A rich mix of veterans in media and top leaders from non-media sectors, from both India and abroad, HT Media's Management team reflects the company’s desire to be the best by leveraging diverse strengths. The management team comprises people from varied verticals such as media, FMCG, telecom, automobiles, each of whom add fresh perspective to the rich experience of media industry stalwarts. This rich talent pool is ably assisted by our Global Think Tank.
Chairperson & Editorial Director
Mrs. Shobhana Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media, one of India's largest publicly listed media companies. She is also currently serving, as the Pro-Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences.
A former Member of Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India, Shobhana Bhartia also served as a member of the Committees in Parliament on Energy, Women Empowerment, and Human Resource Development.
Conferred with numerous awards and recognition, including Global Leader of Tomorrow from the World Economic Forum, Davos 1996, and Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005, from Ernst and Young, she was decorated with the Padma Shri, Government of India's National Award for outstanding contribution in a particular field, in the year 2006 and from The Economic Times, Businesswomen of the Year, in the year 2007.
Mr. Ajay Relan is one of the pioneers of the Indian private equity industry. Prior to founding CX Partners, Ajay headed Citi’s private equity business since its inception in 1995. Prior to this, Ajay worked with several financial firms in multiple geographies, starting with Citibank in 1976 and the last being the CEO of a Citi affiliated brokerage firm, Citicorp Securities & Investments Ltd. Ajay has served on the boards of several portfolio companies such as HT Media, Yes Bank, i-Flex and Progeon among others. He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1976) and B.A. (Hons) Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (1974) – top ranked in the University.
Vikram Singh Mehta
Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta holds a B.A. (Mathematics Honors) degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, a BA/MA (Economics Honors) degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University and a post graduate degree in Energy Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta started his career with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1978. He then resigned in 1980 to join Phillips Petroleum as the International Affairs Specialist for Asia. Since then, he has served large conglomerates like Oil India Ltd., Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt. In 1994, he became the Chairman of the Shell Companies in India. Presently, he is Executive Chairman of Think Tank Brookings India. He is also serving as Independent Director on the Board of well-known companies.
Mr. Vivek Mehra is a well respected senior Chartered Accountant with over 38 years of professional consulting experience in tax & regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) focusing on cross border investment and transaction structuring. During his time in Price Waterhouse Coopers in India, he founded and headed the Regulatory and M&A tax practices. He was also elected to the Governance Oversight Board of PWC for 2 terms.
Mr Mehra also sits on the Board of some prominent Indian companies such as Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd., Bharat Hotels Limited & DLF Ltd. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman and Independent director of RHT Health Trust listed on Singapore Stock Exchange. In the past, he has been Director on Union Bank of India and Punjab & Sind Bank.
Mr. Mehra graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He is currently a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was on the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Steering Committee as well as the National Executive Committee for many years.
Mr. Priyavrat Bhartia is a Director. He started as a financial analyst with Wasserstein Perella & Co., New York, in 1998. With a Masters degree in Business Administration from Stanford University (USA), Mr. Bhartia is also a director with a number of companies including Birla Cotton Spinning and Weaving Mills Ltd, Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd, and Firefly e-Ventures Limited.
Mr. Shamit Bhartia is a Non-executive Director. He holds a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, USA. He has worked in the Corporate Finance and M&A Group, Lazard Frere, New York, from July 2001 till August 2002. Mr Bhartia has been associated with the company since its incorporation.
Managing Director & CEO
Praveen Someshwar is the MD & CEO, HT Media Ltd – a 100-year-old brand with interests in media and publishing. As a progressive media group, Praveen’s current role is to transform it into a new age media and publication house.
Praveen, an experienced Senior leader, considers himself fortunate to have been part of the Consumer Business for the last 27 years. He has been leading Pepsico business across Asia, in the exciting Food & Beverage spectrum. The last role in Pepsico was Senior Vice President & GM based out of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for all Pepsico businesses across the North & South East Asia. Prior to that he was the CEO for the Food business, CEO for PepsiCo’s beverage business in India & South Asia, CFO for PepsiCo’s India & South Asia business, Strategic & Financial Planning Head for Pepsico India & South Asia.
Praveen is a Chartered Accountant as well as a Cost Accountant.