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I combine my love for technology as an engineer and knowledge of news & good content as a journalist to be a strategic communications marketer in the digital age. Looking for a digital-focused role that will leverage these strengths.

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  • Content Creation, Planning, Marketing & Strategy
  • Marketing Communication
  • Online Reputation Management
  • Internal Communication
  • Team & Organisational Building
  • WordPress & Sprinklr Expert
  • Proficient in virtual communication using, Glip/Stack and Hangouts/Skype
  • Quick learner of CMSs, online tools and intranets 
  • Startup experience
  • Multi-cultural Collaboration


Dec 2015Present

Manager - Corporate Communications

First American India Pvt Ltd

Head of corporate communications for the Indian Global In-house Centre (GIC) of NYSE-listed First American. FAI employs 4,600 across 3 cities.

  • Led the roll out of a new intranet, involving strategy, design and content in 4 months; primary coordinator for a team of 24 community managers
  • Primary liaison for social media partnerships (LinkedIn), industry bodies and CSR
  • Crafted communications plans for events & activities to increase employee engagement and retention, policy roll outs and crisis communications
  • Organised high level events regularly - Quarterly Employee Updates (town halls) and leader connects
  • Planned and organised a zero-error executive leadership event for American delegates including CEO, CTO and 6 other VPs with high potential employees
  • Laying the charter for internal communications - SOPs, guidelines, policies, social media & new tool integrations - as well as crisis communications
  • In charge of central branding and marketing budget & collateral, supervising a team of 3 designers
  • Recently bagged a global HR project employee communications project (new business) - pilot


Hired a freelancer and 2 designers; conducted comprehensive Gallup Action Planning & skills development workshops


Member of P.O.S.H (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) committee.


Recognised for Salem new office branding, Upper Crust event & rise in intranet usage

Aug 2015Dec 2015

Senior Manager - Marketing

Direct Mobiles UK

Leading the content and social media strategy, planning and implementation at a UK-based e-commerce company running two websites: Chitter Chatter and Direct Mobiles.

In charge of Growing Organic Traffic to the websites by:
Writing and publishing posts for 2 blogs (B2C) using WordPress
Updating the social media calendar, posting andmonitoring social media presence including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest
Creating content plans for launches of new products such as the iPhone 6s
Co-ordinating with multi-functional teams for content for two websites and optimising (SEO)
Designing and sending daily and weekly newsletters on time
Launching on various social media networks, re-designing both blogs & optimising the digital presence

Blog subscriptions rose to 102 in 3 months, averaging 60 readers per day
Organic traffic up by 32% month on month, social media traffic by 65%

Feb 2012Jan 2015

Associate Director - Global Agency Marketing (ORM)


As MSLGROUP's brand custodian, I was in charge of all of its digital properties and its online reputation.

  • Aide to the chief communications officer of a global PR agency, part of Publicis Groupe; Managed and supervised all digital properties including its website (using Umbraco CMS), blog (WordPress), social media presence;
  • Crafted social media guidelines, SOPs, handbooks and best practices;
  • Created infographics, videos, press releases, images, microsites and ads to work across platforms;
  • Responsible for consistent use of brand and creative guidelines across offices in the network;
  • Initiated and maintained relationships with partner vendors & online services;
  • Ideated and produced video interviews of board members and leaders;
  • Responsible for global internal communications including all newsletters within the group;
  • Led implementation of an enterprise social media platform called Sprinklr;
  • Led a project to scale up MSLGROUP's community manager ecosystem comprising 55+ members; View: Introducing SWAT.ppt
  • Trained and advised leaders, community managers and executives on social media and content writing; View: Twitter for Thought Leaders.ppt
  • As the project manager, I analysed the brand's digital visibility and content performance on a quarterly basis - View: Digital Visibility Report.ppt
  • Ran targeted advertising campaigns on Google AdWords, Facebook and Twitter as well as Influencer Relationship Management (IRM) exercises.


  • Ranking top global PR agencies: rose from #18 to #6 in 2012 and #4 in 2014;
  • Received 4th largest share in social media mentions amongst top 10 global PR agencies;
  • MSLGROUP's digital growth story was shortlisted for a global award in 2013;
  • Reached SlideShare's Top 100 List as a result of consistent content marketing;
  • Named contributor to the guide" Wikipedia & the Communications Professional"; Brand highlighted at global seminar WikiMania 2014 for taking initiative;
  • Total fans on Facebook rose 5x in 6 months using Global Pages Strategy consolidation in collaboration with Facebook; 
  • Followers on LinkedIn rose 5x in 3 years;
  • Twitter followers rose 5x; handle reached "Amplifier" status according to TweetLevel;
  • Pinterest collaborative board was hailed by industry leaders as innovative social media use;
  • Brand reach on social media extended 24x following successful implementation of VOICE, an employee engagement portal to produce social ambassadors;
  • Selected to represent MSLGROUP at SXSW 2013 as a member of the CEO's retinue, live-tweeted at the event and held media training in preparation for CEO's panel opposite Pete Cashmore (Mashable).


  • Hired and mentored 3 team members in the global communications hub;
  • Conducted performance reviews and skill assessment planning.


  • Kick-started national chapter for VivaWomen at MSLGROUP India - ­ a voluntary network to empower women across Publicis Groupe - with initial membership of 33 women in 4 cities;
  • Laid the foundation for the chapter in India: charted the vision and goals; drove the agenda on women's safety, health and work-life balance.
Nov 2010Dec 2011

Principal Correspondent

Ran India's leading online media site to break the latest news from the fast growing digital media and technology domain. My articles are here.

