3rd StratComm2018

Meet our Esteemed Speaker Panel

Aanandita Bhatnagar

Director – Corporate Communications

NetApp India

As the leader of communications for NetApp in India Aanandita is responsible for public relations, internal and social communications in India. As part of her role, she leads communication for the NetApp Start-up accelerator program, the NetApp Excellerator. She also holds a global role with communications for the Data Fabric and Manageability Group in NetApp. She has spent 16 years in the industry creating compelling communications programs for large teams, predominantly at development centers of multinational organizations. Change communications and social media are her forte but her passion lies in building employee advocacy. Under her communications leadership, NetApp has moved to #7 at the Great Places to Work index in India. Before joining NetApp, Aanandita was Director Corporate Communications at Texas Instruments India in a similar role. She was leading R&D communications for Cisco in India for nearly 6 years before joining Texas Instruments. She has held communications roles in companies like ANZ Banking and IT, Bharti Airtel, AXA Insurance globally and others.

Aanandita is also an entrepreneur and co-founded a rural BPO, DigiPact that hires women in rural areas, and she continues to play the role of a mentor with it. Aanandita has been actively involved with diversity, social responsibility and start-up communications at the organizations that she has worked for. She also an avid runner and participates in full marathons with her running group, Runners’ High.

Adil Bakshi

Head PR and Communications

ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Limited

Arijit de

Chief Communications Officer

Reliance Capital and Group Companies

Ayoshmita Biswas

VP & Head of Marketing, Corp. Comm and CSR

Fullerton Indian Credit Company Limited

Ayoshmita Biswas is the VP & Head for Marketing, Corporate Communicationsand CSR at Fullerton India Credit Company Limited. In her current role, Ayoshmita has worked closely in implementing a robust Marketing strategy to build brand presence and recall for the company. She has also planned and implemented various digital initiatives and on ground activations to increase lead generation efficacy, thereby reducing dependency on channels.

Prior to joining Fullerton India, Ayoshmita held a number of senior positions; the most recent being Head of Brand and Product Communications at DHFL, India's third Largest Home Loan & Housing Finance Company in India.

Ayoshmita comes with a rich experience of over a decade and a half, with an exposure to a range of business specialties including strategic planning, marketing communications, brand management, media planning and public relations amongst a gamut of other responsibilities. Her cross-functional experience in handling and implementing marketing strategies for brand promotions, while being able to evaluate market gaps and opportunities is what sets her apart from other marketing professionals. She is extremely talented and has been endowed with multiple accolades to her credit; the most recent being the 'Young Achiever of the Year' by CMO Asia in 2016. She has also been listed in the Most Influential Marketers' list by CMO Asia in 2016.

Ayoshmita holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK as well as a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Marketing from University of Derby, Derby, UK.

Brinda Chugani

Head US Communications Strategy & Reputation Building

Mahindra & Mahindra

Brinda Chugani is anchor of the communications and reputation-building process for Mumbai-based Mahindra & Mahindra’s US businesses. She is responsible for harnessing and managing Mahindra’s corporate identity in the US with an emphasis on building an emerging markets brand abroad on a shoestring budget.

As she navigates the impact of each Mahindra business in the US, Brinda’s responsibility is to join the dots between the businesses and a parent that brings with it a 70-year legacy and a strong business philosophy.

Prior to joining Mahindra in 2014, Brinda has had two decades of experience traversing the global marketing arena across US, Europe and India. A veteran of high-stakes communications campaigns, Brinda has overseen strategic communications, media relations, executive communications, and positioning/brand in diverse positions. She brings a wide range of unique insights thanks to diverse career experiences.

Prior to moving to India a few years ago, Brinda worked for fifteen years in the US, in public and private institutions, with diverse experience on buy and sell sides of business. During her decade-long stint at Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in New York, Brinda led a program on Globalization at the World Economic Forum’s annual conference at Davos. Here, Brinda launched a series of reports on corporate globalization strategies that underscored the challenges of conducting business in the global economy.

Brinda worked for the NYC Economic Development Corporation as key contributor to both Dinkins and Giuliani administrations’ marketing efforts to attract / retain companies

Brinda received a Master’s degree from New York University.

Deepa Dey

Head Communications and CSR– India Sub Continent

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Deepa started her career as a journalist for a reputed Business Paper in India and then moved to communications 24 years ago. During her career she has worked in leadership positions, both in-house and with a consultancy, supporting communication outreach for a range of industries including Hospitality, Infrastructure, Media, Consumer Electronics, Aviation, Telecom and Healthcare. She has worked to support Philips India Limited, launch of CNBC in India and has been in Indian Telecom space leading the Communication function at Airtel. Currently she is the Head of communications and CSR for GSK Consumer Healthcare India Sub Continent. Her areas of expertise include Consumer Communications, Industry Orchestration, Corporate Reputation & Employer branding, Online Reputation Management, Crisis/Issue Management and Executive branding.

