Chair FICCI FMCG Committee and MD & CEO of India Sub Continent - Procter & Gamble
Chair FICCI Retail and Internal Trade Committee and Managing Director & CEO - METRO Cash & Carry India Pvt. Ltd.
An industry veteran with close to three decades of rich experience in wholesale, retail, general management, and marketing; Mr. Mediratta has worked with some of the leading Fortune 500 corporations such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Whirlpool and Yum! Brands.
Prior to heading the METRO Cash and Carry India, Mr. Mediratta was with Walmart US spear-heading multi-billion dollar businesses for the entire US market, first as Global Officer and Vice-President for Operations (Texas) and then as Global Officer and VP Merchandising for Fresh. Before taking up this global leadership assignment, Mr. Mediratta was the driving force behind successfully setting up Walmart’s Cash and Carry business in India and establishing 20 wholesale outlets in a record five years’ time till 2013. As the Chief Operating Officer of Walmart India, he built Walmart’s Cash and Carry India team overseeing key functions such as Buying, Merchandising, Operations, Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Logistics, Supply Chain, e-commerce, HR, Finance etc. He has been recognized globally by Walmart US for being instrumental in scripting the success story of Walmart’s Cash and Carry business in India.
Before his decade long stint at Walmart, Mr. Mediratta worked with Yum! Brand as the Chief Marketing Officer for South Asia for Pizza Hut, KFC, Tacobell and A&W in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. He was instrumental in relaunching the brand KFC successfully in India. Prior to this, he was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Whirlpool India and Marico India respectively. Mr. Mediratta started his career with Procter & Gamble (P&G) driving the successful brand launch of ‘Ariel’ detergent in 1991. In his decade long tenure at P&G, he worked in various challenging marketing and brand roles in India, Singapore and Bangkok.
Mr. Mediratta was rated amongst ‘25 Hottest Young Executives in India’ by Business Today in 2006; ‘Top 8 Marketers in India’ by The Economic Times in 2003; ‘50 most Powerful People in Media, Advertising and Marketing in India’ by PITCH in 2004. He was awarded ‘‘The Most Promising Business Leader of Asia 2020’ by The Economic Times at the 5th edition of Asian Business Leaders Conclave 2020; ‘The Most Inspiring CEO’ 2021 by The Economic Times at the ET CEO Conclave 2021.
Co-Chair FICCI FMCG Committee & Vice President AEMEA & India – Hershey Company
Under Herjit’s leadership as Managing Director, Hershey India the organization has deepened its presence in the fast-growing Indian chocolate market with the launch of the iconic Hershey’s Kisses in 2018. This was followed by the national rollout of the larger Hershey’s chocolate portfolio in 2020. During the same period, Herjit has successfully led Hershey India’s transition to a multi-category play company with leading share positions across chocolate syrups, chocolate spreads, milkshake, soya milk and lollipops.
Starting January 2021 Herjit has been leading the business for The Hershey Company across India and AEMEA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa) as two separate BUs.
Prior to joining Hershey India, Herjit has spent more than 18 years in various leadership sales, marketing and management roles at Unilever in India, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In his previous position, Herjit served on the Board of Directors with Metro Cash & Carry handling operations for North and East India.
Herjit possesses a unique proficiency in effectively leading teams, driving employee engagement, positively impacting revenue growth and turning around businesses. An accomplished industry leader, he is the co-chair for the FMCG committee at FICCI. Herjit is also a serving member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and The American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM).
Herjit enjoys spending most of his time post work with his family, especially with his four-year-old son Hrihaan. He is an equestrian and is a life member of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) and Army Polo & Riding Club (APRC) Delhi. His passion for the sport led to his participation in national equestrian championships around the country.
Co-Chair FICCI Internal and Trade Committee and Managing Director & CEO - Spencer’s Retail Limited and Nature’s Basket Ltd.
