Sr.Executive VP & Head of Digital Business
Lokmat Media Pvt. Ltd.
Hemant leads the digital business and transformation initiatives at Lokmat Media Group as Sr.EVP & Head of Digital Business. He is a senior executive level business leader and growth specialist, featuring over 22 years of experience in high-performance roles focused on building new businesses and driving growth in the digital media and mobile entertainment space. Hemant is recognized as one of India’s “100 Smartest Digital Marketing Leaders” 2019 by the World Digital Marketing Congress. Endorsed by Global Federation of Digital Marketing, Thought Leaders, CMO Asia & World Federation of Marketing Professionals.
He embarked on the digital journey at an early stage of his career (1996), with the launch of indianexpress.com. During the period 1997-2001, he set up digital media divisions for some of the leading advertising agencies in India – TBWA, Euro RSCG & DDB. In 2002 he joined Reliance Websites as part of the founding team. Responsible for brand & consumer marketing, launched 241 broadband cafes across 105 cities in India. Hemant spearheaded the India business for Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. for 6.5 years (2008-2014), responsible for leading Hungama’s growth as a dominant mobile entertainment player by providing strategic direction and leading business operations across content, product, technology, distribution, and monetization. Before joining Lokmat, in his role as an entrepreneur, Hemant launched ‘Happitoo’, India’s 1st nightlife planning app and managed his startup for 2 years (2014-2016).