Aroon Purie presides over the strategic direction of Thomson Digital. He is the founding editor, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of India Today and Chief Executive of the India Today Group, the parent company. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales), he started his career in 1970 at Thomson Press as Production Controller and is still its guiding force. He was the first Asian to be chairman of “The international federation of the periodical press (FIPP)” from 2009 to 2011.
He is also credited with giving India its best-known news magazine that has set a benchmark in journalism, editorial and print quality. He has also set the style and standard for India’s largest and most respected media group.
In 2001, the Government of India conferred its third-highest civilian award on him for his contribution to Indian journalism. He has won various other awards and recognitions like the B.D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (1988) and The G.K. Reddy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. He is also associated with several other prestigious councils committees and is on the board of Indian Broadcasting Digital Foundation.
A true pioneer, he spearheads multiple new media platforms. In 2015, PM Modi nominated him and India Today Group as clean India champion to further the cause and promote the “Swacch Bharat” vision.
Ankoor Purie is the Managing Director of Thomson Press (India) Ltd and Thomson Digital, part of the parent India Today Group. He completed his schooling from Modern School, New Delhi and obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Print Management from the London College of Printing.
He oversees manufacturing and service delivery of both print and digital businesses. He takes all strategic decisions on technology upgrade, manufacturing, production, content and publishing services as well as quality management systems throughout the companies to ensure that our customers receive the best possible products and services.
VINAY K. SINGH
Executive Director and CEO, Thomson Digital (India)
A passionate futurist in the field of content communication technology, Vinay Kumar Singh is the Executive Director and CEO of Thomson Digital. In his current capacity, he is responsible for strategic direction, business expansion, marketing, business/product development, and overall growth and diversification of all the units of Thomson Digital in India, Mauritius and the US. An industry leader with over 30 years of rich experience, Vinay is also on the board of group companies within India Today Group and Thomson Press.
Vinay is known for his interest in technology, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that led to the creation of Thomson Digital. Having started his career with Thomson Press in 1991, Vinay has grown up the ranks, serving the organisation in multiple capacities. Expanding horizons for Thomson Press, with his knowledge and revolutionary outlook, he transformed a small digital division of Thomson Press into an independent brand Thomson Digital.
In the year 2000, Vinay was given the charge of running the export division of Thomson Press in its content solution and services. He went on to establish international branches of Thomson Digital and other entities globally. He also founded a technology start-up company called DigiScape Limited for providing workflow solutions, process automation, and innovative breakthrough in processing scientific and educational content for the global publishing fraternity.
Post the year 2000, Thomson Digital scaled to newer heights under Vinay’s leadership. He not only established the brand imprint in Mauritius, but also in New York, alongside this geographical expansion, he has a constant eye on the services being offered under the brand umbrella, which he catapults to continuous evolution.
With Thomson Digital’s impressive domain experience of Scientific, Technical and Medical content, Educational content from K-12 to Higher Education and Technology expertise, his vision is to focus on providing much needed solution and transformation in domestic Edtech space, by utilising the company’s rich legacy of content knowledge blended with the State of the Art modern technology driven by AI/ML at its core.
An alumnus of the Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Jadhavpur, Kolkata and Graphic Communication Technology, University of Pune, he specialised in scientific and educational content. He also underwent Executive Training Programs at ISB Hyderabad.