Mr. Shailesh Gupta is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and has been associated with the Company since January 28, 2019. He holds a Bachelor's degree in commerce. Mr. Gupta has more than 31 years of experience in the print media industry.
Mr. Gupta holds various key positions in the industry including being the President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and Chairman of Council of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). He is currently member of the Governing Board/ Council of INS, ABC and Media Research Users Council, Director of Rave Real Estate Private Limited, MMI Online Limited and Mid-day Infomedia Limited. In December, 2017, The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) nominated Mr. Shailesh Gupta as INS Nominee on the Board of WAN-IFRA. Mr. Gupta is a Whole-time Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited.
Mr. Vijay Tandon is a Non-Executive Independent Director and Chairman of our Company since November 24, 2016. Mr. Tandon is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Qualifying in 1969, Mr. Tandon was associated with a leading firm of Chartered Accountants (Thakur Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co.) in New Delhi and was a partner of the firm between 1977 and 1999. As a Chartered Accountant and Financial Management Consultant, with over 41 years of professional experience in various capacities, Mr. Tandon has been associated with number of private and public sector companies and banks in the capacity of auditor. Mr. Tandon has extensive knowledge of corporate laws and headed the Corporate Division of the CA firm. Mr. Tandon has been associated with print media industry in various capacities, as publisher auditor, representing the Audit Bureau of Circulations and as director in Associated Journals Limited (The National Herald Group). Also, as a management consultant, Mr. Tandon has been associated with a number of consulting services in diverse sectors of economy, industry and public utilities funded by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the UK Department of International Development in India as well as South & Central Asia. Between 2000 – 2015, Mr. Tandon was Principal Consultant/Director India with ICF Consulting Services (earlier GHK Consulting) a UK-based development consultant. Mr. Tandon is currently an advisor on Urban Governance and Management and a Non-Executive Independent Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited.
Mr. Anuj Puri is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and has been associated with the Company since May 30, 2016. Mr. Puri is Chairman of ANAROCK Group and is widely acknowledged for revolutionizing the real estate sector with his visionary outlook and tech-driven solutions. He has been the trusted advisor to developers, occupiers, and investors for decades. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, is an Associate of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute -UK, Associate of Insurance Institute of Surveyors & Adjusters (India), and an Associate of Insurance Institute of India. Until February 2017, he was Chairman & Country Head of international property consultants - JLL India overseeing a team of over 9000 employees in 11 cities. Mr. Puri was also a key member of JLL’s Asia Pacific Leadership Group and Head of its Global Retail Leasing Board. Anuj set up ANAROCK in 2017 which is now India’s leading independent real estate consulting services company with 13 offices in India and GCC and an employee strength of 1800+. Under his leadership, ANAROCK has added Residential Broking & Technology, Retail(in partnership with Vindico- UAE headquartered retail real estate specialist in tenant coordination and design review services), Commercial, Investment Banking, Hospitality (in partnership with HVS- a global leader in hospitality consulting & transaction advisory), Land Services, Industrial and Logistics(in partnership with Binswanger- US-headquartered industrial advisory & brokerage firm), Investment Management, Research, Strategic Advisory & Valuations, and Project Management Services (in partnership with Mace- UK headquartered project management and construction specialist), Flexi Spaces(in partnership with myHQ & Upflex) and Society Management Services (acquisition of Apna Complex) and is aggressively expanding to newer geographies and real estate business verticals.
Mr. Puri has held various key positions in the real estate industry including MoHUA- Urban Expert Committee, Member of the Advisory Committee of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry & Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (MCHI-CREDAI), Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Member of Construction Week India National Advisory Board, Member of Hotelier India Magazine’s Advisory Board and Advisory Board Member of CREDAI MCHI Forum for Real Estate Marketing Experience & Innovations. He is also Fellow Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, UK (FRICS). Mr. Puri is a Non-Executive Independent Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited.
