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Industry moves: Reliance Jio, Google India and NATGRID

Former Coca-Cola VP Anupama Ahluwalia joins Reliance Jio

anupamaahluwaliaReliance Industries’ data services venture Reliance Jio has appointed Anupama Ahluwalia as its marketing head, reports exchange4media citing industry sources. Ahluwalia’s LinkedIn profile suggests that she is working as senior vice president at Reliance Jio.

Ahluwalia was previously with The Coca Cola Company as its Vice President -Marketing (India & South West Asia) until August last year, following which she moved to the company’s bottling unit Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages on a short term leadership assignment.

Prior to Coca-Cola, she worked at Idea Cellular as its brand marketing head for four years. She’s also worked at Colgate Palmolive (India & Thailand) for 13 years and at Voltas Limited for three years.

Punitha Arumugam resigns from Google India


Punitha Arumugam, the director of agency business at Google India, has resigned from the company after a two year stint, reports The Economic Times. It says Arumugam will continue in her current role till the end of November.

Arumugam did not comment on why she quit the company or what she plans to do next, however she hinted at setting up her own media agency. The report also cites a source to suggest that she might join back the advertising industry.

Before Google, Arumugam was working as the Group CEO of Madison Media and was with the company for more than 13 years in various roles. Prior to that, she’s had stints with Ogilvy & Mather and Lintas.

NATGRID considers former IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Dhande for top post


Former IIT-Kanpur Director Sanjay Govind Dhande is among the top contenders as the chief of the Indian government’s ambitious intelligence gathering project National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), reports The Indian Express. Besides Dhande, five other contenders are apparently in the fray and the final decision will be taken by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

This comes after the NDA government decided not to renew the contract of the previous chief Raghu Raman in June this year, days after it came into power. Reports suggested that the government took this decision after an Intelligence Bureau report alleged “personal & professional misconduct” by Raman involving foreign nationals. Raman however denied these allegations.

It’s worth noting that Dhande has previously been a member of the National Security Advisory Board and has advised the National Security Council. He’s also been a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

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