Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

 

Rajesh Pasari, Managing Director

Rajesh Pasari, Managing Director, Macmillan Education India, heads the company’s operations in the South-Asian region, across schools, professional education and language learning domains. Prior to taking over as Managing Director, Rajesh was Director-Finance and Operations for over 6 years, and has been instrumental in Macmillan Education India’s success story. His dynamic vision has helped Macmillan Education build a strong reputation in the region.

A qualified Chartered Accountant & Cost Accountant, with over two decades of experience, Rajesh has worked in large Indian and multinational corporations such as Marico, Seagram (now Pernod Ricard), Spencer’s Retail and NetAmbit. In recognition of his business acumen and leadership attributes, Rajesh was awarded the prestigious CA-Achiever Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also been honoured by the Nine Dot Nine Media (CFO India Magazine) for his front-end business partnering in 2015, placing him amongst the top 100 CFOs of the country.

 

 

Harsh Pillai, National Sales Director

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.

 

 

Vandana Juneja, Head – Marketing & New Initiatives

Vandana has done her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from TERI, and an engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.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.

 

 

Manish Taneja

Manish Taneja leads the Digital Operations team; he is responsible for all the digital initiatives (EdTech) for the India business. Manish has over 20 years of experience in EdTech product development and management. During this journey, he has delivered technology-driven education solutions for target audiences ranging across K-12, higher education, and vocational education. He has also driven this in various corporate sectors, including domains like Banking, IT (hardware, software, ERP), Security, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Energy. Prior to Macmillan, Manish has worked with organizations such as Liqvid, Edutech, and GECIS.

 

Garima Taneja, Director - HR

Garima has extensive experience in strategic HR within multicultural environments. She has contributed significantly in the space of Performance and Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits and as a HR Business Partner. In her earlier role, she has been an active partner to business across South West Asia in Leadership Development & Succession Planning Programme for Senior Management.

Prior to joining Macmillan, Garima has worked with NIIT Limited, Amway India Enterprises, Samsung Electronics and Oxford University Press. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai.

 
 

 

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.

 

 

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..

 

Aakarshan Mookim, Director-Management Reporting, Planning & Analysis, Commercial Finance

Aakarshan Mookim is our Head of MRPA, Macmillan Education India. He is responsible for P&L management of the company, all planning & budgeting, group reporting and front-ending the business/commercial finance for the organization. Aakarshan has done his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IMT, Ghaziabad, with a dual degree from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, NJ, USA. Aakarshan possess an overall 15 plus years of invaluable experience with global conglomerates like General Electric (GE), HSBC, Agilent Technologies. He is the recipient of CFO-100 NEXT award by the CFO India magazine for his endeavours in earlier organizations. In addition to his India role, Aakarshan also supports our businesses of Macmillan in Australia and MENA Region as Director-MRPA.