Sandip Ghose, who was HT Media’s Head of New Ventures, Magazines, Events and Entertainment, has decided to move back to the corporate world after dabbling with the media for five years – first with the ABP Group and then with HT. He has just joined Lafarge India as Senior Vice-President and Head of Corporate Affairs. Ghose’s responsibilities include External Relations, Communication and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities.
Lafarge, a French multinational, is the world’s largest cement manufacturer. In India, Lafarge’s operations are currently concentrated in Eastern India, where they have a dominant presence in most markets. Lafarge has major greenfield projects underway in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Meghalaya among others.
Ghose was part of the team that launched Hindustan Times in Mumbai and subsequently took over as Business Head for West and South. Thereafter, after putting HT on a sound track in Mumbai, he moved back to Delhi as Head of New Ventures earlier this year.
Prior to joining HT, Ghose worked for the ABP Group, where he was VP and Business Head for The Telegraph and Businessworld. He is generally credited for the commercial turnaround of BusinessWorld and consolidating the leadership position of The Telegraph against stiff competitive challenge from TOI and HT in Kolkata.
When asked why he was moving out of media, Ghose said, "After spending five years in media and handling three very challenging assignments with BusinessWorld, The Telegraph and HT, one was looking for newer professional excitement. The option was either staying in media or returning to the old familiar terrain of FMCG. Lafarge came along as a wonderful opportunity, where I could combine my management skills with my learnings in media. Handling the CSR responsibilities was an added attraction as I have always been interested in working for the social sector. I see that as a longer-term personal goal."
Ghose had moved to the ABP Group from Levers, where he was Managing Director, Lever Nepal.