Dentsu has announced that the roles of four key people in the India leadership team have been upgraded.
Narayan Devanathan, currently CEO of Dentsu Creative Impact Group and National Planning Director (Dentsu India – North) is promoted with immediate effect to the newly created role of Group Executive & Strategy Officer, Dentsu India. In his group executive role, Devanathan will be the chief steward of the Dentsu brand in India, ensuring consistency of vision and output. He will also play the role of an integrator with the other members of the Dentsu Aegis Network, both within and outside India, helping leverage the power of the network. In addition, he will continue to helm the two specialist units of Dentsu Mama Lab (dedicated to connecting brands with mothers meaningfully) and Citizen Dentsu (dedicated to connecting brands with social purpose).
Harjot Narang, currently Branch Head of Dentsu Marcom, is promoted with immediate effect to President, Dentsu Marcom. In recognition of Narang’s will be charged with driving the pace of growth at Dentsu Marcom.
Amit Wadhwa, currently Branch Head of Dentsu Creative Impact, is promoted with immediate effect to President, Dentsu Creative Impact. His charge, with more autonomy, will now be to transform the creative reputation of the agency while achieving never-before scale.
C.P. Arora, currently the Group CFO for Dentsu branded agencies in India will have an expanded role in the Dentsu Aegis Network in India as well. He will now, in addition to his existing responsibilities, take charge as CFO, Dentsu Aegis Network India (North).
Commenting on the developments, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman and CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network, South Asia, said, “We are now at the forefront of our next phase of growth in our creative agencies and it is important for us to recognize the excellent talent pool that we have within the network and give them more autonomy to better service our clients. Narayan, Harjot, Amit and C.P. are amongst the best that we have in the network and I am sure that, they will drive the Dentsu Creative Agencies to new heights and help Dentsu Aegis Network become the second largest agency group in India by end-2017, overturning for the first time the existing ranking which has historically been in place for over 80 years in India.”