Adobe Symposium 2017 Conference Speakers
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Preserving the status quo is not a winning strategy. As Adobe CEO, this core belief drove Shantanu and his leadership team’s successful transformation of Adobe, moving its creative software franchise from the desktop to the cloud, while creating and leading the explosive digital marketing category.
Managing Director, Idea Cellular Ltd.
Director – Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd.
Himanshu, an alumnus of BIT (Mesra) (1979-1983) and IIM, Bangalore (1988-1990) is currently the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Limited and serves as Director with ‘Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited’ the strategic advisory unit of Aditya Birla Group.
Himanshu has been consistently recognized for his leadership skills and a recipient of many awards. At the prestigious CNBC India Business Leader Awards (IBLA) 2016, Idea Cellular was awarded the ‘Outstanding Company of the Year’.
Himanshu was the former Chairman of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) for the period 2012-12, the body representing interest of GSM operators in India. Himanshu was also on the GSMA Board – the international body formulating and driving global GSM eco-system.
Himanshu’s current focus is getting Idea ready for future high potential wireless broadband business with specific emphasis on 3G and 4G services.
CEO, Lifestyle Business
Sanjay is currently the CEO of Raymond Lifestyle and is responsible for Textile, Apparel and Retail businesses. He is also a management board member of Raymond Apparel Limited.
Besides a little under 4 year in Textile industry, Sanjay has over two decades of prior work experience with 10-years in FMCG and 10-years in Telecom. He has worked with HUL, Nokia and Reliance in diverse functional and business leadership capacities across all the organizations, in India, Asia-Pacific and Globally. He has led some of of the top Indian and Global brands – Vim, Cif, Domestos, Surf, Rin, Sunlight, Nokia, Reliance amongst others.
Sanjay brings with him a wealth of business and brand leadership experience ranging across consumer goods to serve industry – project set–up, operation scale–up and managing large established brands and businesses. Through his career he has led teams of diverse skill sets, experience, scale, structures, locations, cultures and nationalities.
His strong consumer focus, executional excellence, innovative marketing models and entrepreneurial drive has ensured sustainable, profitable and exponential business growth in all his assignments. Apart from numerous industry awards in India and globally, he also has 3 Global IPR’s in Brand & Marketing operations.
Sanjay graduated from IIT BHU (Varanasi) and is an MBA from Sydenham Institute of Management, Mumbai. He is also an avid enthusiast of technology and gadgets, a die-hard cricket aficionado and enjoys painting in his leisure time.
President – Home Improvement, International & IT
Asian Paints Limited
He joined Asian Paints in 1992 and has held various post across Sales, Engineering, Marketing in the Decorative and Industrial paint businesses and was till recently the Chief – Corporate Strategy & CIO and was responsible for corporate planning and information technology.
President, Adobe Asia Pacific
Paul believes the Asia Pacific region is the most exciting and dynamic place in the world to do business. As the leader of Adobe Asia Pacific, Paul advises brands on digital transformation, and how they can put customer experience at the centre of everything they do to drive business growth. Paul is passionate about the role technology can play in delivering amazing experiences, especially in emerging markets where mobile is almost ubiquitous.
Paul is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on the boards of the Association for Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), Tresillian, the Royal Society for the Welfare of Mothers and Babies, and the Investment Advisory Board of Alchemy Ventures. He is also an active member of the Australian Surf Life Saving Association.
Paul holds a Diploma in Market Research, a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing, a Graduate Diploma in International Business and has attended a variety of general management and executive courses at institutions including the Haas School of Business at UC Berkley, INSEAD and the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Follow Paul on Twitter: @Paul_A_Robson
Vice President of Marketing Strategy for Digital Marketing
As vice president of Marketing Strategy, Suresh Vittal creates and drives implementation of go-to-market initiatives across the Digital Marketing business at Adobe, including the six solutions and core services within the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Primetime, PhoneGap for Enterprise and Digital Publishing Suite.
Professional Badminton Player - India
Saina Nehwal is the first Indian woman to rise to the quarter finals of the Olympics, and she is also the first Indian woman to be ranked as the world’s number 1 badminton player by the Badminton World Federation.
Saina was a teenage sensation when she won the Under-19 national championships. She developed her game quickly and started winning major trophies in the professional circuit. She became the first Indian badminton player to win a BWF Super Series, the most prominent badminton series of the world and continued to impress on her way, to winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in 2010. However, the most important win of her career was without a doubt, her bronze medal-winning performance at the London Olympics in 2012.
