Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team


Rajesh Pasari, Director

Rajesh Pasari is designated as Director – Finance & Operations & is on the Board of Macmillan. He is responsible for & leads all the business support functions including Finance, Human Resource, Information Technology, Supply Chain & Logistics and Administration. Rajesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant & Cost Accountant & carries an overall 18 years of invaluable experience with large MNCs and Corporates like Marico, Seagram (now Pernod Ricard), Spencer’s & NetAmbit. Rajesh was instrumental in pioneering the Commercial function thereby building a strong hundred member team in Spencer’s Retail growth journey. He also had a successful stint in a Financial services start-up where he spearheaded two rounds of Private Equity funding as the CFO for them which led to his recognition by CFO India magazine placing him amongst the Top 100 CFOs of the country.



Venugopal Bhaskaran, Country Director

Venugopal Bhaskaran is the Country Director Macmillan Education India. He has over three decades of rich experience in Publishing, Pharma and FMCG industry. Before joining Macmillan, he headed Orientblackswan Schools and was part of the senior management team in Oxford University Press. He is a proven leader with over two decades of demonstrated success in leadership roles. A strategic thinker who drives for business growth and committed to team-building.



Vandana Juneja, Head – Marketing & New Initiatives

Vandana is responsible for marketing for all strands of Macmillan India. With a decade of invaluable teaching experience behind her, she has used insightful marketing to bring top of the mind recall to Macmillan products. Prior to her teaching stint, she worked for eight years in Product Marketing and Sales Management with Pertech Computers Ltd. She is also responsible for incubating new opportunities for Macmillan.



Shashikala Meenakumari, Head – Publishing

With over two decades of editorial experience in K-12 publishing, Shashi has an in depth understanding of pedagogy and the different curricula prevalent in India. Shashi has an M Phil degree in Education and a Master’s in Education and Human Rights, with specialization in Child Psychology and Pre-primary education. Before joining Macmillan, Shashi had a brief stint as Guest Lecturer, at the Post Graduate Department of Education, Bangalore University.



Harsh Pillai, Head – Sales (West and AP)

Harsh Pillai, Sales Head for West & AP has over 14 years of experience in areas of Sales, Marketing, and Project Management and P&L accountability. Harsh started his career with HUL in Mumbai and then headed Operations in MERU cabs. He also launched Pre paid operations for Aircel in Andhra Pradesh. Prior to Macmillan Harsh was with Piramal Healthcare where he headed the successful Project Vistaar. Harsh has brought market discipline and motivation to the West operations for Macmillan.



Mahesh Srivastav, Head Sales-East

Mahesh has almost 2 decades of experience in the education industry. His experience encompasses Business Development and P & L management in Jetking, Educomp Solution Ltd, Cengage Learning & McGraw-Hill Education across India. In Macmillan, Mahesh is responsible for sales in East India and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan & Myanmar along with Professional Publishing.

He has done his masters in Labour law and Personnel Management from Lucknow University and his Strategy Management from University of Virginia Darden School of Business.



Biju Thomas, Head - Sales (South & Middle East)

Biju Thomas, Sales Head- South, has played a pivotal role in establishing Macmillan in the South region, for over two decades. He is the face of Macmillan in Kerala and through consistent performance has established Macmillan’s supremacy there. He also initiated Macmillan’s ventures in international markets of Sri Lanka and Maldives in early 2000. Biju possesses in-depth knowledge of the market, and although his strength is sales, he is well versed with other support functions. He is uniquely gifted in leadership, and is an excellent motivator with grit and passion. He is resolute in maintaining a humanitarian touch in professionalism to achieve the desired results.



Harpreet Singh Bagga, Head of Supply Chain Operations

Harpreet Singh Bagga is responsible for Supply Chain Management, production planning and control, warehouse management and order to delivery process. Harpreet has 9+ years of experience in education with his earlier assignments at Educomp and StudyPlaces.com. His expertise in data driven management has resulted in increased productivity and customer satisfaction. Harpreet has also worked with Infosys, CSC& GlobalLogic in software and Business development.



Shreesh Garg, Financial Controller

Shreesh Garg joined Macmillan India in Nov 2016 as Financial Controller. With B Com.(H) from Delhi University and Chartered Accountancy in 2000, Shreesh comes with total experience of 16 years in areas of Accounting, tax, audits, compliances, corporate governance.

Shreesh was earlier with TNS India Pvt. Ltd, a global market research company under the WPP group (a UK MNC) where he was working in the capacity of Business Partner – Commercial & Finance. He has also worked for organisations like Ariba India Private limited, Terminix SiS India Pvt. Ltd, and Fidelio India.



Preeti Wadhavan, Head Legal & Compliance

Preeti Wadhawan heads the Legal & Compliance function for Springer Nature Group in India and also is a member of Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee. She has been instrumental in driving compliance for the organization.

Preeti is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics USA, a Lawyer and Company Secretary with over 15 years of rich experience in legal and compliance domain. She has extensive experience in legal contracting, IPR, Policy Compliances, Investigations, trainings, risk assessments, regulatory matters and UK Bribery Act. She is recognized as a business enabler and partners with other functions in finding solutions within the compliance framework for achieving company’s mission.

Prior to joining Springer Nature, she was the Legal and Compliance counsel for XL Catlin Group in India. She has also worked in the past with General Electric in legal and compliance team..



Manisha Nayar, Head - Human Resources

Manisha has over 10 years of extensive experience in telecom before joining Macmillan. She was associated with Bharti Airtel Limited into various roles spanning across Talent Management, Business Partnering, Organization Effectiveness, Learning and Development, Recruitment, Engagement, Performance Management & Employee Services. She brings in a blend of strategic capability building and operational management experience . She is a management graduate from University Business School, Panjab University.