  • Led planning, positioning & launch of Techcircle. in as its Acting Editor for VCCircle; 
  • Led a team of 5 reporters and oversaw daily operations for TechCircle. in;
  • Built and maintained healthy pipeline of stories, interviews and features;
  • Helped in designing and maintaining the website using WordPress CMS;
  • Coached newbie reporters on journalism basics, ethics, investigation, online editing, SEO, social media and WordPress;
  • Ensured high quality of articles produced by the team;
  • Primarily wrote in a B2C style, aimed at young, executive readers and the tech-savvy, US English
  • Ideated shared contacts database amongst reporters to facilitate faster news generation;
  • Identified, tracked and broke news ahead of competitors, consistently;
  • Executed comprehensive features on industry trends within tight deadlines;
  • Influenced the startup community and helped connect angel investors with entrepreneurs.


  • Daily visitors to TechCircle. in rose to 4, 000 in 3 months;
  • Within a year, TechCircle. in accounted for 1/3rd of all hits to parent property VCCircle;
  • Bagged exclusive interviews with industry leaders such as Rajan Anandan (Google), Muralikrishnan B. (eBay), Subho Ray (IAMAI), Kalli Purie (IndiaToday), Hitesh Oberoi (Naukri), Kunal Bahl (SnapDeal) & Naveen Tiwari (InMobi)


Leveraged domain knowledge to contribute editorial support for events and research;

Contributed to setting up of Mumbai branch of VCCircle, building the network from scratch in the city and coordinating with HQ;

Undertook the initiative to keep team spirit and motivation levels high.

Jan 2009Feb 2010


The move to the online news media was exciting, with a steep learning curve. As the first employee at a startup, I was actively involved in its strategy and growth. My articles are here.

  • Wrote strong analytical and opinionated articles on digital marketing, telecom scams, startups, e-commerce and IP rights;
  • Renewed contacts with startups and entrepreneurs to track innovations and changing business models;
  • Spurred social media growth for MediaNAMA, co-managed Twitter handle and LinkedIn group;
  • Aimed for a deeper and sharper understanding of evolving content and carriage ecosystem and the issues that afflict it;


The Guardian's Tech Editor Jack Schofield called my feature "The $10 Laptop: A Myth" as the best story on the topic.


Involved in planning and redesign of the website

Jun 2008Jan 2009

Senior Reporter

Indian Express

In charge of the science and technology beat, I primarily covered research breakthroughs at government institutes in Lucknow such as stem cells, DNA cards and climate change.

Primarily wrote with a B2C focus, AP style, UK English. I also contributed ad-hoc stories for the lifestyle page, reporting from IIM Lucknow. A few of my articles are here

 As an active journalist in a city publication, I also covered offbeat stories including flooding, local politics, wildlife rescue and electricity shortages.


  • National edition featured my article on World Literacy Day on Page 1:' Driving in change from a garage in Aliganj'
  • National edition featured my news item on DNA cards on Page 1
Dec 2007Feb 2008

Account Manager


As part of the content team at a digital marketing firm based in Chandigarh, I wrote marketing collateral for clients, mostly IT companies such as KeyNote, HP, NetApp.

  • Researched and wrote case studies, whitepapers, technical solution briefs and reports; Primarily wrote with a B2B-focus, US English;
  • Monitored the market and analysed clients' competition to help them formulate a digital marketing strategy;
  • Edited presentations and reports created by the team.
Sep 2005Nov 2007

Senior Reporter

The Hindu Business Line

As a daily business news reporter, I covered top IT, high-tech and telecom firms in the Silicon Valley of India. I also dabbled in marketing/advertising articles and travel writing for the paper's supplements.

Wrote news about happenings at and financials of Infosys, Wipro, TCS, HP, Oracle etc. Interviewed top global and national CXOs including John Chambers (Cisco), Tudo Brown (COO, ARM), Chris Schoettle (CTO, COO, SanDisk India), Rajagopal Balakrishnan (SAP India).

Jun 2004Sep 2005

Technology Correspondent

EFY Enterprises

Wrote features and interviews on different subjects-electronics/semiconductors, open source, alternate energy and consumer technology.

  • Specialised in long form content (2000 words) submitted within short deadlines, averaged 6 features per month.
  • Sub-edited articles for IT Magazine;
  • Deployed online tracking of newsbreaks and alerts using RSS feeds for the team;
  • Tracked the startup ecosystem and interacted with entrepreneurs at open house meet-ups in the city;
  • Interviewed top CXOs across verticals including Sharad Srivastav of Seagate, Sadananda Maiyya of MTR Foods, Kumar Malavalli of InMage, Rajendra Khare of Broadcom and Adrian Hartog of ATI Technologies;
  • Updated the website on a daily basis.






Nov 2007 - Dec 2007 - moved from Bangalore to Chandigarh.

Feb 2008 - June 2008 - moved from Chandigarh to Lucknow as husband was selected to IIM Lucknow.

Feb 2010 - Nov 2010 - moved between cities (Dehradun, Chennai and Mumbai) and freelanced.

Jan 2015-July 2015 - travel break, moved back to Bangalore.


Mrs Trudi Harris, Chief Communications Officer, MSLGROUP

Mr Shashank Randev, Vice President, VCCEdge

Mr Nikhil Pahwa, Editor,


  • Biking: One of 2 women nationally to ride the Himalayan Odyssey on an Enfield in 2006.
  • Traveling: Trekked and travelled solo extensively in India and some group international trips.
  • Adventure sports: Tried parasailing, wake-boarding, rafting, spelunking and rappelling.
  • Animal welfare: Volunteered at CUPA.


Sep 2013Present

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