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Rahul Kansal

Rahul Kansal

Executive President, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd., India

Rahul Kansal, is an Executive President of Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd.  He is responsible for the brand health as well as the content strategy for the Group’s newspapers: The Times of India, The Economic Times, the Mirror range of city newspapers and several regional publications.

During his tenure, The Times of India has emerged as the world’s largest circulated English newspaper across genres and formats, ahead of such giants as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He is responsible for having developed and executed several high profile brand initiatives like India Poised, Lead India, Teach India, Aman Ki Asha and the Economic Times’ Power of Ideas. All these initiatives have received widespread acclaim at various forums, including India’s first-ever Grand Prix at Cannes and three Grand Prix’s by the world newspaper industry’s foremost marketing association, INMA.

Rahul has been an advertising and marketing professional for close to 34 years.  He graduated from SRCC, DelhiUniversity in 1977, and after an MBA from IIM Calcutta in 1979 has worked with some of India’s leading ad agencies such as JWT, O&M, Mudra DDB and Leo Burnett before joining The Times Group. He is a member of several professional bodies in the fields of advertising and media and has taught at various business schools.

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