Sanjiv Puri (59), is the Chairman & Managing Director of ITC Limited.
Puri was appointed as a Wholetime Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015, Chief Executive Officer in February 2017 and re-designated as the Managing Director in May 2018. He was also appointed as the Chairman effective May 13, 2019. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business.
Puri joined ITC in January 1986. 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. Puri served as Chief Operating Officer of ITC between July 2016 and January 2017, and prior to that as President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014. Earlier, he was the Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division since 2009, with additional responsibility for the Company's Trade Marketing & Distribution Vertical. He led ITC Infotech India Limited ('I3L'), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, as its Managing Director from May 2006 to August 2009. Presently, Puri is the Chairman of I3L and its wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK and the USA. Puri served between 2001 and 2006 as the Managing Director of Surya Nepal Private Limited, a joint venture subsidiary company of ITC in Nepal, and is presently its Chairman. Earlier, he has also been a Director on the Board of The Tobacco Institute of India, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Media Research Users Council, and has served on the Executive Council of The Indian Society of Advertisers.
Puri was the Chairman of the Expert Group constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission for recommending performance based incentives for States to promote agri-exports, and a Member of the technology discussion group constituted by the NITI Aayog on ‘Farm to Table - driving India’s agriculture sector digitally’. Puri currently serves as a Member of the Advisory Council constituted by the Odisha State Government for promoting manufacturing ecosystem in the State, and a Member of the Expert Group constituted by the Punjab State Government to recommend short and medium-term action plan to revive the State's economy in the aftermath of COVID-19 crisis. He is also a Member of the BRICS Business Council and of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Presently, Puri also serves on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI as well as on the Steering Committee of FICCI. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. He is also the Chairman of the CII National Council on Agriculture and a Member of the CII Economic Affairs Council, besides being a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. He has also joined the CII Policy Council.
He was conferred the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award of the year 2018' by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.