Akshay is the Chief Marketing Officer for Policybazaar.com. He leads the company's marketing activities including strategic brand building and the company's media and PR activities. Akshay has been instrumental in helping grow brand presence both in online and offline media. He is a strong believer of doing things quickly & correctly and most importantly making every penny of the budget spent count. Thus, his favorite campaigns are those which can be measured on a Cost per Lead basis across mediums.
Akshay previously was the Group Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication for Bajaj Allianz and looked after brand building activities for both Life Insurance and General Insurance brands in the country. Under his leadership, the company entered amongst the Top 50 Service Brands in India (survey conducted by Economic Times Brand Equity) and launched the popular ‘Jiyo Befikar’ campaign.
Akshay is an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis, Pune.
His LinkedIn profile:- http://tinyurl.com/AkshayMehrotra
Arunabh Das Sharma
Arunabh is a Board Level Business Leader who has worked in Media, Consumer Packaged Goods and Consumer Durables Space with some experience in technology start ups.
He has a great blend of working and living in both mature and emerging market environments, has worked in India, China and the US. Has intimate working knowledge of the entire Asia Pacific Market including Australia and a fair working knowledge of the Western European markets and the Middle East.
He has handled businesses of various sizes and have been involved in a range of activities including M& A, JV formations and new market entry. He has significant experience in turnarounds and change management. Currently handles over a $1B of direct revenue responsibility and a team of over 2000 people.
Arunabh has a Hons. Degree in Economics with an MBA from IIM Calcutta. He currently lives in Delhi.
T Gangadhar has spent over 17 years in the field of marketing and advertising. He
started his advertising career in 1994 as Management Trainee in Mudra
Communications. At Mudra, he worked on Reckitt Benckiser, Henkel and Madura
Garments. Based out of Bangalore, he was part of the team that launched Peter
England in India. He then joined Lowe Lintas in 1997 and handled accounts such as
Unilever, Titan Industries (Fastrack, Sonata and Tanishq) and Britannia. He played an
important role in the Tanishq success story. He quit Lowe Lintas as Vice President –
Strategic Planning and moved to Mumbai to join Sony Entertainment Television as
Head of Marketing for MAX, Sony’s movie channel. At Sony, he was part of the team
that worked on the successful IPL bid. He worked very closely with the BCCI on the
launch of the IPL. He conceptualized and spearheaded the Manoranjan Ka Baap
marketing campaign for the inaugural season of IPL.
In August 2008, he joined MEC as Managing Director India. MEC is a WPP Group company and is one the agencies within GroupM – the world’s biggest media investment company. MEC employs nearly 5000 people and is present in 84 countries (150 offices) across the world.
Besides being into quizzing and Scrabble, he is an avid movie buff, especially of foreign cinema. He is also very passionate about Apple.
Rahul Kansal, 54, is Executive President of Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd. He is responsible for the financial health and marketing for the Group’s newspapers: The Times of India, The Economic Times, the Mirror range of city newspapers and several regional publications.
During his tenure, The Times of India has emerged as the world’s largest circulated English newspaper across genres and formats, ahead of such giants as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He is responsible for having developed and executed several high profile brand initiatives like India Poised, Lead India, Teach India, Aman Ki Asha and the ET Power of Ideas. All these initiatives have received widespread acclaim at various forums, including India’s first-ever Grand Prix at Cannes and the Grand Prix three years running at the world newspaper industry’s foremost marketing ,recognition, the INMA awards
Rahul has been an advertising and marketing professional for close to 34 years. He graduated from SRCC, Delhi University in 1977, and after an MBA from IIM Calcutta in 1979 has worked with some of India’s leading ad agencies such as JWT, O&M, Mudra DDB and Leo Burnett before joining The Times Group 10 years ago. He is a member of several professional bodies in the fields of advertising and media and has taught at various business schools.
Rahul is married and has two daughters aged 24 and 20. He is fond of music, films and reading.
