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As Zoozoo Man Rajiv Rao moves on from Ogilvy, Piyush Pandey writes heartfelt letter

13-July-2017
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As Zoozoo Man Rajiv Rao moves on from Ogilvy, Piyush Pandey writes heartfelt letter


As Rajiv Rao, the man behind the iconic Zoozoos, is moving on from Ogilvy India, Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director,

Ogilvy South Asia, writes:


It is not at all easy for me, as I inform you that Rajiv Rao moves on from Ogilvy

India to become a filmmaker. It has been Rajiv’s dream to make films for the last four years. I have nothing but a deep sense of gratitude to Rajiv, that he respected my request to stay on to help make a better and stronger Ogilvy.  There are not too many in this business who make a sacrifice of this magnitude.


Rajiv joined Ogilvy in 1999 with his partner V. Mahesh. And shortly thereafter, they started blazing new trails.


In 2002, I had the joy of partnering him as a copywriter to create the legendary ‘Second hand smoke kills’ campaign for Cancer Patients Aid Association. This campaign won India’s first double Gold at Cannes.


Whenever the Orange/Hutch/Vodafone history is written, Rajiv Rao’s name will feature in golden letters. Every piece of work on these brands has Rajiv’s personal stamp on it.


The ‘silent killer’, Rajiv has always displayed phenomenal leadership skills without saying very much. Along with Mahesh, he led Ogilvy Bangalore from 2003 to 2006 and gave the office a renewed energy. In 2009 Rajiv and Abhijit Avasthi took on the role of National Creative Directors and raised the bar up many notches of creativity at Ogilvy India.  And since 2015, Rajiv has played the role alone and compensated for his partner.


Loved and admired by one and all in the industry, nationally and internationally, Rajiv is one of the finest creative people and the gentlest giant I have met in my life.


I am sure Rajiv will be no less a filmmaker than the creative leader he has been. We will stay connected in more ways than one.


Meanwhile, Rajiv will continue as Ogilvy India’s National Creative Leader till Sonal (Dabral) takes over and a smooth transition is complete.


I will refrain from being personal and just say, “Thank you Rajiv. You are a true son of Ogilvy India. Keep the flag flying.

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