Chintamani Rao has worked for 38 years with major global advertising agency networks including Lintas, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann and in news broadcasting.
As President, Integrated Communications at McCann Worldgroup he was responsible for managing and overseeing the agency’s business in media (Universal McCann), CRM (MRM Partners) activation (Momentum), healthcare communications (McCann Healthcare) and public relations (Shandwick). A specialist in brand and market strategy, he has advised clients on diverse categories, including automotive, financial services, foods, healthcare, personal products, personal wear, travel and corporate brands.
As CEO at Independent News Service and then at Times Global Broadcasting he managed and built three of India’s leading TV news channels: India TV (Hindi), Times NOW (English) and ET NOW (business news). He also played a significant role in policy and regulatory issues relating to broadcasting, as a Director of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF); a founder and Director of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA); and Chairman of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).
He retired from The Times Group as Vice Chairman of Times Global Broadcasting and Advisor to Times Private Treaties (now Brand Capital), and returned to advertising to lead R K Swamy Media Group as President.
Now an independent consultant, he is also engaged as Vice Chairman in a non-executive capacity with Penn Schoen &Berland Associates.
Chinta writes a blog, ‘Take it from me…’ (www.chintarao.blogspot.com), commenting on issues in marketing and media.
Over the past 34 years, Mohan has held positions at the GM, VP, SVP and CEO levels, in sectors such as Financial Services, Consulting and Corporate Learning & Development, amongst others.
He worked for 18 years in a public sector bank and then merchant banking, and then transitioned into organisation and leadership development, which has been his prime focus for the past 15 years. He also founded a training and content development company which was later sold to a large European conglomerate. Following this he worked with leading Indian companies in senior management roles (in the Reliance and Bharti groups) and has held senior advisory roles covering organisational and leadership development for well-known clients in the insurance, consulting and education services industries. Mohan manages business growth, external relationships and the design and delivery of leadership enhancement, board effectiveness and strategy solutions for clients of the company, which is focused on organisational leadership development, strategy execution and risk management.
Mohan’s passion and mission is to help clients develop their organisational leadership and effectively execute strategic intent. He firmly believes that long term business growth and organisational health rests on building processes for continuity, sustainability and predictability.
Mohan has a strong understanding of the dynamics of senior teams, having been a member of the strategic management committee for companies in the Reliance Retail group, a leadership team member at Bharti Resources, and a long term advisor to the CEOs of diverse organisations across insurance, consulting, education, and healthcare. He has also held board positions in 3 companies.
A well-regarded facilitator for senior management programmes, and a guest faculty for the Institute of Directors ‘Masterclass for Company Directors’, Mohan has, over the years, conducted a very large number of leadership, conflict management and team effectiveness workshops for some of the best names in the Indian corporate world and has established effective client programmes for leadership enhancement, strategy execution and business transition solutions. As a qualified executive coach, Mohan coaches top leaders and managers. Focusing mainly on executive & leadership effectiveness, transition coaching and coaching strategic teams, he has coached a number of top management/senior executives in well known Indian organisations, Fortune 500 MNCs and SMEs.
Besides coaching, Mohan is independently accredited in Organisational Development and Game Theory in Organisational Behavior. An alumnus of Loyola College, he graduated in Economics from the University of Madras and has professional certifications in various areas related to banking, finance and IT.
With an academic background in management and finance from the United Kingdom and India, Vinesh has been associated since 2006 with India’s largest private sector company, Reliance Industries as a key member of their ambitious retail project, responsible for technical and quality assurance, planning, logistics and IT. He also has over two decades of experience in retail with leading multi-national, Bata India with exposure across manufacturing, finance, corporate and project management. His qualifications and accreditations include:
- Fellow Member of The Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants, UK – 1992.
- Associate Member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India – 1986.
Reliance Retail; wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited – Ranked 107 by sales (US$ 74 Billion – Year 2012) in the Fortune 500 Company list and one of the top 30 fastest growing companies world-wide. He was Vice President– technical, sourcing, supply chain logistics, IT & training for the footwear division.
Lifestyle International Private – Indian Retail Division of the Landmark Group (Dubai), Middle-East largest retailer of over 425 Concept stores across 10 countries with sales of US$ 2 billion (Year 2005) and directly employed over 10,000 people. Vice President–operations and marketing.
Bata India – Publicly listed Company with net sales of US Dollars 165 million and directly employed 10,000 people. Vice President – Merchandising and Sourcing.
He brings a wealth of contacts and expertise in strategic development, especially in the retail sector.
Prashant is a Senior Consultant with LeaderShape country partner, Prime Meridian Consulting India Pvt Ltd. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the Indian Army where he held senior level leadership positions and managed extensive communications networks across state and regional boundaries. He also has 8 years of Corporate working experience in Telecommunication Infrastructure and Operations. Prashant has been a trainer in the prestigious Special Forces Academy as well as at The Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, training middle management executives in Leadership and Management Skills.
After transitioning to a business environment, Prashant has held leadership positions with P & L & Revenue responsibilities in the prestigious Bharti, Tata Group Companies, holding national level leadership position with areas of responsibilities in 17 Indian States. He has held a similarly senior post with an American Multinational in Telecommunication Infrastructure & Operations. Prashant has conducted leadership facilitation for senior & mid-level managers in Corporates including Cheil India (A Samsung Group Company), ARK Infotech, Uflex, Pearson and Viom Networks.
His expertise in Independent and Collective Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Communication Skills is highly valued by his clients.
BTech (Electronics and Telecom) from JNU University New Delhi
Master of Technology (MTech), Modelling and Simulation, First Class, University of Pune
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration – Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
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