Boobli George Verghese, usually known as B G Verghese,is a senior Indian journalist. He started his career in journalism with Times of India and was later editor with Hindustan Times and Indian Express. He was information advisor to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and wrote her speeches, a Gandhi Peace Foundation Fellow for some years after the Emergency and Information Consultant to the Defence Minister for a short period during 2001.
BG Verghese was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay award and Assam’s Sankaradeva Award .He has served on a number of official and nonofficial boards and committees and continues to be associated with a number of NGOs in the field of media, education, the environment and community relations. He is Chairman of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Delhi and a distinguished fellow of the administrative staff College of India, Hyderabad.
BG Verghese was a member of the Kargil Review Committee and co-author of the Kargil Review committee Report. He has authored books like Waters of Hope, Winning the Future, Design for Tomorrow, India’s North East resurgent and Reorienting India Rage, Reconcilliation and Security. His latest book, a personal memoir and “worm’s eye” view of India. First Draft Witness to the Making of Modern India was released by Tranquebar.
He was also a member of the Editors Guild of India Fact Finding Mission to Gujarat. B G Verghese has been with the Centre for Policy Research since 1986.
S. Sivakumar is the CEO of Brand Capital. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as well as Institute of Cost and works Accountant of India.He has been with the BCCL group for over 19 years and has handled diversified functions suchFinance, M&A, Marketing & Sales, and now leads the Brand Capital Business.
At the BCCL group he has played a pivotal role in all its new business initiatives i.e. Internet, Radio,OOH Ventures etc. and is on the board of some of these companies.Sivakumar also works very actively with the Vice Chairman of the group,Mr. Samir Jain.in ideating,incubating and implementing ideas for BCCL’s media business.
Sivakumar pursues his hobby of physical exercise and spirituality which he believes are essential for fitness of mind and body. He enjoys his occasional treks to the Himalayas.
COO-Publishing, Lokmat Media Ltd.
Twenty-six years of experience in the field of marketing in all, with 18 being spent with and for the Lokmat Group. This speaks a lot about his affinity for Lokmat and of the Group’s recognition of his talented leadership and acumen.
Jwalant-ji joined Lokmat in 1992. Before becoming Director Advertising of the Group in month 2010, he held titles of Group General Manager and Group Advertisement Manager. Before joining Lokmat, he headed Operations and Business Development of Advertising & Integrated Marketing (AIM), a full-scale advertising agency based in New Delhi. He has worked with Amrita Bazar Patrika, a leading publishing group in Eastern India. Prior to this, he was responsible for all IndiaSales and development of distribution channel of Woodworth Furniture, a division of Gem India Ltd. Coming back to his role at Lokmat…Jwalant-ji has been a key player in the Group’s growth story while driving its advertising revenues through his strategic thinking and brilliant market understanding. His ability to develop teams and manage relationships with key accounts and leading media agencies has helped the Group to occupy its current leadership position. Lokmat is ranked fourth in the National Readership.
He is a well-networked industry professional in India and abroad. He has travelled to nations in the South East Asian region and others like the US, Russia, Dubai, Philippines and now Pakistan for attending conferences and seminars both as speaker and delegate. Jwalant-ji is a Commerce graduate from University of Allahabad, whose special subjects were accounting, commercial law and statistics. He also possess a degree in law from University of Agra and a P G Diploma in Marketing Management from ICCMRT, Lucknow. He is the son of one of India’s well-meaning jurists – Parmatma Swaroop – and home-maker Kunti. His spouse, Shivani, also a home-maker has spent her time mentoring and grooming their two daughters. Eldest Sharishti has followed her dad’s footsteps and works for a Delhi-based media firm, while the youngest, Pragya, is a college student.
A passionate golfer, Jwalant-ji enjoys his well-earned time-out swinging away on the Green. Making friends is his hobby while he enjoys playing drums, listening to Sufiana Music and reading. His reading reflects in his positivity and his engagements with colleagues during tough days. And yes, our sources tell us he will soon feature in the Raymonds’ ad campaign – The Complete Man.
