Top 20 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.

11. Laura Langdon

Company – Wipro Ltd

Laura Langdon is the Chief Marketing Officer of Wipro Ltd. As CMO, Laura is responsible for shaping global brand strategy and delivering high-impact campaigns across multiple platforms that advance Wipro’s goal of empowering companies and individuals to succeed in a changing world. She is a results-driven marketing professional with deep cross-discipline expertise shaping global brand strategy, PR and communications, digital marketing, demand generation, partnership development, and branded content creation. Her multifaceted leadership experience motivates global, cross-functional teams to deliver on goals under a shared strategic brand vision. Before joining Wipro, Laura was the CMO of Aricent and Frog, where she oversaw PR, corporate communications, and brand strategy. In that role, she built an integrated branded content studio and a robust demand generation practice. A true marketer, strategist, and creative visionary, Laura has built her career in advertising in leadership roles at DDB and TBWA before spending 11 years leading the in-house advertising agency at The New York Times. Laura is based in New York City.
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12. Kaustubh Chandra

Company – Bharti Airtel Ltd

A seasoned B-B technology marketing and communications professional, Kaustubh Chandra (KC) has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. With comprehensive understanding of the IT & Telecom market, he has hands on experience in Technology, Outsourcing and Consulting, Revenue Marketing / Demand generation, Market development, Digital Sales (P&L) and Brand Communications for both Global MNCs and Indian IT service providers across India/ South Asia and other major global markets.

He is passionate about new and emerging technologies, leadership and is intrinsically driven to add value to the business and create high performing teams that deliver exceptional results. He believes that marketing teams need to be able to drive organizations growth agenda forward through strong market insight, knowledge of the customer, commercial acumen and exceptional influencing skills to lead change within their organization. KC is an ardent marketer who brings a strategic outlook to any business challenge and loves contributing to business turnarounds using a range of skills in strategy, planning and execution. He is an expert at not just conventional but also new age marketing (digital, social & automation) concepts and can market complex IT solutions that are industry specific as well as industry agnostic.

For his outcome-oriented work, he has been recognized and awarded the “Inspiring Award – the Marketing person of the year” at the NTT Global Marketing Summit 2021 held in February. His other accolades include the Leading CMO of the Year (2020 & 2017) by Techplus Media and Enterprise IT Leadership Awards by SME Channels. He was also voted as Enterprise IT 100 Best Marketing Minds (2018 & 2019), MarTech of the Year Award 2020 and The Economic Times Most Promising Tech Marketers Award 2020.

KC is a Computer & IT Engineer with a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business & Marketing from Amity Business School.

Expertise: Technology Services & Product Marketing, Market Planning & Management, Revenue Marketing, Demand Generation, Digital Sales (P&L), Marketing Automation, Go-to-market strategy, P&L management, Corporate / Internal / Exec. Communications, Digital and Social Media Marketing, Field Enablement, Business Development, Partner Programs Management, Client Relationship Management, Operations Management, People Management.A seasoned B-B technology marketing and communications professional, 

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13. Jill Kouri

Company – HCL Technologies Ltd

Jill Kouri is the Chief Marketing Officer of HCL Technologies Ltd. She is responsible for developing and building the brand and driving growth across its broadening suite of technology services and products. Jill leads all marketing functions across the global business, including corporate marketing, vertical and horizontal marketing, recruitment marketing, corporate communications, and digital marketing. Jill has over 30 years of experience in B2B services marketing, with a sales-oriented mindset and a passion for developing best-in-class customer experience. Previously, Jill served for seven years as the Chief Marketing Officer, Americas, for JLL. Prior to her time at JLL, she spent 14 years at Accenture in various leadership roles, most recently as the global head of marketing for the $10 billion Products Operating Group. There she gained deep expertise in industry marketing, M&A and post-merger integration, and building and leveraging shared services operations.
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14. Shuvadip Banerjee

Company – ITC Ltd

He have been instrumental in evolving the areas like Consumer Insights and Strategy, Media and Customer care. Have successfully started the function of Data and Analytics, Online Reputation Management. Evangelised Digital Media within the organisation. Created new practices like Marketing Command Centre , Customer Data Hub and Ecommerce. Helped build higher efficiencies in the areas like Trade Mark and IP management, Consumer Activation and Sales Operations.
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15. Anoop Manohar

Company – Axis Bank Ltd

He have 21 years of extensive and high quality experience in the areas of marketing and innovation, marketing strategy, customer and team management with a proven record of sustainable and market beating growths. Over the course of my career he have created and helped build new brands/businesses and operate with a strong end-to-end view of the business.

