Top 20 communication professionals to be careful for in 2021 – Exchange4media

The pandemic has redefined the Indian Public Relations & Corporate Communications trade. It gave the summary face of storytelling a brand new id and goal. Guiding organisations by way of efficient communication methods throughout these making an attempt instances have been the expert communicators.

The trade is a combined bag of execs from completely different verticals who’ve been constantly contributing to the trade with their immense data and experience. exchange4media has acknowledged 20 such faces from the trade who’ve labored relentlessly in the course of the course of time to make a mark within the trade.

The names will not be as per any rating and are purely the editorial discretion of the exchange4media group.


Samir Kapur- Adfactors PR

Dr. Samir Kapur is a part of the senior administration staff at Adfactors PR. He works within the capability of a Director and heads the New Delhi department. He has greater than 25 years of expertise in subject of company communications, investor relations and strategic planning. Prior to Adfactors PR, Samir had served as head of company communications at Fullerton India and ESPN Star Sports-India. He additionally gained wealthy PR trade expertise at consultancy corporations equivalent to Vaishnavi and Perfect Relations.

Samir’s energy lies in a number of specialities together with strategising communication throughout verticals, exterior and inner communication, media relations, advertising and marketing communication and enterprise analytics and intelligence, disaster communication, and public affairs and authorities engagement. He is equally adept at conceptualising Digital/Social Media Campaigns for purchasers throughout varied sectors.

He is an engineer with MBA in finance and advertising and marketing. Samir has additionally outfitted himself with 2 PhDs in M&A from AMU in government doctorate in enterprise administration (2005)and one in International Relations & Public Affairs from University of Azteca ( 2020).


Girish Huria- AvianWE

Girish Huria is government vice chairman of Growth and New Initiatives at Avian WE in India. In his position, he’s accountable for growing and executing company advertising and marketing efforts, main new enterprise initiatives and overseeing the corporate’s enterprise in South India.

With 20 years of expertise as a communications counsellor, Girish has deep experience in repute administration, public affairs and disaster communications. Prior to returning to Avian WE in 2019, Girish served as president at Ketchum Sampark. Before that, he was head of company communication and CSR at eBay India. He first joined Avian Media (now Avian WE) in 2010 because the company’s chief working officer, main enterprise acquisitions, shopper service and company technique. Throughout his profession, Girish has labored within the manufacturing, know-how, telecom, shopper, monetary providers and well being care sectors, spearheading award-winning campaigns for firms equivalent to Boeing, Capgemini, Ford, MTV, NASSCOM, PepsiCo and Vodafone to call just a few.


Santanu Gogoi – First Partners

Santanu Gogoi is among the Founding Partners of First Partners. With over 18 years of expertise within the public relations trade, he has been on the helm of a number of powerful media assignments throughout these years. He has extensively managed disaster conditions for purchasers, turning media skeptics into advocates primarily based on fact-based engagement. He understands the Indian nationwide in addition to regional media panorama, having managed intense campaigns throughout the size and width of the nation. His expertise straddles managing media programmes throughout a large number of trade sectors equivalent to Consumer, Corporate, Automobile, Aviation, Defense, Healthcare and so forth.

Earlier, Santanu labored with Weber Shandwick India for near 14 years, leaving the agency as its Vice President & Head of Corporate Practice. He joined First Partners as a Founding Partner following the acquisition of his enterprise by First Partners.

At First Partners, Santanu is deeply concerned in shaping the media technique for the corporations’ purchasers, in addition to leveraging media insights to carry to life award profitable campaigns.


Rafi Khan – Fleishman Hillard

Recognised as one of many high 100 Influential Game Changers by Exchange4Media, Rafi Khan has over 20 years of in depth expertise in growing and implementing communication technique according to the enterprise aims, media and model administration.

An authorized A.R.C Crisis Counsellor and Manager, he has intensive expertise in managing communication for legislation corporations, manufacturing, training, automotive sector to telecom giants, shopper to healthcare. 
He additionally has held senior administration positions in international consultancies and company, have guided and educated enterprise leaders of fortune 500 firms on communication points, constructed award profitable campaigns and likewise dealt with a number of disaster throughout industries. Rafi has labored with organizations like Perfect Relations, Archetype, Cohn and Wolfe, Weber Shandwick and Fleishman Hillard.


Rekha Rao- Zeno Group

With greater than 20 years expertise, Rekha Rao, Managing Director at Zeno Group has labored throughout sectors in communication together with promoting, company communications, advertising and marketing communications, public relations, occasions, and enterprise growth.

Her present position as Managing Director for Zeno, India, is centred round rising the model and driving its goal in India.  Prior to taking up this position, Rekha has labored with 2020 MSL.

Rekha focuses on driving large-scale Consumer Campaigns, Influencer led programmes, Stakeholder relationships, Public Relations, Consumer Outreach Programmes, Corporate/ Brand Responsibility Programmes, Brand Communications, Public Affairs, Crisis Comms, Consumer Advocacy.


