The Indian startup ecosystem has produced excellent IT talent for many years. From developing consumer apps to developing robust B2B commercial software products employing cutting-edge technology, Indian technologists have consistently provided additional comfort to users. While India has the world’s largest reservoir of technical talent, their work can now be seen all over the world, with nearly all of the major US technology corporations employing technology pioneers of Indian heritage. A CMO (chief marketing officer) is a C-level corporate executive responsible for activities in an organization that have to do with creating, communicating and delivering offerings that have value for customers, clients or business partners. A CMO’s primary mission is to facilitate growth and increase sales by developing a comprehensive marketing plan that will promote brand recognition and help the organization gain a competitive advantage. In order to achieve their own goals and effectively shape their companies’ public profile, CMOs must be exceptional leaders and assume the voice of the customer across the company. Chief marketing officers typically report to the CEO or chief operating officer (COO) and hold advanced degrees in both business and marketing. A CMO who has a strong background in information technology may also hold the job title chief marketing technologist (CMT). In some larger organizations, however, those positions are separate and the CMT reports to the CMO.
Here is a list of CMOs who have created an impact in their field.
01. 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.
02. 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.
03. RAVI SANTHANAM
Company – HDFC Bank 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.
04. 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.
05. 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.
06. 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 developmnent, marketing strategy development.
07. SHYAM ANANTHNARAYAN
Company – ITC Infotech
Shyam Ananthnarayan is the Chief Marketing Officer of ITC Infotech. Experienced General Manager/VP with global experience in B2B sales, marketing, business development, executive (CXO) relationship management and operations. Recognized in Fast100 by Oracle and Paul Writer in top 100 progressive marketers. Recognized by Adobe and Paul Writer as one of India’s top 100 digital marketers.
08. 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.
09. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. ANOOP MANOHAR
Company – Axis Bank Ltd
Anoop Manohar is the Chief Marketing Officer of Axis Bank Ltd. He have 20 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 mis 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 told that I have great analytical ability – he is able to balance that out with a strong bias for action. He am 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. I am passionate about winning and learning continuously through building new experiences.
13. VISHAL SUBHARWAL
Company – HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd
Vishal Subharwal is the Chief Marketing Officer of HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd. He come with over 2 decades of professional experience in industry & consulting roles and currently Head the Marketing, E-Commerce, Digital Business & Sustainability initiatives at HDFC Life, India’s premier life insurance company with P/L ownership across multiple business units. With diverse responsibilities such as Brand & Consumer insights, Digital Experience, Performance Marketing, Customer Funnel & Value Management, Technology Integrations, Business operations & Underwriting, Corporate Social Responsibility I not only carry independent P/L responsibilities but also support multiple organisation growth initiatives. In his previous role as Head of Strategy & Business Insights, he was responsible for crafting and ensuring successful implementation of organisation strategy. until the company’s IPO in 2017 These included defining the strategic themes, identifying scenarios and planning for the same, allocation of resources, identification of longer term strategic initiatives to be run in the organisation. He also worked to create the annual operating plans and organisation scorecard, ensuring progress towards these goals apart from supporting go-to-market strategies, M&A opportunities, etc. In his earlier stints I have worked with a Big 4 advisory firm in the domains of strategy & operations and deployed Lean Six Sigma & other business process re-engineering techniques apart from leading sales units in the initial part of my professional career.
14. 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.
15. AMIT DOSHI
Company – Britannia Industries Ltd
Amit Doshi is the Chief Marketing Officer of Britannia Industries Ltd. He is a marketing and sales leader with 19 years of diverse business & capability building experience in key innovation, brand marketing, digital, sales, and customer development roles. In his previous assignment, he was Director, Marketing, and part of the Indian leadership team and Asia-Pacific marketing leadership team at Lenovo. He has also worked with Perfetti Van Melle in the past. Amit Doshi has gained experience in Consumer (B2C), Enterprise, Small & Medium Business (SMB), and Tablet business units at Lenovo and brings a valuable understanding of consumers and markets across product categories.
16. AMRITA SINGH
Company – Hindustan Zinc Ltd
Amrita Singh is the Chief Marketing Officer of Hindustan Zinc Ltd. Chief Sales & Marketing Officer with Hindustan Zinc Limited, Vedanta having 15 yrs of experience in- Sales & Marketing, Procurement, Strategy, Growth Projects at Vedanta Resources. Member of Executive Committee”- An APEX body for P&L management at HZL.
