Top 10 Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of India

1. Gunjan Sharma

Company – Reliance Industries Ltd

Gunjan Sharma is the Chief Marketing Officer of Reliance Industries Ltd. Sales & Marketing professional with over 25 years rich experience in B2B, B2B2C segments in textile and apparel categories. Key strengths establishing new brands/business, driving growth and complete P&L management. Astute leader with excellent communication skills. At Reliance Industries Limited, the concept of circular economy is embedded in our DNA and our actions and processes are governed by this concept. Our organisation is committed to help conserve the planet and build a strong society. Being an industry leader, we are focusing our efforts to make the Indian textiles industry a leader in adopting circularity and sustainability concepts. To achieve this, we have undertaken series of initiatives. Reliance is a leader in India in recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, converts 2.05 billion used PET bottles into high-quality polyester that is being used in making high fashion, performance enhancement apparels. Reliance undertakes this activity through 120 PET bottle collection centres, spread across India and this initiative provides livelihood to around 3 lakh people, largely from the lower strata of the society.
We have branded the recycled next generation innovative polyester fibre as Recron GreenGold, one of the greenest fibres in the world. Manufactured by recycling post-consumer PET bottles, Recron GreenGold, uses energy from renewable sources and adopts efficient manufacturing practices at our plant in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. Recron GreenGold is made using bio-fuels instead of fossil fuels, thus making the manufacturing process greener. Further, we follow a zero-waste concept at our plants. Hence, the entire material is either used in the process or sold in market. The plant has a state-of-the-art effluent treatment process system that recycles 90 per cent of used water in manufacturing and horticulture.

2. Rajashree R

Company – Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Rajashree R is the Chief Marketing Officer of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. Before starting in this role on Feb 1, 2020, she led the Retail Practice at TCS for 15 years engaging with leading global retailers driving their transformation and innovation programs. Under Rajashree’s leadership, TCS’ brand value grew by $1.4 billion over the prior year in 2021 and was ranked among the Top 3 most valuable brands in the IT Services sector globally, according to the Brand Finance 2021 report. She is passionate about the art of storytelling and is a proud custodian of the global TCS brand.

3. Ravi Santhanam

Company – HDFC Bank Ltd and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd

Ravi Santhanam is the Chief Marketing Officer of HDFC Bank Ltd. A highly effective senior executive with wide and rich experience across Industries in the areas of change management, driving business results, business strategy, P&L management, developing consumer propositions and GTM strategy. Demonstrable success in a variety of business and functional leadership roles across both metro and rural markets, traditional and new age technology driven businesses. Proven ability to adapt to fast paced highly dynamic market environments, with a focus on thought to execution leadership, delivering results and creating high performing teams. Possess effective cross functional skills with experience in driving revenue growth while improving results through a focus on customer centricity, operational excellence, process improvement and outstanding leadership. Highly self driven and motivated Individual with excellent analytical skills and an ability to work from a macro to micro perspective. Strong sense of commitment to organization building and institutionalization.

4. Sumit Virmani

Company – Infosys Ltd

Sumit Virmani is the Chief Marketing Officer of Infosys Ltd. Experienced Chief Marketing Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Market Research, Direct Marketing, Business Alliances, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy. Strong marketing professional graduated from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

5. Priya Nair

Company – Hindustan Unilever Ltd

Priya Nair is the Chief Marketing Officer of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. While Madhusudhan Rao will be appointed as Executive Director, Beauty & Wellbeing and Personal Care, HUL, Deepak Subramanian has been named Executive Director, Home Care, HUL. Madhusudhan takes over from Priya Nair who will move into her new global role as Beauty & Wellbeing, Chief Marketing Officer. Deepak will take over from Prabha Narasimhan, who has decided to leave the Company to pursue an external opportunity. Madhusudhan is currently Executive Vice President – Home and Hygiene, Unilever. He joined HUL in 1991. In his 30+ years in the company, he demonstrated a strong performance track record in Marketing, Customer Development and Brand Development roles across geographies. In his current role, Madhusudhan helped shape the Home & Hygiene category as a successful business with a distinctive high-performance culture. Deepak, currently Vice President Home Care, South-East Asia / ANZ (SEAA) & Global Head, Fabric Enhancers, joined HUL in 1995 as a management trainee. From being the Marketing Manager for Kissan in India and the Regional Brand Director for Vitality Foods, Deepak moved on to become the Vice President for Foods & Refreshment for Central & Eastern Europe.  In his current role leading Home Care for SEAA, Deepak significantly improved the profitability of the business, whilst strengthening top-line growth. In his global role, Deepak helped transform the Fabric Enhancers category by driving innovations and re-positioning the brands to have more social impact.