Deepa joined GSK Consumer Healthcare in 2013 as Head Communications for India Sub Continent and is a part of the India Management team, and APAC Communication Leadership Team

Jitendra Vashistha

Head - Corporate Communications

JSW Steel

Mona Kwatra

Group Head: Corporate Communications


Dr. Pragnya Ram

Group Executive President

Aditya Birla Group

Rajneesh Kumar

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Walmart India

Rajneesh Kumar is part of India leadership team of Walmart in India. Prior to joining Walmart India in September 2013, he has served in leadership roles across several industries and the Government. Previously, he has led Corporate Affairs strategy in India for Global Ag-biotech leader Monsanto. In addition, he has served in senior management positions for VSNL (Now Tata Communications), for the Government of India as part of Senior Management Cadre of Indian Civil Services and spearheaded the Indian business of a large European Healthcare PE fund.

With a career spanning over 20 years, he currently leads Corporate Affairs for Walmart's India operations and oversees & directs strategic Government engagement, Public Affairs/media, CSR/philanthropy and Sustainability initiatives.

Rajneesh serves on CII National Committee on Marketing and FICCI Committee of Retail & Internal Trade, in addition to AMCHAM & Retail Association of India (RAI). He is an Engineer by training and has done his MBA from INSEAD, France.

Rakhee Lalvani

Vice President Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

VP —Public Relations & Communications, for Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Worldwide. Have built and integrated the Taj Corporate Communications Department from ground up to meet needs of senior management and business heads with executing the Company’s corporate and business strategies, in addition to handling PR on a global scale for over 100 properties. Responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Managing Director and Executive Committee on companywide communications related issues, interfacing with media and acting as company spokesperson, developing strategic relationships with media. Have Significant experience in brand management/public relations, crisis management, event management, corporate sponsorships and reputation management Responsible for integrated branding initiatives in global markets such as

Europe, America, South East Asia, Japan, Middle East, Australia and North America and providing strategic direction to global agencies to position the Taj Group in these markets. Responsible for positioning Taj Hotels in the coveted World Best Lists Identified potential reputational issues and developed appropriate communications responses to defuse and/or avert crises. Part of the crisis team that handled 26/11 and responsible for the successful launch of the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai post restoration, which is a Harvard Business School case study

Ravi Muthreja

Vice President Corporate Communications

Essar Group

Shruthi Bopaiah

Associate Vice President and Head Internal Communications


Shweta Munjal

Head of Corporate Affairs

Thomson Reuters

Based in Mumbai, Shweta Munjal oversees Thomson Reuters pan-Asia external and internal strategies and initiatives. Her focus is to lead and champion the communication function and help strengthen, protect and nurture corporate reputation for APAC region.

Shweta’s role comprises of advising the leadership team and senior executives on all facets of communications, including employee engagement, public relations, CSR and crisis and issues management. She also works towards shaping and driving a coherent narrative for Thomson Reuters across businesses. Shaping culture to create healthy, high performing organization is her passion and she became a certified Senn Delaney facilitator, engaging more than 500 Thomson Reuters staff in the culture-shaping program.

A seasoned professional, Shweta has managed Corporate Communications and CSR for Mondelez International (formerly known as Cadbury India), Intuit, Yahoo! and NASSCOM.

Sumathi A Rao

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications

Philips India

Strategic CSR and Communications leader, with experience in advising Corporates, and NGO’s to manage CSR portfolios, aligned to business, with good social return on investment. Experience in leading mentoring and monitoring social sector programs in healthcare, sanitation, education, nutrition and skill development. Driven award-winning media advocacy and awareness programs on breast cancer, sleep awareness, respiratory, nutrition and women and child health. Have also worked with key opinion leaders, brand ambassadors and government. Communications professional with a passion for building healthcare and technology brands, founded on relevant experience in journalism. Capable of providing leadership across B2B and B2C brands and working with start-up ecosystem. Specialist in Impact driven media relations that continually surpasses expectations at both global and national levels. Believe in leveraging communications for collective social responsibility to create a larger impact at grassroots level.

Swetank Jain

Chief Communications Officer

Future group

Swetank has a rich experience of working across diverse functions such as journalism, Strategic Communications, Customer Experience and Human Resources. He has been with Future Group for around 8 years and has played a key role in consolidating external, internal and digital communications for all the companies of the group. He has also created a mechanism and manages the Online Reputation for the Group.

As an additional responsibility Swetank spearheads the People Office for the Future Group as well. He has been working on creating new-age People Policies and building an organisation design that is aligned to the ambitious growth plans of the Group. Swetank is also part of the core strategy team of Future Group and works with the Customer Experience team as Chief Customer Officer. In this role, he has been designing a unique way of customer experience based on Group’s

Core Values. In his previous stints he has worked with CNBC and ICICI Bank. Apart from being an avid reader and movie buff, Swetank is also a licensed pilot and loves flying. He also has a keen interest in photography.

Suresh Vaidyanathan

Head of Corporate Affairs

Alibaba Mobile Business Group

Tuhina Pandey

Head Global Corporate Communication

Tech Mahindra