Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, NSE (National Stock Exchange)
Arijit is a marketing and corporate communications professional with almost three decades of experience. He employs his expertise to solve real business challenges, foster robust relationships with stakeholders and drive thought leadership initiatives for positioning of Brands.
His earlier experience includes working with organisations such as WGC, Fidelity Investments, Ogilvy, Weber Shandwick, Euromoney and The Times of India. Arijit has worked across various geographies for his assignments during his tenure as Marketing and Communication lead for various Brands which include India, Australia, UK, Poland, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He is a visiting faculty and guest speaker at various management and communications schools such as, IIM (Bangalore, Khozikode), MICA, SP Jain Institute of Management. He is also Governing Board member of Jagran Lake City University (JLU).
India Lead, Communications and Programmes, Shell India
Arpana has over 25 years of experience in the areas of crisis/issues management, media relations, brand, product and corporate reputation building, integrated marketing communications and social media campaigns. Prior to joining Shell India, she was the Executive Vice President Strategy & Market Development at Weber Shandwick India. She has also senior leadership roles at PR Pundit and Encyclopedia Britannica.
She has served on the Board of Ideosync Media, a Non Profit working in community media domain; is part of the Advisory Board of Start Up! an Angel Investor, Incubator and Consultant to Social Entrepreneurs; and has also been a part of the faculty for ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA). Currently, at Shell India she is responsible for external and internal communications.
Director, Global Communications & Public Affairs, Google India
Gaurav Bhaskar is a trusted communication leader with over two decades of experience working in the fast-paced tech industry. As Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, Gaurav leads Corporate Communications and is responsible for driving all internal and external strategic communication campaigns for Google in India.
He joined Google in 2009 and has had first-hand experience of seeing the digital industry take off in India, helping him develop a deep understanding of consumer tech and the dynamic IT policy and regulatory landscape in India.
Prior to joining Google, he was with Rediff.com in Mumbai as head of Corporate Communications. He spent over five schooling years across PR consultancies and managed PR mandates for some of the largest technology and telecom brands in the country.
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, PwC India
Nandini Chatterjee has over 25 years of rich exposure in product management, media relations and crisis management. In her 17 year association with PwC, Nandini has consistently managed the integrated marketing and communication function for the professional services giant, with over 15,000 employees.
She is a member of PwC’s Global Leadership communication team that is a think tank responsible for the brand’s reputation globally. Under her leadership, the PwC corporate communication team featured among the top six Corporate Communications teams in 2018 by Reputation Today magazine.
Nandini was inducted into the PR Hall of Fame in 2018 by Public Relations Council of India. She was in the recent top 100 Influential Game Changers 2019 list of Businessworld & e4m Group.
Head Corporate Communications, Panasonic India
Pooja is a communications specialist with over 20 years of experience in Public Relations, Government Relations, Employee engagement, Digital PR, Crisis Management, Leadership coaching and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her current responsibilities at Panasonic India include external and internal communication strategy for Panasonic along with Digital PR for various brands and product portfolios under PI.
She comes with an extensive experience and understanding of the Indian market along with a number of Asian markets. Prior to joining PI, Pooja was part of the regional communications team for MetLife Asia supporting 10 key markets in the region. She has been part of the leadership team and led the Corporate Affairs functions at PNB MetLife and Aviva during her term. In early days of her career, she has worked with Coca-Cola, Text 100 and Clea PR.
She has been a part of and led project teams for several award winning campaigns like Aviva Great Wall of Education, PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championships during her tenure. She also successfully completed the Women Leadership Programme with Wanda Wallace of Leadership Forum.
Head – Corporate Communications, India & South Asia, Visa
Prasanna joined Visa in early 2017 to help reinforce Visa as India’s leading digital payment network. Prior to joining Visa, Prasanna held a senior leadership role at Edelman, where he helped corporate clients including those under the Tata group with their reputation management mandates. He has also headed the Corporate Affairs function for South & South East Asia at Western Union® Money Transfer. His responsibilities at Western Union included regulatory affairs and CSR outreach for the organization across the region.
Prasanna began his career as a Journalist with the Indian Express Group of Newspapers before moving on to join his first PR firm – leading the IT practice with Sampark Ketchum. He subsequently moved on to head Marketing & Communication roles in the corporate world, which saw him lead the marketing team at Essar Steel, followed by a stint at D-Link Corporation to lead the Marketing, Corporate Communications & IR function.
Former Chief Brand & Communications Officer at GE South Asia
Rachana has been a communications leader for around 25 years across different brands like GE, Alstom, Alcatel Nokia, Apollo Tyres and more.
At GE, Rachana was a part of the leadership team where her role was to lead & champion the communications function and nurture the corporate reputation of GE in the region.
Presently she is on the board of GWPR, India (Global Women in PR) and also an active member of FICCI FLO, a forum that promotes entrepreneurship and professional excellence among women. She has been selected as a mentor of change for the Atal Innovation Mission – a govt of India initiative on building a culture of innovation in the country.
Rachana received the 2019 Outstanding Achievement SABRE Award in communications at the APAC level. She has been listed as one of the top corporate communicators and influencers in the country. She has judged campaigns at platforms such as AMEC, SABRE & various Marketing forums.
Head of Communications, VMware India
Rashmi is a communications specialist with over two decades of rich experience as a corporate communications leader and as an entrepreneur in India and APAC region. With specialization in developing and implementing communications strategy, building effective communications teams and support infrastructure, integrated storytelling, leadership communication and positioning, digital and social media, CSR initiatives and reputation management, she currently heads communications at VMWare India.
Sr. Vice President Group Communications, Mahindra Group
Varsha is a Communications and Marketing strategist with over 30 years of experience across various facets of Communications – Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Media Relations, Employee Communications and Content Management, Crisis Management, Brand Building, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility.
She has helped industry-leading global organisations like Abbott, IBM and Indian Hotels Company Ltd work through change and achieve growth, enhance and protect reputation and build brand image.
Apart from being a speaker and jury at various national and international communications forums, Varsha is an active member of the prestigious Arthur W Page Society. She is a Life and Leadership Professional Coach who works with mid-career women supporting them to accelerate their leadership journey and excel in their careers.