Saina holds 23 international titles and is without doubt, one of India’s leading sportspersons. She was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2009 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009-2010. The Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri in 2010 and the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 2016.
In 2012, Saina published her autobiography titled 'Playing to win, my life on and off court'. Saina also holds a brown belt in karate.
Indian Bollywood Actor & Stand-up Comedian
Vir was born in Dehradun and has lived in Africa and studied in Indian Language School in Lagos, Nigeria, Shimla and Delhi. He obtained a Bachelor's degree from Knox College, Illinois in Economics & Theatre with a concentration in performance. After graduating from Knox, He was accepted into the Stanislavsky Program of Moscow Arts Theatre.
He performed at the Habitat Center, New Delhi on a visit to India. While in the USA, Vir was a cast member in three sketch comedy troupes.
Vir returned to India in April 2003 and since then has performed over 100 comedy shows in all the major cities. He has debuted six (1.5 hour) comedy specials written, directed by and starring him at the India Habitat center to audiences of over 900 a night.
Vir started his career on TV when he hosted two TV shows on Zoom Channel. The first one was Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain where he was an agony uncle. The second was his own stand-up comedy late night show Ek Rahin Vir. Vir has also hosted Top Drive getaway for Star World.
Vir hosted Cricket Firsts, a sports comedy show on Zee Sports (now TEN Action+). He did improvisational comedy on SAB TV's Lo Kar Lo Baat. He can be seen anchoring Now Not Showing on CNN-IBN.
Most importantly, Vir is the host of News on the Loose, his own news comedy show on CNBC-TV18.
Vir was cast as the comic relief by winning one of the principal characters in The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, a Hallmark mini-series filmed in India. He can be seen in Vipul Shah's hit movie Namastey London.
The Indian Express has called him 'a comedian to watch out for' and 'India's Answer to Jay Leno'. The Hindustan Times calls him 'simply hysterical'. Delhi Times has listed him as one of Delhi's Top Ten Dream Men. The Pioneer has called him 'The Funniest Kid in India'. Verve has called him 'India's only true comic'.
Vir has approximately 35 plays, over 100 stand-up comedy shows, 8 TV shows, 2 movies and 6 comedy specials behind him. He is writing comedic columns for Femina, Maxim, Exotica, DNA and Tehelka.
CEO-Retail & Online
Ferns N Petals
With an enriching experience of more than three decades, half of which was in Steel products of Automobiles and Railways, Pawan joined Ferns N Petals in 2001. Today, he has achieved an unparalleled leadership position in the floral retail segment in a span of 16 years! Changing the league of retail and e-commerce at Ferns N Petals and capitalizing on innovation to transform the growth landscape.
Pawan Gadia strongly believes in empowering his team to become efficient future CEOs and letting them take ownership of their work.
Vice President and Head - Analytics and Decision Sciences
Dr. Ravi Vijayaraghavan is a Vice President at Flipkart where he leads the Analytics and Decision Sciences organization. This team is responsible for leveraging data, analytics and science to create true business impact across the value chain of the business.
Before joining 7, Ravi held a variety of leadership roles at Ford Motor Company. His contributions were in the applications of computing and analytics to the design and optimization of business and engineering systems. He was the recipient of a Henry Ford Technology Award – the highest technical recognition at Ford. Ravi was also a vice president and part of the executive leadership team of Mu Sigma Inc., a Chicago/Bangalore based pure-play analytical services company.
Ravi has 25+ patent filings, many refereed publications and has presented as invited/ keynote speaker at several international conferences. Ravi holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Ravi currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and son.
Chief Digital Officer
Uma is the key architect for the digital roadmap for Raymond Ltd, a 91 year old legacy brand that has created the men’s clothing market with its fine fabrics proposition.
Her passion for customer centricity and creating retail experiences for consumers and strong alignment to data driven marketing, led the management of Raymond hand over the mandate for digital transformation to her.
In her role she us leading Raymond’s efforts on strategy for digital consumers including the Ecommerce business , Omni Channel Strategy, technology and roll out, CRM and integrated customer analytics. In her new role, she heads a recently created Digital Customer Centre for Raymond that integrates this into an end to end effort for the organisation.
