Senjam Raj Sekhar
Head of Corporate Communications
Senjam Raj Sekhar
Head of Corporate Communications, Flipkart
Senjam Raj Sekhar is the head of Corporate Communications for Flipkart, which has been ranked by Wall Street Journal among the five most valuable start ups in the world. He is responsible for driving the communication and reputation agenda of Flipkart as it sets the pace for transforming ecommerce in India.
Raj has over two decades of experience of communicating and building brand & corporate reputations across South Asia, United Kingdom and Africa. Before Flipkart, he has worked with Bharti Group, Vedanta and Samsung.
Head – Marketing & Analytics Digital Business
Sony Pictures Networks India
Head – Marketing & Analytics Digital Business, Sony Pictures Networks India
Abhishek Joshi is a dynamic professional with over 15 years’ of experience
in the Media industry. A marketing post-graduate from Institute of
Management Development & Research, his expertise has been in
strategizing innovative marketing solutions and product & brand launches.
A person with an eye for detail, he tries to maintain a right balance between
his right brain and left brain.
In the 15 years, Abhishek has worked across various roles with ABP, Zenga,
Reliance Big pictures and Sony Pictures Networks, India. He has
demonstrated tremendous success by orchestrating augmented strategies
for successful launches of iconic brands like IPL, Indian Idol, Kaun Banega
Crorepati, and many more.
As Vice President & Head – Marketing and Analytics, Digital Business, Sony
Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Abhishek is a member of the Leadership
team, responsible for shaping overall business strategy with the core focus
being on Marketing & Communications.
Abhishek was awarded Digital Marketer of the Year 2016 by CMO Asia.
Abhishek’s work has been recognized and awarded at various prestigious
events including Cannes Ad Festival, Clio and Goa Fest. Abhishek is an
active member of AdTech, iMedia, DMAI, IAMAI and FICCI
He strongly believes and nurtures the spirit of teamwork, and is committed
to the philosophy of enjoying every moment of the journey towards
success, not the destination alone.
Director - Corporate Communications & Citizenship Microsoft Corporation
India Pvt. Ltd.
Director - Corporate Communications & Citizenship Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
Gayatri Rath leads Corporate Communications at Microsoft India since August 2013. She is responsible for Microsoft’s internal and external communications in India and provides strategic counsel for the organization’s citizenship initiatives in the country.
Gayatri has 20 years of experience in communications, citizenship, and management. Prior to Microsoft, she led corporate communications for GE Capital in India. In this role, Gayatri was responsible for managing the GE Capital, GE Money, and SBI Card brands in the country through a period of intense organizational change and restructuring. Before that, she spent six years leading communications for Oracle in India and several other Asian countries.
A science graduate and PGDM in journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Gayatri is passionate about helping underprivileged women become financially self-reliant through education, coaching, and livelihood training. Gayatri lives in Gurgaon with her family.
Girish J Kalra
VP – Marketing & Corporate Communication
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd.
Girish J Kalra
VP – Marketing & Corporate Communication, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd.
Girish is a seasoned campaigner with a track record of spearheading Marketing & Corporate Communication responsibilities for established as well as start-up companies. He has worked in diverse industries including Advertising, Consumer Goods, Mutual Funds and Insurance.
Girish is currently associated with ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd. He is responsible for Marketing, Corporate Communication and CSR responsibilities for the organization on a Pan-India level. His profile covers both Corporate and Retail divisions of the organization.
In his previous assignment, Girish had worked with Mirae Asset Global Investments as Head – Marketing & Corporate Communication and was involved in the launch of the Mutual Fund house in India. Prior to Mirae Asset, Girish was associated with Franklin Templeton Investments – India in the marketing function.
Girish started his career in Advertising as an Account Planning executive with FCB-Ulka Advertising. He worked on accounts spread across FMCG, Auto and the Online domain, gaining consumer insights for the brands and thereby providing critical inputs in the development of brand communication. He has also had a stint with Pidilite Industries where he was responsible for product management and brand communication responsibilities for key brands in the Consumer Products division.
Girish is an Engineer – MBA by qualification. He has specialized in Marketing during his MBA at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. His Engineering degree was focused on Electronics & Telecommunication from Vivekanand Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
On the personal front, Girish spends a lot of time staying updated on the technology and global financial markets front. He also pursues interests on the philosophical side of life.
