Puma India appoints Smita Balram as head of corporate communications

Puma India appoints Smita Balram as head of corporate communications

To further build PR and communications strategy for the sports brand.

 Smita Balram

Mumbai: Global sports brand Puma has appointed Smita Balram as head of corporate communications for the India business. 

In her new role, Balram will further build Puma’s communication strategy and efforts while driving the PR narrative for the brand, said the statement.

"Smita brings with her a wealth of rich and diverse experience in the field of media," said Puma India and Southeast Asia managing director Abhishek Ganguly. "Her creative vision and strategic bent of mind coupled with her strong background in business and lifestyle journalism will add a fresh perspective to Puma India’s brand story."

Balram comes with over 16 years of deep and extensive experience across print and broadcast journalism. In her previous role, she was associated with The Economic Times, where she covered the retail eco-system and tracked multinationals and large Indian conglomerates. In the past, she has contributed to prominent media houses such as TV Today Network, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, and Deccan Herald where she primarily reported on fashion and lifestyle.

“As a former journalist with experience in tracking lifestyle consumption, Puma is the perfect brand fit for me with its narrative around fashion and sports," said Balram. "The team has laid a strong foundation for the company in India which I hope to build on and deliver on our business objectives. I look forward to working with the teams, our business partners, stakeholders, and the media to strategise and tap into the growth opportunities in order to strengthen our presence in India, which has emerged as a key market for our company globally."