CEO PANEL

Himanshu Kapania
Himanshu Kapania is the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Limited, a pure play pan-India mobile operator with revenues of over US$5 billion and 125 million GSM subscribers.

Mr. Kapania is a telecom industry veteran, having witnessed two player-fixed licenses fee regimes, introduction of NTP in 1999, the fourth license auction in 2001 and the launch of CDMA services, among other industry landmarks. In 2011 Mr. Kapania was appointed Managing Director of Idea Cellular. He is also the current Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the body representing the interest of GSM operators in India.

Mr. Kapania has done his BE in Electricals and Electronics engineering from BIT Mesra and his post-graduation from IIM Bangalore.
Dr. Santrupt Misra
Dr. Santrupt Misra is also a Director on the Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited Board, the apex decision making body of the US $41 billion Aditya Birla Group. He is also on the Boards of Aditya Birla Science & Technology Company Limited; Alexandria Carbon Black Company Limited; Thai Carbon Black Public Company Limited; Indigold Carbon Mauritius Limited and SKI Carbon India.

Dr. Misra has over 28 years of professional experience in global business, research and organizational development. Under his leadership as the Director HR, the Group has developed a strong employer brand and has acquired laurels as the 'Best Employer of India' and a 'Great Place for Leaders to Work' in 2007.
Dev Bhattacharya
Dev Bhattacharya is the Group Executive President (Corporate Strategy & Business Development) and also heads the Solar Power and E-commerce businesses of the Aditya Birla Group. Mr. Bhattacharya oversees all future directions for the Group, mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic initiatives of the Group in its existing and new businesses.

Mr. Bhattacharya has over 28 years of experience encompassing manufacturing, finance, software and media industries and has had successful stints as an entrepreneur, management consultant and media producer during his career. He is passionate about community service and has worked and supported several social initiatives in India.

Mr.Bhattacharya holds a technology degree in mechanical engineering from NIT, Rourkela, and a postgraduate degree in industrial engineering from NITIE, Mumbai.
Dilip Gaur
Dilip Gaur is a Chemical Engineer and has more than 32 years of experience in leadership positions in a cross section of Industries from petroleum refining, to fertilisers & agricultural products in India, Malaysia & Egypt.

Prior to joining Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Gaur worked with Unilever for 24 years, and serves as a Member of Hindustan Lever Foods Management Committee.

Mr. Gaur has demonstrated a track record of building robust businesses, turning around fledging ones & delivering exceptional results under challenging conditions in a multi-cultural, –multi– geographic context.
Ajay Srinivasan
Ajay Srinivasan is Chief Executive – Financial Services at the Aditya Birla Group since July 2007. In this role, Mr. Srinivasan sets the vision and provides strategic direction and leadership to the Group's financial services business covering several verticals such as life insurance, fund management, private equity, wealth management, retail broking, capital markets based lending, corporate financing, infrastructure finance and general insurance broking.

Under his leadership, the financial services business has grown rapidly with a current turnover of USD 1.3 billion, assets under management of USD 20 billion, over 5.6 million customers and a workforce of over 17,500 people.

Mr. Srinivasan holds a BA honours in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Neeraj Aggarwal
Neeraj Aggarwal leads the BCG offices in India. Neeraj has 20 years of experience with clients in the technology, financial services, and consumer sectors. He has worked with clients across geographies ranging across India, Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and North America.

In recent years, Neeraj has worked closely with sectors that have been at the forefront of considerable change in India. He has worked on issues including business strategy, sales force effectiveness, digital disruption, operations excellence, and organization design.

Neeraj is very passionate about using technology to leapfrog development and large-scale change in India. He has been playing a very active role in mobile payments and financial inclusion, leveraging his cross-industry expertise.He is also the author of multiple reports across technology, media, and financial services.
Saugata Gupta
Saugata Gupta joined Marico in January 2004 as head of Marketing. In 2007, he was then elevated to become the CEO of the Company's India business. In March 2014, Saugata was appointed as the Managing Director of the Company.

Prior to joining Marico, Saugata was Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the start up team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential as the largest private sector insurance firm in the country.

Saugata Gupta has 20 years of experience primarily in the FMCG sector. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore.
Zarin Daruwala
Zarin Daruwala is the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank India since April 2016.Prior to assuming her current role, she was the President at ICICI Bank responsible for managing the wholesale banking business of the Bank. She joined the ICICI Group in 1989 and has had varied experience of working in several departments such as corporate planning, investment banking and credit. She has held leadership positions in several areas, including corporate finance and agri-business.

In addition to her responsibility as President, Zarin served on the Board of Directors of key ICICI group companies, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and ICICI Securities. In the past, Zarin has also been on the board of JSW Steel for almost eight years.She was named as the nineteenth most powerful woman in business by Fortune in 2015 and was selected as one of the top 30 most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today 4 times in the past 6 years. She has also been conferred with the CA Business Achiever award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Manoj Adlakha
Manoj Adlakha is a seasoned Leader in the payments industry with 27 years experience across multiple geographies and diverse functions. As CEO of American Express Banking Corp, India he is responsible to ensure that all regulatory requirements as laid down by RBI are adhered to.

Mr Adlakha also has end to end P&L ownership for Consumer Card, Digital , Global Corporate Cards and Solutions, Merchant Acquiring and Processing business, Brand, Marketing and Communication, Insurance Cross sell to Cardmembers, Travel and Lifestyle Businesses. He leeads a team of approx 1,600 proprietary resources who support him on delivering on the above responsibilities.

Prior to his current role, he was VP and Country-Head, Global Corporate Payement, American Express India.
Sumitro Ghosh
Mr. Sumitro Ghosh has been Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks Private Ltd since May 09, 2017. Mr. Ghosh provides the overall strategic direction and leadership vision to drive the brand presence, social impact initiatives and business growth across India.

He was appointed to Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks in January 2016. Prior to this, he worked for Starbucks in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016 where he served as the Regional Vice President and was responsible for nearly 600 stores. He has held positions in general management, operations and real estate development with major companies, including Yum Brands and ARAMARK.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University in the U.S.