Mahindra Group appoints Abanti Sankaranarayanan

Moves from Diageo India

Jun 19, 2022 01:40:00 PM | Article | Campaign India Team

Mahindra Group has announced the appointment of Abanti Sankaranarayanan as chief group public affairs officer effective 1 July 2022. 
 
In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the group public affairs (India and international), group sustainability and the group risk and economist functions. 
 
Sankaranarayanan will be a part of the group executive board reporting to Anish Shah, managing director and CEO, Mahindra Group.
 
She will be taking over the reins from Manoj Chugh, president, group public affairs, who will be retiring on 1 April 2023. 
 
Sankaranarayanan moves from Diageo where she was chief strategy and corporate affairs officer, member - executive committee. 
 
Shah said, “At the Mahindra Group, public policy and sustainability are pivotal, and we are committed to leading ESG globally. It is paramount that we engage with all our relevant stakeholders proactively and effectively. This is a diversified role, which needed a seasoned leader to manage multiple stakeholders. Abanti is an accomplished business leader with vast experience in corporate affairs, social impact, strategy and managing large businesses. I am confident that she will be able to build the functions and help us in achieving our goals. I would also like to thank Manoj Chugh for his exemplary services to the Mahindra Group. He has been an integral part of our growth journey, contributing significantly to the organisation in his various roles. I wish him all the best.”
 
With over 30 years of experience, she has also worked at Shoppers Stop and Arvind Fashions.