Mr. Madhukar Kamath is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and has been associated with the Company since May 25, 2017. Mr. Kamath is an Economics graduate from the Loyola Collage, Chennai. He studied Management at XLRI Jamshedpur, which has also conferred on him a Distinguished Alumnus award. Mr. Kamath has more than four decades of experience in Advertising and Marketing Services and has spent over 25 years in erstwhile Mudra now the DDB Mudra Group, in two separate stints. Under his leadership, Mudra Group transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups. Mr. Kamath also played a key role in the Omnicom acquisition of the Mudra Group and the integration with the Global DDB Network. Subsequently, he facilitated the entry of Interbrand, the leading Global Brand Consultancy into India, and functioned as its Chairman. In between his two stints at DDB Mudra Group, Mr. Kamath led Bates India as its CEO and was instrumental in the acquisition of Clarion. He also introduced Zenith Media into India.
Following his retirement, he has been appointed as the Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Mudra Group and as a Mentor by Interbrand India. He has also turned an entrepreneur and is now the Chairman of Multiplier, an Insights & Solutions company, connecting Brands with Shoppers. Mr. Kamath has served as the President of the AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India), the Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India) and the ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulation).
As the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Chairperson of the Governing Council of MICA, for over a decade, Mr. Kamath helped build MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing and Communications Management Institute. Mr. Kamath also served as the President of MICA, for the academic year 2016-17. In 2013, he became an Executive Board member of the NGO, Plan International in India. In 2020 he was elected to the Global Board of Plan International and currently is the Vice-Chair.
Mr. Rahul Gupta is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and has been associated with the Company since June 10, 2015. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Lancaster University (UK) and a Bachelor's Degree in Science (Business and Management Studies) from the University of Bradford (UK).
With almost two decades of experience in the media industry, Mr. Gupta has worked in top media groups in Ireland, UK & India. He started his career with Independent Newspapers (Ireland) and later worked in The Independent's advertising department in London. He has been instrumental in helping build the radio business for the Jagran Group, which involved setting up the Radio Mantra Stations in 2006, and the acquisition of Radio City in 2015. Mr. Gupta also served as the Senior Vice President of the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI). He headed the music committee, which helped rationalize music royalties for radio in India.
Currently, he heads and manages the operations of Jagmini Micro Knit Private Limited, one of the largest producers and exporters of legwear in India. Leading the expansion and growth story of JMKPL, Mr. Gupta sets the company's strategic direction and is guiding its exponential growth in North America & mainland Europe. Driven by his strong entrepreneurial spirit, vision, and ability to forge best-in-industry partnerships, he has established "Balenzia" as one of the fastest-growing D2C brands in the apparel industry, collaborating with iconic brands like Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, and Cartoon Network.
Ms. Anita Nayyar is an Independent Non-Executive Director of our Company and has been associated with the Company since January 27, 2020. Ms. Nayyar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and has a PG in Advertising and Marketing Management & Business Management along with a Masters in Management. Ms. Nayyar has an experience of 35+ years in the Advertising, Marketing & Media industry having worked for top advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Initiative Media, Media Com, Starcom Worldwide & Havas Media Group. She has also worked with leading publishers like The Times of India & Zee5.
Ms. Nayyar was voted the 2nd most influential media person in India by The Brand Equity Survey in 2006 and has always been in the top list of the influential media personalities ever since. She is on the list of Impact top 50 women in Media, Marketing and Advertising and also the top 100 by Campaign Asia in APAC, along with - APAC VISION LEADER of the Year 2019 & APAC CEO of the Year 2018 by Campaign Asia Women Leading Change. She has immense respect and credibility in the industry and has been recently conferred with Women Disruptors 2022 Life Time Achievement Award 2022 and 20 Most Influential Women in India in Marketing & Advertising 2022. Ms. Nayyar is currently the COO-Media & Communication at Patanjali Ayurved Limited, largest Indian FMCG company. Ms. Nayyar was also Non-Executive Independent Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited from 2014 to 2019.
Mr. Ravi Sardana is an Independent Director of the Company and has been associated with the Company since w.e.f. May 24, 2022. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chevening Scholar. He has over three decades of experience in investment banking and corporate finance and has contributed to more than two hundred successful transactions. He was the past Executive Vice President in ICICI Securities Limited. Mr. Sardana is presently a Consultant with Ebner Stolz, an accounting and management consulting firm as part of their India desk. Mr. Sardana has worked extensively in the media sector advising companies on advisory and fund-raising assignments. Also, he is a Non-Executive Independent Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited
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