Sanjiv Puri (59), is the Chairman & Managing Director of ITC effective May 13, 2019. He was appointed as a Wholetime Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017. He was re-designated as the Managing Director of ITC effective May 16, 2018. Puri is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He joined ITC in January 1986.
Puri has also served as Chief Operating Officer of ITC and prior to that as President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014. 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 became Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division in 2009, with additional responsibility for the Company's Trade Marketing & Distribution Vertical. He has 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. He has also been a Director on the Board of The Tobacco Institute of India and a past Member of the Board of Governors of the Media Research Users Council, and has also served on the Executive Council of The Indian Society of Advertisers. He was the Chairman of the Expert Group constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission for recommending performance based incentives for States to promote agri-exports.
Presently, Puri serves on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI and also on the Steering Committee of FICCI. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and a Member of the Advisory Council constituted by the Odisha State Government for promoting manufacturing ecosystem in the State. He is a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Member of the technology discussion group 'Farm to Table - driving India's agriculture sector digitally' constituted by the NITI Aayog, 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 has been appointed as the Chairman of the CII Agriculture Council and a Member of the CII Economic Affairs Council, for the financial year 2020-21, and a Member of the BRICS Business Council by the Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. He is also a Member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
He was conferred the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award of the year 2018' by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.