The Penguin Team
He joined Bertelsmann in 1999 in the highly coveted Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program and has held a number of senior positions across the company, having lived and worked in South East Asia, Australia, Germany, New York and China prior to being named Managing Director of Random House India in 2009. He has worked in a number of key roles for the company including in strategy & M&A, content, new media & digital and change management building businesses from start up to scale.
Gaurav is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai and an MBA from The Melbourne Business School.
Publisher, Children; Sr. VP, Marketing
Hemali joined the publishing industry in 1996 as Penguin India’s first publicist. Since then, she has worked non-stop to make Penguin a formidable brand, which was voted the #4 most successful brand across the industry in 2012. All that, with an undiluted smile on her face! Currently, Hemali channels her inner child and is the publisher of Penguin Random House’s newly formed children’s division, Puffin, along with being the senior VP of marketing for Penguin. Hip hip hurray!
With a firm belief that people define a place, Aditi is a pro when it comes to acquiring great talent. Having worked with Moser Baer in the corporate cell, she has extensive experience across an entire gamut of HR functions, including performance management, talent development, HR operations and reward and recognition (phew!). Aditi loves challenges and believes that the HR function is a super important vein in any dynamic organization. (Yes, we think we’re dynamic. You heard it here first!)
Senior VP, Finance and Operations
Being a qualified chartered accountant, Sanjiv is a wizard when it comes to finance (no, he doesn’t freelance). Sanjiv has worked with big names like Hines India Real Estate, the Bharti Group, Honeywell International, Honda Cars and others, in various roles. Having over twenty years experience in a myriad of industries like automobiles, aerospace, electronics, business process outsourcing, agriculture and real estate, Sanjiv indeed has a lot of feathers in his cap.
Meru grew up in New Delhi and is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and the Columbia Publishing Course in New York. She joined Penguin India in 2004, went on to Random House as Editorial Director of the newly-created Vintage India in 2011, and in 2014 moved back to Delhi from London as Editor in Chief of literary publishing at Penguin Random House India. During her career she has worked with authors including Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Salman Rushdie, Paulo Coelho, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Ramachandra Guha and Amitav Ghosh. Meru believes in publishing beautifully produced editions that reflect the overlap between India and the rest of the world.
VP, Product and Sales
Nandan is responsible for sales across all distribution channels of Penguin Random House in India. Not only that, he is also responsible for all online and digital sales for the group and the sales of children’s products. For a man with a big mission, he takes each day head on and with a smile on his face. A graduate of commerce from the University of Delhi, he has worked in all areas of sales in the book trade in the last twenty years. A man who’s seen it all—he’s even dabbled with publishing (Hindi and English) and freelance sales and marketing representation for several independent publishers for four years.
Editor-in-Chief, Commercial and Business
When it comes to her role, Milee means business. Milee began her publishing career at Rupa & Co., after studying English literature at Hindu College, Delhi University. After joining Random House India as a commissioning editor in 2008, she went on to become editorial director of two imprints—Ebury India and Random Business. She has been responsible for shaping Random House India’s list of popular fiction and non-fiction in all areas of lifestyle and business publishing.
Udayan has been part of the Penguin family for over seventeen years. Before taking on the role of associate publisher, he was responsible for the Allen Lane and Portfolio imprints. He also has the responsibility of managing all rights sales for Penguin Random House titles from India, as well as all backlist publishing. Over the years, he has worked with some of the most respected non-fiction authors in the subcontinent, including A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Gurcharan Das, N.R. Narayana Murthy and Subroto Bagchi. Impressed, much?
Executive Editor & Head Language publishing and Rights, Penguin Random House India
Vaishali started her career as a journalist working with top newspapers as the Indian Express and The Times of India. She has a Master’s in English Literature (linguistics) and Master’s diploma in Journalism and Communication from Symbiosis, Pune.
Being bilingual with equal ease in Hindi and English she has translated two books from Chronicles of Narnia from English to Hindi and I Accuse by Jarnail Singh from Hindi to English.
At one point, with two young kids she was looking for a job with regular hours and assumed publishingwas that profession! She has been happily proven wrong and now considers authors as extended family. In her 8 + years at Penguin she has started the Penguin Metro Reads (commercial fiction) and Penguin Ananda (Mind Body Spirit) imprints.
She’s passionate about swimming and yoga and meditation are her lifelines. She aims to be a cool mom to her young girls.
Ranjana Sengupta has worked in journalism and publishing for well over two decades. She began her career in the Times of India, moving to the Hindustan Times and later to the Indian Express working in their Features and Weekend sections and writing mainly on social issues, politics, popular culture and books and authors—areas of interest she has maintained ever since. She moved to publishing in 1999, joining first Dorling Kindersley then, in 2007, Penguin Books India where she commissioned into the non-fiction list. The authors she has worked with include Meghnad Desai, Charles Correa, Sam Miller, Sugata Bose, Maroof Raza and Mani Shankar Aiyar. She relocated to Singapore in 2011, returning to Penguin Random House India in 2015. Ranjana has lived in Kuwait, Bhutan, London, Singapore and Islamabad, Pakistan.
Rukun kick-started her digital experience in India with Random House India before moving to work with Red Bull and, most recently, as the Content Head of 22 Feet Tribal Worldwide Mumbai. She’s spearheaded digital campaigns for a variety of brands including L’Oreal, Viacomm 18, Dunkin Donuts, Pantaloons, Raymond and many HUL Brands. In her current role as Digital Lead, Rukun’s been tasked with spearheading the entry of audio books into the Indian market along with increasing the digital footprint of Penguin Random House titles through partnerships, content marketing and tech-led integrations.