The Hunt Begins For Future Masters Of Marketing

The second edition of BW Marketing World’s 40 under 40 is looking for the strongest, most innovative marketing leaders under the age of 40

BW Marketing World’s 40 Under 40

Marketing is ever-evolving in its nature. With new technologies revolutionising the landscape of business, new challenges and solutions have also come to the fore. To celebrate a new generation of leaders who are navigating this space, BW Marketing World is all geared up with the second edition of BW Marketing 40 under 40.

BW Marketing 40 under 40 will honour 40 marketing leaders under the age of 40 years, who understand consumer insights and strategies, bringing the finest growth for their brands and businesses.

The elite list will be announced in a gala ceremony in June 2023 and is open to nominations for all marketers in India. Post the closing of the nomination, an experienced jury will evaluate these nominations and arrive at the final top 40.

"Marketers are the real growth creators and enablers. BW Marketing World is looking to identify these brand builders, brand custodians and growth creators through the second edition of BW Marketing 40 Under 40. We are looking at thoughtful leaders, builders, innovators and value creators through an honest and robust jury-led process," said Dr Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-chief of BW Businessworld and exchange4media Group.

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The Jury Panel 2023

The 2023 jurors list includes names such as Deepali Naair, Group CMO, CK Birla Group; Charu Kishnani, Executive Vice President Marketing, CarDekho Group; Rahul Singh, VP and Head of Marketing, SAP India; Gaurav Mehta, CMO, Noise; Shubhranshu Singh, Vice President, Marketing, Domestic and IB, Tata Motors; Arvind R.P, CMO, McDonald’s India; Amit Doshi, CMO, Britannia; Sai Narayan, CMO, Policybazaar; Manish Sinha, CMO, Sterlite Technologies; Ajay Kakar, Brand & Marketing Strategist; Rajat Abbi, VP - Global Marketing India, Chief Marketing Officer - Greater India, Schneider Electric; Arvind Saxena, Sr. GM & Head - Marketing & Corporate Communications, NEC Corporation India and Jyoti Kumar Bansal, Chief Branding Communication, CSR, Sustainability, Tata Power.

A Look At Past Winners

In the BW Marketing 40 under 40 inaugural edition, the jury chaired by Naveen Soni, President, Lexus India included names such as Atit Mehta, Marketing Head, Byju’s; Asha Kharga, Chief Customer & Brand Officer, Mahindra Group; Anjali Malhotra, Founder C-Xcel, Director Founder Institute Accelerator; Anisha Motwani, Founder, StormTheNorm Venture and Shefali Chhachhi, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Hearth Ventures. Also in the jury were the likes of Girish Kalra, CMO, Tata AIA Life Insurance; Karthik Nagarajan, CCO, Wavemaker India; Sachin Chhabra, Head of Brand Marketing, ACC; Nitin Sethi, Chief Digital Officer, Adani Group; Mehraj Dube, DGM Marketing, ABP Network and Sumeet Pahwa, Head Brand Marketing, TATA Tele Business Services.

The inaugural edition witnessed women marketing leaders from a plethora of sectors like FMCG, BFSI, technology, entertainment and digital media and communications and were well recognised namely Antara Kundu, General Manager-Marketing, The BodyShop India; Taniya Biswas, Co-founder, Suta; Arushi Awasthi, Brand Communications – Hero Vired; Bhawna Sikka, Category Head – Oral Care, GSK Consumer Healthcare; Manisha Dokania, Brand Head, Edelweiss Mutual Fund; Chandni Davda, Senior Manager - Digital Strategy, South Asia, WWE; Khushboo Solanki Sharma, Founder & Director, Zero Gravity Communications LLP; Isha Sharma, Head of Brand & Marketing, Wholsum Foods; Medhavi Nain, Head of Marketing – Anastasia Beverly Hills, India, House of Beauty; Neha Dk, Chief Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut India; Sowmya Iyer, Founder & CEO, DViO Digital; Neha Kulwal, Managing Director, APAC, Admitad India, Sonam Bikram Vij, Associate Director & Brand Lead – Quaker, Pepsico India and Saumya Rathore, Category Lead – PepsiCola, Pepsico.

Tech, Auto & BFSI Sectors High Among Winners

Post the pandemic, it came as no surprise for technology upgradation. The marketers covered the tech space with their bright marketing insights and hence, joined the elite club under 40 such as Aayush Puri, Founder & Business Head, Anacity; Abhinav Chetan, Founder & CEO, Digital for Non – Profits & Digicated; Aditya Babbar, Senior Director – Head Product & Marketing, Samsung India Electronics; Ankit Khirwal, Head of Marketing, UpGrad; Burhanuddin Pithawala, Head of Growth Marketing, HealthPlix; Kedar Kulkarni, Vice President – Digital, Puretech Digital; Nikunj Kewalramani, Communications Lead, Posist Technologies and Vishwas Anand, Content Marketing Strategy & operations Excellence Leader – Global Marketing, Schneider Electric.

An increasing demand and safety financial knit, Auto and BFSI sector witnessed an expansion in its industry. Marketers uplifting their respective brands and business made it to the BW Marketing 40 under 40 club. The names include of Aabhinna Suresh Khare, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer & Head of Strategy, Bajaj Capital; Ameya Padmakar Velankar, Head of Marketing, India & South Asia, Uber Systems India; Ayaaz Khan, Vice President – Marketing, Max Life Insurance; Chirag Chheda, Head Retail Marketing – Activation & Events, IDFC First Bank; Jaspreet Singh, Head of Marketing & Public Relations, Financepeer; Puneeth Bekal, Director – Area Marketing, Mastercard; Sameer Nanjangud, Chief Manager – Digital Marketing & CRM, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India; Shivam Ranjan, Marketing Head – Motorola India and SAARC, Motorola Mobility India; Subhamoy Das, National Director, GroupM Media India (ESP); Taran Kankani, Vice President & Head – Brand & Communication, DMI Finance and Vignesh Murali, VP – Head of Marketing, Brand & Corporate Communications, Equitas Small Finance Bank.

Multifarious Sectors of Rise

An abundance of marketers, making a mark in diverse sectors is what keeps them united as well. The BW Marketing 40 under 40 witnessed young talents becoming the future of marketers in sectors such as FMCG, F&B, infrastructure as well as media & digital Communications. The talents comprised Abhishank Babbar, Lead, Channel Communications, Bira91; Ahmad Aftab Naqvi, Co-founder & Global CEO, GOZOOP Group; Aman Arora, Co-founder, Director & CMO, Keventers; Muralidharan Kannan, Chief Manager – Marketing, ACC Limited; Pranay Swarup, Founder & CEO,; Prateek Malpani, General Manager & Head of Brand, Wakefit Innovations and Vikas Chawla, Co-founder, Social Beat.

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BW Marketing 40 Under 40 is an annual initiative to celebrate the future of marketers and leadership spirit in the marketing sector of India.

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