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Rachana Panda is Country Group Head, Communication and Public Affairs & Sustainability for Bayer South Asia since September 2020.
As Vice President & Country Group Head for the Communications, Public Affairs, Sustainability and Corporate Societal Engagement teams at Bayer South Asia, Rachana Panda partners with the leadership to drive conversations around the company’s vision of ‘Health for all, Hunger for none’. She comes with more than 25 years of experience in Communications, Public affairs, CEO/CXO level engagements, Industry Relations, Marketing Communications & Sustainability programs.
Rachana started her career as a Management Trainee in Apollo Tyres and later went on to head the regional communications for companies like Alcatel, UTStarcom and Alstom. Her last assignment before joining Bayer was as the Chief Communications & Brand Officer at GE South Asia.
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In her personal time, Rachana loves to travel to new places, study different art & cultures, antique collection and spending time with street children.
An active supporter of open innovative programs, Rachana is a selected mentor at the Government of India’s Atal Innovation Program as well as Nexus Incubator Hub at the American Center. She is a Founding Board Member of GWPR India (Global Woman in PR) as well as a Board Member of APACD (Asia Pacific Association of Communication Directors) – which help to promote the professional development of communicators and public affairs professionals from the Asia-Pacific region. She is an active member at the CII National Advisory Committee for CSR and is extremely passionate about Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability and Societal Engagement.
Rachana holds a Masters in International Business from India and an Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. She is based in New Delhi.