Jeetendra Kapoor, Chairman
Jeetendra Kapoor a legend of Indian Cinema and has starred in more than 200 films in his 45-year film career. He has won a number of awards including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, the Legends of Cinema Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award. His extensive relationships in the Indian entertainment industry prove to be extremely beneficial for the Company and he continues to open new frontiers for the Company.
Shobha Kapoor, Managing Director
Shobha Kapoor has been extremely instrumental in transforming the Company from its small beginnings in 1994 to India’s largest TV content company. Since inception, Mrs. Kapoor has been hands on in the Company’s operational management and efficiency and in controlling ‘on set’ activity. Her stellar work in building the Balaji brand made her win several awards including CEO of the Year (Indian Telly Awards), Businesswoman of the Year (The Economic Times) and numerous Best Producer awards for their TV shows.
Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director
Ekta Kapoor is credited with revamping India’s television landscape. She pioneered an entire genre of television content, heralding India’s satellite television boom. Balaji’s shows have been and continue to be channel drivers for most general entertainment broadcasters. As the creative force behind the Company’s success, she believes in a hands-on approach in day-to-day creative direction for all our content, routinely putting in 16-18 hours each day, she moves ahead with India’s rapidly metamorphosing TV climate.
Under her creative guidance, Balaji has won almost every major TV award. Her stellar work in creating a large content conglomerate at a young age garnered her several distinguished awards, including the Economic Times (Businesswoman of the Year 2002), Ernst & Young (Entrepreneur of the Year 2001) and the American Biographical Institute (Woman of the Year 2001). She was also placed at the first position among the ‘50 Most Influential Women’ in the Indian marketing, advertising and media ecosystems by IMPACT magazine in 2016. She also featured in Top 50 powerful women in India by Fortune India in the year 2014 and 2015. Ms. Ekta Kapoor has also won numerous prestigious awards in the year 2017 as Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Awards, Khaas Rishta Award 2017, 25 Most Powerful Women in India Business, ITA Awards as Sterling Icon of Entertainment, Variety’s (500 Most Influential people in the world), in 2018 she was awarded with IWM (IndianWikiMedia) Digital Awards as Web Person of the year and also honoured with FLO Icon Award at the 34th Annual session of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Ladies Organisation. Recently she was also awarded as the Content Creator at Economic Times Business icon awards of the year, Content Powerhouse at ET Edge Maharashtrian Awards, 'Icon of Excellence' at Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow Awards, Outlook Speakout Awards for her outstanding achievements in the television and film industries and Most Powerful Business Women by Fortune 50-Most Powerful Women in Business Awards. In the year 2020, she has also won Padma Shri Award.
Pradeep Sarda is the Chairman of Sarda Group of Companies and also the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Ecole Mondiale World School. He possesses rich experience across multiple industry verticals including paper, engineering, construction, academics and real estate
D. G. Rajan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was earlier a Senior Partner at Lovelock & Lewes, Chairman of Direct Taxation Committee of Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a Member of the Board of Governor of Doon School. He was also the President of the Management Consultants Association of India and Chairman of the Southern Region of Indian Paint Association. Presently, he is the Advisor and Management Consultant to many domestic and international groups.
D. K. Vasal
D. K. Vasal has over 30 years of experience in the service and manufacturing industry. He was a Senior Equity Partner in one of the leading law firms of India, Group Legal Counsel of Vedanta Plc, Sterlite Group; Head of Legal (India Region) Standard Chartered Bank, Senior Advisor of Bank of Baroda; Executive Vice President and Head Legal & Compliance of DCB Bank Ltd; Head Legal – a new-generation private sector bank (now HDFC Bank).
V. B. Dalal
V. B. Dalal has over 40 years of experience in Audit and Direct Taxation. He has also handled international assignments in internal and operational audits in U.K, Portugal, Kenya, and Indonesia. He has an academic experience of more than 10 years as part time lecturer in Accountancy, having worked with the Dahanukar College of Commerce and Economics affiliated to University of Mumbai.He is Director on Board and Chairman of Audit Committee of M/s Maharashtra Polybutanes Limited and M/s Oxides and Specialities Limited.He is a Proprietor of V.B Dalal and Company, a firm of Chartered Accountants which is established in the July 1969.
Arun Kumar Purwar
Purwar was the Chairman of State Bank of India the largest Bank in the Country from November, 02 to May, 06. He held several important and critical positions like Managing Director of State Bank of Patiala, Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo covering almost entire range of commercial banking operations in his long and illustrious career at the Bank. He was also associated in setting up of SBI Life.
Purwar also worked as Chairman of Indian Bank Association during 2005-2006. Post his retirement from SBI, he was associated with a leading industry house in setting up the first Health care focused private equity fund as well as highly successful NBFC focused on funding real estate projects as well as Educational Institutions. He is regularly invited to various conferences and workshops and other forums to share his views on Banking and Monetary Policy. He is passionate about creation of Infrastructure viz, Health care, Education and Solar power.
