Arun Kabra

Arun Kabra

Chief Financial Officer & Director – Government Business,

Times of India Group (Education & Conference Businesses)


‘Arun Kabra’ is a born leader, an expert of finance, a count of accounts, the spine of startups and the champion of corporate strategy & business intelligence. Arun is the CFO & founding team member for two startups at the Times of India group viz. Times Centre for Learning Ltd (TimesPro, ET Cases) & Times Conferences Ltd. (ET Edge). By profession Arun is a CA from the ICAI and a CMA from CIMA, London in addition to LLB from the University of Rajasthan. Arun is a well-rounded businessman who shows acute judgement and perspective; he is personable, engaging and commands tremendous amount of respect amongst the stalwarts of finance fraternity & corporate leadership. Arun has led key positions in various multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Vedanta (Sterlite), ITW, Tata-AIG & his last stint was with Zee Learn Ltd as CFO before joining the founding team for startups at the Times of India Group.

Arun has an illustrious career spanning over 20 years in FMCG, Manufacturing, Engineering, Insurance, Education & Media sectors. He has worked extensively in the field of Strategic-Ties, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Internal Controls, Risk Management, Cost-Optimization, Commercial Negotiations & Taxation. Arun doesn’t confine himself to just finance function, rather spends 80% of his time in other functions towards achieving the organizational goals. Arun took over the responsibility of heading government business vertical in addition to his CFO role two years back and now that vertical is giving more than 30% of the revenues for the company.

Professional Awards & Recognition:

Awarded as India’s Best 100 CFOs by SEBI Chairman, U K Sinha –Mar-15
Awarded as India’s Most Influential CFOs by CIMA twice – Sep-15 and June-16
Awarded as CA-CXO of the Year 2020 Award by ICAI in Large Corporate category – Jan -20
Awarded as India’s Best 100 CFOs by CFO India for Mergers & Acquisitions, Mar-19
Awarded as India’s Best 100 CFOs by CFO India for Finance in Startups, Mar-16
Awarded for Exemplary Leadership by the Times Group, Nov – 15
Awarded as “Value Champion” by the Times Group, Apr – 17
Awarded “President Citation Award” by the Times Group, July-19
Speaker at various conferences & seminars across India

Arun is a strong proponent of corporate governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity and ethics are maintained at all the levels, internally as well as externally. At the age of just 41, achieving such a fast growth makes this young, dynamic, multi-tasking, calmly-aggressive leader, a role model for the new gen finance professionals.