17. SOMASREE BOSE AWASTHI
Company – Godrej Consumer Products Ltd
Somasree Bose Awasthi is the Chief Marketing Officer of Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. She has been promoted from the post of head of marketing, homecare category to Chief marketing officer. She has been with Godrej Consumer for around 18 years. Started her professional journey with Godrej as a management trainee in 2003, initially as part of Sara Lee business and then continued with Godrej Consumer Product post the merger. Currently leading the marketing for Homecare category which includes brands like Good knight, HIT which are market leaders in Household Insecticides segment, Godrej aer which is the market leader in air fresheners segment, Godrej ezee and genteel in fabric detergents category. More recently, she have launched Godrej ProClean, which is a home hygiene brand.
18. VIVEK SHARMA
Company – Pidilite Industries Ltd
Vivek Sharma is the Chief Marketing Officer of Pidilite Industries Ltd. He leads corporate brand marketing planning & implementation across businesses, marketing talent management, and continuous improvement in marketing processes like innovation and new product launch. He aims to make consumer and end-customer centricity the core of Pidilite and create a world class talent pool to take this forward. An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience, Vivek has held senior leadership positions at Philips, MIRC Electronics, Ogilvy Advertising and Cadbury Kraft (now Mondelez). He brings with him a unique blend of business and brand development experience across FMCG, Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer Durables encompassing B2C, B2B and B2G. As VP Indian sub-continent at Philips India Ltd., he built ‘ONE PHILIPS’ and led the marketing, planning and implementation for the three Philip’s businesses viz. Consumer Lifestyle, Lighting and Healthcare. As Vice President – Marketing, Sales and Service, MIRC Electronics Ltd. (ONIDA), he spearheaded the re-launch of the ONIDA brand across product categories. At Ogilvy, he led the Hindustan Unilever (HUL) business nationally across functions and geographies. Vivek holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and Bachelor of Technology from Indian School of Mines (now IIT, Dhanbad). Despite his work schedule, he always finds time to indulge in his other passions – travel, music and the mountains.
19. GIRISH BUDHIRAJA
Company – SBI Cards & Payment Services Ltd
Girish Budhiraja is the Chief Marketing Officer of SBI Cards & Payment Services Ltd. Specialties: Product Management, New Product Development, Business Development, Marketing, Financial Services, Digital Marketing.
20. MANISH DUBEY
Company – ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd
Manish Dubey is the Chief Marketing Officer of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd. A digital business and marketing leader who has led high performing teams. Built an online direct-to-customer business successfully over the last few years. Over 21 years of experience working with ICICI Prudential, Asian Paints and General Mills (Pillsbury) in areas of online business, product, marketing, digital and sales. He get inspired by the way consumer behavior is changing around us and the opportunity that this provides to re-imagine the business and marketing landscape. Online space is opening up to simple products, intelligent personalized journeys and time & money saving experiences. The way the consumers are interacting with various categories is putting a lot of pressure on the traditional business. At the same time is also opening the digital business areas. He is passionate about working on utilizing these new opportunities with the help of business thinking, marketing strategy, digital enablers and integrated implementation. He is leading an online B2C business in the life insurance space. Using various acquisition channels to deliver business across product, customer segments and mobile & internet platforms, he have seeded and grown the online sales. Our successful work has often got featured in Google case studies and recently got a special mention at the YouTube Brandcast. His expertise is in scale-up strategy, business vertical creation, programmatic digital solutions, digital media, marketing automation, voice of customer and creating innovation roadmaps. Declared the “Marketer of the Year” at the IAA Leadership awards, 2016, my experience on the marketing side is in the areas of being a brand expert, digital marketer, mar-tech capability builder. He have deep brand and creative expertise. Other important attributes include being a category builder, social media marketer, online performance marketer and leader of powerful teams.
21. HARSHVENDRA SOIN
Company – Tech Mahindra Ltd
Harshvendra Soin is the Chief Marketing Officer of Tech Mahindra Ltd. He is the Global Chief People Officer and Head of Marketing at Tech Mahindra. Harsh has been associated with Tech Mahindra since 2012. He brings with him a rich experience of more than 26 years in the industry. Before his current role, he was heading the Canada Enterprise Business as Senior Vice President and Country Head at Tech Mahindra (Canada). He was also the Global Leadership Acquisition & Development, and Head – Business HR for APAC & IMEA (Telecom & Enterprise) for Tech Mahindra. Before joining Tech Mahindra, Harshvendra was the Chief People Officer at Fortis Healthcare Limited, looking after all areas of Human Resources. He also worked with Aditya Birla Retail Limited as a Chief People Officer before Fortis. Harshvendra has also worked towards creating innovative HR Processes and Policies in Bharti Enterprises where he was Senior Vice President – People Excellence before moving as the Head – HR for Bharti Retail Ltd. He has also worked with the Oberoi Group and Punwire Limited.
