Mr. Sudhir Agarwal has close to 30 years of experience in the publishing and newspaper business and has been a part of the organisation for the same number of years. He is responsible for its long-term vision, business planning and performance monitoring. His dynamic leadership and vision led the Company to encompass multiple states, three languages and a pan-India presence. Under his supervision, the Company’s door-to-door contact launch process has helped its newspapers become No.1 from day one. His aggressive management qualities have led analysts and investors to consider the Company as one of the fastest growing Media Group of India.
Mr. Girish Agarwal has been on the Board since October 1995 and has approximately 26 years of experience. He heads the marketing and related operations of the Group. He is also an active member of the INS and holds the distinction of being its youngest Chairman in Madhya Pradesh. He has been awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young in 2006 and ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) in 2016. Under his leadership, Divya Bhaskar, the Group’s Gujarati daily has won the ‘Best in Print’ (Bronze) award at the IFRA Asia Pacific Awards. Divya Bhaskar is the only Indian Language newspaper in India to have won this award.
Mr. Pawan Agarwal has been on the Board since December 2005. He holds a B.A. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA and has also attended a programme on Leadership’s Best Practices at Harvard University. He heads production and the information technology department along with the radio and DB Digital Business within the Group. He has been awarded by the Prime Minister of India for his contribution to Indian language journalism and also by Enterprise Asia as one of the outstanding entrepreneurs of Asia Pacific, 2010.
Mr. Santosh Desai is the MD and CEO of Future Brands Ltd., a brand and consumer consultancy company. Previously, he was the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India’s premier advertising agencies. A post graduate from IIMA, Mr. Desai’s principal area of interest is examining the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. He is currently on the boards of Future Consumer Products Limited.
D. B. Corp. Ltd. and Breakthrough. He is also a member of the Governing Councils of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad & Praxis Business School, Kolkata. He has his own weekly column in the Times of India and is the author of the bestseller ‘Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India’; a book that examines how the everyday life of middle class India has evolved.
Mr. Ashwani Kumar Singhal has been on the board of the company since November 2007. He has over 33 years of experience in the non-ferrous metallurgical industry. He is currently handling global sourcing of raw materials for his business of manufacturing Aluminium Deox for Steel Industry and Aluminium Powder for Noble Ferro Alloys Production Process. He is the founder-director of ‘The Metal Recycling Association of India’, he has also served as the District Chairperson - Innovation of The International Association of Lions Clubs District 3231 A3, Mumbai, India, 2018-19.
Anupriya Acharya, CEO, Publicis Groupe South Asia is an eminent media and advertising professional with 27 years of experience across India and Singapore. She joined Publicis Groupe in 2013 and prior to it she has held senior leadership positions with WPP in India and Aegis Media Singapore. She is the elected President for Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) 2020-21, on the Board of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council), actively involved with other industry bodies and is on the Jury of key industry awards.