About Anant Goenka
Anant Goenka is the executive director of Indian Express Group. He graduated in brand management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and was awarded a Dean’s scholarship for his Masters degree in print journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism.
Goenka’s first responsibility when he joined the group was its fledgeling digital business. He is recognised for converting the editorial and business mindset of a conventional newspaper bred on the values of its founder — freedom fighter Ramnath Goenka — to a modern, digitally adaptive one that continues to champion its 85-year history of free speech and courageous journalism.
Over the past five years, the group’s reach has grown from four million unique visitors to 70 million (7-crore) unique visitors a month, becoming India’s second largest digital news group.
The expanding print and digital reach of The Indian Express Group is due to agenda-setting news breaks such as the Panama Papers, Ishrat Jahan witness tutoring tapes, the Indo-Pakistan surgical strike verification, and also due to its self-sustaining, journalism-first business model.
Goenka frequently writes in The Indian Express and often hosts the popular Express Adda. His piece on Punjab drugs, The Indo-Pakistan border parade and most recently, his piece on the Future of Media, were widely shared. His 2015 interview with Aamir Khan was one of the most watched interviews of the year.
Forbes Magazine says Anant Goenka exudes the energy that he promises to infuse into the venerable Express brand, GQ rates him as one of India’s 50 most influential young Indians of 2016 and The Economic Times recognises him as India’s 40 Under Forty Business Leaders of 2017. Before The Indian Express, he has worked at Spenta Multimedia in Mumbai and at Bloomberg, UK.