Sandhya Padmanabhan, MBA, MA – 2017 Top 100 Under 50 Emerging Leader


Sandhya Padmanabhan, MBA, MA
Senior Brand Manager
Johnnie Walker/ Diageo PLC
Duke University

As Senior Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker, Sandhya Padmanabhan position includes Managing brand and innovation planning for Johnnie Walker US with $47MM A&P investment, delivering 1.8MM cases. She also is currently working on driving a 3-year innovation plan to push the boundaries of Scotch whisky through the launch of limited edition Blender’s Batch Triple Grain American Oak, Wine Cask Blend, and ongoing experimental blends. Padmanabhan also works with Diageo PLC, which is a Global leader in beverage alcohol with a collection of lifestyle brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, and Guinness. The products are sold in 180 countries. Padmanabhan has a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Master of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.