Mr Dipankar Das Purkayastha is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABP PVT LTD. overseeing the strategy and operations of the entire ABP portfolio. In the past as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer he has headed the finance, IT, supply chain, corporate services and secretarial and legal functions of the group..He is also the Organising Secretary of INFOCOM, the country’s largest ICT exposition.
He is a Director of Media Content and Communication Services Pvt Ltd.,ABP TV Pvt Ltd,Ananda .Offset Pvt Ltd, and Satellite Printing Pvt Ltd.Apart from this, Mr Purkayastha is also the Vice –Chairman of the Central Advisory Council of IFRA,the apex research body of the newspapers across the world. He represents ABP at the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the board of the United News Agency.
He is a qualified Cost and Management Accountant and has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and is also the leading IT Professional s of the country.
Sarmad Ali is the Managing Director of the Jang Media Group,Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate having interests in print, broadcast and the internet sectors.He is responsible for the revenue function of the group including Sales & Marketing and Advertising.
He has been associated with the Jang Group since 1994 when he joined the group as Executive Director of the English daily “The News”. Under his stewardship The News became one of Pakistan’s two premier English dailies. In 1997 he took over as the group’s Executive Director Sales & Marketing and in 2006 he was promoted as Managing Director. Prior to joining the Jang Group,Sarmad had been associated with some of the country’s leading advertising agencies including IAL/Saatchi, where he worked as Director Client Services.
He is presently the President of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS) and serves on International Advertising Association’s global Board of Directors.Mr. Ali holds a Master degree from Villanova University,PA,USA and has won the Asian Brand Leadership Award from the World Brand Congress.
Paul Beckett is the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. Born and bred in Scotland, he joined Dow Jones & Co. in 1990 and has since worked in Massachusetts, New York, London, Mexico City, Washington and Delhi. He joined the Journal in 1998 as a banking reporter in New York and became London bureau chief in 2003. Since moving to India in 2007, he has been responsible for the creation of india.wsj.com, the Journal’s India web site, and its two blogs, India Real Time and Deals India. The paper’s India coverage won an Overseas Press Club award in 2007 for a series entitled “India’s Great Leap Upward” and a Society of Publishers in Asia award in 2012 for a series entitled “Flawed Miracle.” He lives in Delhi with his wife and son.
Pawan Agarwal (38 years), is the non executive Director of Dainik Bhaskar group. He has been on the Board of Dainik Bhaskar group since inception. He holds bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, USA. He has over 15 years of experience in the publishing business. He is heading the Radio Business and Internet Business of the Group. Besides, he also assists Managing Director, in Print Business, and exclusively responsible for newer markets of Jharkhand, Gujarat and Maharashtra. He is award recipient from Prime Minister for contribution to Indian Language Journalism.
Mohit Jain, Executive President - Supply Chain, Times Group is responsible for the Production, Sourcing, Projects, Logistics, Warehousing, Third Party printing, IT & Telecommunications, across the Group for Print, Radio, Television and Internet.
He holds the position of Chairman with the Newsprint Committee, Indian Newspaper Society. Was Ex-Chairman, Modernization & Technology Committee, INS.
Worked earlier with GSK Consumer Healthcare, where he was a member of the India Management Team.
An MBA and Chemical Engineer, Mohit, 45, is married with 2 children.
Sathyamurthy N P has joined the DDB Mudra Group as President & Head DDB MudraMax in Mumbai. He will be heading the media business nationally.
With a Masters degree in Zoology from the Annamalai University, in Tamil Nadu, Sathya comes with 24 years of professional experience and has worked with Heinz India, Cadila Laboratories, Mudra Communications, Ogilvy and Mather, Euro RSCG and Carat Media Services. He also served as Director General, Media Research Users Council (MRUC) for three years, during which time, he was an active participant in bringing out syndicated research products such as the Indian Research Survey (IRS), Indian Listenership Track (ILT), and the New Consumer Classification System. His last stint was with Lintas Media Group as COO and CEO of Karishma Initiative.
