20 Global Indians

At Reputation Today, engagement is our #1 priority. In the last four years we have realised how lists are both engaging and exciting. In our quest to build on this tradition of researching and producing the annual lists, we arrived at a decision to create a list of Global Indians. Our database has over 100 Indians in Public Relations and Corporate Communications who have gotten transferred to international locations. Some of them got transferred in the first five years of their stint in the organisation in India, some later. We used LinkedIn extensively to build the list.

There are those who moved countries in order to study or because of marriage or to explore greener pastures and bagged a job in the process. We did not consider this group for the first edition of the list. We included those who got transferred. In some cases they changed jobs in the new country they called home. We counted them as well. We ensured an equal mix of men and women. Something we always try and do. We also chose not to have more than one professional from the same organisation.

We also chose to highlight 20 professionals – of which at least five were in consulting jobs and the rest in in-house jobs in 2020. We tried to ensure a good mix of Asia, North America and Europe. So, we have four in Europe (UK, France, Belgium), seven in North America including one in Canada and the remaining nine from Asia with the majority in Singapore. We did not want the list to have more than 1/3 based in Singapore because that is a city-state with over 25 communicators in leadership positions. So, we chose two in consulting and the remaining six from in-house where they had either an APAC-wide role or a Global role. And had at least spent two years overseas. We needed to put these parameters in place in order to arrive at a number.

Our intent is to do this annually and not repeat names unless the person has either changed the organisation or has been promoted to a role with more responsibilities in the same one and continues to remain overseas. We hope you get inspired by these women and men and aspire to go global. And if you are the one in this list and reading this now – thank you for the inspiration!

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Reputation Today 20 Global Indians – Class of 2020

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Reputation Today 20 Global Indians – 2020

Sr No Name Location Designation Organisation
1 Abhinav Kumar Brussels Chief Marketing & Communications Officer – Global Markets Tata Consultancy Services
2 Amit Khetarpaul Washington DC Senior Communications Officer International Monetary Fund
3 Anubha Prakash London Head – Europe PR OnePlus
4 Archana Mohan Austin Director – Corporate Communications, Dell Financial Services Dell Technologies
5 Arunav Sinha California Head – Global Communications Coursera
6 Barsha Panda Singapore Head – Strategic Sales Communications, EMEA Oracle
7 BodhiSatya Basu Thakur Detroit Senior Vice President & Group Business Director WPP/GTB
8 Kerman Kasad Toronto Vice President, Global Communications & Brand Project Management Institute
9 Lavanya Wadgaonkar Yokohama DGM, Global Corporate Communications Nissan Motor Corp
10 Meenu Handa Singapore Senior Director, Corporate Communications (Google SEA, Payments & NBU) Google
11 Nikhil Kharoo Singapore Head – PR & Partnerships – APAC Fitbit
12 Papri Dev Singapore Senior Director – APAC Communications Tinder Inc
13 Priyanka Bajpai Singapore Regional Head – Southeast Asia SPAG
14 Rimmi Harindran Singapore Regional Head – Communications, APAC Healthcare Merck
15 Sanjay Nair San Francisco President US Western Region & Global Chair, Technology Sector Edelman
16 Sonali Batra Bentonville Director – Digital Strategy & Brand Engagement Walmart Inc.
17 Sonya Madeira London Founder, Rice Communications Rice Communications
18 Sukanti Ghosh Houston SVP & Lead – South Asia Practice Albright Stonebridge Group
19 Sunny Guglani Toulouse Executive Assistant to EVP Communications & Corporate Affairs Airbus
20 Tarun Deo Singapore Managing Director Singapore and Southeast Asia Golin