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MICA Success Stories- Alumni Who made it Big in the Media Industry
 
From its establishment in 1991 to reaching milestones, MICA’s journey till now is a dream in itself. Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad is perhaps the only residential institute in the Asia-Pacific region dedicated to creating leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication.

Along with its flagship course, Post-graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM-C), MICA offers other academic programs as well which include: Crafting Creative Communication (CCC) and Fellow Program in Management-Communications (FPM-C).

MICA key recruiters of 2015 include top companies such as Amazon, Google and Snapdeal among the new-age ones in addition to FMCG-majors, such as Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal, who have always been regular recruiters at MICA.

MICA is one of the most premier institutions for pursuing a career in Strategic Marketing, Advertising and Communication. It has managed to sustain its leadership with the huge alumni base doing constantly well across the industry verticals in Marketing, Brand Management, Research & Analytics, Advertising, Media, Digital and other related business. These professionals serve in some of the best known companies in leadership positions in India and the world.

MICA Alumni Achievements’ Glimpse

Smriti Srivastava (PGDM–C 2015) was chosen as one amongst 19 Young Leaders from various B-Schools across the country by the Economic Times – Young Leaders Edition 2014. Anu Radhakrishnan (PGDM–C 2015) represented MICA at the HUL Premier 30 League Tree 2014. Apart from this, MICA students have shone at blue-ribbon national competitions, including Google Online Marketing Lab, Comstrat by FCB Ulka, Mahindra War Room, P&G CEO Challenge, Tata Jagriti Yatra, and LIME Season 6, organized by Hindustan Unilever Limited and CNBC TV 18.

MICA Alumni Success Stories

1. MANMEET VOHRA

Manmeet Vohra, Director - Marketing and Category, TATA Starbucks Private Ltd is an alumnus from the 2000-2002 batch of MICA, PGDBM course. He has an experience of more than eleven years in marketing and about 10 years in luxury industry, a major chunk of which was from TAG Heuer and L’Oreal.

She started her career as a Client Servicing Executive at JWT, after which she took up the role of Marketing Manager at TAG Heuer. She then moved to L’Oreal India as a Senior Product Manager where she worked for brands like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. She believes that working at TAG Heuer was a vital cog in her journey and she was deeply inspired by the brand's values of passion, precision, perfection, performance and prestige.

While pursuing thesis in second year at MICA (2001-2002), she chose to study the new coffee house culture that was gripping the Indian youth. She then researched extensively on the various coffee houses that were blooming in the country, especially Starbucks.

Her key strengths include marketing, retail, 360 degree product management, PR and attention to detail. She has been a guest of honor and a speaker at various prestigious MBA institutes like IIT-Bombay, Mudra Institute Of Communications-Ahmedabad and SCMHRD, Pune, etc.

2. SWATI RAI

Swati Rai, Product Marketing, Facebook- An alumnus of MICA, Swati started her career at Google to learn about online marketing. Later, she worked on Google Analytics. In a few years, she moved to Mindshare where she planned holistic media strategies for clients across the digital spectrum.

Soon, she found an opportunity to start Audience Science’s offices in Singapore and lead the management for their DMP in Asia only to have Facebook find her. Facebook invited her in to work on their exciting piece of business, Atlas which she thoroughly enjoys growing and developing for Asia Pacific.

She believes that the Ad Tech industry is fast paced, innovative, data driven and solution oriented and that is what makes it very interesting for her. Ad technology innovation is at the helm of creating what the future of advertising will look like.

It enables businesses to drive tremendous growth by delivering real time, meaningful, optimized advertising. Brands have an interesting set of choices available while picking ad tech partners, and the choice they make impacts their business advancement directly.

3. KANIKA MITTAL

Kanika Mittal, Head – Marketing and Brand Communications, Reebok took up the significant role at the definitive moment when the brand positioned itself as the fitness initiators and authenticators of India.

With a healthy challenge ahead, she undertook this role with a single-minded approach to innovate and introduce fresh ideas in every aspect of business. Some of these initiatives included the path-breaking digital innovation ‘Ignite your Fitness Fire’ with M.S.Dhoni and the highly engaging Flexercise campaign – a never done before no excuse approach to fitness.

An alumnus at MICA Ahmedabad, she started her career as an Assistant manager at Tata Teleservices Ltd. wherein she was awarded the “Star Employee” award for successfully launching the Tata Indicom Rural Phone. Kanika is insightful, hands-on professional and believes in managing her team by empowering them.

4. KEDAR LELE

Kedar Lele, Chief Operations Officer, Unilever Bangladesh Ltd is a well-rounded business manager with his experience spanning across Advertising, Internet companies, FMCG Marketing and Sales & Customer Development. 

An alumnus of MICA, Kedar started his career in Advertising. He spent a few years in Internet business, gaining critical experience in consumer & B2B marketing, product management, advanced solution selling, customer & alliances management and category development.

“Always think bigger,” is his motto of life which he shared with all the students, emphasizing that they should expect promotions only when they had outgrown the shoes they were in.

5. ASHISH JOSHI

Ashish Joshi, Senior Business Leader at Alcon, A Novartis Division across Asia Pacific markets is a seasoned business management and marketing professional with 18 years of experience across diverse commercial and marketing domains like FMCG, Nutrition, OTCs, and Medical Devices etc.

Other than this, he has a significant exposure in working across developed & emerging markets in a regional marketing setting across Asia -India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore, bringing a diverse perspective to business problems with leadership skills to drive growth & manage cross cultural teams in different markets.

This business leader is an alumnus of MICA and is well versed in strategic brand/ product management including brand equity management & strategy, drafting sources of growth, innovation and development of new products in the consumer packaged goods and healthcare industry.

With a successful track record in managing global packaged foods, nutritional healthcare, FMCG brands across developed and emerging markets in Asia with P&L management responsibility, he also boasts of a hands-on experience in managing large, multi-market brand with focus to drive double digit growth via robust source of growth plans.

These insightful people are truly an inspiration for everyone such that each one should learn from their experience and leave no stone unturned to achieve laurels.

Source-Collegedunia


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