Communication Connoisseurs: 'PR 40Under40' Stars

The inaugural edition of BW ‘PR 40Under40’ list recognises professionals in public relations and corporate communications whose contribution leaves an indelible mark on the sector in India

The BW Marketing World 'PR 40Under40' awards, in association with BW Businessworld, highlighted the remarkable contributions of professionals in Public Relations and Corporate Communications in a gala ceremony held in New Delhi on 19 January 2024.

Chaired by Dr Pragnya Ram, Group Executive President, CSR, Legacy Documentation & Archives, Aditya Birla Group, the eminent jury, representing diverse sectors, brought rich experience to the evaluation process. The event marked a celebration of talent, innovation and influence in the dynamic realm of PR and Corporate Communications.

Esteemed Jury

The jury comprised leaders and stalwarts from diverse sectors, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the evaluation process.

The esteemed members of the jury included Sanjeev Handa, Senior Vice President in PR & Communications, Maruti Suzuki India; Nandini Basu - Vice President, Corporate Communications, ITC; Dr Annurag Batra - Chairman & Editor-in-chief, BW Businessworld and Founder, exchange4media; Anurag Bhadouria - National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party; Anil K Antony - National Secretary and National Spokesperson, BJP; Heena Kanal - Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, Cipla; Sushant Balsekar - Head of Corporate Communications, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles; Ruchita Mehra - Communications Director, P&G Personal Healthcare (Asia, India, Middle-East & Africa); Mahesh Jayaram - Director, Corporate Communications, Dell Technologies India. Ashim Gupta - Chief Brand and Communication Officer, Minda Group; Harleen Sachdeva Pattnaik - Head, Communications – India, Korea and Taiwan, HPE; Ranjan Bakshi - CEO, Ranbakshi Communications; Sameer Bajaj - Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs, MakeMyTrip; Udit Pathak - Founder & Director, Media Mantra & InfluSurf Communications; Anu Sehgal - Founder, Digital Mill; Amit Nanchahal - Associate Director, Corporate Communications, Pepsico India; Tehseen Zaidi - Head, Communications, Syngenta India; Charu Pragya - Lawyer, Politician & National TV Panelist, BJP; Archana Jain, Founder & Managing Director, PR Pundit; Noor Fatima Warsia - Group Editorial Director, BW Businessworld; Ruhail Amin - Senior Editor, BW Businessworld.

Judging Criteria

This jury was responsible for evaluating nominations based on a range of criteria, including accomplishments, creativity, leadership and impact in the PR and Corporate Communication landscape. 

Winners

S No.

Name

Designation

Company

1

Aanchal Jain

Director - Corporate Affairs

Mars Petcare India

2

Akanksha Jain

Head- PR and Communications

BharatPe

3

Akshaara Lalwani

Founder and CEO

Communicate India

4

Apeksha Mishra

Associate Vice President, PR and Corporate Communications

Policybazaar

5

Archika Srivastava

Head of Corporate Communication & CSR

Hikal Ltd

6

Asawari Sathaye

Director Communications and Patient Advocacy

Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

7

Ashish Rao Kopparthi

DGM (Business Development & Marketing)

REC

8

Debolina Palit

Asst.Manager – Brand PR & Media

ITC Foods

9

Deepika M Jagasia

Manager - Corporate Communications & Sustainability

Blue Dart

10

Diksha Gupta

Senior Manager, Public Relations

CarDekho Group

11

Eshant Arora

Senior Vice President

Value 360 Communication

12

Ira Arora

Associate Vice President

Edelman India

13

Juhi Hingorani

Chief Manager, PR

Audi India

14

Karnn Chauhan

General Manager - Corporate Communication

Qdesq

15

Kishor Barua

Director

Pitchfork Partners

16

Kritika Lalchandani

Founder & CEO

Apostrophe Communications

17

Manika Mittal

Group head - Communication and Public Relations

Balancehero India

18

Manohar Dhanakshirur

Senior Consultant B

Archetype

19

Michelle Francis

Associate Vice President

Godrej Industries and Associate Companies

20

Murtaza Sadriwala

Head - PR & Sustainability

Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust

21

Naushi Ahmed

Consumer PR Manager

Amazon

22

Neha K Bisht

Founder and CEO

Blue Buzz

23

Neha Tiwary

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communication

JK Tyre & Industries

24

Nidhi Agarwal

Founder & CEO

Ebony & Ivory PR

25

Nimisha Prasad

PR Manager (Lead)

Noise

26

Nishanth R K

Brand Manager

Equitas Small Finance Bank

27

Pallavi Pattanaik

Head of External Communications and Industry Relations – India

Capgemini

28

Pallavi Ramesh

Lead, Corporate Communication

Lionsgate Play

29

Pallavi Roy

Head Corporate Communications

Runaya Group

30

Paromita Kundu

Sr Manager, Corporate Communications

P&G Health

31

Rajiv Krishnaswamy

Cofounder & CEO

Peoplecom Technologies

32

Saadia Khan

Manager Communications

MG Motor India

33

Shabnum Khan

Founder

Mandrake Mydia Public Relation

34

Shreya Ganguly

AVP, Customer Success

Wizikey

35

Shutapa Paul

Founder

Dharma Media Consultants

36

Shweta Vitta

Senior Manager – PR

Glance

37

Simran Kodesia

Director international communications

Doordash Inc

38

Sonia Dhawan

Vice-President- PR & Communications

Elevation Capital

39

Sreeram Banda

Head of Corporate Communications

Hetero Group of Companies

40

Supreeth Sudhakaran

Deputy General Manager – Group Communication and Brand

Aditya Birla Group

41

Vignesh Shankar

Product Innovation Manager, Good Day

Britannia Industries


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