Board of Directors

Dr. Mahendra Mohan GuptaDr. Mahendra Mohan Gupta
Non-Executive Chairman

Dr. Mahendra Mohan Gupta

Dr. Mahendra Mohan Gupta (83 years) is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company (with effect from October 01, 2023). He was the Chairman and Managing Director of the Company from January 01, 2005 to September 30, 2023 and also held the position of Editorial Director of Dainik Jagran up to September 30, 2023. He has been associated with Jagran Prakashan Limited since its inception.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. Dr. Gupta has more than 60 years of experience in the print media industry.

He has held various key positions in the industry including being the Chairman of United News of India ("UNI"), President of The Indian Newspaper Society ("INS"), President of Indian Languages Newspaper Association ("ILNA"), Council Member of Audit Bureau of Circulations, Member of Press Council of India and Member of Film Censor Board of India, Member of the Board and Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI) besides holding senior honorary positions in various social and cultural organisations. Dr. Gupta was a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from April, 2006 to April, 2012 and is presently member of Executive Committee of INS, the Board of PTI and is also Non-Executive Chairman / Director of Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company. In May, 2018, the Jharkhand Rai University, Ranchi has conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to media leadership and public life. His work for the cause of society, Indian trade and industry in general and newspaper industry in particular has been authorised by various social, cultural and professional bodies in India.

Mr. Sanjay GuptaMr. Sanjay Gupta
Whole-time Director

Mr. Sanjay Gupta

Mr. Sanjay Gupta (61 years) is a Whole-time Director of the Company and also holds the position of Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Jagran. Mr. Gupta has been a Director of the Company since 1993.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science. He has more than 40 years of experience in the print media industry. Mr. Gupta is a Director of Midday Infomedia Limited, MMI Online Limited, YPO (Delhi Chapter) and Member of Executive Committee of The Indian Newspaper Society. He is also the Chairman of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar. He is also a Director of Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company.

Mr. Dhirendra Mohan GuptaMr. Dhirendra Mohan Gupta
Whole Time Director

Mr. Dhirendra Mohan Gupta

Mr. Dhirendra Mohan Gupta (80 years) is a Whole-time Director of the Company. Mr. Gupta has been a Director of the Company since its inception. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts. He has more than 55 years of experience in the print media industry. He is also Director of Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company.

Mr. Sunil GuptaMr. Sunil Gupta
Whole Time Director

Mr. Sunil Gupta

Mr. Sunil Gupta (62 years)is a Whole-time Director of the Company. Mr. Gupta has been a Director of the Company since 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Commerce. Mr. Gupta has more than 40 years of experience in the print media industry. He is also a Director of Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company.

Mr. Shailesh GuptaMr. Shailesh Gupta
Whole Time Director

Mr. Shailesh Gupta

Mr. Shailesh Gupta (55 years) is a Whole-time Director of the Company. He has been a Director of JPL since 1994.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Mr. Gupta has around 35 years of experience in the media industry. He has held various key positions in the industry including being the President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and Chairman of Council of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). He is currently member of the Governing Board/ Council of INS and ABC, Vice Chairman of Media Research User’s Council (MRUC), Director of Music Broadcast Limited, Rave Real Estate Private Limited, MMI Online Limited and Midday Infomedia Limited. In December, 2017, The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) nominated Mr. Shailesh Gupta as INS Nominee on the Board of WAN-IFRA.

Mr. Sandeep GuptaMr. Sandeep Gupta
Director and Whole-time Director

Mr. Sandeep Gupta

Mr. Sandeep Gupta, (59 years) is a Director and Whole- time Director of the Company w.e.f. May 30, 2022. He has been associated with the Company for about 35 years in various capacities. Mr. Sandeep Gupta holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University. Mr. Sandeep Gupta is Board member of WAN-IFRA-ASIA, Member of Entrepreneur’s Organization UP Chapter and is also Council Member of Merchants Chamber of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Devendra Mohan GuptaMr. Devendra Mohan Gupta
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Devendra Mohan Gupta

Mr. Devendra Mohan Gupta (74 years) is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Gupta has been a Director of the Company since September 04, 2008.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical). Mr. Gupta has a vast experience in handling Product Design, Research & Development, Production, Purchase & Sales (Domestic & Overseas). He has over 50 years of working experience. He is pioneer in introducing D.C. Micro Motors technology in the country and Indian Standard Institution (I.S.I.) took Mr. Gupta on its Panel in the year 1979 for D.C. Micro Motors. Mr. Gupta has helped I.S.I. in formulating the specifications for D.C. Micro Motors & bringing out its first Standard IS: 9670 in the year 1980. He is the Managing Director of Jagmini Micro Knit Private Limited, and a Director of Jagran Micro Motors Limited and Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company. He is the recipient of Export Award of Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India), New Delhi for the year 1995-96 from Hon’ble Minister of Commerce.