He is currently Chairman of ILFS Renewable Energy, one of the largest renewable energy Co. of the Country. He also works as an Independent Director in leading companies across diverse sectors like Power, Solar Energy, Telecom, Steel, Engineering Consultancy, Pharma and Financial Services. He also acts as an Advisor to Mizuho Securities, Japan.
Dr. Archana Hingorani
Dr. Archana Hingorani is serving as a Director on Board of Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, Den Networks Limited, 5Paisa Capital Limited, SIDBI Venture Capital Limited, Grindwell Norton Limited and SBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company Private Limited. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Mumbai, a master’s degree in business administration from the Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, USA and a doctorate degree in philosophy from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, USA. She has 24 years of experience in financial services and private equity fund investment. She is currently a Managing Partner at Siana Capital, an investment firm focussed on technology and innovation. Prior to that she was the CEO of IL&FS Investment Managers Limited as was with the group for 23 years.. She has been the recipient of various awards such as ‘Ten most influential women in private real estate investing’ by PERE in 2010, ‘Most Powerful Women’ in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Fortune India, ‘Most Powerful Women’ in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Business Today, ‘25 Most Influential Women in Asia Asset Management’ by Asian Investor in May, 2014, and ‘Distinguished International Alumnus’ in the year 2016 by the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, USA. In sum, she has over 33 years’ experience in the financial services business, teaching and research.
Mr. Jason Kothari
Jason Kothari is an entrepreneur and experienced business leader in the technology, media & entertainment sectors. While still in college, he acquired bankrupt US-based Valiant Entertainment and led the transformation of the company as the CEO to the third largest superhero entertainment company after Marvel and DC Entertainment and a sale for $100 million, generating a record industry return. The Company was named Publisher of the Year, was nominated for 90 awards, and completed a landmark five-movie deal with Sony Pictures, including ‘Bloodshot’ starring Vin Diesel (Sony Pictures), where Jason served as an Executive Producer. Subsequently, Jason was the CEO of Housing.com, one of India’s largest online real estate companies, where he led the transformation of the company and then a merger with News Corp’s PropTiger to create the $350 million industry leader. The Company had increased revenues by 400%, while reducing costs by 70%, and its platform became the most popular for buying and selling homes in the country. Following this, Jason became the Chief Strategy & Investor Officer of Snapdeal, one of India’s largest e-commerce companies, where he played a lead role in transforming the company. This included leading the Snapdeal 2.0 strategy & plan creation, the restructuring of the company, and the sale of non-core businesses, resulting in the company going from an over $20 million monthly loss to a profit, a first for an Indian e-commerce company, and generating $140 million in excess cash. Jason was also the CEO of FreeCharge, one of India’s largest digital payments companies owned by Snapdeal, where he led the company from a $10 million gross monthly loss to a gross profit and then a sale to Axis Bank for $60 million. In addition, he has been a senior advisor to various companies, such as Softbank, the largest technology investor; Noon.com, the largest e-commerce company in the Middle East that has raised $1 billion; and is on the Board of Directors of Emaar India, one of the largest real estate developers in India with over $2 billion in assets, among others. He holds a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) in Mumbai and is the author of the Nielson best- selling book ‘Irrationally Passionate’ (HarperCollins).
Anshuman Thakur is the Senior Vice President - Strategy & Planning at Reliance Industries Ltd. He joined the Reliance Group in 2014 and has ever since been closely involved with the Jio business. He has over 18 years of experience in Corporate Strategy and Investment Banking and has worked across diverse industries. Prior to joining Reliance, he worked with Morgan Stanley as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Indian business. He was a TMT coverage banker at Rothschild prior to his stint at Morgan Stanley. He has also worked with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in the area of corporate finance and strategy. He has done his graduate studies in Economics and Master’s in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Ms. Jyoti Deshpande, 48 years has over 26 years of experience in media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. Ms. Deshpande is the President – Content and Media for Reliance Industries Limited and leads the company’s initiatives to create original content such as films and web series across Hindi and multiple languages under the Jio Studios banner. She also has a critical oversight role across all of RIL’s media investments such as Viacom, Network 18, Indiacast, Balaji Telefilms and Saavn with a view to integrate the synergies across these diverse media companies to build maximum value and growth. She is responsible for designing and implementing the consumer content proposition for all of Jio’s platforms whether mobility or fibre-to-the-home.
Ms. Deshpande was featured in Forbes Emergent 25 businesswomen in Asia list in May 2018. She has also been rising up the ranking in the Fortune India magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business which celebrates the journeys and triumphs of women who not only impact their organization but are also thought leaders in their industry.
Mr. Ramesh Gopal Sippy
Mr. Ramesh Gopal Sippy is a science graduate and has around 50 years of experience in Film Industry. He has been elected as President of Indian Motion Picture Distributors’ Association. He is one of the leading Distributor of films in India and has distributed large number of superhits as well as diverse set of Indian films throughout India. Mr. Sippy has demonstrated ability of successfully identifying and distributing some of the leading blockbusters as well as winners at the Indian Box Office.