22. KARAN KUMAR
Company – DLF Ltd
Karan Kumar is the Chief Marketing Officer of DLF Ltd. Over two decades, he have driven marketing strategy and leadership for businesses ranging from nascent to mature ones across categories like FMCG, packaged foods, stationery, lifestyle, retail and real estate. He have made this happen through my relentless pursuit of what he believe are the three most fundamental principles that should guide all business decision-making – customer centricity, integrity and, earning trust. Across industries, gender, and age, he have created ‘winning’ propositions anchored in honesty and empathy by understanding people, their passions and motivations. Such propositions have scored very high on relevance – core to earning preference and which invariably drives conversion. Conversion impacts increased revenue and enhanced margins. And those twins combined with social impact is what he believe should be the ultimate objective every business strategy should be driving. ‘Delivering Impact’ through inventive thinking, forging alignments, and execution excellence is at the core of what he have achieved over the last 20 odd years and continues to still get me all excited every day. Functional Expertise: Brand Strategy, Marketing Communications, Digital Strategy, Social Media, Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Product Management, Customer Lifetime Value, Loyalty Programme, Research, Insights, E-commerce, Brand Advocacy, Reputation Management.
23. SHALINI RAGHAVAN
Company – Nykaa
Shalini Raghavan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Nykaa. She has been associated with our Company since January 12, 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts in economics from the University of Madras and a post graduate diploma in management in marketing from Bhavan’s SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, She has over 15 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, marketing and e-commerce. Previously, she was associated with L’Oreal India Private Limited, Hindustan Unilever Limited and Britannia Industries Limited.
24. RAJEEV GOPAL
Company – Grasim Industries Ltd
Rajeev Gopal is the Chief Marketing Officer of Grasim Industries Ltd. He is a specializing in business strategy & profitable growth, policy advocacy, sales & marketing (B2B, B2B2C, Ingredient Branding) for Industries such as Fibre, Textile & Apparel, FMCG and Packaging. Rajeev Gopal is a seasoned business leader with over 38 years of multi-faceted experience covering a gamut of business roles spanning from Sales & Marketing and Commercial to Manufacturing, TQM & Supply Chain in diverse Industries such as FMCG, Textiles and Packaging. He has also led the successful turnaround of a medium sized listed company as its CEO and Managing Director while working with ITC Ltd. Currently,he is an Advisor to the Managing Director on Strategic Marketing after nearly 10 years in a CXO role with a leading Indian MNC – the Aditya Birla Group and holding responsibility as the Global Chief Sales & Marketing officer of the Multi-billion Dollar ‘Pulp & Fibre Business’. He is also a Co-Chairman of the Textile Committee of FICCI.
Rajeev has led its transformation from being a commodity selling, manufacturing driven organization to a consumer facing and highly customer centric brand. Leads a team of over 200 professionals and has delivered sterling business results leading to profitable growth. Rajeev is passionate about Sustainability, Customers and Consumers, Business Transformation, Global Strategy, People Development and Results.
25. SUPRATIK SENGUPTA
Company – Lupin Ltd
Supratik Sengupta is the Chief Marketing Officer of Lupin Ltd. A result oriented business executive with more than twenty years of experience in FMCG/OTC marketing, having a First Class Degree in Management. Worked across multiple domain of Marketing, spanning Brand Building & Innovation (having formal training in Innovation). Presently in charge of a complex & diverse portfolio marketing wth P&L responsibility of the same. Proven abilities & skills in the field of , Marketing Strategy Planning & Implementation, Advertising & Media handling & Sales Planning. Has the ability to motivate & lead a team to achieve organisational objectives. Over the years proactively & successfully encountered the challenges of highly competitive & rapidly changing industry situation to generate accelerated growth for the organisation.
26. RAMESH YADAV
Company – Baidyanath
Ramesh Yadav is the Chief Marketing Officer at Baidyanath Group. He is an enterprising and result-oriented senior marketing professional with over 15 years of proven track record of managing diverse categories in FMCG/FMHG across Sales & Marketing functions in leading global and Indian companies like Reckitt Benckiser, Emami, Baidyanath, Abbott Nutrition, and Pearson. A seasoned leader who has helped organizations in conceiving, designing, and executing bold, distinctive, high-impact business strategies and marketing programs through P&L turnaround, digital transformation, and by building winning teams delivering segment leadership and sustainable growth. Has nurtured brands in different stages of the lifecycle from ideation to maturity leading to commercially successful businesses.