(From Left to Right- Samir Kapur, Girish Huria, Santanu Gogoi, Rafi Khan and Rekha Rao)

Bhavna Jagtiani- Edelman

Bhavna is the Chief Operating Officer at Edelman India. In her communications profession spanning almost 20 years, Bhavna has labored for a number of the greatest and most admired Indian and international manufacturers. Bhavna has held a number of management roles at Edelman. In 2012, she was posted in Edelman Hong Kong for 2 years the place she led the Consumer enterprise by way of a interval of enterprise development. She led regional marketing campaign planning and shopper programming for purchasers equivalent to Starbucks, Sunkist, LinkedIn, WeChat and award-winning shopper work for IKEA. Before transferring to Edelman Hong Kong in 2012, Bhavna co-led the Consumer Practice at Edelman India.

Bhavna’s general expertise contains managing company and model communications programmes for main MNCs and offering counsel to purchasers on model positioning, media programmes, market entries, model advertising and marketing communications, disaster and points administration and communications expertise coaching.

Noopur Sharma- PR Pundit

Noopur is a result-oriented chief with 17 years of expertise in model communications. She is a Partner Director at PR Pundit, primarily based in Mumbai. She could be credited for constructing a formidable repute for PR Pundit as a number one communications specialist for way of life manufacturers in India.

Noopur is pushed by creativity and has curated quite a few award-winning campaigns within the vogue, way of life and retail segments. Her relentless ardour and enthusiasm outline her skilled persona. She has considerably contributed to the agency’s development by on-boarding a marquee checklist of shopper and profitably growing the Consumer Lifestyle follow. She has been accountable for constantly growing the contribution from the Mumbai area to the income of PR Pundit. The Consumer Lifestyle follow contributes greater than 25% of PR Pundit’s billing.

Noopur could be credited to establishing PR Pundit as a entrance runner within the way of life follow by securing awards throughout PR platforms for shopper programmes. 


Karan Punia – Six Degrees BCW

Karan Punia, Managing Director at Six Degree BCW, comes with almost 20 years of communications expertise throughout sectors with a concentrate on the know-how trade together with the telecommunications, IT and web domains. He actively consults on mandates for constructing manufacturers, product and gross sales assist, repute administration and disaster mitigation amongst others.

Punia began his skilled journey with Perfect Relations as an Image Associate. He later labored with Text 100 for greater than 9 years and rose to the rank of Senior Consultant to lastly becoming a member of Six Degrees BCW  11 years again. He has labored with manufacturers together with Google, PepsiCo, Maersk, IKEA, Nokia, British Telecom, Cisco, Motorola, NASSCOM, Tupperware and Virgin Mobile amongst others.


Sunil Nair- Concept PR

A submit graduate in Marketing administration  for the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an entrepreneur by coronary heart, Sunil has over 20 years of expertise in company and High Tech PR and Marketing Communications. As an Executive Director at Concept PR has risen by way of the ranks to steer enterprise developments and operations in India for Concept PR in a span of 6 years.

Sunil has labored throughout sectors together with Automobiles, Banking , Cement, Engineering , Education, Financial providers , Healthcare and others. He loves to remain match and is an avid lover of documentaries and followers of essential stream politics.


Amardeep Singh – Gutenberg

Amardeep manages Gutenberg’s operations driving seamless operating of accounts throughout its international workplaces. A pacesetter, with over 20 years of expertise in Consumer Finance, General Insurance Logistics, Marketing & Communications amongst others. In a decade lengthy stint with Gutenberg, Amardeep has performed a pivotal position in group constructing—carrying a number of hats throughout Finance, Business Development, Servicing, HR, and Administration. He has been an integral a part of the journey that led to Gutenberg’s transformation into a world digital advertising and marketing communications company.

Before Gutenberg, Amardeep held numerous roles in Transport & Banking Financial & Insurance Sector. He has additionally labored in a non-banking monetary firm and was an underwriter for normal dangers within the insurance coverage sector.

(From Left to Right- Bhavna Jagtiani, Noopur Sharma, Karan Punia, Sunil Nair and Amardeep Singh)

Schubert Fernandes – MSL

With over 20 years of labor expertise within the communications and public relations enterprise, Schubert Fernandes, Executive Director – MSL India has imparted counsel to a number of purchasers and corporates in India and the Middle East. A MSL veteran, he has been with the agency for over 17 years.

Schubert’s areas of experience lower throughout Corporate Reputation, whereas his expertise spans the built-in communications spectrum. He has additionally spent good time constructing B2B manufacturers whereas additionally driving the Corporate & Brand Citizenship follow. Currently, Schubert leads shopper growth and development nationally for MSL and is predicated out of the Mumbai workplace.


Shashikant Somweshar, Current Global

In a profession spanning over twenty years, Someshwar has led many profitable, high-profile communications campaigns throughout a various blue-chip shopper set. He was beforehand Vice President at Perfect Relations earlier than becoming a member of Current Global as SVP, Business Operations, APAC and Managing Director, India.

