The Bajaj Group has hired Neeraj Jha as group president and chief communications officer with effect from 1 September 2021. Jha moves from Bharti Airtel where he was head of corporate communications and corporate affairs. He will report to Kushagra Bajaj, chairman, Bajaj Group, and will be based out of the Bajaj Bhawan in Mumbai.
In his new role, Jha will responsible for the Group’s brand reputation and image, advising the chairman and senior leadership on all matters concerning reputation, media and communication, and providing communications support to all of the Bajaj Group’s companies.
Speaking about the appointment, Bajaj said, “I have long believed communication can play a crucial role in building successful organisations. The need has never been more apparent than today when organisations must communicate fast, accurately and responsibly to stay ahead and be liked in a digitally connected world. We’ve been on a constant pursuit to bring world-class talent on board to support our future endeavours as we move to the next phase of our growth journey. We’re delighted and excited to have Neeraj. He brings with him just the right mix of skill, experience and industry insights we seek.”
Added Jha, “It’s a rare privilege and honour for me to be associating with a brand as iconic as Bajaj. Few names can evoke the trust, respect and pride like it can. Kushagra has proved that he has the vision, strategy, the dynamism, and indeed, the humility to build on its rich legacy to take the Group – one of the country’s oldest, solid and most progressive – to greater heights. I’m delighted and at the same time thankful to Kushagra for having made me part of this journey.”
He has 25 years of experience combined as a journalist and communications professional. Apart from Bharti Airtel, he has also worked at Reliance and HDFC Bank in previous corporate communications stints. As a journalist, he has been associated with the Times Group, The Asian Age, The Indian Express Group and CRISIL MarketWire (later Newswire18) in the past.