Veena Gidwani, a Management graduate with over 40 years experience in Marketing, Advertising & PR, is an independent Strategic PR Consultant, Corporate Trainer and Teacher at post-graduate communication Institutes.
Her corporate training programmes cover Leadership Training for women managers, Media handling workshops for senior corporate spokespersons and PR for Brand Building for brand managers.
Veena retired as CEO of Madison Public Relations, the specialist Reputation Management unit of Madison World, in 2012, after a successful 12 year tenure, in which she grew the agency’s client roster from one to an extensive list of blue-chip companies and brands; from a staff of four to a large team spread across four offices.
At Madison, she grew the business through innovative PR campaigns for MNC and Indian corporates & built a team of young, qualified & motivated professionals.
Madison PR is recognized as a Brand PR specialist.
Veena has rich & varied experience at both agency & client ends. Since 1995, she was responsible for setting up & managing communications consultancies.
Before joining Madison, Veena was President & CEO of Pressman Advertising’s PR business , which she set up and built. She also had a successful tenure as Director and CEO of the Creative agency of Tata Donnelly Ltd.
She, represented India as Jury for the PR category at the Cannes Festival of Creativity 2011 and is the recipient of the 'Indira Super Achievers Award' for Woman Achievers.
She is Professor Emeritus at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.
She speaks at industry forums and Communication Conferences regularly.
Veena has served on several industry bodies in varied capacities including as President of PRCAI and PRSI Mumbai Chapter, Vice President , ISB Mumbai Chapter and on various committees of the Advertising Club. Her other interests include Indian music, playing bridge and cooking.
She is a Food Artist with PING Digital Broadcast and is featured on two channels ’IFN Sindhi’ and ’I’ve No Time To Cook’ on YouTube. Her first book The ’I’ve No Time To Cook’ Book targeted at busy working professionals has been very successful. Veena contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines & has appeared on food shows on leading TV channels.