Some of the prestigious clients that Sathya has worked with include Tata Capital, Castrol, BPCL, Union Bank, Unit Trust of India, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Electricals, Philips, Jyothy Labs, HLL, Paras, Samsonite, Adidas, Reebok, Lakme, Dove range, Ponds and Dhara.
Sathya’s career experience spans field sales, strategic media planning, media buying and management, consumer research & insights. He loves collaborating with stake holders for generating great brand solution ideas.
A proud father of a 14 year old daughter Nandini, Sathya likes music, the internet, Bible reading and exercising.
• Finished his graduation in Eco- Honors from Punjab University followed by Bachelor of Law.
• Certification in various Marketing & General Management courses from ACSI, IIM, MICA and ISB.
• Part of various Leadership programs.
Professional Career Graph:-
• Began his career with FMCG Dalmia Dairy Industry Ltd. and moved to Durables with Blow Plast Ltd. and Nicco Batteries.
• After a stint of 7 years with FMCG & Consumer Durables moved to Media Industry in 1989 with The Times of India as Chief Manager Response.
• Moved to Times TV in 1993 as Associate Vice President heading the TV division of Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd.
• In 1994 moved as CEO WorldCom Multimedia Ltd. to setup Magazines and Event business.
• Moved to Channel 9 Entertainment Ltd .in 1999 as CEO to setup a film production and distribution house.
• In the year 2004 moved to Dainik Bhaskar as COO Rajasthan.
• Shifted to an Ad-Agency known as AD INC Y& R based in Muscat as CEO in 2006.
• In the year 2007 moved to Amar Ujala Publications Ltd. working as Executive Director heading Marketing and HR functions.
Shravan Garg, is the Chief Editor of Nai Dunia in Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh with an experience spanning 40 years . He has been conferred with the Lokmanya Tilak National Award for excellence in Journalism. Mr. Garg has also been associated with groups like Bhaskar Group of Publications, Divya Bhaskar , Shanivar Darpan, Free Press Journal, M.P. Chronicle, Financial Express, Ass Pass, Indian Express, Prajaneeti and Sarvodaya.
Some of his published works include "Bihar Aandolan-Ek Simhavlokan" and "Chambal ki Bandooken Gandhi ke Charaon Mein" amongst other books on stories and poems.
Apart from English and Hindi dailies he has also worked for Gujarati Dailies and writes regularly articles and comments on current affair issues.
Mr. Vinay Pasricha, Chairman WLC College India, has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Institution over the last fifteen years. Under his able leadership, WLCI has not only developed a stellar reputation for academic excellence in the country but also carved a distinct niche within Industry.
Mr. Pasricha, a graduate in Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, has also completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School. An entrepreneur and an innovator, he has many firsts to his credit. In 1993, barely six years out of college he had already established the software company and laid the foundation of a pioneering executive training organization. He launched Orange Technology – a Company that went on to become one of the finest providers of ERP Solutions and then established WLC College India in 1995.
A visionary, Mr. Pasricha has pioneered many innovative practices in the field of professional education which have received widespread appreciation in the industry. All his ventures have been in the Knowledge Domain and have been marked by High Quality products. With his extensive experience in executive education cum training, he launched a Traineeship Program for Business students in 1999, a revolutionary attempt to make professional education more relevant to the needs of employers. In just over a decade, WLCI has provided to industry more than 12,000 skilled professionals.
Mr. Pasricha’s abiding interest is in enhancing content and developing new and innovative training systems. As Chairman, WLCI, he is involved in all aspects of the organization’s functioning and is working more specifically on creating methods of identifying, developing and evaluating job specific competencies. He is keenly interested in continually building better organizations with focus on Knowledge Domain and Industry Relevant Skills.