People say that he is a passionate, stubbornly persistent, and build strong collaborative bonds; he is told that he have great analytical ability – He is able to balance that out with a strong bias for action. He is a strong listener with an ability to listen to both what’s being said and what’s not – He have a track record of building and managing high performing teams as well

He have had great success in challenging and diverse professional situations across sales and marketing. He is very passionate about winning and learning continuously through building new experiences.
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16. Ravi Nagar

Company – Avenue Supermarts Ltd

Ravi Nagar is the Chief Marketing Officer of Avenue Supermarts Ltd. He had 19 years of rich and diverse FMCG experience, currently working as the CMO & Head – Private Labels at Avenue Supermarts Ltd. (DMart). Previously worked with Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. and Bajaj Consumer Care Ltd. across business strategy, category/brand management, M&A, international marketing, frontline sales and modern trade. Adept at building & managing large, diverse teams amidst complex business environment and driving organization’s aspirations with agility and poise.
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17. Peeyush Dubey

Company – Larsen & Toubro Ltd

Peeyush Dubey is the Chief Marketing Officer of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. And a recognized tech industry expert ​with leadership experience across the globe. He firmly believes in the transformative power of technology. When he’s not learning the art of storytelling from movie trailers and posters, he’s trying to improve his novice photography skills.
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18. Vivek Agrawal

Company – UltraTech Cement Ltd

Vivek Agrawal is the Chief Marketing Officer of UltraTech Cement Ltd. Mr. Agrawal has spent a major part of his professional career at UltraTech’s Cement Business, holding a number of critical positions. He joined the Group in 1993 as a Zonal Manager in the Cement Marketing Division and went on to hold important positions such as Zonal Head – Grey Cement South; Head, Marketing – Birla White; and Head – RMC Business. Mr. Agrawal took over as the CEO of the acquired entity Star Cement in 2010 and in October 2013, took on the role of Chief Marketing Officer of the Cement Business. Mr. Agrawal was named an Aditya Birla Fellow in 2017, and was a recipient of the Chairman’s Outstanding Leader Award in 2019. He is a B.E.(Hons.) from NIT Allahabad and MBA from FMS, Delhi. He has done his Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Wharton Business School.
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19. Aude Gandon

Company – Nestle India Ltd

Global CMO at Nestlé
– Extensive marketing experience with a track record of delivering business building ideas for some of the world’s leading FMCG companies.
– Multiple experiences in management of global brands and global organisations with in-depth understanding of US, China, India, Russia, Latin America, South East Asia, Middle East and Europe.
– Client partner and team leader capable of building teams, motivating others to support strategies that have consistently paid in-market dividends.
– Wide experience in integrated management of brands (advertising, digital, social and PR)
– Deep understanding of FMCGs especially in the beauty category.
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20. Vinay Shroff

Chief Marketing Officer at JSW Steel | Board Member JSW One Platforms, JSW Global Business Solutions, JSW Retail & Distribution
JSW SteelJSW Steel12 yrs 7 mos12 yrs 7 mos
Chief Marketing OfficerChief Marketing OfficerFull-timeFull-timeJun 2022 – Present · 5 mosJun 2022 – Present · 5 mosMumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaMumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sr. EVP & Business Head (FP)Sr. EVP & Business Head (FP)Jul 2021 – Jun 2022 · 1 yrJul 2021 – Jun 2022 · 1 yr Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaMumbai, Maharashtra, India

As Business Head, Responsible for running the FP business including Domestic & International, Overall Marketing, IT enablement & Digital Transformation of Sales & Marketing and SCM…As Business Head, Responsible for running the FP business including Domestic & International, Overall Marketing, IT enablement & Digital Transformation of Sales & Marketing and SCM…
Executive VP-Sales & Marketing (FP & LP)Executive VP-Sales & Marketing (FP & LP)Jul 2016 – Jun 2021 · 5 yrsJul 2016 – Jun 2021 · 5 yrsMumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaMumbai, Maharashtra, India

Responsible for Domestic & International Sales, Marketing & SCMResponsible for Domestic & International Sales, Marketing & SCM
Sr. Vice President- Retail & Coated ProductsSr. Vice President- Retail & Coated ProductsApr 2010 – Jun 2016 · 6 yrs 3 mos

Chief Marketing Officer at JSW Steel | Board Member JSW One Platforms, JSW Global Business Solutions, JSW Retail & Distribution
JSW SteelJSW Steel12 yrs 7 mos12 yrs 7 mos

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