Arvind Sharma is a holder of PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad - 1977 batch. In his last corporate role, Arvind was a member of the Global Leadership Council of Leo Burnett Worldwide. And Chairman of the India Subcontinent arm of the Publicis Groupe spanning all of the Groupe’s Media, Digital and New Media services. After spending over three and half decades in marketing and advertising, Arvind turned tech & Internet entrepreneur. He created an e-commerce venture from which he successfully exited recently. He has other projects in the works.
After leaving IIMA, Arvind spent his first few years in marketing with Voltas before switching to advertising. For well over three decades Arvind Sharma has been closely associated with brands like Ariel, Cinthol, Complan, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Fiat, Glucon-D, Goodyear, Hitachi, Heinz, Marlboro, Limca, Maaza, McDonald’s, Minutemaid, Old Spice, Pillsbury, Samsung, Thums Up, Tide, Telenor, Ultratech, Vicks Vaporub, Whisper. His clients included large local Indian groups like Bajaj, Godrej, HDFC, Reliance, Tatas & Wipro. He has been the copywriter behind a number of famous campaigns in India including 'Kya haal banaa rakha hai kuch lete kyon nahin' for Coldarin, the ‘Aam admi’ campaign that brought the Congress-led UPA government to power.
Arvind Sharma is ex-President of the Advertising Agencies Association of India, ex-Chairman of Advertising Standards Council of India, ex-Chairman of Media Research Users’ Council of India and founding Director of the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India. Arvind is also a member of the Board of Governors of Education Support Organization- an NGO focused on innovation in education at the primary & secondary school levels in India. Arvind is an Independent Director on the Board of Mirc Electronics Ltd.
Arvind has been a guest faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad since 2002 and IIT Bombay since 2016. Arvind has also has been teaching from time to time at Mica, ISB, NMIS and Symbiosis. He has been invited to speak at Harvard Business School, Wharton and Columbia.