6. Sujit Ganguli

Company – ICICI Bank Ltd

Mr Sujit Ganguli is the Head of Brand & Communications at ICICI Bank. In this role, he is in-charge of the Bank’s brand, media, digital marketing, market research and external & internal communications portfolio.

Prior to this, Mr Sujit worked in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, where he handled multiple responsibilities across sales, marketing and service functions. Mr Sujit is a Physics graduate and completed his management education in 1994 from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He began his career with HUL.

Mr Sujit relaxes by reading, watching sports programs on TV and spending time with his wife & daughter. He thoroughly enjoys going on vacations with his family.

7. Piyush Gupta

Company – Adani Group

Piyush Gupta is a seasoned Data Center, Telecom and Tech professional who has been at the forefront of the Telecom and Digital revolution in India and has delivered many projects of national prominence during his journey.

He brings in very deep and wide experience and expertise across industries, geographies and technologies which adds immense value to the conversation at the table.

Besides being a Business Leader, his forte lies in his ability to decode the complex Techno- commercial landscape in the real business world, uncover opportunities and drive mind share across the industry ecosystem.

As the AVP of Sales and Marketing with AdaniConneX, he is contributing towards driving international business for India’s largest Data Center platform which will range from Hyperscale to Hyperlocal and will be powered by green energy. Prior to this he has contributed actively and immensely with Yotta Infrastructure Solutions, Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel.

As a professional, he is extremely passionate about cultivating strong, deep and lasting business relationships customer, partners and alliances based on trust which in turn drive business. This is and has been his forte in addition to business parameters which he has been driving all along.

He is an Engineering graduate and an MBA from University of Pune.

8. Katrina Engelman

Company – State Bank of India, Oct 2021
Katrina is not only a talented B2B Marketer, but she’s an incredible people’s leader and a joy to work for. Her combination of decisiveness and humanity is amazing”.

Prior to joining SBI, Katrina was Chief Marketing Officer for a start-up market research firm and VP, Global Head of Brand for Gerson Lehrman Group. Earlier in her career, she led client teams at creative advertising agencies including BBH New York (Publicis) and RAPP (Omnicom). In addition to her marketing and brand building expertise, Katrina served as Gerson Lehrman Group’s first Asian and Pacific Island+ network leader as part of their wider global DEI efforts in hiring, employee awareness and community outreach initiatives.

9. Aabhinna Suresh Khare

Company – Bajaj Capital Limited

AABHINNA SURESH KHARE is the Chief Marketing Officer of Bajaj Capital Limited. A Detailed oriented – focused CXO, with experience in defining and implementing the product vision and roadmap to increase revenue for businesses. Hands-on Experience in the implementation and managing of the product road map of digital platforms with high volume flow. Extensively worked and engaged with partners for collaboration and integration of global solutions to drive business results. Managing comprising of Product Managers, business analysts, UX professionals, and QA testers
A proven track record of driving business by crafting Go-To-Market strategy, product launches, operations, Budgets, and PnL Management A Design thinker with a deep interest in developing an understanding of the people for whom we’re designing the products or services delivering a seamless User experience in the Phygital World. Data-Driven and analytical leader with a deep understanding of how the digital ecosystem works with human behavior to create appropriate nudges in the systems in order to drive the Digital Transformation.

10. Karthi Kumar Marshan

Company – Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd

Karthi Kumar Marshan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. Specialties: brand launches, marketing problem solving, usability engineering, marketing partner development, marketing strategy development.

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