Ajit Varghese, Regional CEO Maxus Asia-Pacific, has announced the joining of Kishan Kumar M S as Maxus Vietnam Managing Director. Kumar joins as replacement to Rose Huskey (who joined the Maxus APAC team as Client Leadership Head for the region). He comes in on the back of an excellent track record in Maxus India Bangalore Office and was handling key accounts like Titan Company Ltd, Tata Global Beverages and also leading the Maxus Kerala and Hyderabad operations.
Announcing Kumar’s appointment, Maxus Vietnam GroupM CEO Jacob Kvist said, “The Vietnam media industry is evolving very rapidly and is turning into a market that attracts and develops the very best talent both locally and from overseas. This is once again evident both through Rose’ well deserved promotion to Maxus APAC client leader and the fact key talents such as Kishan see GroupM and Maxus Vietnam as the obvious next career step. I am very happy Kishan has decided to take on the challenge. His calm and friendly personality, senior leadership skills and established network within Maxus and GroupM organisations will allow him to hit the ground running. Rose and our entire Maxus team have done an outstanding job for our clients these last few years and I’m confident Kishan is exactly the sort of team player needed to take it to the next level.”
An alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, Kumar has 12+ years of experience in strategic planning, business development, trading, new media and talent management. In his various roles at Maxus India, he was instrumental in creating business impacting work for many blue-chip clients like Titan Company, Britannia, Tata Global Beverages, Google India, Wipro Consumer Care etc.
Kumar’s new role will allow him to work with Kvist and will lead the digital transformation for clients in the market.
Commenting on his appointment, Kumar said, “Vietnam is a true reflection of today’s fast changing media & consumer landscape. GroupM has been pioneering change in Vietnam and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to start this exciting new innings of my career. Maxus Vietnam has done remarkably well under Rose’s leadership and I look forward to consolidate further and help our clients succeed by leading them into change. While doing so, I’m equally looking forward to working with my wonderful colleagues at Maxus & GroupM Vietnam”
Adding in, Ajit Varghese, CEO, Maxus Asia Pacific, states “Kishan is an excellent candidate to lead this market as he has demonstrated in various previous roles in India. His people skills combined with great passion for building clients business and knowledge of media industry is something that will help us in the next phase of growth in Vietnam. Am happy that we are able to time and again give successful career options within the group for star performers and Kishan certainly meets that criteria.”