ABOUT US network 18

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai

Independent Director and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai one of the world’s foremost consultants, is a mechanical engineering graduate from IIT and holds an MBA from Harvard. During his 34-year stint at McKinsey, he led its Washington office and founded the Minneapolis office before retiring as the Chairman of McKinsey, India. Over the last 10 years, he worked directly with the CEOs and promoters of some of the major companies in India and globally. In his role as a chairman, Quality Council of India, he has worked on several projects for the Government around many of the flagship schemes of the Government. He is a member on the boards of American India Foundation, Saifee Hospital, Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust and Piramal Swasthya. He is also on the global advisory board of the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Mr. Deepak Shantilal Parekh

Independent Director

Mr. Deepak Shantilal Parekh is the Chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC). In 1970, Mr. Parekh began his career with Ernst & Ernst Management Consultancy Services in New York. Thereafter, he worked with Grindlays Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank for about three years each prior to joining HDFC in 1978. His astute business acumen and far-sightedness has not only made HDFC the leader in Mortgages but created a robust mortgage industry in India. His vision has transformed HDFC into a financial conglomerate with presence in Banking, Asset Management, Life Insurance, General Insurance, Real Estate Venture Fund and Education finance. .

Mr. Parekh is widely consulted by the Government of India on a range of issues of national importance and has been a member of various Government appointed Advisory Committees and Task Forces for housing, financial services, capital markets, telecom, energy, railways and infrastructure sector reforms.

Some of the international organisations which Mr. Parekh is associated with in an advisory capacity, include Indo US CEO Forum, City of London, Indo – German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) etc.

A man with a mission, Mr. Parekh’s philosophy on Corporate Social Responsibility is simple yet profound. He believes that if a company earns, it must also return to the society and that companies owe a responsibility not just to shareholders, but also to all its stakeholders.

Mr. Parekh is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the national economy and public policy. Indian Industry, Government, International organisations and Media have also honoured him with several awards including ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, one of the highest distinction by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014, “Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour”, one of the highest distinction by the French Republic in 2010, First international recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in 2010.

Mr. Parekh is a Commerce Graduate and holds an FCA degree from England and Wales.

Mr. Dhruv Subodh Kaji

Independent Director

Mr. Dhruv Kaji is a Chartered Accountant, by profession, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai. He has a vast and enriching experience, of more than 30 years, in various fields, particularly, in evaluating and guiding business projects in India and abroad. With his expertise lying in strategic planning, he is a Financial Advisor and a Management Consultant. Mr. Dhruv Kaji has also served as Finance Director of Raymond Limited

Mr. Rajiv Krishan Luthra

Independent Director

Mr. Rajiv Krishan Luthra is the Founder & Managing Partner of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices – one of the largest firm in India. He has over 32 years of experience in advising clients on a vast range of commercial transactions including infrastructure projects. Mr. Luthra has been conferred with Alumni of Harvard Law School and a Fellow of the British Commerce Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He is Member of SEBI’s High Level Committee for ‘Reviewing Insider Trading Regulations’ and SEBI’s Committee on ‘Rationalization of Investment Routes and Monitoring Foreign Portfolio Investments’. He is Member of Advisory Board of National Law University, Jodhpur. His expertise lies in advising on vast range of commercial/legal transactions.

Mr. PMS Prasad

Non-Executive Director

Mr. P.M.S. Prasad is an Executive Director at Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). He has contributed to the growth of RIL over the past three decades and has held various posts in the petrochemicals, refining and marketing, exploration and production and fibre businesses of RIL.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Engineering. His exemplary leadership in steering the diversification of RIL – from a refining and petrochemicals company to an exploration and product business company earned him the Energy Executive of the Year Award in 2008 from Petroleum Economist. For his contribution to the petroleum sector, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Petroleum Engineering, Dehradun.

Ms. Jyoti Deshpande

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Jyoti Deshpande has over 25 years of experience in media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. From April 2018, Ms Deshpande joined Reliance Industries Limited as President of the Chairman’s Office to set up and head the Media and Entertainment business. In her new role at RIL, Ms. Deshpande leads the company’s initiatives in Media and Entertainment to organically build and grow businesses around the content ecosystem such as Broadcasting, Films, Sports, Music, Digital, Gaming, Animation etc., as well as integrate RIL’s existing media investments such as Viacom, Balaji Telefilms, Eros and Saavn with a view to build, scale and consolidate the fragmented $20 billion Indian M&E sector.

Prior to Reliance, Ms. Deshpande was part of the leadership team of Eros International since 2001 and as Group CEO & MD she spearheaded Eros’s growth as a global leader in Indian filmed entertainment. Before 2001, Ms. Deshpande worked for 7 years in the field of advertising, media consulting and television with companies such as J Walter Thompson India, Mindshare, Zee Television and B4U Television. Ms. Deshpande has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Economics from Mumbai University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from SPJIMR, Mumbai University.

Ms. Deshpande was featured in the prestigious Fortune India magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017/2015) which celebrates the journeys and triumphs of women who not only impact their organizations but are also thought leaders in their industry. Ms. Deshpande was also featured in the list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today (2015). She was also recently awarded as one of the Women of the Decade for Innovation and Leadership by Women Economic Forum.

Mr. Rahul Joshi

Managing Director

Mr. Rahul Joshi, has done his Masters in Management Studies from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai University. Mr. Rahul Joshi is associated with Network18 Group since September, 2015. Prior to joining Network18 Group, Mr. Joshi worked as the editorial director of The Economic Times, Asia's largest selling financial daily. Mr. Joshi has also worked with The Indian Express in the past. Mr. Joshi spent more than two decades with Economic Times and rose through its ranks to quickly become one of India's youngest editors. He oversaw the paper's transformation from a narrow business and economic newspaper to a robust policy and political daily anchored in economics, business and entrepreneurship. During this time, he also launched the newspaper’s sister channel ETNOW in 2009 and helped shape the digital coverage of ET online.