Amitabh Chaudhry joined Axis Bank in January 2019, after successfully leading HDFC Life for nine years. Under his leadership, HDFC Life emerged as one of India's largest private life insurers. Chaudhry was also the MD and CEO of Infosys BPO and the head of the testing unit of Infosys Technologies. He started his career with Bank of America in 1987 and played diverse roles such as head of technology investment banking for Asia, regional finance head for wholesale banking and global markets, and chief finance officer of Bank of America (India). As the new boss of Axis Bank, Chaudhry is giving the private lender a makeover.
Aruna Jayanthi became MD of APAC and LatAm business unit of Capgemini in July 2018. Prior to this, she had been head of business services. Earlier, she was head of Capgemini in India, where she managed the operations of all business units covering consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Jayanthi, who joined Capgemini in early 2000, was part of the core team that initiated and set up the offshore capabilities.
Ashish Hemrajani founded Bigtree Entertainment, which operates BookMy-Show, a leading online entertainment platform that offers tickets and end-to-end management for live events, movies, sports, games, musicals, etc. Hemrajani brought on board investors like TPG Growth, Stripes Group, SAIF Partners, Accel Partners and Network 18 (Reliance). BookMyShow has expanded its operations to Dubai, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Hemrajani continues to invest his energy in creating and nurturing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organisation and outside of it.
Karan Singh is one of Bain & Co's founding partners who helped establish its India business in 2006 and also led Bain's healthcare practice in Asia for several years. Singh has 22 years of management consulting experience across Asia, Europe and the US, and his expertise includes transformation, growth strategy, M&A and performance management. Singh has worked in several companies—across sectors such as healthcare, consumer goods, industrials, agri-business and fi nancial services—which include both conglomerates and unicorns across MNCs and promoter-driven Indian firms.
Rekha Menon is responsible for building Accenture's business and enhancing its profile in India. She oversees the integration of Accenture's overall growth strategy with the long-term vision for the country. A thought leader, an active voice for social causes and an industry infl uencer, Menon is responsible for forging and maintaining Accenture's relationships with key external stakeholders. Menon joined Accenture in 2004, and since then held several strategic and leadership roles—her last two roles were those of lead for geographic operations for India, ASEAN and APAC delivery centres, and human resources lead for Accenture's growth markets.
Besides leading Marico, Harsh Mariwala is also CMD of skin care clinic chain Kaya. Over the last three decades, Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities-driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the beauty and wellness space. Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation enthused him to establish Marico Innovation Foundation. Mariwala started ASCENT in 2012, a not-for-profit expression of his passion to create a trust-based peer-to-peer platform for high-potential growth-stage entrepreneurs. Mariwala has been a part of the ETYL jury panel since its launch.
Gautam Kumra is an expert in the area of CEO leadership. He is the founder of the McKinsey Leadership Institute and convenes the Bower Forum in Asia, a platform for peer learning among CEOs. Through this forum, Kumra has worked with over 100 CEOs across Asia, counselling them on a range of issues, including leading self and others, strengthening governance and dealing with change. His passion lies in helping leading enterprises in India become global and world-class companies. Kumra is also a co-founder of the McKinsey Asia Centre, a special McKinsey initiative on globalisation.
Kalpana Morparia is a member of JP Morgan's Asia Pacific management committee. She is an expert in leadership and serves as an independent director on several boards including Dr. Reddy's Lab, Philip Morris International and Hindustan Unilever. Prior to joining JP Morgan India, Morparia had been serving in the ICICI Group since 1975. Her last assignments included that of vice chair on the boards of ICICI Group Companies and joint managing director of ICICI Bank from 2001 to 2007. Morparia has been a part of the ETYL jury panel for several years.
Rashmi Daga laid the foundation of food tech company FreshMenu in 2014. Aimed at rescuing food-seekers from mundane meals, FreshMenu whips up food options in the kitchens spread out across the city which deliver freshly cooked food at the doorsteps of customers. Daga started her entrepreneurial journey with Afday. com, an online business focused on selling curated art and craft products. During this period, she developed a network of artists across India. She has also worked with Bluestone.com and Olacabs. Wide experience across industries equipped Daga to scale and build a brand with FreshMenu in the Indian food-tech market.
Shyam Srinivasan has led Federal Bank to new horizons of growth and success, placing the private lender prominently on the national banking map. Under the stewardship of Srinivasan, Federal Bank has been aggressively pursuing quality growth. Srinivasan played a major role in kick-starting the digital journey of the bank and launched the first-of-its kind open-it-yourself account opening app, FedBook Selfie. Srinivasan is a believer in technology and an avid follower of sports, especially cricket.
Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL Technologies, founded the philanthropy venture Sampark Foundation. Nayar led the transformation of HCL Technologies into one of India's fastest-growing global information technology services company, growing from a $700-million business in 2005 to a $4.7-billion company in 2013 across 32 countries. Sampark Foundation works at transforming learning outcomes of 7 million children in 76,000 rural schools