A start-up enthusiast, he has been a mentor to many start-ups; DC takes keen interest in the development of start-up ecosystem. He enjoys sharing his learnings and teaches at leading Management Institutes including Economic Times Masterclasses and sessions on digital transformation with Dr. Ramcharan. He is a FICCI Co Chair for Retail and on CII committee for Food Processing. He has been recognized by Economic Times as Most promising business leader of Asia at Singapore few months back.
DC is a gold medallist engineer, University rank holder, MBA from SIBM and an alumnus of Harvard Business School via its AMP program. An enthusiast of consumer behaviour and digital transformation, he recently finished his PG diploma in digital business. Over the years, DC has led leadership positions in Various Indian companies and global MNCs and worked in several emerging and matured markets. He has served in Asian Paints, Coca Cola, Future Group, Walmart and now is Managing Director & CEO of Spencer’s Retail Limited and Nature’s Basket Ltd.
Chair FICCI E-Pharmacy Working Group & Co-Founder and CEO - Tata 1mg
He’s been recognized for his work by Unreasonable Goals Program, (targeted at helping solve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals-SDG#3 Health and Wellbeing for all by 2030), by Economic Times 40 under 40, AsiaOne – India’s 40 most influential Indians under 40 and by several other organizations. Prashant also helms DHP (Digital Health Platforms) – an association of India’s top e-health companies as their first President, Chairs the FICCI sub-committee on ePharmacy and is also the co-chair for Digital Health at IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). He is also a key influencer in Niti Aayog’s Champions of Change programme, a Government of India Initiative.
Under his leadership, 1mg has disrupted the standard model of healthcare delivery and grown to operate India’s largest online pharmacy and diagnostic platforms and one of the largest online consultation platforms – thus making healthcare accessible, affordable and understandable for millions of Indians.
Prior to Tata 1mg, Prashant was the Co-founder & Managing Director of HealthKart.com, India’s #1 Nutrition e-Commerce company. Till 2009, before he returned to India, Prashant worked at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco where he focused on the healthcare sector. He started his career with the Business Leadership Program at Hindustan Unilever India, where he worked in roles spanning Innovation, Product Development and Operations. Prashant is an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer - Marico Limited
A dynamic leader, he is responsible for driving the company’s growth and strengthening its presence both nationally and internationally. He has helped transform Marico into a high performing business with a commitment to sustainable development and best in class governance.
Known for his performance-oriented approach, Saugata drives Marico to be a future-ready organization committed to consistent profitable and sustainable growth combined with societal value creation. Under his guidance, Marico today has expanded its presence across 25 countries spread across emerging markets of Asia and Africa. During his tenure, Marico’s market capitalisation crossed over USD 8 billion in 2021 and it recorded a turnover of over USD 1 billion in FY20-21.
During this period, Marico has been recognised across various forums for its commitment to sustainability and accountability in business operations. Marico ranked highest amongst FMCG companies in the Crisil ESG performance score – ESGuage 2021 and has been ranked amongst the Top 10 in corporate governance among all constituent companies of the S&P BSE 100 Index. Marico has also been featured in the ‘LEADERSHIP’ category on the IFC-BSE-IiAS Indian Corporate Governance Scorecard as assessed by IiAS in December 2020. Marico ranked 6th among India’s most sustainable companies with an A+ rating by SUSTAIN LABS PARIS in association with BW Businessworld and was awarded the Best CSR Practices award at Responsible Business Awards 2021. Marico is amongst India’s 5 Best Workplaces in FMCG as per Great Place to Work® Institute (India) and one of the 25 Most Desirable Companies To Work for across sectors, as per the Dare2Compete.
Saugata was ranked #4 and #47 in the FMCG sector and Pan-India respectively in the Business Today-PWC list of India’s Top 100 CEOs in 2017 and was ranked as ‘India’s Most Valuable CEOs’ by Businessworld in 2016 and 2018. He has been recognised as the Best CEO – Private Sector at Forbes India Leadership Awards 2019. He was also featured in the top 100 Business Leaders List 2020 by Impact Digital Power 100.
