IAA Leadership Awards 2022

IAA Leadership Awards 2022

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Jury Members



Harsh Goenka (Jury Chair)

RPG Enterprises


Pawan Goenka

Chairman INSPACe and
ex-MD & CEO,
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.


Hemant Malik

Divisional Chief Executive - Foods
ITC Limited


Suparna Mitra

Chief Executive Officer- Watches and Wearables Division
Titan Company Limited


Vineet Bhatnagar

Managing Director & CEO
PhillipCapital India


Vivek Sunder

Chief Executive Officer


Arijeet Talapatra

Transsion India

Pawan Goenka

Chairman INSPACe and ex-MD & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd


Dr. Pawan Goenka earned his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and Ph.D. from Cornell University, U.S.A.

He is also a Graduate of Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. He worked at General Motors R&D Centre in Detroit, U.S.A. from 1979 to 1993. Dr. Goenka joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in 1993 as General Manager (R&D) and led the development of the Scorpio SUV. Dr. Goenka is also credited with building a strong R&D infrastructure, a robust product portfolio for Mahindra and is widely recognised as a statesman of the Indian Auto Industry. Dr. Goenka served on the boards of several Mahindra Group Companies, both domestic and international. He retired from Mahindra as Managing Director and CEO on 1st April 2021.

Dr. Pawan Goenka has received several awards such as the Burt L. Newkirk Award, Charles L. McCuen Achievement Award, the FISITA Medal of Honour, Automotive Man of the Year Award, CV Man of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award & Param Shreshth Award. Dr. Goenka was also honoured with the Lifetime achievement Award for his unparalleled contribution to the automotive industry at The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India Awards (ACMA Technology summit and Atmanirbhar Excellence awards 2021) held in March 2022.

Dr. Goenka received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur in 2004 and was also conferred with the Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in 2015. He is a Fellow of SAE International and of The Indian National Academy of Engineers and a member of National Academy of Engineers, USA.

Dr. Goenka is past President of SIAM, of the Society of Automotive Engineers India, the ARAI Governing Council, and served as a Board Member of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). He is currently a National Council Member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He is serving as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. Dr. Goenka is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for Advancing Local value-add and Exports (SCALE), an initiative under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Chairman of Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe), Department of Space, Government of India.

Dr. Goenka also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Bosch Limited.

Harsh Goenka

Chairman, RPG Enterprises

Economics Graduate, MBA.

Mr Goenka is Chairman of RPG Enterprises, one of the largest industrial groups in India, active in key economic segments like tyres, infrastructure, technology, and other diversified segments having an annual turnover of over US $ 4 Billion.

Mr Goenka is the Chairman of the Board of KEC International Ltd, CEAT Ltd, Zensar Technologies Ltd, RPG Lifesciences Ltd and Raychem RPG Ltd.

Mr. Goenka graduated in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and did his MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. His Interests are in the area of Art and Sports.

Hemant Malik

Divisional Chief Executive - Foods ITC Limited

Hemant Malik is currently the Divisional Chief Executive of ITC’s Foods Business and is also a member of Corporate Management Committee of ITC Limited. ITC is one of India’s foremost multi- business enterprise with interests in consumer products, hotels, paper, agri-business and IT. ITC Foods is the third largest packaged food company in India and also the fastest growing, with strong play in staples, snacks, biscuits, noodles, spices, juices, diary, chocolates etc.

Hemant has built his entire career with ITC, having joined the organization in 1989 after completing his MBA from IIM Calcutta. He has been in various marketing roles in both the traditional as well as the new businesses of ITC before moving into business roles.

Suparna Mitra

Chief Executive Officer- Watches and Wearables Division, Titan Company Limited

Suparna is the CEO of the Watches and Wearables Division of Titan Company Limited. She is an electrical engineer from Jadavpur University and a MBA from IIM, Calcutta. She has extensive business experience, mainly in the lifestyle / retail marketing area.

She started her career as a management trainee in Hindustan Lever Limited. Subsequently she joined Titan where she worked on several roles in marketing, both International and Domestic. The next stint was at Talisma Corp. as a Director – Product Marketing. She moved on to become Business Head – Lee in Arvind Brands Ltd.

She rejoined Titan and became the Global Marketing Head – Titan where she was responsible for all marketing in India and international markets. After this stint, she was the Regional Business Head- South for Titan Company Ltd where she was heading all businesses of Titan Company Ltd including watches, jewellery and eyewear for the South region.

Her last assignment was as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the Watches and Wearables division.

Suparna currently serves on the Board of Governors for IIM Kozhikode and has previously served on the board of Tata Power Solar.

Vineet Bhatnagar

Managing Director & CEO PhillipCapital India

Vineet Bhatnagar is the Managing Director and CEO of PhillipCapital (India) & UAE and also manages business affairs of other PhillipCapital group companies in India. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in Banking, Financial services and Technology. This vast experience has allowed him to get an in-depth understanding of various listed and OTC markets such as equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities. Vineet often appears on national TV’s financial channels as market expert, where he is asked for his opinion on current events, financial market trend. He is also an active participant in numerous domestic, global conferences and delivers presentations on financial markets.

