S H Venkatramani, Head of Corporate Communications of Kolkata-headquartered ITC Ltd, has put in his papers after a five-year stint. While this development was confirmed on condition of anonimity by sources at Virginia House, the corporate headquarters of ITC, there were no further details forthcoming either on his next move or for that matter on the reasons for his departure.
Venkatramani had started his career as a journalist and worked with publications like The Telegraph, Indian Express and India Today. Thereafter, he switched to corporate communications and served leading companies like BILT, the Essar Group, ICI and Apollo Tyres before joining ITC in 2000, when he took over from Aditi Syam.
During his tenure at ITC, the company had to deal with several issues requiring intricate communication efforts such as the tobacco ad ban and a case involving the sale of contraband cigarettes made outside India at the cost of the national exchequer. ITC’s pathbreaking e-choupal initiative also happened during this time.
Neither Venkatramani nor company officials were available for comment at the time of filing this report.