27. SUMEET SINGH
Company – Info Edge (India) Ltd
Sumeet Singh is the Chief Marketing Officer of Info Edge (India) Ltd. She started her career with a job with NIIT in Delhi in their ETG deptt as a management trainee and moved on as area manger sales. From there went on to CII – Northern region based out of Chandigarh and started their IT division. Also served on the advisory commitee of various states and helped draft their IT policies. Then she shifted back to Delhi and was the founder Execuive Director for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Delhi , she was also the executive director of the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA) Currently she is working with Infoedge , the parent company of naukri.com as their VP Marketing, Alliances and Corporate Communication.
28. RICHA GUPTA
Company – Abbott India Ltd
Richa Gupta is the Chief Marketing Officer of Abbott India Ltd.
29. MUKUL MALIK
Company – Motherson Group
Mukul Malik is the Chief Marketing Officer of Motherson Group. Innovative Instrumentation and Control professional offering vast experience leveraging sales and marketing expertise in the automotive industry and developed methodologies to deliver highly effective and creative solutions to business and technology challenges. Utilizes highly attuned analytical skills to develop manufacturing and business strategies employing cutting-edge technologies to increase productivity and sales. Consistently drives high standards of service through effective communication, and strategic planning to develop and manage strong client relationships.
30. JASNEET BACHAL
Company – Yes Bank Ltd
Jasneet Bachal is the Chief Marketing Officer of Yes Bank Ltd. Yes Bank’s chief marketing officer Jasneet Bachal has called it a day at the prior to this, she was with Kotak Life where she held the post of Senior Vice President and Head Marketing. She also had an 8-year stint with Kotak Mahindra Bank and has worked with other organisations like Star TV and MTV Networks India.
31. 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.
32. KUMAR GAURAV SINGH
Company – Whirlpool of India Ltd
Kumar Gaurav Singh Vice President Marketing at Whirlpool of India Ltd. He is a Marketing Leader with 19 years of experience across FMCG, Real Estate Startup and Consumer Durables. See his professional experience in 3 parts he first at The Coca-Cola Company where I learnt the art of building Brand Love, the science of building Brand Value and the precision of Execution Excellence.
33. DEBABRATA MUKHERJEE
Company – United Breweries Ltd
Debabrata Mukherjee is the Chief Marketing Officer of United Breweries Ltd. He had 27 years of professional experience in a diverse set of roles spanning marketing and sales operations. Successful in sustaining high growth for robust businesses and in turning around vulnerable ones. A seasoned leader who can direct an organization in the vision setting and crafting of a marketing strategy, development of an economic business case and execution of an aggressive project plan. Skilled in effective sales and marketing communications, business partnership development, team building and mentoring.
34. AVNEESH KHOSLA
Company – Vodafone Idea Ltd
Avneesh Khosla is the Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Idea Ltd. As the CMO, he spearheads the company’s consumer initiatives and is focussed on building a strong franchise for Brand Vi – India’s newest telecom brand, born out of the world’s largest network integration. At Vodafone Idea, Avneesh is spearheading key strategic agendas around driving a strong business transformation through a digital first approach. Avneesh Khosla’s 25+ years of professional experience spans across diverse industries such as Telecom, Retail and Advertising. He joined Hutchison in 2002 and has since held various leadership roles in Vodafone India and Vodafone Idea across the business spectrum of Sales, Distribution, Marketing and Customer Experience. He has led the marketing efforts for Vodafone India in his earlier role, and more recently in the combined entity of Vodafone Idea Ltd. Avneesh holds a post graduate degree in Business Administration from IMT Ghaziabad and a bachelor degree in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University. He is a culinary enthusiast and loves to travel to different parts of the world seeking pleasures of the palate.
35. SHYAM SUNDER NALLURI
Company – Coromandel International Ltd
Shyam Sunder Nalluri is the Chief Marketing Officer of Coromandel International Ltd. Experienced Head Of Marketing with a demonstrated history of working in the Agro chemicals industry. Skilled in Product Lifecycle Management, Brand Management, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Marketing, and Business Strategy. Strong marketing professional with a PGP in Agri Bisiness Management focused in Marketing from National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE).