Associate Director and Head - Corporate Communications
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Associate Director and Head - Corporate Communications, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Karuna Gulyani is the Head of Corporate Communications for Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
and leads its Public Affairs, Brand Communication, Talent Management and CSR campaigns in
the region. As a member of the Senior Management team, she has partnered in Discovery’s
growth and localization strategies and played an instrumental role in building the company’s
distinct reputation amongst viewers, trade partners, advertisers, government, influencers and
media. In her five years at Discovery, she has launched nine television channels reaching over
150 million households, across the urban and rural landscapes.
Some of her notable distinctions include the launch of India’s first lifestyle channel TLC,
Discovery Channel’s undisputed leadership in factual television, creation of high-definition
genre in India and the launch of the game changing channel in the kids’ genre - Discovery Kids.
Over the years she has developed multiple award winning campaigns including one of the
biggest television shows Living with KKR, What Not To Wear- India with Indian and international
celebrities and Where Tigers Rule appealing tiger conservation.
Prior to Discovery, Karuna worked with Turner International where she led Cartoon Network
and Warner Bros’ communication programme. One of the most respected communication
specialists in India, during her 15 years in the field she has conceptualized and led hundreds of
path-breaking campaigns for India’s leading corporates across IT, Telecom, Auto and Financial
Industries at leading communication consultancies Weber Shandwick and Text 100.
She is a Sociology graduate from Lady Shri Ram College. She is based in Delhi and reports to the
India General Manager.
Director - Corporate Communication
Director - Corporate Communication, Google India
Head - Corporate Communications
Philips India Ltd
Head - Corporate Communications, Philips India Ltd
A Senior communications and reputation management professional, Moushumi is working with Philips India since 2007. She has earlier worked with Intel Corporation, GE Money, Australian High Commission and Mudra PR (a communications agency.
Moushumi has led the Philips CSR task force to create and shape the CSR program for Philips India in its first year, 2015-16. Awards and special recognition won over the years in corporate communication include The Intel Achievement Award 2005 (a global award for a PR campaign to build PC literacy in India); GE Crotonville media leadership program (2007), the Philips Global award for driving business impact through a sustained PR campaign in the B2C space (2016).
President, Group Communications and Sustainable Development, Member of the Group Executive Committee
Vedanta Resources plc.
President, Group Communications and Sustainable Development, Member of the Group Executive Committee, Vedanta Resources plc.
Roma Balwani, President, Group Communications and Sustainable Development joined Vedanta in April 2014. She is responsible for driving Group Communications, Sustainability & CSR as a strategic function across the group. She is the member of the Group Executive Committee which comprises of the leadership team at Vedanta. In this enabling role, Roma aligns the group’s communication strategy and Sustainable Development strategy in a socially responsible, ethical and environmentally friendly manner that positively impacts and improves the quality of life of the communities.
She oversees the key portfolios of Sustainability & CSR, promotes a collaborating mindset within the organization and encourages the teams to create awareness amongst communities on health, safety and environment and Social License to Operate.Her focus on stakeholder engagement includes open and transparent dialogues with socially responsible investors, bankers, lenders, business partners, civil society and trade bodies.
Roma has over three decades of experience in various aspects of strategic communications. Prior to joining Vedanta, she was the Chief Group Communications Officer at Mahindra Group, India. She is an economics graduate, with a PG Marketing from the Mumbai university. She completed EMP from Michigan Ross Business School, USA & Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.She speaks at several summits on Sustainable Development & Communications and has won several Indian and International awards and accolades.
Roma is also an Additional Director (Independent) of CMI FPE Ltd. The Indian hub of CMI Industry Metals is the world leader in the conception, manufacture and installation of reversible cold rolling mills.
Vice President and Global Group Head of Communications
Vice President and Global Group Head of Communications, Avantha Group
Shravani Dang is senior Communications and CSR leader with over two decades of quantifiable achievements. Her experience base spans multinational companies across Technology, Financial, Not-for-profit and Industrial sectors, in both complex and large organizations. She serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of international NGO- CAF India and is a Founder Board Member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD) where she has been elected as the Treasurer.
Currently, she serves as the Vice President and Head Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the Avantha Group, one of India's largest and broad-based industrial conglomerate. Previously, she was Head & Associate Director Corporate Communications at Fidelity and has worked with internationally reputed brands like IT giants CSC ($17b billion) and HCL, as well as international relief and development organization CARE India. Shravani headed the CSR portfolio at Fidelity, CSC and HCL.