Mr. Shailendra Mohan GuptaMr. Shailendra Mohan Gupta
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Shailendra Mohan Gupta

Mr. Shailendra Mohan Gupta (73 years) is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. He has been a Director of the Company since September 04, 2008.

Mr. Shailendra Mohan Gupta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science. He has over 45 years of experience in administration, sales and marketing fields in Sugar, Alcohol and Electronics industries. He was a Joint Managing Director of Jagran Micro Motors Limited and Managing Director of Shakumbari Sugar & Allied Industries Limited. He is also the Director of Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, holding company of the Company, Jagran Micro Motors Limited and Om Multimedia Private Limited.

Mr. Satish Chandra MishraMr. Satish Chandra Mishra
Whole Time Director

Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra

Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra (61 years) is a Whole-time Director of the Company. Mr. Mishra has been a Director of the Company since October 30, 2013.

Mr. Mishra completed his B.E. (Electronics) in 1983, P.G. Diploma in Human Resource Management and MBA (Major-Marketing Management, Minor-Operations Management). He has over 35 years of experience in Newspaper industry. Mr. Mishra is also the Occupier under Factories Act, 1948 for the printing centres of the Company.

Mr. Anuj PuriMr. Anuj Puri
Independent Director

Mr. Anuj Puri

Mr. Anuj Puri (58 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Puri has been a Director of the Company since January 31, 2013.

Mr. Puri is Group Chairman of ANAROCK Group and is widely acknowledged for revolutionizing the real estate sector with his visionary outlook and tech-driven solutions. He has been a trusted advisor to developers, occupiers, and investors for decades. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, is an Associate of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute -UK, Associate of Insurance Institute of Surveyors & Adjusters (India), and an Associate of Insurance Institute of India. Until February 2017, he was Chairman & Country Head of international property consultants – JLL India overseeing a team of over 9000 employees in 11 cities. He was also a key member of JLL’s Asia Pacific Leadership Group and Head of its Global Retail Leasing Board.

Mr. Puri had set up ANAROCK in 2017 which is now India’s leading independent real estate consulting services Company with 16 offices in India and UAE (Dubai) and an employee strength of 2200+. Under his leadership, ANAROCK has added Residential Broking & Technology, Retail(in partnership with Vindico- UAE headquartered retail real estate specialist in tenant coordination and design review services), Commercial, Investment Banking, Hospitality (in partnership with HVS- a global leader in hospitality consulting & transaction advisory), Land Services, Industrial and Logistics (in partnership with Binswanger- US-headquartered industrial advisory & brokerage firm), Investment Management, Research, Strategic Advisory & Valuations, Flexi Spaces(in partnership with myHQ & Upflex) and Society Management Services(Anacity) and is aggressively expanding to newer geographies and real estate business verticals.

Mr. Puri is Chair of the Task Force on Real Estate for the CII Western Region for FY 2024-25 and leads the efforts in this significant domain. He has held various key positions in the real estate industry including MoHUA- Urban Expert Committee, Member of the Advisory Committee of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry & Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (MCHI-CREDAI), Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Member of Construction Week India National Advisory Board, Member of Hotelier India Magazine’s Advisory Board and Advisory Board Member of CREDAI MCHI Forum for Real Estate Marketing Experience & Innovations. He has received significant national and global recognitions for his contribution to the real estate sector.

Mr. Dilip CherianMr. Dilip Cherian
Independent Director

Mr. Dilip Cherian

Mr. Dilip Cherian (67 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Cherian has been a Director of the Company since January 31, 2013.

He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics and has been a Chevening Fellow at the London School of Economics. Mr. Cherian is Founder & Consulting Partner of Perfect Relations, South Asia’s leading image management consultancy. He advises CEOs on Communications, Crisis and Public Affairs. Among Mr. Cherian’s other affiliations have included serving on the Governing Board of Advertising Standards Council of India and the Governing Council of the NID. Mr. Cherian has also spent time on the Apex Committee of Shareholder Grievance of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Mr. Cherian serves on the Boards of a number of companies and Social Organisations.

