An Economics graduate from Loyola Chennai, Madhukar studied Management at XLRI Jamshedpur. He has over four decades of experience in Advertising and Marketing Services and has spent close to twenty five years in erstwhile Mudra now DDB Mudra Group, in two separate stints. Under his leadership, Mudra transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups. In between his two stints at DDB Mudra Group, Madhukar led Bates India as its CEO and was instrumental in the acquisition and successful integration of Clarion.
In 2011, Madhukar helped Omnicom in acquiring of the Mudra Group and it’s integration into DDB Worldwide Network. Since then he has lead the group’s aggressive growth agenda – organically and through strategic partnerships/acquisitions.
In 2013, Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy also appointed Madhukar as Chairman, Interbrand India, responsible for mentoring and partnering the young Interbrand India team.
Madhukar has actively participated in and led several industry bodies. He has served as the President of the AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) and Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India). He was also the Chairman of AdAsia 2011, India’s largest Marketing Congress, which was held in New Delhi. Currently he is on the Board of ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulations)
Madhukar also served as the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Governing Council of MICA, India’s foremost Business School for Strategic Marketing and Communications Management. In 2013, Madhukar was appointed as an Executive Board member of Plan International India.
After having lived in different parts of the country, Madhukar currently resides in Mumbai. His love of the outdoors has also led him to travel extensively. Apart from several driving excursions in different parts of India, he and his wife, Shalini, have enjoyed numerous driving holidays across the globe; in Australia, New Zealand, US, Europe and Africa. His love for the wildlife has taken him repeatedly to Africa. He is passionate about sports, be it cricket, football or badminton to name a few alongside being a keen lover of history, films, theatre and more importantly, food! Over the last decade, he has completed several half marathons. Not by running, but by walking the entire distance in under 3 hours.
He is energized and motivated by his family. His wife Shalini, an accomplished HR professional and now a CEO Coach, is an excellent singer and adds music to his life. His four children have an eclectic mix of interest and profession.
After a decade in qualitative research, his daughter Mitali completed the Grande Diplome in both Cuisine and Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in London. A graduate of Ross Business School in Michigan, Dishank is with Dell in Austin, Texas. A passionate conservationist, wild life enthusiast and photographer-Maanav, has tracked Jaguars in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil; while studying for his Masters in Wildlife Sciences, in Oregon. Akanksha, the ‘brand’ person in the family, is a Fashion Stylist & Writer, with stints in Vogue, Grazia and Elle. She also holds a Masters degree from Central Saint Martin, in London.
Madhukar takes great pride in his journey spanning decades, in Marketing Services and Advertising. Apart from growing personally and professionally in Mudra, and now leading the DDB Mudra Group, he takes pride in the acquisition of his alma-mater Clarion, bringing Bates and ZenithMedia into the Country, facilitating the entry of Abbys in Goafest, opening the doors for Media Agencies into AAAI, chairing the highly successful AdAsia 2011 in Delhi, among other milestones.
However, what gives him the greatest satisfaction is his role and involvement over the last decade in building MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing & Communications Business School. Helping Plan India reach an impact the lives of 10 million children as a part of their Country Strategic Plan, is also very close to his heart.
Shalini Kamath is an Independent Director on the Boards of Borosil Glassworks Ltd. and Graphite India Ltd. She is also on the Advisory Board of TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India). She is the Past Chairperson for FICCI - Women on Corporate Boards Mentorship program.
She is a Certified and practicing CEO & Leadership Coach having completed numerous assignments across Financial Services, Logistics, Agri, Manufacturing and Consumer industries. She also works in the area of Leadership Development and Diversity initiatives across organizations. She helps organizations through their Change and Transformation journey to enhance productivity, efficiency, processes, systems and organizational culture.
Her Human Resources career spans close to a decade and half with Group HR Head positions for Chevron Texaco India ( Oil & Gas), Star India ( Media & Entertainment ), KPMG India ( Consulting, Audit & Taxation) and Ambit Holdings ( Financial Services & Investment Banking ). In addition, her role in managing the Corporate Communications function at Ambit Holdings has given her the experience in building a strong Corporate Brand, both externally and internally.
Prior to her roles in HR, Shalini was the Deputy Marketing Director at Raytheon India. Shalini began her working career in Zambia and Botswana in Southern Africa. Over a decade, she worked with the Governments of both the countries on several Educational, and Social & Community Development projects. She acquired extensive experience in tripartite partnership projects related to community oriented income generation programs.
She is an MBA graduate from Edinburgh Business School, UK. She has been trained at Harvard Business School in Change and Transformation. She is an alumni of CSC Global leadership program. She is a certified Zenger Folkman trainer & facilitator and runs ZF Extraordinary Leader workshops for organizations.
“He is currently Director of the school. He has worked as a faculty member in IIT, Kanpur, University of Ulster, UK, BITS Pilani, BI Mumbai, and ETH, Zurich. He has published more than 120 papers in various international and national journals as well as conference proceedings. He is determined to strive hard to bring this school to a level of international repute in terms of academic performance and real-life skills.”
“He is serving as the Principal of the school. He graduated from IIT Kanpur with B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering and is dedicated to promoting Value-based Education and Culture and brings with him a wide range of experience having worked for Goldman Sachs in USA and Singapore for 8 years.”
“He is currently serving as the Project Director of the BGIS new school project. He has also served as the Vice-Principal of the school. He was the pioneer along with the director to give a face lift to the school in 2010. He has worked in multi national companies in India before taking this valuable service. He holds B.tech, and M.tech ( aerospace) degrees from IIT, Kanpur.”
“He is working as the New project coordinator.He holds an B-Tech degree in Computer Science Engineering from IIT Kanpur.”
“He is working as the Vice Principal ( Admin) of the school. He has served as the Director for Medical Services & Director, Human Resource Management with super specialty hospitals. He has also worked as a course director with medical colleges in Europe. He holds an MD degree in medicine.”
“He is working as the Vice Principal (Academics) of the school and also teaches Mathematics and Science using innovative methods. He holds an M-Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.”