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Sanjiv Mehta Is FICCI Prez; Anish Shah Joins Leadership Board

Presently, Mehta is the Senior Vice President of FICCI and he will succeed Uday Shankar who is the current President of FICCI.

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The Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Sanjiv Mehta will be appointed as the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at FICCI’s 94 Annual General Meeting which will take place on December 18.

Subhrakant Panda, Managing Director, Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd has been elevated as Senior Vice President of FICCI.  Dr Anish Shah has joined FICCI leadership as Vice President. 

Presently, Mehta is the Senior Vice President of FICCI and he will succeed Uday Shankar who is the current President of FICCI.

Mehta is also the President of Unilever South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal) and is a member of the ‘Unilever Leadership Executive’ which is Unilever’s Global Executive Board. 

According to the official statement, during his eight years at the helm, HUL’s market capitalisation has increased by over $55 billion making it one of the most valuable companies in the country. 

Mehta, alongside leading HUL, is also a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust and the South Asia Advisory Board of Harvard Business School. He chairs Xynteo’s ‘Vikaasa’, a coalition of top Indian and MNC companies.

Senior Vice President, FICCI: SUBHRAKANT PANDA, Managing Director, Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys

Subhrakant Panda is a business leader who has a thorough understanding of the nuances of government policies and their implications at the ground level.

He joined IMFA Group in 1993 which has interests in ferro alloys, mining & power. In 2006 he was appointed Managing Director of the flagship company Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (estd 1961;, the country's leading, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys, and his current role is to define strategic goals including growth & diversification plans.

He is actively involved with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and is a Member of the Steering Committee besides having served earlier as Chairman of the Odisha State Council and National Manufacturing Committee.

Panda was President (2017-18) of the International Chamber of Commerce - India Chapter and is only the 3rd Indian to have been elected President (2013-15) of the Paris-based International Chromium Development Association (ICDA).

Panda is a voracious reader and his interests include technology.

Vice President, FICCI: Dr Anish Shah, Managing Director and CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Dr Anish Shah is the Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He joined Mahindra Group in 2014, as Group President (Strategy), and worked closely with all businesses on key strategic initiatives, built capabilities such as digitization & data sciences and enabled synergies across group companies. In 2019, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Group CFO, with responsibility for the Group Corporate Office and full oversight of all businesses other than the Auto and Farm sectors, as a part of the transition plan to the CEO role.

Dr Anish was President and CEO of GE Capital India from 2009-14, where he led the transformation of the business, including a turnaround of its SBI Card joint venture. His career at GE spanned 14 years, during which he held several leadership positions at GE Capital’s US and global units. As Director, Global Mortgage, he worked across 33 countries to drive growth and manage risk. As Senior Vice President (Marketing and Product Development) at GE Mortgage Insurance, he led various growth initiatives and played a key role in preparing the business for an IPO, as a spinoff from GE. In his initial years with GE, Anish also led Strategy, eCommerce and Sales Force Effectiveness and had the unique experience of running a dot-com business within GE. Anish also received GE’s prestigious Lewis Latimer Award for outstanding utilisation of Six Sigma in developing a “Digital Cockpit.”

He has diverse experience with global businesses beyond GE. He led Bank of America's US Debit Products business, where he launched an innovative rewards program, led numerous initiatives in payment technology and worked closely with various teams across the Bank to enhance value for the customer.

As a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, he worked across multiple industries, including banking, oil rigs, paper, paint, steam boilers and medical equipment. His first role was with Citibank in Mumbai, where he issued bank guarantees and letters of credit as Assistant Manager, Trade Services.
Anish holds a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business where his doctoral thesis was in the field of Corporate Governance. He also received a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon and has a post-graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has received various scholarships, including the William Latimer Mellon Scholarship, Industry Scholarship at IIMA, National Talent Search and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.

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