Mr Ashwani Windlass, 67, has spent more than four decades in top management roles with first-hand experience in both traditional and new age technology companies. With an exceptional track record in value creation, he now mentors top CEOs/Boards.
An MBA from FMS, Delhi University, he holds a B.Com degree with a gold medal and post-graduation in Journalism (B.J.) from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
Since 2008, he has been Chairman – SA & JVs, MGRM Inc., USA, a global research initiative on human lifecycle-based services. He is on the Board of several leading companies, including Hitachi MGRM Net Limited, Vodafone Idea Limited, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited and Jubilant Foodworks Limited. He served on the Board of Max India Limited/Max Financial Services Limited for more than 25 years.
He established and managed dozen-plus new ventures with the world’s leading corporations – Hutchison Group, Hong Kong; British Telecom UK; Comsat Corporation, USA; Avnet, USA; Royal DSM, Holland; Total Group, France; Hitachi Limited, Japan, among others.
He has been the Founder Managing Director of Hutchison Max Telecom (later rechristened Vodafone India Limited) and Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Telecom Limited & Executive Chairman MGRM.
Having anchored key policy initiatives with several Governments, he regularly contributes editorial columns.
Mr. Gunjan Shah holds a Bachelor of Technology (Computers) from VJTI, Mumbai and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mr. Gunjan Shah has extensive experience of working across varied sectors spanning Consumer Durables, Telecom and FMCG. He brings to the table an innate knack for understanding consumers, passion for action, people development experience and clarity of thought and purpose. In his previous role, Mr. Gunjan was the Chief Commercial Officer at Britannia Industries. He spent the early stages of his career working with brands such as Asian Paints and Motorola before moving on to Britannia in 2007.
Ms. Vidhya Srinivasan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a PGBDM degree from IIM - Ahmedabad. She had joined Bata India Limited as CFO during January 2021 from Puma Sports India Pvt. Ltd. where she was working as Executive Director - Finance, Legal and IT and CFO.
Ms. Vidhya Srinivasan has over 24 years of experience in Finance, Strategy, Business Planning, Legal and Commercial Functions. She has worked with reputed organizations like Aditya Birla Retail Limited, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited, Kearney, etc. at various positions including CFO.
Ms. Kanchan Chehal joined Bata India Limited as Head – Human Resources in December 2019 from Xerox India Ltd. where she was working as Executive Director – Human Resources, leading HR Operation for the Asia Pacific Region.
Her career spans over 2 decades in Human Resource Management across business sectors including Technology, IT&ITES, Sourcing, FMCG, Telecom and Service industries with 26+ years of experience in the HR domain.
Prior to Bata, at Xerox she was part of the management team as the HR Operation Leader - Asia Pacific responsible for all Xerox Entities in the Region covering Go-To-Market Operations, Global Business Shared Services centres, Delivery and Procurement organizations.
Prior, she worked with GAP Sourcing, as Senior Director-Human Resources covering South East Asia under her remit.
In her earlier career journey, she has worked with other organizations of repute such as PepsiCo International, Bharti Airtel, InterGlobe and Usha India in various roles wherein she led Leadership Development, Careers and Succession Planning, designing, and delivering HR policy frameworks, robust Talent Management, and key HR interventions.
Her expertise in conceptualizing and delivering HR strategy frameworks, Organization Design, driving reward and recognition programs and training and development span many years. She believes in strong HR Business Partnering, building careers, driving transformation projects and on continuous learning.
She holds a PGDBM in Human Resources from the Indian Institute of Planning & Management, New Delhi and BA History (Hons) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Mr Alberto Toni graduated in Economics from the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. A Chartered Accountant and Certified Tax Advisor, he has attended executive education programmes at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. As the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee Member of the Bata Group, he is responsible for all aspects of financial management of the Group globally. Moreover, he is in charge of Supply Chain, Information Technology and the Bata Industrial business unit.
Before joining Bata Group in 2016, Mr Toni held several senior leadership positions at market-leading organisations in Europe and Latin America. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant in primary consulting firms in Italy.
Before moving to the FMCG industry, Mr Toni had a stint with Heineken, where he held positions of increasing seniority during his 18-year tenure. Thereafter, he worked with Deoleo – the global market leader in olive oil, listed at the Madrid stock exchange – in Spain as Chief Financial Officer and was a central part of the leadership team steering the ambitious transformation of the business.
Mr Ravindra Dhariwal is the co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies – a data analytics firm specialising in helping enterprises maximise their revenues. In a career spanning four decades, he has built consumer businesses all over the world.
Before co-founding Sagacito, he was the Group CEO of Bennett, Coleman & Co., India’s largest media entity, with diversified media platforms, including Radio Mirchi, Times Television Network, Times Internet, Times OOH and the world’s largest-selling English newspaper The Times of India.
Mr Dhariwal was also the worldwide President of the International News Media Association between 2011 and 2013. Before joining Bennett Coleman & Co., he was with PepsiCo for 12 years. As its first employee in India, he helped the company establish its presence in the country. He also led the Beverage Business in India, Africa and South-East Asia. Beginning his career with Unilever in India in 1977, he worked in both India and Australia for more than 12 years, mostly in Sales and Marketing management. Mr Dhariwal is an Engineer from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Ms. Radha Rajappa is an entrepreneurial business leader with more than 30 years of experience in IT industry handling diverse roles of creating, nurturing and leading businesses from start and scaling existing businesses. She has successfully built and passionately led various businesses in Digital Transformation and IT products and services. She is an ardent believer of building and nurturing high performance teams and excited about carving business opportunities with leading edge Digital, AI and Cloud technologies. She currently serves as the Executive Chairperson of Flutura Decision Sciences and Analytics, an Industrial AI firm. Earlier, she was leading Digital and Services business at Microsoft India. She was a member of the India Leadership team driving the transformation for customers to the Cloud and Digital world. She has served for 16 years as a key member of the Executive Leadership team at Mindtree. She was responsible for building and leading the Global Digital Business as the Executive Vice President and established Mindtree as a significant partner for Global clients to “Make Digital Real” for their businesses. Led Mindtree’ s move to Industry led vertical focus as the leader for Retail, CPG and Manufacturing industry as well as Travel, Transportation and Hospitality.
Ms. Radha is also a Certified Executive Coach helping professionals sharpen their innate potential to deal with the change and realise their true potential. She has also served in IBM India in various capacities and in diverse roles encompassing Sales, Marketing and being responsible for various business lines. She holds degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.
Mr Akshay Chudasama is the Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., heading the firm’s practice in the Mumbai Region. He has expertise in cross-border M&A and Private Equity across varied sectors. He advises both foreign companies entering India and Indian companies in outbound acquisitions. Mr Chudasama holds a degree in Bachelors of Arts (BA) from St Xavier’s College (University of Bombay) and is a Law Graduate from the London School of Economics (University of London), UK.
He is enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, and as a Solicitor with the Law Society (England and Wales). He is also enrolled with the Bombay Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and is a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Young Presidents’ Organization.
Mr Chudasama has been practising law since 1994. He was a partner at AZB & Partners for more than three years and, thereafter, at J. Sagar Associates (JSA) for almost 10 years. He has addressed several prestigious domestic and international seminars and conferences on various aspects related to his practice. He also serves inter alia as a Director on the Board of Apollo Tyres Ltd.