Outside Marico, Saugata is on the board of Ashok Leyland as Independent Director and is a member of Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee and ESG Committee. He is also associated with JSW Paints as an Independent Director.
Saugata is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and holds a chemical engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur.
President - International at The Hershey Company
He most recently led Hershey’s business in Greater China as Vice President, General Manager, where he steered a major turnaround and restructuring of that business.
Previously, Rohit was responsible for Hershey’s Global Walmart & Club channels (based in the USA) where he drove sequential growth, re-engaged stakeholders and created the club channel strategy. Before that, he was Vice President Hershey Canada where he transformed the business and culture leading to accelerated growth.
Rohit joined The Hershey Company in 1999 and held various international leadership positions in sales, business development and International Licensing. He was GM for South East Asia and later Middle East, where he led Hershey’s entry into the region.
Rohit began his career at Colgate Palmolive, India, in the Marketing group after which he moved to MTV, India.
An entrepreneur at heart, he is results-oriented, leads by developing and empowering high-performance teams, growing businesses, challenging the status quo, working with diverse groups and making tough decisions.
A native of India, Rohit holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and marketing from the University of Miami graduating top of his class. In addition, has attended several executive programs at University of Chicago and Harvard Business School. After having lived and worked in seven different countries, he is currently based in Dubai, UAE, where he lives with his wife and son. He loves to explore new cities, bicycle, run and ski.
Chairman and Managing Director, V-mart
Further, climbing from strength to strength, V-Mart has won several accolades and prestigious awards:
· “Transforming India Through Retail” Award, recognised by the Ministry of Textiles, GOI and presented by the Hon. Union Minister of Textiles, in 2019
· “IMAGES Most admired Affordable Fashion Retailer of the Year” at IMAGES Fashion Awards 2019
· “India’s Retail Champions Awards at Retail Leadership Summit (RLS) 2019
· Chosen as “The world’s best-performing departmental store chain” by Bloomberg in 2018
· “The Best operating model in India” by Jefferies Research
· Indian Power Brand- 2012-2013 by Planman Media
· “Most Admired Retailer of the Year”:- “Discount Retail” by Images Retail Award 2011
· “Most Admired Retailer of the Year”:- “Concept Store” by India Retail Forum 2011
· India’s No. 1 Brand Awards 2016: India’s Best Retail Fashion Store Chain Category by International Brand Consulting Corporation, USA
As a leading industry voice, Lalit also holds the role of Trustee of Plaksha University, the Chairman of Retailers Association of India (RAI) as well as Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)- Retail & FMCG for the Northern Region. In 2017, he was also nominated to the Niti Aayog’ Champions of Change initiative by the Government of India. Lalit has also attended the renowned Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University, and Diploma in Financial Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.
Country General Manager - Mars Wrigley India
Kalpesh has gained rich global experience and insights having worked in countries South Korea, Singapore, Dubai, Turkey, Nigeria, and India, with specific focus on business development, brand building, route to market, e-commerce, and capability building. Prior to joining Mars Wrigley in January 2020, Kalpesh was associated with Unilever for over 12 years where he led several roles and responsibilities including as designated CEO for South Korea, Pacific Islands and Mongolia.
Before joining Unilever, Kalpesh had spent some time at Gillette and Marico in India. Kalpesh is an alumnus of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Batch of 1998.
Kalpesh lives in Gurgaon. As a proponent of health and wellness, he gives top priority to fitness of self, family and colleagues. During leisure, he loves to spend time with his family, read, travel, and experiment with diverse cuisine.
India CIO and AMEA Customer Experience Lead, Mondelēz International
Co-Founder, MD & Chairperson, Portea Medical
Co-founder & CEO, Pepperfry
CEO - Heathians
Managing Director, Tupperware India
In a very short span of time despite COVID at its peak, Tupperware has launched more than 100 exclusive brand stores across the length and breadth of the country and reached 1000+ cities and towns with the newly adopted multi-channel approach. Deepak is a strong advocate of brick & mortar stores and believes that the retail model will always remain powerful and relevant, inspite of the proliferation of e-commerce business.
