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Shyama Puliyanda, Sr. Biz Director & Head of Growth for North America – Acceleration, A Wunderman Thompson Company

Shyama Puliyanda brings over 11 years of marketing experience across CPG, Financial Services, Pharma and Beauty in Asia and North America. Previously at Kantar Consulting, she lead client engagements in the Marketing Transformation Practice and is passionate about partnering with clients to unlock true business impact through their marketing initiatives.

Prior to Kantar Consulting, Shyama was the Head of Client Services for VML in India (now VMLY&R) and was instrumental in the India business set-up and operations. At VML, she advised clients like ICICI Bank, Revlon, Shiseido, Franklin Templeton Investments, 3M and Indian conglomerates like Mahindra & Mahindra and Religare on their Digital Marketing Strategies.

Prior to VML, Shyama managed the marketing for J.P. Morgan’s asset management business in India and has also worked in Advertising at Publicis India handling the launch of Loreal’s Garnier skin care brands in the Indian market.

Shyama holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Business Management from Mumbai University and an advanced diploma in Advertising, Brand and Sales Force Management from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai.

In her free time, Shyama is an avid traveller, foodie, yoga enthusiast and mentor coach at America Needs You (ANY) – A not for profit organization dedicated to economic mobility for ambitious, first generation college students.