36. KOSHY GEORGE
Company – Marico Limited.
Koshy George is the Chief Marketing Officer of Marico Limited. Having 21 years + experience in Marketing and Sales . Experience in leading global brands to large businesses in India across personal care , home care and foods . Diverse leadership experience ranging from leading businesses in strong leadership positions to challenger positions & turning around businesses . Currently heading marketing at Marico as part of the management committee. Prior to this was responsible for Global leadership of two iconic Unilever personal care brand’s – Lifebuoy and Pears. Have been part of HUL’s, Home and Personal care leadership team, heading large businesses like Skin cleansing ( soaps), Household care , Oral care and Tea responsible for delivering top line , bottom line and market share targets. Proven track record of building competitive cost structures & business models by executing strong cost savings programs across material, supply chain costs and capital expenditure management.
37. DEEPIKA WARRIER
Company – Diageo India
Deepika Warrier is the Chief Marketing Officer of Diageo India. Transformative commercial leader , 25 years + experience including 10 years + of CMO and P&L leadership experience across scale, start-up and turn around operating models in India, and international markets.
38. SAMIR BAGGA
Company – L&T Technology Services
SAMIR BAGGA is the Chief Marketing Officer at L&T Technology Services. He is an international B2B professional based out of New Jersey with over 24 years of marketing experience to Global 1000 and SME corporations in the Americas, Europe and India. He has done extensive work on brand building through digital and Web-based events, advertising, conferences, and seminars while working closely with C-Suite and business leaders. At L&T Technology Services, Samir leads a high power marketing team which is directly responsible for building, influencing, and generating significant topline and C-SAT growth for the company. Samir is also the recipient of the customer loyalty award from Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA), USA 2007 and 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Product Design & Communications from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
39. VEDA IYER
Company – Mphasis
Veda Iyer is the Chief Marketing Officer at Mphasis. She has over 20 years of Global FinTech experience and has been in various leadership roles across sales & marketing with leading multinational companies. In her role, she is responsible for accelerating growth, augment revenue with existing & prospective clients and enhance market share in the region. As Global CMO, she drives Corporate Marketing initiatives, including relationships with Third Party Advisors, Analysts and lead generation activities. In addition to leading the Research and Bid Management functions, Veda plays a pivotal role in fostering Mphasis’ position as a market leader in Front2BackTM Transformation. She was responsible for the recent rebranding and repositioning initiative of Mphasis, as a next Applied Tech Company. Prior to joining Mphasis, Veda was the Vice President, CEO’s Office & Head – Strategic Marketing Group at Syntel Inc., where she was responsible for driving GTM strategies for Global Cloud Initiatives. Before moving to Syntel, she was Associate Vice President at ICICI Prudential AMC Ltd. as Head of the Banking and National Distributor Channels. Veda also worked with Reliance Securities, as National Head to set up the distribution network by partnering with companies from diverse business backgrounds. She began her career in ICICI Prudential in 2000, and performed various roles including Operations and International Business. Veda has several awards to her name such as the Leader Influencer Award 2020 in Women in Tech: Leader/Innovator/Disruptor of the Year category by Kamikaze, and Global CMO of the Year for 2020 by Enterprise IT World. In 2019, she won the CMO Asia’s Women Leadership in Industry Award, in addition to being recognized in 100 Most Innovative MarTech Leaders and amongst India’s Top 100 Women in Finance by Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI) in the Leading category. Apart from this, Veda also won the Woman in Technology award at the 2019 ISG Paragon EMEA Awards. She earned her Master’s degree in Business Management from SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. Veda was part of the Adobe Luminary Program conducted by the Indian School of Business and the Learning at Speed of Customer at CALTECH.
40. PAWAN SARDA
Company – Future Retail Ltd
Pawan Sarda is the Chief Marketing Officer at Future Retail Ltd. Retail, Housing, Digital, Content and E-commerce. Some of key highlights, being a part of startup team of Big Bazaar to heading marketing function for Future Retail. Leading the marketing function at TATA housing and selling close to 1000 homes online and creating World’s first social sell in partnership with Facebook and Google.
