Our Directors

  • Mr. Sudhir Agarwal Managing Director
    Sudhir Agarwal

    Mr. Sudhir Agarwal has close to 30 years of experience in the publishing and newspaper business and has been a part of the organisation for the same number of years. He is responsible for its long-term vision, business planning and performance monitoring. His dynamic leadership and vision led the Company to encompass multiple states, three languages and a pan-India presence. Under his supervision, the Company’s door-to-door contact launch process has helped its newspapers become No.1 from day one. His aggressive management qualities have led analysts and investors to consider the Company as one of the fastest growing Media Group of India.

  • Mr. Girish Agarwal Non-Executive Director
    Girish Agarwal

    Mr. Girish Agarwal has been on the Board since October 1995 and has approximately 26 years of experience. He heads the marketing and related operations of the Group. He is also an active member of the INS and holds the distinction of being its youngest Chairman in Madhya Pradesh. He has been awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young in 2006 and ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) in 2016. Under his leadership, Divya Bhaskar, the Group’s Gujarati daily has won the ‘Best in Print’ (Bronze) award at the IFRA Asia Pacific Awards. Divya Bhaskar is the only Indian Language newspaper in India to have won this award.

  • Mr. Pawan Agarwal Dy. Managing Director
    Pawan Agarwal

    Mr. Pawan Agarwal has been on the Board since December 2005. He holds a B.A. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA and has also attended a programme on Leadership’s Best Practices at Harvard University. He heads production and the information technology department along with the radio and DB Digital Business within the Group. He has been awarded by the Prime Minister of India for his contribution to Indian language journalism and also by Enterprise Asia as one of the outstanding entrepreneurs of Asia Pacific, 2010.

Independent Directors

  • Mr. Santosh Desai Non-Executive
    Independent Director
    Santosh Desai
  • Mr. Ashwani Singhal Non-Executive
    Independent Director
    Ashwani Singhal
  • Ms. Anupriya Acharya Non-Executive
    Independent Director
    Anupriya Acharya
  • Ms Paulomi Dhawan
    Independent Director
    Paulomi Dhawan
Mr. Santosh Desai Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Santosh Desai is the MD and CEO of Future Brands Ltd., a brand and consumer consultancy company. Previously, he was the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India’s premier advertising agencies. A post graduate from IIMA, Mr. Desai’s principal area of interest is examining the evolving nature of consumer culture in India. He is currently on the boards of Future Consumer Products Limited.

D. B. Corp. Ltd. and Breakthrough. He is also a member of the Governing Councils of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad & Praxis Business School, Kolkata. He has his own weekly column in the Times of India and is the author of the bestseller ‘Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India’; a book that examines how the everyday life of middle class India has evolved.

Mr. Ashwani Singhal Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Ashwani Kumar Singhal has been on the board of the company since November 2007. He has over 33 years of experience in the non-ferrous metallurgical industry. He is currently handling global sourcing of raw materials for his business of manufacturing Aluminium Deox for Steel Industry and Aluminium Powder for Noble Ferro Alloys Production Process. He is the founder-director of ‘The Metal Recycling Association of India’, he has also served as the District Chairperson - Innovation of The International Association of Lions Clubs District 3231 A3, Mumbai, India, 2018-19.

Ms. Anupriya Acharya Non-Executive Independent Director

Anupriya Acharya, CEO, Publicis Groupe South Asia is an eminent media and advertising professional with 27 years of experience across India and Singapore. She joined Publicis Groupe in 2013 and prior to it she has held senior leadership positions with WPP in India and Aegis Media Singapore. She is the elected President for Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) 2020-21, on the Board of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council), actively involved with other industry bodies and is on the Jury of key industry awards.

Ms Paulomi Dhawan Independent Director

Paulomi Dhawan has been a

• Brand builder

• Media Marketing Communications Advisor

• Social Impact Strategist

With 40 years of media, marketing and brand communications experience, she has played an integral role in shaping the brand equity of many leading Indian brands. (be it FMCG, durable, services, media, person, NGO).

She has been a Strategic Advisor to CMD / CEO / Board members on perception image management, media investments, marketing, brand communications. She has been recognised for her deep understanding of the efficiency and efficacy of various media platforms and her strategic vision in the area of management of media investments.

Paulomi believes in giving - she is an advisor to NGOs like SHED India. She was the President of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay Queen’s Necklace (2017-18), where she initiated socially impactful projects - “Adopt a Village”. Her focus was to bring transformation from the grass root level.

Paulomi is Independent Director on Boards of Mukta Arts, Whistling Woods, Indian Society of Advertisers and NGOs like SHED and Make-A-Wish Foundation India.

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