Mr. Shailesh Gupta
Mr. Shailesh Gupta (49 years) is a Whole-time Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited. He holds a bachelor's degree in commerce. Mr. Gupta has more than 28 years of experience in the print media industry. Mr. Gupta participates in strategy formulation and is involved in expansion plans including M&A and JV opportunities. He represents the Company in various industry bodies. Mr. Gupta is Director-in-charge for Mid-day Infomedia Limited, Jagran Engage (OOH advertising division), Jagran Solutions (activation business), Digital business and I-next as well as heads advertisement, marketing and branding activities of the Jagran Group. He is past Chairman of Council of Audit Bureau of Circulations and is currently member of the Council, Vice President of ‘The Indian Newspaper Society’, Director of Rave@Moti Entertainment Private Limited, Rave Real Estate Private Limited, MMI Online Limited, Mid-day InfoMedia Limited and Media Research Users Council (MRUC). In December, 2017, The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has nominated Mr. Shailesh Gupta as INS Nominee on the Board of WAN-IFRA. Mr. Gupta joined our Board on January 28, 2019.
Mr. Vijay Tandon
Mr. Vijay Tandon (73 years) is an Independent Director and Chairman of our Company. He graduated from the University of Delhi. Mr. Tandon is a Chartered Accountant and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. After qualifying in 1969, Mr. Tandon worked with Thakur, Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co., a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in New Delhi and was a partner of the firm between 1980 and 1999. As a chartered accountant and financial management consultant, with over 40 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 the corporate laws and was heading the Corporate Division of Thakur Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co. 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 UK Department of International Development in India as well as South & Central Asia. Between 2000-2016 Mr. Tandon was Principal Consultant/Director India with ICF Consulting Services a UK-based development consultant. Mr. Tandon is currently advisor on Urban governance and Management and Independent Director of Jagran Prakashan Limited. Mr. Tandon joined our Board on November 24, 2016.
Mr. Anuj Puri
Mr. Anuj Puri, is Independent Director of our company. Mr. Puri holds Bachelor’s degree in commerce, is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (New Delhi), Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute -UK, Associate of Insurance Institute of Surveyors & Adjusters (India) and an Associate of the Insurance Institute of India. Mr. Puri is an acknowledged thought leader in the Indian real estate industry and is known nationally and globally as one of the most respected experts on India's extensive real estate opportunities. With 28 years of experience in multi-disciplinary advisory and transactions ranging from real estate to social development projects, he has expertise in undertaking demand assessment studies and transactional services including marketing strategies based on technical real estate market analysis. Mr. Puri has successfully handled marketing of projects within the Office, Retail, Hospitality and Residential domains. He has held various key positions in the industry and is a Member of Task Force on Smart Cities of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the Confederation of Indian Industry Western Regional Council 2016-17, Advisory Committee of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry-Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (MCHI-CREDAI). He is also Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Until Feb 2017, Mr. Puri was the Chairman & Country Head of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), one of India’s largest real estate service providers. He thereafter acquired JLL's Residential and Fund Management businesses and runs them independently as ANAROCK Property Consultants. ANAROCK Group is India’s leading real estate Services Company with business interests diversified across the entire real estate value chain with over 1000 staff and 11 offices in India as well as 1 in Dubai. Mr. Puri is Director of the Company since May 30, 2016.
Mr. Madhukar Kamath
Mr. Madhukar 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. Madhukar 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 transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups. Madhukar 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, Madhukar 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 the Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Mudra Group. He has also turned an entrepreneur and is now the Chairman of Multiplier Mudra, an Insights & Solutions company, connecting Brands with Shoppers. Madhukar has served as the President of the AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) and the Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India). He was also the Chairman of AdAsia 2011, India’s largest Marketing Congress, which was held in New Delhi. As the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Chairperson of the Governing Council of MICA, for over a decade, Madhukar helped build MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing and Communications Management Institute. Madhukar also served as the President of MICA, for the academic year 2016-17. He is now on the Board of ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulations) In 2013, Madhukar became an Executive Board member of the NGO, Plan International in India. Mr. Kamath joined our Board on May 25, 2017.
Ms. Apurva Purohit
Apurva Purohit, is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and the President of the Jagran Group, one of India’s largest multi-media conglomerates. With over three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, she leads digital, print, radio and outdoor in the group. She was responsible for creating Lodestar, one of the largest media agencies in the country today and envisioning Times of India’s entry strategy into television. She has also worked on famed turnarounds like Zee TV and is also credited with the listing of Radio City on the stock exchanges in 2017, one of the very few successful IPOs at that time.
Under Apurva’s leadership, Music Broadcast Ltd, the company which runs the Radio City FM network, has also consistently been ranked as amongst the top 10 Best places to Work at in India and in Asia, in the Great Places to Work survey. In her tenure at Jagran, Apurva has pivoted the group from a deep-rooted reliance on its traditional print businesses to a focus on new age emerging businesses. The strategies adopted under her tutelage and her emphasis on excellence in implementation have increased both the scale and the profitability of these businesses manifold. Over the last 20 years Apurva has formed significant partnerships with private equity firms as well as promoters to build and scale up a diverse set of businesses - from early stage fledgling businesses, to setting up new ventures and to supervising turnarounds in mature and declining organizations.
She is on the board of Mindtree, Midday Infomedia Limited and BD Foundation, and an advisor to private equity fund Amicus Capital. She actively mentors’ entrepreneurs across sectors on building and scaling businesses and shaping inspirational work cultures. Apurva has won multiple business awards and has been named as one of the Most Powerful Women in Business as per Fortune India in 2018 and 2019 and India Today Group (2016, 2018,2019) Apurva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Physics) and completed her PGDM from IIM- Bangalore. She was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of our Company on July 1, 2016
Mr. Rahul Gupta
Rahul Gupta, is a Non-Executive Director of our Company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Bradford and a Master of Business Administration from Lancaster University (UK). Prior to joining our Company, he worked with the Independent Newspapers London (UK) Ltd. He was instrumental in setting up and operating the Radio Mantra Stations in SPML and is currently managing the operations of Jagmini Micro Knit Private Limited. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of our Company on September 7, 2015.
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