The Reliance Group (Anil Ambani) has announced the appointment of Parul Sharma as group president with effect from June 20, 2023. Per the announcement, "As a global communications strategist, Parul brings a rich body of experience to power the Group, and—as Tony’s wife—the continuity to carry forward his formidable legacy."
For nearly 40 years, Tony Jesudasan was the public face of the Reliance Group, its bulwark in Delhi and across the world. Tony’s passed away in February 2023.
Welcoming Parul to the Reliance Group, Anil Ambani said, “I am pleased that Parul is joining us as Group President. While this is her first professional association with the Group, she has long been a part of the broader Reliance family as Tony’s partner. Our memories of Tony and what he meant for the group make Parul’s entry all the more special.”
Parul Sharma steered the communications strategy for Rupert Murdoch’s ‘Star India’ for 15 years, shaping its corporate image, publicity and relationships. Prior to that, she was with the German broadcaster ‘Deutsche Welle’, based in Cologne.
“Stepping in Tony’s shoes is not the easiest thing to do but he would be pleased to see me try,” said Parul Sharma. “Besides my experience with global media outlets, I hope to blend empathy and humanism in my stakeholder management. This is a transformative journey for Reliance Group that seeks to uphold the enduring spirit of the past.”
Sharma will be based in New Delhi.