A Footwear Technologist and Marketer by qualification, he started his career in 1996 with Phoenix International Limited and since then has held various leadership roles with brands such as Crocs, Reliance Retail, Skechers and Sprandi before joining Tupperware last year. He became one of the youngest CEO in India at the age of 33. (Skechers in 2005)
He is a highly self-motivated and driven leader who believes in going beyond his comfort zone and taking risks. More often than not, such risks have enriched throughout his professional journey and he firmly believes that one should accept their failure as much as they celebrate their success. An adventurer at heart, Deepak values risks & failures as much as he celebrates success.
Co-Founder - Urban Company
Co-Founder & CEO - Mamaearth
Co-Founder & CEO - Mamaearth
Co-Founder, The Man Company
Co-Founder, The Man Company
A Gurugram-based entrepreneur, Bhisham has an all-inclusive experience of over 13 years surrounding new-age startups, strategy consulting, the automobile industry, e-commerce and the retail sector. His entrepreneurial journey started during his academic days when he ended up running three cafes as an MBA student.
Bhisham got a position as a Consultant at Universal Consulting India Pvt Ltd, where he was in charge of client management and business development. In 2011, he became an early-stage core team member at Letsbuy.com and joined as Business Manager-Strategy. In 2012, he joined Fabfurnish as a Consultant and managed the company’s growth strategy, operations and purchase process design.
His vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the rapidly evolving e-commerce, changing market dynamics, and modern-day trends proved monumental for the brand’s remarkable growth. Bhisham envisions working vehemently and shaping The Man Company as the one-stop-centre for men’s grooming and personal care products. At least for the next decade or so, he plans on working towards the ultimate growth of The Man Company across India.
It is a testament to Bhisham’s extraordinary skills and extensive knowledge that he played an immense role in initiating the India-centric operations of Harley Davidson. Outside of work, Bhisham finds solace in exploring and trekking. He also likes to take long drives in search of new ideas and possibilities.
Founder & Director - M1Xchange
Founder & Director - M1Xchange
M1xchange is a multi-award winning online exchange for discounting of Trade receivables for MSME enterprise in India. The Exchange has scaled up at a phenomenal pace in the last two years and has enabled discounting of invoices worth Rs 16,000 cr in last 3 years for MSME enterprises from across India. Sundeep and his team came together to successfully build this one of its kind invoice exchange that also happens to be the first TReDS platform in the Indian subcontinent. M1xchange has fulfilled the objective of financial inclusion by providing Digital Financing of Receivables of MSME enterprises in 610 cities in India ,at very reasonable rates.
Sundeep’s other business venture (Mynd Integrated Solutions) is a company that offers SaaS based Finance and HR Solutions, run shared services to help corporates uncover opportunities for expansion in multi geographies with enhanced controls to focus on their core growth and lower cost.
Director- Regulatory Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd.
She is a Doctorate in Pharmacy and possesses PG Diploma in Administrative Management from Mumbai University.
Dr. Sonal passionately contributes to various industry forums for advocacy in cosmetics, OTC & hygiene product regulations in India. She is a member of various committees and working groups in Indian and International Industry Associations like IBHA, FICCI, AFSTI, HADSA, Cosmetics Europe-India Task Force, PCPC-India Task Force. Currently she is Co-Chair of Cosmetics Workgroup of FICCI, Chair-Technical Committee of IBHA and is industry representative on Cosmetics Sectional Committee, PCD 19 of Bureau of Indian Standards.
Partner – Consumer and Industrial Products - Deloitte
Akash specializes in leading transformational initiatives Industrial Products sectors like Heavy & Light Engineering, Construction, Auto Ancillaries and EPC Cos. He has also been involved in driving demand driven supply chain solutions for FMCG companies.
