Amith Prabhu: Couples in PR & Corp Comm

15 Feb,2016

By Amith Prabhu


Public Relations in India has seen over a several couples met each other at the work place. I have had the good fortune of working with some and knowing others. It’s a day after Valentine’s Day. A good enough  reason for another list. I’m listing fourteen couples in three categories. Because love is in the air.


Those who run consultancies they have built:

NS Rajan and Bela Rajan – They founded Sampark in the early 1990s which was acquired by Ketchum few years ago. Rajan is an angel investor in India’s first independent school of strategic communications.


Kunal Sinha and Manisha Chaudhary – These were college sweethearts who later started Value 360 along with another partner. They are bullish on the future.


Aman Gupta and Shivani Gupta – After a long stint with Perfect Relations they together created SPAG Asia couple of years ago. They are young and raring to go.


Udit Pathak and Pooja Pathak – This is a couple to watch out for. They are steadily building Media Mantra together.


Sachin Khurana and Shruti Khurana – Sachin is building on the 17-year-old legacy created by his father to take Quik Relations to the next level along with his wife. This is a leading regional communications firm.

Those who have their better half working in-house while they are in senior positions in consultancies.


Nikhil Dey and Deepa Dey – This is the power couple I have known the longest. While Nikhil is President at Genesis Burson Marsteller, Deepa runs communications at GSK Consumer Healthcare.


Murali Sashidharan and Sarah Gideon – Murali ran his own firm for a while and is now with Adfactors, Bangalore. Sarah manages communications at Infosys.


Vinod Moorthy and Snehhal Chitneni – Vinod is a Director at Rediffusion – Edelman, which has the Tata mandate. Snehhal is a senior executive at L’Oréal India


Karan Punia and Garima Misra – Karan Punia is CEO at Cohn & Wolfe Six Degrees. Garima heads marketing and communications at iYogi.

Those who have made the move to corporate communications after spending their early years either in a consultancy or another domain.


Manish Kalghatgi and Rashmi Naik – This is my favourite couple of all and I have known them the shortest. Manish heads communications at Jet Airways and Rashmi does the same at Omidyar Networks.


Vivaan Gideon and Archana Mohan – Vivaan and Archana work at VM Ware and Dell respectively. Disclaimer: This is the only pair that I have worked with in the past. Archana has been a batch mate too.


Manish Mallick and Shveta Singh – Manish leads communications at Arvind. Shveta who was formerly a trainer is now at the helm of the communications department at Ambit Holdings.


Pradeep Rajshekharan and Nitisha Agrawal – Pradeep is a globetrotter who heads communications at Franklin Templeton. Nitasha heads Public Relations at Volkswagen India.


Raza Khan and Pooja Garg Khan – Raza leads group communications at Bharti. Pooja is a vice president of communications at PNB Metlife Insurance.


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