Amith Prabhu: The 16 leading ladies of Indian PR consulting

18 Jan,2016

By Amith Prabhu

 

The penultimate in the series around the number 16 is a special focus on Women leaders in Indian PR Consulting. These are the ladies who have built brands and businesses from scratch or have been hired by global companies to lead their India office. If I have missed out on someone you think who ought to have featured here, please bring it to my attention.

 

1. Prema Sagar – The undisputed queen of Indian Public Relations consulting. She started Genesis Public Relations in 1992 and has built it into a powerhouse in its own right. Sir Martin Sorrell and Harold Burson vouch for her.

 

2. Nandita Lakshmanan – The only PR firm among the Top 10 that is headquartered in Bangalore. The PRactice is linked to the Porter Novelli network.

 

3. Archana Jain – Archana is the authority on luxury and lifestyle PR. She has created a niche for PR Pundit that few have been able to match.

 

4. Radhika Shapoorjee – This advertising executive made the switch to Public Relations early on and has been at the helm of H+K Strategies (formerly IPAN) for close to a decade.

 

5. Radha Roy – As country manager of Ruder Finn, Radha leads client mandates in India which is one of six countries where this consultancy has a presence.

 

6. Papri Dev – Papri spent over a decade at Genesis like most of the other leaders mentioned above and then moved as to Danile J Edelman Inc company Zeno Group India as its second managing director.

 

7. Bela Rajan – Bela is the original founder of Sampark which her husband later joined and later got sold to Ketchum. She is one of the most down to earth professionals around.

 

8. Valerie Pinto – Probably the only CEO of a global company’s Indian operation who is under 40, Valerie made big news when she joined Weber Shandwick from Perfect Relations last year.

 

9. Sunayna Malik – Sunayna is one of the few leaders who moved from corporate communications to consulting when the trend was not yet in vogue.

 

10. Madhuri Sen – Madhuri runs the iconic Seattle headquartered company’s India operations and has been at the helm of Waggener Edstrom since they launched in India in 2010

 

11. Kavita Lakhani – Kavita is President at Golinopinion and works closely with Ameer Ismail in delivering client delight.

 

12. Kavita Bhaskaran – Kavita is the brand new head at Ogilvy Public Relations. She joined the firm in late 2015.

 

13. Praveen Rikhy – Praveen Rikhy runs Melcole PR, arguably India’s oldest PR firm that is still in existence.

 

14. Shivani Gupta – Shivani cofounded SPAG Asia year before last which has gone on to win some major global awards.

 

15. Manisha Chaudhry – Manisha is the co-founder of Value 360 which has become the go-to place for startups

 

16. Jayoti Lahiri – Last but not the least. This list would have been incomplete without Jayoti featuring in it. As Secretary General of PRCAI she is like the first lady of Indian PR.

 

The above list is in no particular order and was long overdue. One more in the series of 16 coming up next week. Happy reading!

 

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