Head – Online Marketing and Analytics
Anuj Malhotra, heads online marketing and analytics at Makemytrip.com. He is responsible for customer growth and acquisition, as well as overseeing web and mobile analytics platforms. Anuj’s passion for analytical approach to business was formed in his early career, while he was an undergraduate student at IIT Bombay involved with a start-up building CFD products for industrial applications.
Anuj lives in Gurgaon. He loves travelling and developing new skills - scuba diving being his latest interest.
Mr Prakarsh Gagdani is the CEO of 5Paisa.com, India's only financial products marketplace, which offers India's most affordable discount broking besides mutual funds and insurance products from across the industry.
Mr Gagdani has demonstrated excellence in developing & streamlining systems with proven ability to enhance operational effectiveness and meet operational goals within the cost, time & quality parameters. Mr Gagdani has strong business acumen with skills to remain on the cutting edge and drive new business through conceptualising strategies, augmenting & streamlining networks.
Head - eCommerce and Big Data
Maneesh Mittal is a general management professional with over 16 years of experience across functions and industries, in India and overseas.
Maneesh was recently cited amongst ‘Top 50 Most Influential eCommerce Professionals of India’, 2017 by CMO Asia, and has in the past been a winner of a regional IBM-CSI Young IT Professional Award.
Associate Director, Engagement Marketing
Sameer is a tech marketing professional with 10 years of experience in Online Retail, Online Travel, Automobile and IT. Having worked with Organizations like Infosys, Oracle, Maruti Suzuki and Makemytrip in the past, he is currently riding the Indian eRetail roller coaster with ShopClues. In his current role he leads Onsite Marketing & Marketing Strategy and his core competence is Conversion Optimization, Business Strategy and Digital Analytics.
Chief Marketing Officer
A management graduate from UC- Berkeley, Hitesh is true left and right-brain professional. Hitesh has been involved in versatile roles throughout his career. Ranging from strategy formation and all level analytics at Levi Strauss, USA to best in class engagement practices with MakeMyTrip.com.
Head - Digital Marketing & Loyalty Programme Ops
A thoroughbred public school product (The Scindia School, Gwalior), a commerce graduate and MBA in Marketing, Baldev joined ITC Hotels in 1999.
According to him, the digital marketing sphere is one of the most exciting fields in the hotel industry, as it continues to evolve on a daily basis, where change is the only constant, thereby throwing fresh challenges on an hourly basis. Of all the digital domains, its social media marketing he is most passionate about.
Baldev resides in Gurgaon and is a big Real Madrid & Liverpool fan and an avid golfer.
DCX - Digital Marketing
Chandramouli heads the Digital Customer Experience Transformation Consulting for Capgemini financial services. He has lead many digital transformation assignments for Banks and NBFC’s globally. He also leads the Capgemini research on the Fintech’s with a specific focus on bringing the Fintech capabilities for its customer in digital transformation projects.
Digital Project Lead
Idea Cellular Ltd
Udai currently holds the dual responsibilities of leading Idea Cellular’s digital sales & service transformation project, while driving revenue through Idea’s website and mobile app. As part of the transformation, he drives strategies for digital analytics, omni-channel experiences and e-commerce – from identifying the right technology platforms to building processes to deliver success.
Earlier, Udai managed sales portfolios in Larsen & Toubro’s construction and mining equipment division before going to IIM Bangalore to pursue his MBA.
Associate Director, Digital Marketing Initiatives
Deepak heads digital marketing technology for IDFC Bank. Deepak has worked in banking, telecom and start-up sectors with a focus on digital strategy and transformation. He is a graduate of IIM Kozhikode, a self-taught coder and designer, who started out as an entrepreneur.
Vice President & Head of Global Service Line for Marketing and Experience Platforms
Saurabh heads the Global service line for Marketing and Campaign platforms for SapientRazorfish. In his role, Saurabh is responsible for revenue growth of the service line, delivery execution, solutions and propositions, capability and engineering.
Saurabh's roots are in technology but he has a unique blend of skills which includes strategy, enterprise & digital transformation, in-depth industry knowledge, marketing and experience technology.
Saurabh has been a speaker at Adobe Symposium in Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai.
Digital Experience Engineering & Optimization Leader
Rajesh has 20+ years of experience working with various customers in roles involving end to end digital transformation. He has specific experience of 4+ years working with Adobe suite of products and has been instrumental in successful implementations both for AEM & Adobe marketing cloud. His most recent contribution is driving successful implementation of TCS's own new brand identity tcs.com on Adobe platform.
