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MRSI elects new managing committee with Manish Makhijani as President

The election of the new Managing Committee members was held at Market Research Society of India’s 34th AGM on July 7

Market Research Society of India (MRSI), the industry-led market research body, has announced the formation of the Managing Committee for the tenure of 2022-2024. Manish Makhijani, Global Insights Director of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) was elected as the new President.

Makhijani takes over from Sandeep Arora, Executive Vice-President and Global Head – Research & Analytics Solutions, Datamatics Global Services.

Makhijani worked as the Vice-President of MRSI last three years and has been instrumental in creating and delivering several initiatives like the Golden Key Awards, Hackathon event at the Annual Seminar, etc. He is also a passionate advocate of nurturing talent and has been at the forefront of inspiring new talent to come to the industry and contribute toward business growth.

Additionally, Paru Minocha and Saurin Shah were elected as Vice-Presidents, Prashant Kolleri as the Secretary, and Nitin Kamat as the Treasurer for MRSI.

The election of the new Managing Committee members was held at MRSI’s 34th Annual General Meeting on July 7, 2022 in Mumbai.  

MRSI’s Managing Committee is represented by companies across research agencies, research users and service providers in the market research industry.

Congratulating the newly elected President, Sandeep Arora, the outgoing President of the MRSI, said, “I thank the MRSI members for supporting the current Managing Committee with their trust, especially when we had to change our course and plans drastically during the unprecedented Covid period. Thankfully, most of the key initiatives (locally and globally) we launched during that time have given a new direction and scale to the vision of the association going forward. I wish the incoming Managing Committee under the leadership of Manish Makhijani all the best to carry this momentum forward.”

The 2019-2021 Managing Committee took on some of the MRSI’s most significant initiatives till date. The committee was responsible for the successful release of comprehensive market sizing report titled ‘The Indian Research & Insights Industry 2021’.

The report stated that the approximately $2.3 billion Indian research and insights industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12% to 14% to reach $4.2 billion by 2025-26. Rising to the numerous challenges on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the former Managing Committee under the leadership of Sandeep Arora embraced online and hybrid formats to drive engagement. The committee also supported fieldwork investigators who are the foot soldiers of the industry through the MRSI Freelance Investigator Fund in 2020.

Makhijani said, “I am incredibly privileged to carry forward the legacy of so many stalwarts in the industry. Our industry has come a long way and sits at the intersection of changing consumer behaviour, technology, and marketing solutions. It is now up to us to really bring out the contribution of insights into the growth of the business in this complex and evolving world.”

MRSI’s Managing Committee Member for the term of 2022-2024 is:

Sr. No 

Name 

Organization 

1

Arora Sandeep 

Datamatics Global Services

2

Bhattacharya Arindam 

Lucid Holdings India Pvt. Ltd.

3

Banerjee Shuvadip

ITC Ltd

4

Chakraborty Parijat

Ipsos Research Private Limited

5

Chanana Dixit 

Toluna India Private Limited

6

Gautam Mukul 

Purple Audacity

7

Gray Derrick 

BARC 

8

Grover Sameer

Crownit

9

Kamat Nitin 

TAM Media Research Pvt Ltd.

10

Kolleri Prashant 

NielsenIQ (India) Pvt Ltd

11

Makhijani Manish 

Hindustan Unilever Ltd 

12

Mishra Amitabh

Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories

13

Minocha Paru 

Kantar 

14

Namakkal Sathyamurthy

DDB Mudra Group

15

Nijhara Praveen 

Hansa Research Group

16

Samuel Stephen

Kantar Analytics Practice

17

Shah Saurin 

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.

18

Upadhyay Girish 

Axis My India

19

Malhotra Vivek 

TV Today Network Ltd

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