Mr. Shashidhar SinhaMr. Shashidhar Sinha
Independent Director

Mr. Shashidhar Sinha

Mr. Shashidhar Sinha (66 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sinha has been a Director of the Company since September 04, 2008.

Shashi Sinha, the CEO of IPG Mediabrands – India, heads the second-largest Media Agency Group in the country, overseeing Lodestar UM, Initiative Media, Interactive Avenues, Rapport, Orion, & Magna Global. The group collectively manages approximately 20% of India’s media spend. Shashi leads a proficient team, providing strategic solutions to a diverse portfolio of over 100 blue-chip clients, including Samsung, Amazon, Amul, ITC, and Johnson & Johnson. Actively contributing to the industry, Shashi has played key roles in bodies like the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI). He currently chairs the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) and serves on the board of Media Research Users Council India (MRUCI).

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur & IIM Bangalore, Shashi recently received the "Most Distinguished Alumni Award.” With over 30 years of industry expertise, he has effectively shaped a leading media network, driving excellence and innovation in the dynamic landscape.

Mr. Vijay TandonMr. Vijay Tandon
Independent Director

Mr. Vijay Tandon

Mr. Vijay Tandon (79 years) is an Independent Director of the Company since November 18, 2005.

Mr. Tandon is a Chartered Accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Qualifying in 1969, Mr. Tandon was associated with Thakur Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co., a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in New Delhi and was a partner of the firm between 1977 and 1999. As a chartered accountant and financial management consultant, with over 46 years of professional experience in various capacities, he has been associated with number of private and public sector companies and banks in the capacity of auditor. Mr. Tandon has extensive knowledge of the corporate laws and was heading the Corporate Division of the firm. Mr. Tandon has been associated with print media industry in various capacities, as publisher auditor, auditor representing the Audit Bureau of Circulations and as Director of the National Herald Group of publication. As a management consultant, Mr. Tandon has been associated with a number of consulting services in diverse sectors of economy, industry and public utilities funded by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the UK Department of International Development and others, in India as well as in South & Central Asia. Between 2000-2015, Mr. Tandon was Principal Consultant/Director India with GHK Consulting Limited (now ICF Consulting Group) a UK- based development consultant. Presently, Mr. Tandon is an advisor on Urban Governance and Management and is also an Independent Director and Chairman of Music Broadcast Limited, a listed subsidiary of the Company.

Mr. Jayant DavarMr. Jayant Davar
Independent Director

Mr. Jayant Davar

Mr. Jayant Davar (63 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Davar has been a Director of the Company since September 30, 2014.

He started his entrepreneurial journey in 1987, with the inception of Sandhar Technologies, now, a leading auto component supplier company to most of the Automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers across the globe. It operates out of 50 manufacturing plants, spread across 5 countries and with over 11,000 employees. Mr. Davar, today is the Co-Chairman & Managing Director of Sandhar Technologies ltd.
Mr. Davar is a Mechanical Engineer and also an alumni of Harvard Business School. He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by his High School, Springdales School- New Delhi and also his Engineering College, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET)- Patiala. He has been actively involved in several professional bodies as mentioned:

  • President of Automotive Skills Development Council, Govt. of India
  • Governing Council Member – Innovation Council, Govt. of Haryana
  • Governing Council Member – National Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP), Govt. of India
  • Executive Committee Trustee- Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir and Founder Trustee of Sandhar Foundation

He is also Past President of ACMA & Past Chairman of CII Northern Region and is also a member of Advisory Committee of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany. He was also a nominated member of the Governing Council VLFM Program, National Committee for Public Policy and Affirmative Action & Trade Fairs. Presently, he is on the Boards of several reputed companies, Training Institutions and Non-Government (social) organisations.

Mr. Davar has also been active in the space of start-up eco system, both as an investor and a strategic advisor, for the last twenty years.

Ravi SardanaRavi Sardana
Independent Director

Ravi Sardana

Mr. Ravi Sardana (58 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sardana has been a Director of the Company since September 30, 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chevening Scholar. He has over three decades of experience in investment banking and corporate finance and has contributed to more than two hundred successful transactions. He is the past Executive Vice President in ICICI Securities Limited. Mr. Sardana is presently a Consultant with Ebner Stolz, an accounting and management consulting firm as part of their India desk. Mr. Sardana has worked extensively in the media sector advising companies on advisory and fund-raising assignment.

