IMPACT unveils 2nd edition of ‘Top 50 influential women’

HT Media’s Shobhana Bhartia leads the list this year, followed by Vinita Bali of Britannia Industries and Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms

e4m by Saloni Surti
Updated: Mar 16, 2013 10:45 PM
IMPACT unveils 2nd edition of ‘Top 50 influential women’

The second edition of ‘50 Most Influential Women’ in the Indian marketing, advertising and media ecosystems has been unveiled by IMPACT magazine at a glitzy, star studded event in Mumbai on March 15, 2013.

The list recognises women across mediums, who have not only done path-breaking work, but have also helped in redefining the dynamics in their fields.

Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director HT Media Group leads the list this year. Ranked second in the list is Vinita Bali, Managing Director, Britannia Industries, followed by Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director, Balaji Telefilms.

Bhartia joined Hindustan Times in 1986 and was the first woman CEO of a national newspaper in India. She looks after the editorial and the financial aspects of the newspaper and is known for upgrading Hindustan Times to a brighter version that appeals to the youth. She has been conferred with a number of awards in the past, such as Global Leader of Tomorrow, Outstanding Business Woman of the Year and National Press India Award.

Bali was ranked first in the first edition of IMPACT ‘Top 50 influential women’, while Ekta Kapoor was ranked fourth. With both the personalities performing gloriously year after year, it doesn’t seem that they will be off the charts any time sooner.

The other leading ladies among the top 10 include: Tanya Dubash, Board of Godrej Group of Companies; Executive Director & President, Marketing, Godrej Group; Gauri Shinde, Ad-Film and Feature Film Director; Prabha Parameswaran, Managing Director, Colgate Palmolive; Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, NDTV; Mini Menon, Executive Editor, Bloomberg TV; Sangeeta Pendurkar, Managing Director, Kellogg India; and Geetu Verma, Executive Director & Vice President – Innovations, Hindustan Unilever.

The second edition witnessed 16 new names that made it to the limelight due to the rooted and strong work they delivered in their respective verticals. They are:
Gauri Shinde, Ad and feature film director (Rank 5)
Prabha Parameswaran, Managing Director, Colgate Palmolive (Rank 6)
Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, NDTV (Rank 7)
Mini Menon, Executive Editor, Bloomberg TV (Rank 8)
Shereen Bhan, Executive Director and Vice-President, CNBC-TV18 (Rank 11)
Juhi Chaturvedi, Author, Columnist, Film Script Writer (Rank 12)
Nadia Chauhan, Joint Managing Director and CMO, Parle Agro (Rank 15)
Akila Urankar, President, Business Standard (Rank 20)
Nathalie Gerschtein, General Manager, Garnier & L'Oreal India - Consumer Products Division (Rank 23)
Anuradha Narasimhan, Category Director, Health and Wellness, Britannia (Rank 30)
Priya Nair, Vice President, HUL, Consumer Goods (Rank 32)
Schauna Chauhan, CEO, Parle Agro (Rank 36)
Simeran Bhasin, Marketing Head-Fastrack and new brands at Titan industries (Rank 40)
Nita Kapoor, Executive VP, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Godfrey Phillips India (Rank 43)
Anupriya Acharya, Leader, Client Leadership, South Asia, Mindshare Fulcrum (Rank 44)
Veetika Deoras, Deputy VP, Brand Marketing and Corporate Communications, Tata Capital (Rank 47)

A jury of the industry’s biggest experts came together to chalk out the 50 most influential women. Chaired by Sam Balsara, Chairman, Madison World, the jury consisted of eminent industry veterans Rakshit Hargave of Nivea India, KV Sridhar of Leo Burnett, CVL Srinivas of GroupM, AP Parigi of NEA India, Ashish Bhasin of Aegis Media, Colvyn Harris of JWT, and Joseph George of Lowe Lintas and Partners.

The jury took up the daunting task of creating the list and was faced with immense dilemma while taking a number of decisions due to the stature and the quality of work done by each entry. The panel was presented with 90 names and profiles, which they had to short list to 50. To avoid any kind of bias, the jury followed a silent scoring structure at the end of which the comprehensive list was drawn up.

Commenting on the judging process, Balsara remarked, “All the entries gave us a tough time; ranking the entries was difficult than picking the top 50. I can say that we arrived at the final list with some amount of fighting, and even after submitting, we had our own doubts and thus, we again pondered over the list. I would like to congratulate all the winners and expect to see a lot more entries next year.”

Each of this eminent jury was felicitated at the event to acknowledge and appreciate their contribution to the industry and also to inspire those who dream to grab the centrestage one day.

Click Here to view the complete list of ‘Top 50 influential women’.

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