Leadership

Abhishek Gulyani

CEO
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Abhishek Gulyani is the Chief Executive Officer for our India office, one of the most diverse markets in the world.

He brings a wealth of almost two decades of experience in the communications industry, across many sectors in India and Asia and supervises operations across our offices in Bengaluru, Gurgaon, and Mumbai. At H+K, Abhishek focuses on strategic counsel which is essential to capture India’s enormous growth potential. He is integral in introducing new offerings from the global network including the behavioral science communications model SMARTER™ and the communications training academy Knowledge+ to the domestic team.

Previously, Abhishek has donned many hats as a leader, which includes running his own communications business and working as senior counsel in other reputable agencies. In his previous stints, he helped to back creative communication frameworks for Indian and multinational clients across sectors.  His client wins are backed by his expertise in integrated thinking across campaigns which utilizes India’s unique collection of sensibilities and cultures.

Abhishek also ran operations for his own entrepreneurial venture, Facio Communications that specialized in integrated marketing, communications, employee communications as well as design. In a short span of time, Facio amassed a unique bouquet of client portfolio. Prior to setting up Facio, he was managing Public Affairs and Communications for American Express in India and the South Asia Region. He led the communication strategy for their global corporate payments and travel business, internal communications, CSR and industry relations.

In his spare time, Abhishek is a theatre-enthusiast, a cricketer, and an avid reader.

 


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Charu Raizada

Director - Corporate + Brand
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Charu is a seasoned communications professional with more than two decades of experience. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and has spearheaded the communications mandate for some of the best brands and institutions, across sectors.

As the Practice Head – Corporate at Hill+Knowlton Strategies India, she is responsible for challenging the status quo for a no. of high-profile corporates and brands. She advises both International and Domestic companies and institutions with focused campaigns around reputation management, new launches, sustainability, influencer engagement and crisis management.

She is skilled at marketing/brand communications, Community Relations / CSR and strategic planning. An ace media strategist, Charu boasts of a strong equation with editors across traditional and offline media platforms.

In her previous stint at PR Pundit, she was responsible for the strategic planning and management of client communication needs. She worked towards developing strategy and media planning; rolling out social media programmes for CEO’s along with the social media vertical; trained the C- Suite on media programmes and crisis.

Some of her recognized campaigns include: UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour brought to India by Heineken® (2017); Leveraging the Power of Global Goodwill Ambassador to raise a voice against Gender Based Violence for PSI India (2016); Nirmal Bharat Yatra – sanitation awareness campaign – Wash United (2013); A digital campaign for Apollo Munich Health Insurance – Saurav Ganguly  Movie Trailer (2012).

Charu has from time to time expressed her learnings through articles published on popular media outlets.

 

 


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Shobhana Nair

Director - People + Culture
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19 years of total work experience in diverse sectors – Social, Information Technology, Academics, Advertising and Public Relations. Shobhana has worked across the length and breadth of India, handled various challenges and has been instrumental in turning around the culture, implementation of policies and processes for organisations.

Shobhana is known for her thought leadership in the industry and had initiated the formation of the HR forum for the PR industry in India. She has played an active role in getting organisations recognised for a ‘Great Place to Work’ certification. In her current role at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, she is responsible for building a People + Culture mandate for India.

Shobhana has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Master’s in Labor-Law. Shobhana never misses a chance to observe human behavior and thrives upon behavior analysis. Shobhana’s hobby includes painting and watching world movies.

Shobhana has bagged several prestigious awards in last few years:

  • Recognised as the Woman HR Professional of the year 2018 by “HR Association of India”
  • Awarded “101 Top HR Mind – India” by World HRD Congress February 2019
  • 2nd runner-up in the category of “Training & Development” at the CII National HR Circle Competition – 2017

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