A business leader with more than 27 years' of rich and varied experience in strategic leadership, business and finance roles. He is presently associated with HT Media group as Managing Director of HT Media Limited and Hindustan Media Ventures Limited.
The last role in Pepsico was Senior Vice President & GM based out of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for all Pepsico businesses across the North & South East Asia. Prior to that he was the CEO for the Food business, CEO for PepsiCo’s beverage business in India & South Asia, CFO for PepsiCo’s India & South Asia business, Strategic & Financial Planning Head for Pepsico India & South Asia.
Mr. Someshwar is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant.
Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.
An acknowledged thought leader, Mr. Mathias has written op-eds, columns on and has been quoted on business and policy issues in The Times of India, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Mint, Business Standard, Financial Express, CNBC, ET Now and The Straits Times, Singapore. He writes on ESG; Internet Policy, Business Ethics; AI, IOT and the Future of Work.
Mr. Sameer Singh, an alumnus of IIM Calcutta, is the Vice-President, Monetization at ByteDance, responsible for leading the Advertising, Sales and Marketing strategies across all products in India.
In a career spanning over 25 years, he has been at the forefront of innovative marketing and advertising solutions. He most recently spearheaded the operations at GroupM as the Chief Executive Officer - South Asia providing competitive advantage with digital leadership and content to clients. Prior to GroupM, he has worked at Google, GSK, Procter & Gamble and IPG across geographies including Palo Alto, Boston, London, Dubai and Guangzhou.
Mr. Sameer Singh in his free time enjoys motorcycling on vacations, golfing, traveling with the missus and reading.
Ms. 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 Founder of QED!HR a boutique consulting firm specialising in HR strategy, Leadership Development, Organisational Effectiveness and Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to this she was the Country Head India and VP Global HR COO for Colt Technologies Services. She was 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. Sandeep Rao is the Group Chief Strategy Officer for HT Media (Holding Company). He works on all core strategic imperatives across business units, including new initiatives, strategic investments, alliances and new business incubation. Prior to joining HT Media, Sandeep was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company and worked with them across their Indian and US offices. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from University of Adelaide, Australia and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Mr. 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.