41. RAMCHANDER (RAM) AVANAVADI
Company – Castrol India Limited
Ramchander (Ram) Avanavadi is the Chief Marketing Officer at Castrol India Limited. The Chief Marketing officer of Castrol globally, A. S. Ramchander (Ram) has over 35 years of experience in marketing, P&L management, strategy, and sales. Reporting directly to the CEO, He leads a team of over 450 global marketing professionals around the world. As Castrol’s head of global marketing Ramchander is responsible for leading the marketing function in one of the top sales and marketing businesses in BP plc’s Customers and Products portfolio. He has served in India and the Asia Pacific region and now operates from the UK. Ram is passionate about people development and has helped build a diverse pool of global talent at Castrol and BP. Ram has over 35 years of experience in several geographies, managing a diverse portfolio of products and services and has worked in national, regional, and global roles. He has a unique blend of B2C, B2B and B2b2C experience and working in emerging and mature markets. His key skills and areas of expertise are Strategic Marketing and Brand management, P&L leadership, Marketing and Business Strategy, Digital transformation, Strategic Customer management and Sustainability leadership. Ram’s diverse educational background, a degree in Chemical engineering, and post-graduate qualification in marketing and management (IIM Bangalore), give him good insights into strategy, business leadership ,technology and commercial development. Board positions : Ram has been an executive director on the board of a PLC of a over $ 2 bn ( Castrol India Limited) for over 5 years and has gathered rich experience in corporate governance, business leadership and exposure to the external stakeholders. Currently, he is a non executive director on the board of Castrol India Ltd. as a shareholder nominee for over 5 years. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the board of the companies where BP is an investor in the UK and USA. Ram has led the development of several industry leading innovations in brand and sponsorships, channel formats and new business models at Castrol. Having worked in Hongkong, Singapore , India, and the UK and with experience interacting with multiple cultures, Ram has acquired strong cross-cultural leadership competencies and global interpersonal skills. Ram has a strong aptitude for teaching and coaching and serves on the advisory board at Durham University Business School and offers short lecture modules on personal branding, brand management and Marketing.
42. AJAY KAKAR
Company – Aditya Birla Group
Ajay Kakar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aditya Birla Capital. Ajay Kakar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aditya Birla Capital and has been an early member of its journey, since 2008. In his role as CMO, Ajay provides strategic direction and leadership for marketing at Aditya Birla Capital and its subsidiaries.As part of his mandate he has carved new milestones across his portfolio of brand, customer data and analytics, customer life time value, customer experience, corporate communication and corporate social responsibility.Over the years, Aditya Birla Capital has consistently won recognition through coveted Marketing awards, under Ajay’s leadership, on domestic and international platforms. Ajay brings over three decades of expertise in consulting and financial services marketing to Aditya Birla Capital, after having headed the central brand team at Reliance Capital and spending 14 years as Executive Director at Ogilvy and Mather, where he headed dual portfolios of Financial Practice and Public Relations. Ajay has been invited to partner many industry bodies in an advisory and office bearer capacity; like the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI) and The Advertising Club of India.
43. KAPIL GROVER
Company – Burger King India
Kapil Grover is the Chief Marketing Officer at Burger King India. Over 20 years of brand building experience across diverse categories such as QSR (Domino’s, Burger King, YUM! Restaurants – KFC), FMCG (Luxor – Parker), Alcobev (Radico – Magic Moments Vodka).
44. ROHIT KAPOOR
Company – OYO Rooms
Rohit Kapoor is the Chief Marketing Officer at OYO Rooms. He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience. He joined OYO in December 2018 as CEO, New Real Estate Businesses, and in the span of a year, led the formation and growth of OYO LIFE and OYO Workspaces in India. Rohit has worked in various leadership positions across sales and finance in several companies such as Max India Limited and Mckinsey & Company. Prior to joining OYO, Rohit was the Executive Board Member at Max Healthcare for close to 5 years. He has also been Senior Director-Strategy & Business Performance at Max. In the past, Rohit has also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company for close to a decade. During his tenure with McKinsey, he gained extensive exposure to multiple international markets.
He holds a PGD from Indian School of Business where he was ranked among the top five students in his batch, and has recently been featured as one of ISB’s most influential alumni in the book “ISB Portraits.” He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA). Rohit is passionate about a quality education, and for access to opportunities being given to all. For this reason, he has been appointed as visiting faculty at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Harappa Education, IMT Ghaziabad, and Vedica Scholars- a programme for women to broaden their horizons. He also dons the hat of an investor across the domains of prop tech, health tech and fintech to name a few as he believes that entrepreneurial ambitions must be nourished, and is actively entrenched in the startup ecosystem of India. He continues to mentor and invest in startups such as OFBusiness, Fitternity, Mosaic Brands, Tjori, Aleiva, Meddo, to name a few. In his personal life, he is fond of all things design, is a keen portrait photographer and a fitness enthusiast passionate about golf, cycling & cricket. In 2017, he bicycled from Manali to Leh, one of the toughest cycling routes anywhere in the world. Outside of work, Rohit plays the role of a caddie for his children (8-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son) and supports their passion for golf. He is also passionate about animals and is vocal about animal rights & welfare.
