Salesforce’s Arundhati Bhattacharya; Cargill’s Simon George; and Srei’s Hemant Kanoria join U.S.-India Business Council’s India Advisory Council
New Delhi, June 21, 2021: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) today announced key additions to its India Advisory Council (IAC), bringing new perspectives amid a rapidly changing global environment.
Effective immediately, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Salesforce India; Simon George, President, Cargill India; and Hemant Kanoria, Chairman, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited will join the IAC, which provides guidance on Council’s advocacy agenda in India.
“Over the last four years, IAC has become a powerful voice in U.S.-India corridor, helping us shape our advocacy agenda. With addition of these leading voices from India Inc., I am certain USIBC will generate immense value as countries gear up to bounce back from a difficult period.” said Nisha Biswal, President, USIBC and Senior Vice President, International Strategy & Global Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Last year the group announced the addition of Ravinder Dang, VP, APAC Commercial Excellence & General Manager, India, Baxter; Pavan Mocherla, Managing Director, BD- India/South Asia, Advanced Medical Technology Association (Advamed); and Haigreve Khaitan, Senior Partner, Khaitan & Co.
The India Advisory Council, formed in 2017 is a group of leading voices from the U.S.-India corridor and CXOs from global organisations who contribute significantly towards Council’s advocacy strategy agenda in India. With leaders like Arun Kumar, Chairman & CEO, KPMG India who is also the Chair of IAC and Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairperson India Advisory Board, Advent Private Equity the group also includes Rekha Menon, Chairperson & Senior MD India, Accenture; Manoj Adlakha, CEO India, American Express; Vishesh Chandiok, CEO, Grant Thornton Bharat LLP; Udayant “Toby” Malhoutra, MD & CEO, Dynamatic Technologies, T Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India & South Asia Visa, Sandip Patel, GM, IBM India & South Asia & MD IBM India; Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India, Nishith Desai, Founder & Managing Partner, Nishith Desai and Associates; Anupam Pahuja, MD, Paypal; Madhusudan Gopalan, MD & CEO, Proctor & Gamble India; Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Group of Industries and Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder & MD, 9.9 Media.
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson at Salesforce India. In this role, her focus will be on expanding Salesforce reach/footprint in the local market and strengthening the India story; she will also be responsible for projecting the next wave of growth for Salesforce in India by identifying key focus areas and building business with key customers, ecosystem partners and the industry. Prior to Salesforce, Arundhati Bhattacharya was the first woman chairperson at SBI; where she has been credited with ushering in the digital transformation era at SBI, which in turn resulted in creating new opportunities for the BFSI sector in India. With 40+ years of rich experience in India’s financial sector working across varied roles and diverse national & international locations; Arundhati has also earned a string of accolades to her name – “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, “Top 50 globally most powerful women in business” and “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list” by Fortune to name a few.
Simon George is the President of Cargill India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill Inc. He comes with over thirty years of experience of which more than twenty-two years is in the field of Food Ingredients & Solutions. His stints before Cargill include assignments as Country & Regional Head of Global companies like International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) Co. and Kerry Inc. During his tenure he has handled numerous senior level positions including Head of APAC business for IFF, Kerry & Cargill’s flavor business, with proficiency in developing new markets, building organizations and leading mergers & acquisitions. Simon is a Post Graduate in Business Administration with Chemical Engineering background.
Hemant Kanoria is the Chairman, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd., a pioneer in the field of infrastructure, Kanoria has reshaped India’s infrastructure landscape with innovative ideas and a strong passion for excellence since 1989. Known for spearheading the new wave of rural entrepreneurship in India through a unique business model bridging the urban-rural digital divide, making services like e-governance, e-commerce and e-learning accessible to millions in remote geographies. Under his leadership, Srei has developed into one of India’s largest holistic infrastructure and equipment financing institutions, which has about more than one lac infrastructure players and construction companies as customers pan India, creating employment for more than 10 crore people.
About U.S.-India Business Council
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) represents top global companies operating across the United States, India, and the Indo-Pacific. Amid dynamic growth within the U.S.-India commercial partnership, we serve as the premier voice of industry and create connections between businesses and governments across both countries. Through our flagship Washington, D.C. and New Delhi offices and presences across both countries, we work with members to identify and advance key policy priorities. Recognizing that U.S.-India trade is increasingly driven by new business hubs, USIBC is also focused on strengthening connections between cities and states.