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Priyavrat Bhartia

Chairman (Non-executive)

Priyavrat Bhartia is the Director of the Company. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Stanford University (USA). He started his career as a financial analyst with Wasserstein Perella & Co., New York, in 1998. He is also acting as director in a number of companies including HT Media Limited, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, and Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd.

Suchitra Rajendra

Independent Director

Suchitra Rajendra has over 25 years of rich experience in HR domain in India, Asia Pac and Australia in a variety of sectors ranging from not for profit to consulting to FMCG. She has both line HR consulting and strategic HR experience. Currently, she is the Country Head India and VP Global HR COO for Colt Technologies Services. She is responsible for overall country management, defining the country agenda and enabling all functions to deliver the India organization strategy. She is also responsible for developing the talent strategy and enabling the right culture to ensure Colt operations delivers on its vision, purpose and strategy. Prior to this, she was Vice President and CHRO for PepsiCo India Region, responsible for talent strategy, organization design and building the right culture to drive sustainable business growth.

Ms. Suchitra Rajendra is recipient of multiple awards and recognized across the industry.

She has a Post Graduate degree in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur. She is a speaker at various national and international forums.

Mr. Mannu Bhatia

Independent Director

Mannu Bhatia has had a career spanning 35 years across two corporations: ICI (1987-1998) and PepsiCo (1998-2022). He retired from PepsiCo as senior vice president of Finance & Transformation for the Asia-Middle East Sector, based out of Dubai. Prior to that, he served as CFO for the Middle East & North Africa and CFO for Asia-Pacific (based out of Hong Kong). He also spent four years in New York working in corporate planning and global R&D functions. He joined PepsiCo in India as the CFO for the Frito-Lay business. His first 10 years post-qualification as a CA were with ICI India, where he honed his skills as a finance professional in various roles across businesses like agrochem, pharma and rubber chemicals. He was also a director on a number of joint venture companies that PepsiCo had e.g. PCPPI, Philippines, Suntory PepsiCo Bottling Company, Vietnam and the Pepsi JVs in Jordan and Lebanon. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Foster & Forge (NGO).He is a B.Com from St Xaviers, Kolkata and a Chartered Accountant.

Lloyd Mathias

Independent Director

Lloyd Mathias is an Angel Investor and Business Strategist. He is a Board Member and Advisor to companies in the technology and consumer space. He invests, advises and collaborates with founders of early stage companies in the areas of AI, EdTech, consumer internet, data analytics and digital technology.

Mathias has held senior leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies across India and APAC. He was the marketing head of HP Inc’s $12 Billion PC business for the APAC region based in Singapore till 2018. In previous corporate roles he was President & CMO of Tata Docomo, Country Sales Director for Motorola, Executive VP and Category Director for PepsiCo India and South Asia.

Mathias has been Chairman of MRUCI, publishers of the Indian Readership Survey IRS. He was also Chairman of Mobile Asia – Asia’s largest mobile phone expo and Co-Chairman of the Device Strategy Council of the Mobility Development Group, USA- a body of global CDMA Telecom operators.

He is a science graduate from Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College; has an MBA from Bombay University and did Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.

Praveen Someshwar

Non-executive Director

Praveen Someshwar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HT Media Group.

Under Praveen's leadership, HT Media Group is evolving into a new-age media group driven by digital transformation and innovation. Over the past four years at the Group, Praveen has built a highly effective, collaborative leadership team committed to securing long-term value for all shareholders.

With a career spanning nearly three decades, Praveen has a proven track record of planning and executing strategies that capture minds, hearts, and market shares while maximizing shareholder value. He has spearheaded PepsiCo's business in the food and beverage sector across Asia. During his 24-year tenure at PepsiCo, Praveen held multiple leadership roles, such as Senior Vice President and GM based in Hong Kong, where he managed all PepsiCo businesses across Asia, excluding China and India.

Samudra Bhattacharya

Non-executive Director

Samudra Bhattacharya, after graduating from the Indian Institute of Management at Lucknow in 1995, has worked across several roles and geographical locations for the last 24 years. He started his career with P&G in India and after 4 years, joined Asian Paints in the Middle East where he served in Sales & Marketing as well as General Management roles for almost 7 years. He then joined PepsiCo India in 2006 and has worked across several assignments spanning, line Sales, Sales & Channel Strategy, Franchise Management and General Management. In his last assignment, Samudra was based at Manila, Philippines, with PepsiCo as the General Manager for the PepsiCo Joint Venture in that country. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, a fellow subsidiary company.

Puneet Jain

Chief Executive Officer

Puneet comes with 12+ years of rich corporate experience across consumer internet and management consulting. He has proven track record of building and scaling large consumer tech businesses in India with direct P&L responsibility as well as advising large Indian corporates on critical business problems

In his previous role, Puneet worked with Paytm as its Senior Vice President (2014 – till date) where he built and lead their online merchant payments business across its Wallet and Payment Gateway product lines. Puneet was among the earliest person in Paytm’s payments business and led its journey from a few hundred transactions to the market leadership position at more than a billion transactions with value running into billions of dollars. As part of this role, Puneet led all key aspects of business building such as Go to Market Strategy, Enterprise Sales and Business Development, User Growth and Engagement, Product and Tech Roadmap etc. culminating to complete P&L responsibility of this business.

Prior to that, he spent 6+ years in management consulting industry with firms like Accenture Consulting and Diamond Management & Tech Consultants advising clients in areas such as New Product Launch, Revenue Enhancement, Sales Acceleration, Consumer Experience etc. helping organizations drive their growth and transformation agenda.

Puneet did his Post Graduation from IIM Calcutta (2006-2008) and Bachelor of Engineering from NSIT, Delhi University (2001-2005).

Ajay S. Nair

Chief Financial Officer

Ajay Nair is a Chartered Accountant with more than 17 years of experience in Business Finance, Business Restructuring, Tax Planning, MIS & Controls and has worked with the Landmark Group Bahrain as Finance Head. In his last stint, he was General Manager-Finance of HT Digital Streams Limited.

Arjit Gupta

Company Secretary

Arjit Gupta is a law graduate and an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has over 9 years’ experience of working with corporate sector and has previously worked with Jaiprakash Associates Limited and Inox Group. He has been associated with HT Group for past many years.