45. RAJAT SINHA
Company – Sonata Software Limited
Rajat Sinha is the Chief Marketing Officer of Sonata responsible for the marketing function across all operating units. In his role, Rajat is responsible for building Sonata as a global brand for being a preferred digital partner. Rajat is also responsible for strategic business development function and Sonata’s CX business unit. He brings with him over 25 years of experience having built & nurtured companies in the Telecom, Consumer & fin-tech domains in India and Asia/Africa with companies like Titan, Mattel, Hutch, Reliance Infocom, Nokia & Asurion. Rajat is an alumnus of IIT Chennai & XLRI, Jamshedpur.
46. SUDHANSU SINHA
Company – Telenor India
Sudhansu Sinha is the Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor India. A business resource, with ability to create and execute transformational ideas, having leadership experience in Service and telecommunication sectors. I have enjoyed building businesses through evolving strategic roadmap for execution, aligning talent, capability development, structure and processes.
47. SUJOY GOLAN
Company – Affle Limited
Sujoy Golan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Affle Limited. He will lead the marketing function and help drive the business growth for Affle’s omnichannel platforms on Software/Platform-as-a-Service business models. With over 14 years of experience in driving and scaling high-growth businesses across Fintech, SaaS, AdTech, and e-commerce industries, Golan has been a part of leadership teams at Lendingkart, Unbxd, InMobi, Flipkart and Directi, contributing to their growth since early stages. In his most recent stint with Lendingkart, he played a key role in building the MSME fintech as VP and head of marketing. Prior to Lendingkart, he was head of marketing at Unbxd, and global head of digital marketing at InMobi, managing growth marketing across businesses and geographies. According to Anuj Khanna Sohum, chairman, MD and CEO of Affle, Sujoy’s experience in fintech, e-commerce and SaaS businesses would strengthen the verticalization strategy for omnichannel platforms and his expertise in global marketing would propel the international growth of the brand significantly.”
48. ALOK ARYA
Company – IIFL (India Infoline Group)
Alok Arya is the Chief Marketing Officer of IIFL (India Infoline Group). His in a career driven by passion across Google, Future Group, Tata’s & now Piramal Group, Alok has driven growth strategies to help purpose driven brands bring big ideas to life. He believes in marrying the practice of digital strategy with marketing creative & has acquired an in-depth understanding of the Indian, global & the “glocal” consumer. He inspires, motivates & educates businesses on how to leverage digital marketing to stand out from the noise & reach the millennial gen Z consumer. At Google, Alok led the CPG & FBR business for North America. He collaborated with global business leaders to develop unique digital marketing programs & utilised global media, research and creative best practices to effectively adapt them for partnering businesses. He was responsible for campaign management, creative excellence, media strategies across search, display, YouTube, partnerships network & driving digital effectiveness measurement.
49. SANDEEP ANAND
Company – Jubilant Foodworks Ltd
Sandeep Anand is the Chief Marketing Officer of Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. He had 16 years of experience in building strong brands & delivering exceptional results across emerging & developed markets. Focused, authentic leader with a proven track record of driving / turning around businesses and teams in complex, fast moving environments. Managed an exhaustive portfolio of brands and categories that dealt with a diverse set of consumers both demographically and psychographically.
50. LALIT MAKHIJANI
Company – Godrej Properties Ltd
Lalit Makhijani is the Chief Marketing Officer of Godrej Properties Ltd. Experienced Chief Marketing Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Real Estate and Retail Banking industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Product Innovation, Negotiation, Brand Management, Business Relationships and Sales.
51. Sumeet Walia
Company – Tata Communications Ltd
Sumeet Walia is the Chief Marketing Officer at Tata Communications Ltd. In this role, Sumeet will lead and align the global sales and marketing functions around the company’s go-to-market strategy to drive business growth in all markets worldwide. Sumeet has over two decades of industry experience including a number of leadership roles within the Tata group. Within this time, at Tata Communications, Sumeet was instrumental in shaping the company’s data business and growing and maintaining the company’s leadership position in India. During this period, Sumeet also led Tata Communications’ foray into next generation managed services, which now account for a lion’s share of the company’s enterprise business. He has also nurtured Tata Communication’s recent foray into the Healthcare platform, right from product development to launching these innovative services and creating a strong customer base. Sumeet holds a Masters of Marketing Management from JBIMS, Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University.