From consulting CXO’s of world firms on company picture to designing profitable model campaigns and constructing a military of communication professionals, Shashi has been one of many basis pillars of the communication panorama that exists in India as we speak.


Kavita Lakhani – Lintas Live

Kavita Lakhani, Executive Director, Lintas Live, comes with 25 years of expertise within the Public Relations trade. She has been a revenue centre head at Lintas since 2003. Since then, Lintas’ PR enterprise has greater than quadrupled in dimension and retained a major double-digit margin. Recruiting & profession growth for the agency’s biggest asset, its expertise, are amongst Kavita’s chief duties. Kavita’s analytical potential to make use of analysis to uncover key viewers motivators/obstacles, offers her perception into framing efficient marketing campaign methods. Her experience in model constructing, message growth, public training, disaster administration utilizing social/conventional media, make her a sought-after senior counselor.

She has labored at Ogilvy PR and Weber Shandwick, previous to Lintas.


Abhishek Gulyani- Hill and Knowlton Strategies

Abhishek is Chief Executive Officer of Hill + Knowlton Strategies India. With virtually 20 years of expertise within the communications subject, he has led many roles throughout his profession which have added worth to purchasers, constructed and guarded repute of firms and developed artistic engagement methods that make a distinction.

In the previous, Gulyani has additionally managed Public Affairs and Communications for American Express in India and South Asia Region. He led the communication technique for his or her international company funds and journey enterprise. 

He is a theatre-enthusiast, a cricketer and an avid reader.

Jyotsna Nanda – Perfect Relations

Jyotsna Nanda comes with almost 19 years of expertise in public relations consultancy and advertising and marketing communications for purchasers involving disaster communications, media relations, media coaching, inner communications, editorial writing for a variety of industries together with shopper sturdy, banking and finance, providers trade, know-how, automotive, healthcare and training verticals.

She has labored with businesses like Hanmer & Partners, Brodeur India , Candour Communications earlier than becoming a member of Perfect Relations as Branch Director in 2014.

She has additionally had a quick stint – a 12 months and about three months with The Times of India, Lucknow reporting on well being and civic points.

(From Left to Right- Schubert Fernandes, Shashikant Someshwar, Kavita Lakhani, Abhishek Gulyani and Jyotsna Dash)

Sudeep Purkasyastha- Jindal

A communications strategist and chief with over 20 years of numerous work expertise throughout the whole company communications, repute administration and model communications spectrum whereas working with a number of the largest enterprise homes of the nation particularly Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Group and Adani Group.

In his present position, he’s the Executive Vice President and Head- Group communications and Corporate Brand at Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.  


Shubham Mukherjee, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

A former enterprise journalist, Mukherjee is a media, model and repute administration skilled. In a profession spanning round 25 years, he has dealt with journalism, company communication and advertising and marketing portfolios. 

He leads Communications for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. Earlier, he was related to Bain & Company as Head- Marketing, Corporate Communication and Editorial. Before his four-year-long affiliation with Bain & Company, Mukherjee was with The Times of India because the National Business Editor and has a decade and half of expertise at The Economic Times in numerous editorial roles.


Abhinav Srivastava, SPAG Asia & D Y Elephant

MBA Marketing, outgoing and self-motivated with over 19+ years of experience in creating and executing advertising and marketing, branding, promoting, and public relations campaigns that propel manufacturers to success. Abhinav Srivastava joined SPAG as COO – India from Avian WE the place he was the Group Business Director, managing built-in advertising and marketing and communications methods throughout sector purchasers and dealing with the agency’s enterprise priorities in India. He has beforehand been part of management groups at Edelman India, Comma Consulting and Rediffusion Y&R in a profession spanning almost 20 years with enriched expertise of public affairs, enterprise growth, company technique, CSR, monetary & investor relations, disaster administration and advertising and marketing & digital communications throughout sectors. 

Bhanu Arora, Metro

Bhanu Arora is a seasoned Public Affairs skilled with round 20 years of expertise working carefully with Government (State & Central) strengthening advocacy to mitigate direct and oblique challenges of largest company manufacturers of the nation for each Indian in addition to Multinational firms.

Arora is presently working because the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at METRO Cash and Carry India Private Limited. Previously, he has been a part of management groups at Pernod Ricard India, Cairn India Ltd , Reliance and Perfect Relations.


Ashim Gupta- Uber

Ashim Gupta began his profession by publishing {a magazine} on Interiors and Lifestyle titled ” Good Living”. Managed the journal for four years earlier than transferring on to a communication profile in a US Based Environment and Engineering consulting agency ” Tetra Tech”. He at present works because the Head Consumer and Technology  Communications, India   and South Asia at Uber.

He has over 24 years of expertise of working throughout completely different organizations together with Minda, Max India and Max Healthcare, BCCL, General Motors and others.

Gupta specialised in Brand Management, Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Client Servicing, Business Development .

(From Left to Right- Sudeep Purkayastha, Shubham Mukherjee, Abhinav Srivastava, Bhanu Arora and Ashim Gupta)






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