Sanjiv Puri is the Chairman and Managing Director of ITC Limited, one of India’s foremost conglomerates with businesses spanning FMCG, Hotels, Paperboards & Packaging, Agri-Business and Information Technology. He is also the Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries in USA and UK as well as the Chairman of Surya Nepal Private Limited, a joint venture subsidiary company of ITC in Nepal. Puri is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and the Wharton School of Business, USA.
During his career of over three decades at ITC and its subsidiaries, he has held several business leadership positions and also handled a wide range of responsibilities in manufacturing, operations and information & digital technology.
Spearheading the ‘ITC Next’ vision, Puri has driven an extensive strategy reset to define new vectors of growth for each business with greater focus on consumer-centricity, agility, resilience and innovation to build an even more competitive, future-ready, climate positive and inclusive enterprise. Puri’s emphasis on purposeful and cutting-edge innovation has led to the creation of sharp focused R&D platforms in areas aligned to market opportunities, that is continuously developing several differentiated as well as first-to-market products addressing dynamic and evolving consumer preferences. Given his deep conviction that mega trends like Digital and Sustainability will reshape the future, Puri has passionately rallied the organisation to develop capabilities, channelise investment and resources to enhance competitiveness of existing businesses and also identify tech-enabled growth opportunities. Lending new wings to ITC’s credo of ‘Nation First: Sab Saath Badhein’, he has articulated an ambitious Sustainability 2.0 vision that will enlarge ITC’s contribution to a net-zero economy and meaningfully support national priorities.
Puri has served as the Chairman of the Expert Group constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission of the Government of India to promote agri-exports, and was a Member of the technology discussion group ‘Farm to Table - driving India’s agriculture sector digitally’ constituted by the NITI Aayog.
Presently, Puri serves as the President-Designate of CII. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Co-Chair of the CII Associations Council as well as the Membership Council and a Member of the CII Economic Affairs Council. He is a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Co-Chair of the ‘Business Commission to Tackle Inequality’ set up by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Member of the BRICS Business Council, a Member of the Governing Body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research as well as on the Governing Board and the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also the Chairman of the ‘Action Council on ESG in Business’ under the aegis of Business 20 India, the official dialogue forum with the global business community as part of India’s G20 Presidency.
Puri was conferred the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award of the year 2018’ by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate by the XIM University, Bhubaneshwar and also honoured with the ‘IMPACT Person of the Year, 2020’ Award by exchange4media, a leading online news platform.