52. Sandeep Walunj
Company – Nippon Life India Asset Management Ltd
Sandeep Walunj is the Chief Marketing Officer at Nippon Life India Asset Management Ltd. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Sandeep brings over two decades of consumer connect expertise to Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited (Formerly Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited)’s marketing team. He has worked with leading FMCG, Retail and BFSI organizations like PepsiCo India, Reckitt Benckiser, Wipro Consumer Care, Future Value Retail and Magma Fincorp Limited, where he helped nurture brands, strengthen consumer fulfilment processes, drive process & product innovation as well as digital brand & business building. At Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited (Formerly Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited), Sandeep is responsible for Brand Experience, Consumer & Customer Connect, Process & Product Innovation as well as Digital brand and Business building.
53. Anupam Katheriya
Company – Emami Ltd
Anupam Katheriya is the Vice President – Marketing & Business Development at Emami Ltd. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Delhi College of Engineering. He has worked in sales and marketing functions in leading Consumer Goods organisations like Heinz, Nestle and now Emami. Over the last 22 years, he has been turning around business by focusing on key business problems and finding innovative general management, marketing and sales solutions. Having led a number of successful campaigns, activities and launches he has won several awards including PITCH Best CMO of the YEAR Award 22 and Economic Times Brand Equity Brand Disruption Awards 22.
54. Harssha Shetty
Company – Jindal Steel & Power Ltd
Harssha Shetty is the Chief Marketing Officer at Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. Demonstrated history of Leading exponential growth, building High performance teams, Global market development and Creating Value addition opportunities while leading revenues in excess of USD 5 Billion. Skilled in Product development, Business Strategy , B2B sales, Distribution and business development in Europe, Americas, Asia-Pac and India. A First class Engineer, MBA from NMIMS and CFA from the CFA institute and member of Management Committee.
55. Sharat Verma
Company – Procter & Gamble
Sharat Verma is the Chief Marketing Officer at Procter & Gamble.
56. Kartik Mahadev
Company – Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd
Kartik Mahadev is the Chief Marketing Officer at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Leading a team of passionate content marketers and storytellers. 16+ years in Content , Marketing and Business delivery involving : Content p&l management , content acquisition and monetisation , digital growth , sports marketing , brand innovation and high impact brand campaigns, modern trade account management and retail sales in FMCG. Consistent delivery of profitable growth for brands that operate in cost competitive categories. Sharpened craft in ‘new to world’ conceptualization, product design and delivery. Enthusiastic, decisive, with high personal accountability and ownership.
57. Pragya Bijalwan
Company – Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd
Pragya Bijalwan is the Chief Marketing Officer at Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with more than 18 years of experience in Marketing post Masters in Business Administration. Career spans over lubricants, paints and oil sector with focus on marketing domains like strategy, category management, digital transformation, ATL/BTL, brand management, media planning, product portfolio management, influencer advocacy, pricing, loyalty programs and communications.
58. Rahul Talwar
Company – Max Life Insurance Company Limited
Rahul Talwar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Max Life Insurance Company Limited. Experienced Marketing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. Skilled in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Analytical Skills, Business Development, Strategic Communications, and Market Research. Strong professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Marketing from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.
59. Uttio Majumdar
Company – Exide Industries Ltd
Uttio Majumdar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Exide Industries Ltd. Being addicted to late nights, endless cups of coffee and the thrill of making it to the finishing line at the last moment, I guess choosing Advertising as a profession was a no-brainer for me. After a brief stint at O&M, was a Thompsonite for 21 years (JWT Kolkata & Chennai). When life got too comfortable, took up the challenge of leading from the front at Rediffusion Y&R, Mumbai. Love the thrill of coming up with simple solutions to the most complicated challenges that Clients throw at us. Believe that ‘Variety is the spice of life’ was written as a baseline for Advertising – never more true than today.
60. NILESH MALANI
Company – Polycab India Ltd
Nilesh Malani is the Chief Marketing Officer at Polycab India Ltd. He is the President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of our Company. He joined our Company on October 17, 2020. Mr. Malani has completed his MBA in Marketing from NMIMS Mumbai and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Chemistry). He has worked for Market leader companies in various categories like Paints, Lubricants & Steel. He has significant Leadership Experience in Sales & Marketing function with expertise in Distribution, Brand Building and Channel Management.
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