Padma Venkataraman

Head – Communications & Design | pvenkataraman at iihs dot co dot in


1999   PGD, Mass Communication, Symbiosis Institute of Journalism & Mass Communications, Pune

1997   BA, Journalism, Christ University, Bangalore




Countries: India, UAE
States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh
Cities: Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Noida
Languages: English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam

Padma is a communications person with 20 years’ experience and whose portfolio includes a versatile mix across the spectrum in her field. She has also taught post graduate students in her capacity as guest lecturer and has mentored teams throughout her stints as part of senior leadership.


Padma spent a decade in advertising in India and the UAE, starting off as a copywriter and moving on to servicing, therefore creating a strong foundation of understanding the impact of both sides, creative and business. She moved back to India in 2010 and headed the branches for one of India’s largest PR agencies Perfect Relations, first in Pune and then in Bangalore. She then worked with the Motherson Group, headquartered in Noida, India managing Global Communications across 41 countries with a mandate for end-to-end internal and external communications.


Given the field Padma has been in, whose nature is industry-agnostic, her experience includes strategic communications in PR for a wide array of sectors including but not limited to Automotive, Manufacturing, Corporate, Technology, Agriculture, Retail, Pharma & Healthcare, Insurance, Industry bodies and mandates for Public Affairs and events for the Government.


At IIHS, Padma heads Communications and Design and she works with her team to create strategies to build and enhance institutional brand and reputation, engagement and outreach to IIHS’ multiple stakeholders, both internal and external to communicate the values that the institution embodies.


Padma has dabbled with television, working with Durga Khote Productions in Mumbai on Kundan Shah’s ‘Wagle ki Nayi Duniya’, radio with AIR and FEBA in Bangalore, and has been a freelancer with Indian Express, Pune and Times of India, Bangalore in the earlier days of her career.