Reputation Today magazine recently ranked Shravani as among the top ten corporate communications professionals in the country.
Head- Corporate Communications
Head- Corporate Communications, Paytm
Sonia Dhawan is Paytm’s Head for Corporate Communications. She is responsible for Paytm’s media relations and communications strategy globally. As the leader of Paytm's Communications team, she handles key media-facing activities including strategic planning, media branding and public relations among others.
She has single-handedly shaped Paytm’s brand reputation for over seven years through her impactful decisions, transparent media practices and nimble execution of PR activities and marketing campaigns.
Sonia has earned a post-graduate degree from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad and an MBA from Sunstone Business School.
Sujit M Patil
Vice President and Head Corporate Communications
Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies
Sujit M Patil
Vice President and Head Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies
Sujit leads a diversified communications team and drives corporate and brand PR at Godrej. He is responsible for building and sustaining the Group’s reputation across stakeholders.
Prior to joining Godrej, Sujit led a global Corporate Communications function at Tata Chemicals Limited. Sujit has extensive experience in working across the communication spectrum including in global branding, crisis communications, digital PR, sustainability and M&A.
A winner of over 150 national and international awards for internal and external communications, he is a regular speaker at key industry conferences including the World Communication Forum, Davos. He is among the three globally accredited business communicators in India, certified by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is also the winner of the IABC International Gold Quill award, the only Indian communications professional to win this global accolade thrice. This year Sujit was recognized as the “Outstanding Godrej Ambassador” at the Godrej global awards. He was also listed as India’s top ten men in corporate communications by Reputation Today and featured on the PRWeek Global Power Book 2016, the definitive guide to our industry’s most influential operators around the world.Under his leadership, Godrej won the top three industry accolades viz. Sabre Diamond Award South Asia, Asia Pacific and the Global Communications Association award for excellence in PR and reputation management.
Sujit was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Mumbai chapter of Young Indians (Yi), the youth wing of CII
Sujit lives in Mumbai. He loves to travel, meet people, explore cultures and try different cuisines. He is a weekend farmer, practices kickboxing and is an advocate of sparrow conservation.
Chief Business Officer
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited
Chief Business Officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited
Sunil Buch is the Chief Business Officer (CBO) at ZEE. As a part of MD & CEO's office he is responsible for the business deliverables critical to the organization. He also heads Network Marketing, Audience Content Research, Brand Activation & Identity Strategy and is responsible for improving the network brand image.
Sunil drives new projects and plays a pivotal role in cross pollination of ideas between Content, Distribution, Placement and Ad Sales. Modernisation of In-House facilities for network cost efficiency & ensuring operation Integrity is also a part of his purview.
With over 2 decades of well-rounded experience in Functional & General Management across FMCG, Advertising, Media & Entertainment and Telecom Retail, Sunil has served and contributed in Leadership roles at Colgate - Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Burnett, Marico & Reliance Communications. Prior to joining ZEE, Sunil was the Business Head - Reliance Own Retail at Reliance Communications. Through his long spanning career, he has created profitable brand led businesses via thought leadership, entrepreneurial problem solving, creative strategy and execution. He is a Science Graduate from Mumbai University and MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai.
Sr. VP, Group Communications
Mahindra & Mahindra
Sr. VP, Group Communications, Mahindra & Mahindra
Varsha is a Communications and Marketing strategist with over 25 years of experience across various facets of Communications - Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Media Relations, Internal Communication, Crises Management, Marketing, Brand Building and Corporate Social Responsibility.
As Sr. Vice President Group Communications at Mahindra’s, Varsha’ goal is to support Mahindra Group’s aspiration to be amongst the top admired global brands.
Varsha was earlier responsible for leading strategic communications in industry-leading global organizations like Abbott, IBM and Indian Hotels Company Ltd. She has helped them work through change and achieve growth, enhance their reputation and brand image, and manage issues across boundaries with international teams.
Varsha is a MBA (Marketing), holds a Commerce degree (B.Com) from Bombay University and a post graduate diploma in Public Relations.
The India PR & Corporate Communications Awards 2016 are the most extensive and exhaustive
awards to recognise the contribution and success of the PR Industry. With 4 Categories
and 22 sub categories, e4m IPRCCA 2016 is the path breaking initiative to salute
and recognise the contribution of PR Consultancies and Corporate Communications.