SIMSR Superstars

The Alumni Awards 2019

SIMSR Superstars – The Alumni Awards recognizes and honors excellence and innovation by SIMSR Alumni over the years. The awardees have raised the SIMSR flag high by making significant and outstanding contribution in their profession, business and/or to the society. The process entailed nomination by batch-mates and by own self. This year, SIMSR Superstars team received an overwhelming response of more than 70 nominations overall in seven diverse categories.

Needless to say, it was tough time for the jury to select one among the many remarkable nominees, considering their brilliant achievements and expertise. The awardees were felicitated on the occasion of Nostalgia 2019 – SIMSR’s Annual Alumni Meet on 7th of September 2019 at K J Somaiya Institute of Management.


Mr. Puneet Gupta
Masters in Management Studies
BATCH OF 1991 - 93
Managing Director - Franke Faber India

Mr. Puneet Gupta has over 25 plus years of experience in sales in companies like Kansai Nerolac Paints and Whirlpool India. Previously he headed the sales vertical for Indian operations, with an annual turnover of approximately INR 4400 cr. as Vice President - Sales at Whirlpool India. Presently he is managing the organization Franke Faber for its business in India and neighboring countries.



Mr.Mehul Ashar
BATCH OF 2002 - 04
Vice President – Incor Hospitals

Mr. Mehul Ashar is a marketing professional with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in advertising, retail, airports, education and now healthcare which has given him different perspectives of business. He specializes in branding, strategy, communication, consumer research, social and digital marketing and consumer loyalty activations (ATL/BTL).

He has a track record in increasing ROI through social and digital marketing campaigns and is passionate about digital and social marketing. His track record proves he is a champion in social and digital marketing ensuring high engagement and return on investment for the brands he has worked.



MR. Asim Mehta
BATCH OF 2002 - 04
Vice President - JPMorgan Chase

Mr. Asim Mehta has about 15 years of experience in investment banking domain. His work exposure covers multiple locations across the globe. He has a comprehensive background in leadership position spanning financial planning and analysis, financial control, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and expense allocation. He is responsible for JP Morgan’s annual corporate budget, outlook (forecast), expense allocation and reporting across all business lines globally.



Ms. Sheeja Rai
BATCH OF 1999 - 01
APAC HR Head – Flavors

Ms. Sheeja Rai has exposure in design & implementation of human resource management functions entailing recruitment, performance appraisals (KRA, competency based, balance score card), employee engagement, talent management assessment center and rewards & recognition.

She has been a core team member for SAP and other ERP implementations. She specializes in developing & institutionalizing HR interventions, performance management, employee relations, job evaluation and talent management.



Mr. Sudesh Puthran
Masters in Financial Management (MFM)
BATCH OF 1995 - 98
Chief Technology Officer - Aditya Birla Finance

Mr. Sudesh Puthran is associated with Aditya Birla Finance, a leading & well-diversified financial services company in India. He has successfully completed the innovation of products and services: MIT’s approach to design thinking from EMERITUS Institute of Management. Previously he was a part of the core team to setup the first credit bureau in India. He was responsible for IT strategy and leadership at CIBIL and has setup the credit bureau operations also.



Mr.Shyam Motwani
Masters in Management Studies (MMS)
BATCH OF 1984 - 86
Executive Vice President & Business Head – Godrej & Boyce Mfg.

Mr. Shyam Motwani has over 32 years of experience in marketing, operations management, exports, new product & business development and business strategy. He has been associated with diverse businesses and categories ranging from FMCG to home insecticides to consumer durables such as home appliances, retail and now locking solutions and devices for home and commercial/office security. He specializes in branding and identity, retail & business strategy.



Mr.Praveen Jaipuriar
Post Graduate Programme in Management Studies (PGPMS)
BATCH OF 1995 - 97
CEO – Continental Coffee

Mr. Praveen Jaipuriar is a successful marketer with experience in health care, foods, oral care, personal care, home care and beverages & culinary. His specialties include strong business perspective, actively managing business, and category & brand P&Ls and he is highly experienced in managing cross functional peer teams. He has previous experience of handling Dabur foods as Head of marketing.



Ms. Loveena Khatwani
Post Graduate Program in Management Studies (PGPMS)
BATCH OF 1993 - 95
Chief Client Experience Officer – Edelweiss Capital

Ms. Loveena Khatwani is senior executive strategist with over 20 years of experience in financial service industry across areas of client experience, operations and compliance, having garnered extensive exposure to a gamut of areas including strategy & leadership, customer experience, operational excellence, regulatory compliance & investor grievances.

Over the years, she has gained in-depth experience of engaging effectively with customers, understanding their expectations and influencing their feedback. Also she is adept in driving internal as well as external stakeholders including senior leadership, direct teams and cross-functional resources. A result-oriented decisive leader and a persuasive communicator with exceptional relationship management skills, she has a knack for identifying market/industry/customer needs while successfully ensuring these are catered to effectively.



Mr. Ajay Kaul
Masters in Management Studies (MMS)
BATCH OF 1988 - 90
Managing Partner - AgreeYa Solutions

Mr. Ajay Kaul has founded AgreeYa Solutions 20 years ago. In his leadership, AgreeYa has become the 5th fastest growing company in the Sacramento region, USA. His experience involves sales management, marketing and strategy, global delivery and M&A.

As Managing Partner of AgreeYa, he is responsible for establishing the company's global presence and IT services capabilities.