If you Google Nandini Dias she has often been described as the most strategic and imaginative media professional in the media industry . Across her 20 years of experience she has worked across national and multinationals brands like L'Oreal, Johnson and Johnson, Henkel, Renault, SC Johnson, Bayer, Sony Pictures, Samsung, Cadbury, ING Group, The Times of India, Diageo, TATA Group , Mahindra Group, Amul, etc She has lead Lodestar UM India to the Media Agency of the Year title several times in the biggest Indian award shows like Goafest and Emvies. She also ranks consistently among the leading Media Heads in all the prestigious industry rankings. She has won the media planner of the year award and has been recognised at Cannes and Spikes on more than one occasion, even going on to win a Cannes Lion Gold for Garnier this year Currently the Chief Operating Officer of Lodestar UM, she leads one of most talented and capable teams in the country. Her position among the industry's top media leaders has seen her being invited as a speaker on several industry platforms, in business schools in India and overseas and as a judge in many of the award functions including Cannes.
Chief Executive, Magic9 Media & Consumer Knowledge Private Limited A B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Praveen has worked in brand consulting, market research, advertising and media planning. His longest stint was at MARG where he was involved with media research, consumer research and market modeling.
Praveen is Founder CEO of Magic9 Media & Consumer Knowledge Private Limited. The company works on accumulation of Media & Consumer Knowledge and its deployment for enhancing branding and marketing effectiveness for its clients.
Praveen is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited.
Praveen is a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad
Praveen was a member of Awareness and Communication Advisory Council of UID Authority of India where he was involved with developing the communication strategy and setting up a learning program for UID program.
Praveen is a co-Chairman of National Consumer Classification System (NCCS) Committee set up jointly by (Media Research Users’ Council) MRUC and Market Research Society of India (MRSI). Praveen is a member of CII’s National Committee of Marketing. Praveen is also a member of "Advisory committee for IEC strategy implementation in UID Authority of India”.
However, what is closest to Praveen’s heart is working as a member of Steering Committee of IITK Vision2020 - initiated by IIT Kanpur Alumni Association and IIT Kanpur Foundation - towards making his Alma-mater IIT Kanpur one among 20 best Engineering universities globally.
A Past President of Market Research Society of India (MRSI), Praveen has contributed 12 papers at European Society of Market Research (ESOMAR) Conferences, Worldwide Readership Research Symposia (WWRS) and MRSI Seminars.
At Lintas, Praveen was responsible for India’s first computerised media package LIN-COMPACK, which became operational in 1981. He also led the launch of India’s first Peoplemeter based TV Audience Measurement System INTAM in 1995 at ORG-MARG.
As Managing Director at Starcom India, Praveen created an organization that delivered strategic planning led media solutions by building a unique team of people from diverse backgrounds and with equally diverse capabilities. Praveen led Starcom India to win Planning AOR of P&G – the very first Planning AOR awarded by P&G anywhere in the world, and the very first Planning AOR awarded by any advertiser in India. Praveen led Starcom to win two other Planning AOR’s for Dabur and ICICI and thus established the value of Planning in a buying-led Indian media services market.
Praveen spent a year at Starcom North Asia as Strategic Planning Director, P&G, Greater China where he was responsible for deployment of media budgets across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan based on superior understanding of consumer and market dynamics.
As Chief Executive of Hansa Consulting, Praveen brought his diverse and rich experience to a broader canvas of Brand Consultancy. He led a team of nine consultants and did assignments in Brand Consultancy, Marketing Strategy, Market Mapping and Media Consultancy.
As President – Marketing & Sales Services at Pidilite Industries Limited, Praveen was responsible for Media, Market Research, Corporate Communications, PR, CRM, Sales & Marketing Training for all FOUR consumer-facing divisions of the company.