Specialization: Supply Chain Transformation, Procurement Transformation, Operations Excellence, Lean Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, Project Mgmt. System, After Market Perf. Improvement
Key Clients: L&T, Amman Apollo, Tractors India Ltd. Caterpillar, Siemens, Suzlon, KEC International CEAT Tyres, ACG Machines, Shibh Al Jazira Const., Cairn Energy , Petroleum Dev. Oman, Future Recycling Dubai
Partner and Head – Consumer Markets and Life Sciences - KPMG in India
CEO & Co-founder Shopmatic
An industry veteran, Anurag has spent more than 27 years in Digital Commerce, Payments, Banking & Technology helping various organizations like Standard Chartered Bank, NCR Corporation, MasterCard and at PayPal.
Shopmatic has over 100 people has over One Million customers across the Emerging Markets of India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Anurag volunteers at the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 as a National Steward for Support Races.
Co-Founder, CGO, UpScalio
Mr. Nitin Agarwal, Co-Founder, CGO, UpScalio
In his role, Nitin is responsible for a combination of Sales and marketing, Category management, Product development, and Operations to ensure that every brand is aligned with the company’s short and long-term vision. He is also accountable for optimising resource allocation and leading the organisation to stay one step ahead of the competition.
Nitin is a serial entrepreneur with close to 15 years of all-inclusive experience and extensive knowledge of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem and marketing. He completed his B.Tech from Jaypee Institute of Information and Technology, Noida and then went on to pursue MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Before completing his MBA, he worked as a Credit Risk Analyst at Genpact. In May 2011, he started working at Ashok Leyland as Senior Brand Manager and was part of a Hinduja Leadership program. Later he joined ShopClues as AVP & Head of Marketing and continued his stint as VP Marketing at Hotstar. Before co-founding UpScalio, he served in Marketing & Digital Business executive roles at SARVA-Yoga and Purplle.com. His deep expertise in marketing and growth have proved invaluable for the growth plans of UpScalio.
Before UpScalio, Nitin also co-founded Health Raga, a startup focused on providing organic nutritional solutions for lifestyle disorders such as Diabetes. Through UpScalio, he aspires to offer insights and essential assistance to grow tremendously in the current scenario. He is also determined to support startup founders and entrepreneurs via financial channels.
Head, Regulatory Affairs & Operations at Colgate Palmolive (India) Ltd.
Supply Director, Mars Wrigley India
Overall, Neeraj has over 2 decades of leadership experience handling diverse set of roles spanning end to end supply chain successfully driving significant value creation and accelerated growth in complex environment for various industries across chemicals and fast moving consumer goods. He joined us from General Mills, where he spent 9 years and held multiple roles leading manufacturing and Supply Chain for India and several other markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he handled plant leadership roles for Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd and Akzo Noble India.
Neeraj has completed his executive MBA from IIM Calcutta and B. Tech from IIT Bombay. Neeraj lives with his family in Gurgaon. In his leisure time, he likes to spend quality time with family. He is a keen observer of the events shaping our times.
Co-Founder & CEO, Mumbai Angels Network
One of the key architects of the start-up investing ecosystem in India, Nandini is passionate about democratizing investments in early stage start-ups, making this asset class an integral part of any meaningful investor portfolio. She believes investors need to allocate 4-5% of their portfolio to start-up investing and follow a two-pronged strategy of discipline while building the portfolio alongside hunting for multi-bagger unicorns.
Nandini came on-board Mumbai Angels Network as the operating and third partner in 2017. Mumbai Angels was started in 2006 by Sasha Mirchandani and Prashant Choksey.
Nandini has been a serial entrepreneur and angel investor since 2010. She had founded Idyabooster, a platform for investments in content and Digibooster, a data-driven influencer marketing platform. Nandini was on the board of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Mumbai for a couple of years. In her corporate avatar for about 12 years, she held senior positions in J.P. Morgan and Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd (Times of India Group).
Nandini is on a lifelong journey of learning focus and equanimity through yoga and meditation. She enjoys reading about cosmology, hunting for gluten-free vegan recipes, making jigsaw puzzles and practising the art of yoga and minimalism. Hailing from Kolkata, India, Nandini currently resides in Mumbai with her mother and Dachshund Aisha.