Head - Digital, India Business
Sai heads Business Solutions and Digital for the India Business Unit. He advises enterprises on their digital transformation journey with specific focus on phygital. Has lead succesful business transformation journeys for enterprises globally.
Head - Digital Marketing and Web Analytics
Jahid Ahmed is an astute Digital Marketing professional with over a decade of experience, covering the Digital spectrum and Data driven marketing, in the BFSI sector.
Post his digital stint across ICICI and CITI Bank he is currently heading Digital Marketing & Web Analytics at HDFC Bank. His key focus is into establishing Innovative and seamless ways to acquire and enhance customer experience from its digital properties.
His work in the innovation led acquisition space got the bank Silver in IAMAI and Bronze in DigiMaxx awards.
He has been recently awarded as One of India’s most influential Digital Marketing Professional by World Brand Congress and CMO Asia.
Kulmeet Bawa heads business for Adobe Systems in the South Asia region with a specific focus on expanding footprint across verticals. He is responsible for growing the Sales and Marketing function within Large Enterprises, Mid-market as well as the Government and Education sector and drives adoption of the entire spectrum of Adobe’s Creative and Marketing Cloud offerings.
When not at work, Kulmeet enjoys his game of Golf, is a voracious reader, an avid traveler and most of all enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
Director, APAC, Adobe Experience Cloud
“I’m the person who helps bridge the gap between the business objectives of marketing professionals and the increasingly amazing but confusing technology that has the potential to help them do their jobs more successfully than ever before,” explains Siva Ganeshanandan, Director, Adobe Experience Cloud in Asia Pacific.
As part of his regional duties, Siva also leads Adobe’s industry specialist team that provides executive level consulting and digital roadmaps for Adobe’s most strategic customers.
Siva has fourteen years experience in the industry, eleven of these in Asia Pacific. He joined Adobe in 2011, having held senior roles for many years with companies including Interwoven, where after running APAC marketing, he led the regional Optimost business. He started his career with Cisco Systems in the UK before joining Mirror Image, the content delivery provider, in a role that brought him to Singapore.
Director, Market Development
Michael Stoddart leads the Market Development team for Adobe in Asia Pacific, supporting Adobe's enterprise customers as they undertake digital content transformation. Michael's longevity, industry knowledge and strategic vision have built significant awareness in the business and creative communities.
Director, Marketing Cloud, Technical Marketing
As Director, Marketing Cloud Technical Marketing and an Evangelist for Adobe, Marc is responsible for technical marketing and evangelism activities for all Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions and the underlying data platform. Marc’s teams represent the business in the following areas:
- Marketing Cloud & Solution Vision Demos – technical presentations, analyst & press presentations, customer briefings, and industry events
- Field and market enablement for best practice use of Marketing Cloud technologies
- Development and enablement of field-ready demonstrations and assets to showcase value of Adobe technologies
- Evangelism in sales, across social networks, at industry events around the world, and through publications
In 2013, Marc was honored with the prestigious Adobe Founders’ Award. This peer-nominated award recognizes employees who exemplify Adobe’s core values of being Genuine, Exceptional, Innovative and Involved, who have made a significant contribution/impact to the company
Product Marketing Director, Mobile & Advanced Analytics
Arun is responsible for global success of mobile and advanced analytics adoption across all Adobe solutions and customers within the Experience Cloud and Creative Cloud. He has over 2 decades of driving product marketing leadership across global technology brands like Intel, HP, CA Technologies, Citrix and Cadence. Arun has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from India and an MBA in marketing and finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
VP Adobe Campaign, Digital Marketing
Stephan Dietrich is Vice President of Adobe Campaign. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategic development and global business growth of the Campaign product, one of eight solutions that comprise the Adobe Marketing Cloud. He joined Adobe through the Neolane acquisition in 2013. As one of its founders, Stephan served as President of Neolane and was the driving force behind its massive growth in North America and its acquisition by Adobe for $600 million.
Prior to Adobe and Neolane, Dietrich was CEO of Cubicsoft and co-founder of AGDS, a company sold to Peregrine Systems, now HP. Dietrich holds a MS degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris and an MBA from the College des Ingenieurs.