Sandeep Sharma is the PRESIDENT of RKSWAMY MEDIA GROUP and is responsible for four businesses offering comprehensive solutions in media planning, buying, outdoor and digital. RKSWAMY MEDIA GROUP consists of MediaDirection, Hansa Media services,Hansa Outdoor & Digital Direction.
Sandeep has 22 years of experience in managing brands and significantly growing their revenue and profitability. He has worked with the best blue chip companies encompassing Media , Brand communication and Brand management , where he has successfully launched, managed, and built iconic brands and profitable businesses.
In his previous assignment as Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales for the news network at TIMES TELEVISION, he was part of the core team that launched TIMESNOW and built it into an iconic English news service over a period of 7 years.
He has won numerous accolades, awards and recognition for his positive impact on revenue, image and profitability of the brands he has been associated with in his career and is an active speaker in industry forums.
Sandeep is a chemical engineer from IIT Mumbai, MMS from NMIMS. He has also attended an EDP course in “Senior leadership” from ISB Hyderabad.
Varghese Chandy, Senior General Manager, Marketing Operations, Malayala Manorama is credited with the founding of ‘Junction K’ which is the multi media Integrated solution platform of The Malayala Manorama Group. The paper titled 'Reading India right' presented at the World Readership Research Symposium, at Valencia, Spain in 2009 was awarded the best research paper. Led the Manorama team to win the coveted Emvies Gold and was awarded the Media Marketer of the Year in 2003. Has also served as The Chairman of The working group of The National Readership Studies’ Council.
Marketing & PR Director with Volvo Auto India, Sudeep has successfully driven all Marketing Communication Campaigns in his very enriching 4 years with the company. He works very closely with the global teams on their brand development campaigns and is solely responsible for driving and streamlining all initiatives of Volvo Cars in India.
He is responsible for successfully launching the XC60, S80 and S60 in India. He recently announced the foray of Volvo Cars in the world of fashion by becoming the official car partner for Lakme Fashion Week 2012.
Sudeep has over 16 years of experience starting with Advertising and moving on to the Automobile Industry. A sports enthusiast he is passionate about cricket and soccer and loves to explore adventure sports like rafting and mountaineering in his spare time. Sudeep is a post graduate from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and is currently based in Delhi.
PRABHU CHAWLA is Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Group and is host of the new talk show 'Sachichi Baat' on ETV hindi channels. Chawla did his education in Delhi and studied economics at Delhi School of Economics. He started his career as an economics lecturer in Delhi Univesity.
One of India's finest political journalists, Chawla is known for his sharp political analysis and investigative reports. In his 40 years as reporter and editor, he has written extensively on events that changed the political course of India and people who engineered them. He is credited with launching the regional editions of the India Today magazine in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. He has hosted a weekly talk show 'Seedhi Baat' on Aaj Tak, India's most popular television channel.
He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President for 2003. He has also won several national awards including The Hero Honda-Indian Television Academy (ITA) Best Anchor award for `Seedhi Baat' 2005; TV News Anchor of the year - Telly Awards 2003; TSR Kalapeetham Life Time Achievement Award for 1998; the GK Reddy Memorial Award for investigative reporting and current affairs-1989; and the Feroze Gandhi Memorial Award for excellence in journalism 1985-86.
He was also the Editor of India Today & Editorial Director of the India Today Group of publications; Editor of Indian Express and Financial Express from 1991 to 1996.
Today he is one of the most authoritative and credible voices in print as well as the visual media.
Saaket holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Delhi University and an MBA in Marketing Communications from Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA). He has also completed a Management Development Programme in Consulting from IIM, Ahmedabad. Saaket started his work life with Career Launcher in 2001, and was instrumental in its rapid expansion in Delhi and Southern India. In 2006, he took a sabbatical from CL to pursue a career in Management Consulting. He worked with Mercer Consulting as a senior consultant in their Advisory team and later moved on to Corporate Executive Board (CEB) as their Director of Business Development. However, Saaket’s passion for education and his love for CL have brought him back; and he currently heads the Marketing and Media functions at CL.