Kavita Lakhani - Finlabs India

Director – Operations

Weber Shandwick India

Kavita Lakhani is one of India’s most respected Comms leaders with nearly 3 decades in Public Relations & Digital Marketing. She is known for her work positioning companies, CEOs and senior management as leaders and Changemakers in an era of disruption and accelerated transformation.

In addition to her role as Director – Operations, Weber Shandwick, Kavita is Co-Chair India, IPG Women’s Leadership Network. She is currently National President – PR & Digital Marketing Council, Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kavita sits on the Advisory Board of Finlabs India, a new-age fintech company.

Kavita has been awarded: ‘Leading Woman in Media’ – Women in Leadership Forum India, 2011, ‘Women Leadership Award’ – World Women Leadership Congress, 2014, ‘Woman Agency Head Of The Year Award 2020′ – adgully.com, ‘Superwomen2020’ by socialsamosa.com, SheThePeople.TV ‘40 Over 40 Awards’, Indian Television.com ‘Wonder Women 2021’. Kavita was recently listed by exchange4media among ‘Top 20 communications professionals to watch out for in 2021’.

A profit center head, Kavita works in partnership with clients, to provide innovative solutions to the toughest customer experience challenges. She enjoys structuring best-in-class servicing systems and teams to deliver scale value-driving ideas to clients at lightning speed. Recruiting & career development of the firm’s greatest asset, its talent, are among Kavita’s chief responsibilities.

Kavita’s analytical ability to use research to uncover key audience motivators/barriers, gives her insight into framing effective campaign strategies. Her expertise in brand building, message development, public education, crisis management using social/traditional media, make her a sought-after senior counselor. Kavita is a risk management specialist who helps corporates prepare for and manage crisis.

Kavita worked at Ogilvy PR and Lintas, prior to Weber Shandwick. Her brand experience includes Philips, Britannia, Cadbury’s, World Gold Council, McDonald’s, ICICI-USAID (ORS Campaign), Unilever (Domex, Lifebuoy), Emirates Airline, Marriott Hotels, Wartsila, Sony, Visit Victoria, Etihad Airways, Principal, Siemens, Porsche, Lamborghini, Starbucks, Sun Pharma, Rotary Foundation, among others.

Kavita is faculty at institutes like Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Symbiosis Pune, MET, EMDI, ISDI – WPP School, among others. She serves as Jury Panelist for industry awards like PRMoment 3030 (in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021), EMDI’s Sparklers Initiative (2018, 2019 & 2020), Social Samosa ‘Superwomen 2021’.

A post graduate in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai, Kavita has done the Online Proficiency Test for Independent Directors (Corporate Governance), Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. Kavita topped her batch in Advanced Program in Strategic Management, IIM Calcutta. She has done an Advanced Program in Digital Marketing, IAMAI and Transformational Leadership from ISB Hyderabad.

Kavita is a vocal artist who sings Gurbaani (devotional), Sindhi folk (kalaams), Sufi and Bhajans in Hindi, Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi languages. Proficient in playing the Harmonium and Tanpura, she performs live at concerts, cultural programs, charity events and places of worship to raise funds for charity. Her aim is to give back to the community by promoting her language, music, art and culture.

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