film won him an award for the Most Promising Director of the Year at the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards.
Bejoy wrote, directed and produced the Hindi ,Tamil bilingual film 'David' which released on the 1st of Feb 2013.
The story revolves around the lives of 3 David's in 3 different parts of the world in 3 different eras. All 3 of them are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever.
His recent directorial venture was WAZIR starring AMITABH BACHCHAN and FARHAN AKHTAR and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. WAZIR - is an emotional, action thriller with an edge of the seat quality to it.
Under the GETAWAY banner Bejoy has produced 3 other feature films with reputed studios like UTV and BALAJI TELEFILMS, ad films, music videos (including one for A.R.RAHMAN), a TV series for MTV and a Webseries for EROS entertainment
Under the Getaway banner Bejoy has always focused at giving young and budding talent a chance be it in Direction, Acting, Music, Editing etc.
Head of Content, Social Samosa
Saloni Surti heads content at
www.SocialSamosa.com, an online
publication focussed on redefining
social media marketing according to
the evolving industry axioms. At
Social Samosa, Saloni looks at
churning thought leading content and
strategising content marketing hooks
for brands and businesses.
Saloni has seen the industry evolve
from a battle of likes to now a struggle for organic reach. Writing about social
media and marketing as a whole, has given her an outsider opinion on how
things function on both, brand and agency sides.
Over the years Saloni has managed to write for various national and
international publications on beats including – social media, advertising, Indian
radio industry, television, and OOH. In her spare time Saloni she is seen
guiding budding women entrepreneurs to market their business.
Business Director, Tonic Media
Digital Creative Head, FCB Ulka Digital
Head Digital Media & Content Marketing, FLIPKART
Chief Marketing Manager, Marks and Spencer India
Brand Group & Consumer Insights Head - Consumer Products Segment, Bajaj Electricals Limited
Vice President, Leo Burnett India
Sanju Menon made Mumbai his home in 2015 when he joined Leo
Burnett as Vice President for its Mumbai office to lead the Bajaj business
nationally, taking charge of both strategy and account management.
Apart from leading the advertising mandate, Menon has been delivering
solutions for Bajaj across functions, namely - shopper and retail,
activation, branded content, website development and maintenance,
social and search. He has also been playing the role of an integrated lead
managing all these functions to build the strong narrative. In addition to
this, he has been leading a multidisciplinary team and managing the
newly established communication centre called 'Play' for Leo Burnett. In
the last 14 months, Sanju has worked towards building the automotive
portfolio for Leo Burnett adding Jeep & Fiat to the roster of clients.
In a career spanning ten years in Kolkata, Menon started out with Bates
141 before moving on to Rediffusion Kolkata where he grew to become
the Branch Head. He has worked on brands across categories, namely
Eveready, Lafarge, Berger, Anandabazar Patrika, & Spencer's Retail.
Sanju was a student of chemical engineering before switching happily to
creative pursuits. And it's been a worthy leap of faith – a motley mix of
work and wins.
Also, happens to wield the drumsticks and given to wanderlust.
Binda Dey Dubey
Head of Marketing, Red Chillies Entertainment & Kolkata Knight Riders
Binda has more than 11 years of experience in content marketing and brand management. She comes with a deep understanding of the Indian media and has led brand launches across categories for different markets.
She heads marketing for Red Chilies Entertainment and is responsible for creating business opportunities across platforms. She has also led the marketing initiatives for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for 2016, developed the #AmiKKR campaign, which deeply connected with the fans. KKR became the first team to have an exclusive television show, called 'Knight Club' on Star Sports. The fan engagement rate for KKR has not just been the highest among the other IPL teams, but also has been even better than that of global teams such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
During her stint at Star India, she has steered strategic projects for their Hindi, Regional and English Entertainment channels. She instrumental in developing campaigns such as – Star Plus brand campaign 'Rishta wahi, soch nayi' that catapulted the brand back to it's leadership position, Star Jalsha launch in West Bengal with the war cry 'Chalo Paltai' that connected with the audience at a personal level and took the channel to the #1 position, and Star World Premiere's launch with 'Watch with the World' that created a paradigm shift in TV viewing trends in India.
Marketing Director, Brooke Bond & Lipton,
Vice President Marketing (Motorcyles), Bajaj Auto Ltd
Sumeet is a marketer with experience across three diverse industries – FMCG, Telecom and Automobile.
Over his 23years in sales and marketing, he has worked in leading marketing organisations like Gillette, Procter and Gamble and Samsung prior to his current role as Vice President-Marketing at Bajaj Auto.
Building brands, innovating on them, creating new ways of going to market and identifying growth drivers has always been part of his marketing passion.
Two initiatives led by him have won Lions at Cannes. While at P&G, he rolled out the first Gillette customer engagement on Mach3 targeting lazy stubbles which won a Gold at Cannes in 2009, a first for Gillette and P&G India.
More recently, the latest brand launch from Bajaj Auto, V, won a bronze at Cannes in 2016. Once again, a first for the organization. V, which contains metal from INS Vikrant, has become a case study of sorts in the automobile industry on how marketing can differentiate a new launch in an industry dominated by product interventions.
Sumeet is a B.Com(Hons) from SRCC, Delhi and an MBA from IMT. His other interests include painting, golf, biking and travel photography.