Mr. Vikram SakhujaMr. Vikram Sakhuja
Independent Director

Mr. Vikram Sakhuja

Mr. Vikram Sakhuja (62 years) is an engineer from IIT Delhi and MBA from IIM Calcutta. Mr. Sakhuja has been a Director of the Company since April 15, 2016.

Mr. Sakhuja joined Procter & Gamble in 1988 and held positions in Marketing Research and Media over a period of 8 years. He then joined Coca-Cola where in over 5 years he went on to manage the brand marketing portfolio. Mr. Sakhuja spent a year with the Star TV Network (Newscorp) setting up their marketing department as the Executive VP Marketing for India. From 2002 onwards he was with GroupM. He began his association as the Managing Director of MindShare Fulcrum, went on to become the Managing Director of MindShare South asia and then he was the CEO of GroupM South Asia for 7 years. Thereafter, he took up global role of world-wide CEO for Maxus for two years, following which he was GroupM’s Global Strategic Development Officer, with a remit of driving data and technology deeper into the Media practice. Since 2015, he has partnered with Mr. Sam Balsara and is the Group CEO of Madison Media and OOH. Mr. Sakhuja has served on several industry body boards/ committees including ASCI, ABC, RSCI, BARC, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, AAAI committees with ISA, INS and IBDF. He is also, the Chairman of IRS Technical Committee and Chairman of BARC Technical Committee, MRUCI Board member, ABC Council member, CO-chair of IBDF-AAAI subcommittee on payments and Ad Club past President and Board member. He has consistently been voted one of the top most influential persons in Indian Media by the Economic Times.

Mr. Shailendra SwarupMr. Shailendra Swarup
Independent Director

Mr. Shailendra Swarup

Mr. Shailendra Swarup (79 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Swarup has been a Director of the Company since September 27, 2019.

Mr. Swarup holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and is also a law graduate. He is a Corporate Lawyer and has also been practicing as an Advocate in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for about 57 years. Mr. Shailendra Swarup is a Director of Bengal & Assam Company Ltd., Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd., The India Thermit Corporation Ltd., Vis Legis Consult Pvt. Ltd., Sterling Tools Limited, Kangaroo Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Dev Valley Devcon Pvt. Ltd. He is also Member of the Audit Committee of Gujarat Flurochemicals Ltd. The India Thermit Corporation Ltd., Bengal & Assam Company Ltd., and Sterling Tools Limited. Mr. Swarup was a Member of the Task Force on Corporate Governance constituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was a member of Ganguly Committee constituted by the Reserve Bank of India in the year 2002 on Corporate Governance of public sector Banks and financial institution with particular emphasis on role of Independent Directors.

Ms. Divya KaraniMs. Divya Karani
Independent Director

Ms. Divya Karani

Ms. Divya Karani (58 years) is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Karani was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company w.e.f. November 13, 2019.

Divya is Chairperson and Executive Director of Kulfi Ventures Private Limited (Kulfi collectives) and also serves on the MRUC Board as a special invitee.

With over three decades of work experience in Communication & Media, Marketing, Business and Leadership roles spanning across South East Asia, London and Asia Pacific, Divya has demonstrated a history of repeatedly building businesses that thrive in the marketplace.

Divya was the Chief Executive Officer, dentsu media, South Asia till March 2023. Helming dentsu media for 12 years, Divya is credited with building dentsu among the top three media networks in India during her tenure. Divya also represented India on dentsu’s Global Social Impact Steering Committee. Prior to this she has worked at Ogilvy, MEC (India & Singapore), Reliance ADA Group and Hindustan Times.

Cannes Jury member in 2022 and 2004, Spikes Asia Jury 2022, Judge INMA Global Awards and on many such industry forums. Divya was conferred the “Women Leadership Achievement Award” by the World Women Leadership Congress in 2016, the Mumbrella Asia Agency Leader of the Year 2019 and has consistently been voted among the 50 most Influential women in Indian Media, Marketing and Advertising for these past 10 years.

Divya is an active participant in the communication & media industry. She has served multiple tenures on the Media Research Users Council Board since 2006.

Divya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics; Sydenham College, Mumbai.