Our Advisors

Pradeep Pant, Tirun Advisor

Pradeep Pant

Pradeep is a highly experienced senior business leader, now involved in business consulting and education.

With over 37 years of experience in the FMCG industry, Pradeep is an expert in building businesses in both mature and emerging markets. He has managed a wide range of iconic brands across some of the world's fastest-growing and complex emerging markets including China, India, Russia, Turkey, Middle East and ASEAN as well as developed markets like ANZ, Japan, Korea. He has a deep understanding of market dynamics and cultural diversity. He has a proven track record and passion for turning organizations around.

Pradeep was Executive Vice President and President of Asia Pacific (AP) and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) for Mondelēz International till end 2013. Launched on October 1, 2012, Mondelēz International consists of the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. Pradeep has served as President, Asia Pacific, since 2008 and he assumed his responsibility for the EEMEA region in 2012.

Previously, Pradeep was Regional Managing Director for Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for Fonterra Brands. He was a member of the Fonterra leadership team as well as the company's global brands marketing group. Prior to Fonterra, he spent 19 years with The Gillette Company working in India, Russia, Turkey and Asia Pacific. Pradeep has also worked with Nestle, J Walter Thompson and the Tata group.

Pradeep holds a Master of Management Studies degree from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Bombay University, and a BA with Honors degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Pradeep is also the Founding President of Food Industry Asia (FIA), an Advisory Board Member of SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business and a Senior Advisor to Hay Group and McKinsey & Co.

Ashok Anantaram, Tirun Advisor

Ashok Anantaram

An MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an M.Sc., in Tourism Management from the Scottish Hotel School, UK, Ashok Anantram was one of the earliest IIM graduates to enter the Indian hospitality industry. He joined India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in 1970 and after a brief stint proceeded to the UK on a scholarship. On his return to India, he joined ITC Hotels Limited in 1975. Over 30 years in this organization, he held senior leadership positions in Sales & Marketing and was Vice President – Sales & Marketing. He was closely involved in decision making at the corporate level and saw the chain grow from a single hotel in 1975 to a very large multibrand professional hospitality group. He led a large team of Sales & Marketing professionals and handled all aspects of the function both with in India and overseas through the Group's association with Star wood.

During his stint at ITC hotels he also headed the Human Resource & Training functions for a brief period.

Ashok Anantram represented the company at several interactions with Government and Industry Associations on Tourism and Hospitality. He also held key positions in tourism industry bodies including Vice Chairman of the PATA Indian Chapter and Executive Committee member of the India Convention Promotion Bureau.

He has a passion for teaching and have been faculty at numerous programmes related to marketing and hospitality. He was a visiting faculty in the Department of Marketing, University of Strathclyde, UK and taught Sales & Marketing in their MBA programme for three years.

Following his retirement in 2003, he moved to Chennai and, worked for two years as President - Business Development at Apollo Hospitals Ltd.

Currently he is a Consultant- Sales & Marketing with GRT Hotels & Resorts for the last seven years.

Noni Chawla

Nripjit Singh (Noni) Chawla completed his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1970. For 32 years he worked in the corporate sector. Since 2002, he has been a part time teacher, a part time management advisor, a director on several boards, in addition to taking a more serious interest in adventure travel, photography, fishing and reading, although not in that order.

Noni Chawla's work experience spans a diversity of industries and functions including:
• Hospitality & tourism
• Manufacturing
• Healthcare
• International trade
• Management consulting

Noni Chawla has in-depth experience of setting up new businesses, including hotels, healthcare and consulting. He has worked for both the private and public sectors.

Noni Chawla has experience of working with and managing international joint venture partners and consultants. His functional experience spans marketing, business development, corporate planning, strategy formulation and implementation.

He has done consulting assignments for public and non-profit organisations including UNICEF, The World Bank and the African Development Bank. He has been a member of the National Tourism Council of the Government of India.

He has extensive experience in working across cultures, having travelled extensively for work and pleasure in more than 40 countries on three continents.

He has been a visiting faculty member at several business schools in India including the IIMs and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has been a regular contributor to business and travel publications. He is also a frequent speaker at management forums.

Noni Chawla is married to Nilima and has two children. He is an avid reader, a serious amateur photographer, a keen angler and an adventure traveller