In his professional capacity he has served as the

1) Member, Governing Council, Derivatives segment of BSE

2) Member of Derivatives Executive Committee of NSE (2005-2007)

3) Member of Risk steering Committee of SEBI (2008)

4) Member of Advisory Committee on "Gold" of MCX

5) Executive committee Member & Chairman, Awards Committee of Council of Fair Business Practices(CFBP), Mumbai

6) Member of Best Practices of FIA (Futures Industry Association), Asia Chapter (2009-2010

Prior to PhillipCapital group, Vineet Bhatnagar was the Managing Director of MF Global-Sify Securities & MF Global Commodities India Pvt. Ltd. (a Joint Venture between MF Global and Sify Technologies Ltd, NYSE and NASDAQ listed corporations) which operated as a broker Dealer on several Indian exchanges such as NSE, BSE, NCDEX, MCX, MSEI and IEX for Institutional and Retail Clients offering full service in local Securities, financial Futures & Options, commodity and currency futures. He was the key member who set up the operations for REFCO in India in 1999 which played a significant role in making local derivatives popular. Between 1990 and 1999 he was associated with reputed companies like Prime Securities in Investment Banking and Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) where he was Manager Retail Banking and Trade Finance Division.

Vineet completed PGDBM from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics & Telecom from Regional Engineering College, Maulana Azad College of Technology (M.A.C.T), Bhopal.

Vivek Sunder

Chief Executive Officer – Cuemath

Vivek is currently leading Cuemath as CEO since Oct 2021, aiming to take the business to scale globally. Before this he led Swiggy’s business operations as COO and prior to that, he led P&G’s business as CEO in East Africa based out of Nairobi. He had been with Procter and Gamble for 20 years in various capacities across developing markets (India, Africa) as well as developed markets (UK, Singapore, Korea) and hybrid markets (China, Thailand, Malaysia).

In Swiggy he led the effort to scale the company across cities (Swiggy added 500+ cities in 18 months!), and he is also leading the effort to bring economies of scale to bear on the core business – the path to profitability. He has also led the effort to pivot, repurpose and re-scale the business during various parts of the Covid pandemic induced lockdown and phases of the unlock. Swiggy today is a leaner, better business as it completed the recovery of the business back to pre-covid levels.

Vivek is passionate about building organizational capability and has a long track record of creating better business results via more capable teams (the slower but better approach!). He has done so in diverse teams spanning >20 nationalities, and has done so in diverse roles (internal consulting assignments, new country startups as well as traditional business unit jobs). He also loves to play at the intersection of technology and business and has been an early adopter and innovator of big data/ analytics across many sales & marketing roles. He is equally wary of the pitfalls of reliance on quantitative data without understanding behavioural psychology and cognitive biases and he has infused some of this thinking into the core parts of the business – both product and operations.

Vivek is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and prior to that studied Computer Engineering from Delhi University. He is a regular guest lecturer at his alma mater IIM-C, as well at other premier B-schools across the world where he teaches and shares business expertise.He has a good view on cross-cultural working which he honed via working abroad and learning 3 foreign languages in addition to the 3 he learnt growing up in India. His passion for photography led to his work being featured and recognised by various media outlets globally (Natgeo, BBC, ET).

Arijeet Talapatra

CEO, Transsion India

With over 26 years of extensive experience in strategic business planning, marketing, sales and channel development, Mr Arijeet Talapatra is the CEO of TRANSSION India. He oversees India's business and under his able leadership, TRANSSION has witnessed stupendous growth since it entered the country in 2016 with brand itel.

He provides strategic supervision to the India team with a key focus on the organization’s growth in the Indian market. His leadership has been instrumental in paving the growth of TRANSSION in the Indian market; successfully established mobile brands like itel, TECNO, accessories brand oraimo and exclusive service brand Carlcare in India.

He has worked with several industry leaders such as Unilever, Bharti Airtel and Lava before joining TRANSSION. Arijeet’s extensive hands-on experience has paved the way for several key accomplishments for him throughout his career. In his stint with Unilever, he played an integral role in establishing the firm as the industry leader in Personal Products and Food & beverage business. Arijeet also played a prominent role during his stint with Bharti Airtel as Distribution Head and Zonal Business Manager. He played a crucial role in setting up the entire business for Lava in the East, and he subsequently, spearheaded the charge to make Lava a prominent smartphone brand in a national role as Head Retail Marketing and also Head National Sales Operation.

Arijeet is a postgraduate in Business Management from NIS, Delhi, and also holds a Senior Management certificate course in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Arijeet loves travelling, reading and driving is his biggest passion. He is also very keen on sports, and diligently follows key developments in cricket and football.

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