Ogilvy & Mather India has announced two senior staff movements. Nishi Suri, currently President of the Mumbai office, will move to Shanghai, China, in September this year. There she will take on the position of Managing Partner – International Clients. These clients include Unilever, BP, Coca-Cola and Kodak to name a few.
In India, J C Giri will move from being Country Head of Ogilvy Activation to head the Mumbai operations, with full responsibility for Ogilvy's 360 degree services.
Suri joined O&M in 1997 and moved to head O&M’s flagship Mumbai office in 2001. She then moved to spearhead the 360 degree operations in Mumbai. As President of O&M Mumbai, Suri led the city agency through the most challenging phase of the industry to deliver consistently healthy top-line and bottom-line growth. She has gained Indian and International recognition for the success of her leadership on Kodak and Goli ke Hamjoli, a US funded Social Marketing Programme.
Giri began his career with Ogilvy Chennai and consistently moved up since then. Giri introduced Outdoor Media AOR in the country in 1995. He was then promoted as Country Head Ogilvy Landscapes and later as Country Head, Ogilvy Activation. Giri has played a key role in driving true 360 within the Activation units and strategically merging some of the Activation units with the WPP network in India. His leadership has helped Activation India showcase and export its learnings to International markets apart from consolidating Ogilvy’s position in India on key accounts like HLL, Hutch and more recently LG.
Commenting on the move, Giri said, “I look at this opportunity as a challenge and look forward to maximising the strengths of a great team built by Nishi over the last four years and to drive Ogilvy’s 360 capabilities. I also wish Nishi all the very best and feel certain that she will continue to do Ogilvy India proud.”
Piyush Pandey, Chairman, O&M India, commented, “It is not only a reflection of the splendid job done by Nishi as the Head of the Bombay Office, but the impact she has made on the Ogilvy & Mather International fraternity at every forum. J C Giri, who has done a marvelous job with Ogilvy Activation, takes over from Nishi, to keep the flag flying, and infuse adrenalin in an office which sets its own standards.”
John Goodman, CEO, Ogilvy South Asia added, "This is the best vindication of the strengths of our organisation I can imagine. One of our heroes gets to display her skills in the challenging Chinese market – probably the most volatile in the world right now. Another demonstrates that when we talk 360, we mean it, moving from the amazing Activation division to head up the largest city unit in the country.”
Suri concluded, “I am very happy and sad. Sad because above all professional and business aspects, I am leaving behind relationships with many colleagues, which I will always cherish. But I am happy that Giri will be taking on from here. Knowing Giri, he will find the pole position to increase the gap between Ogilvy Mumbai and the rest of the industry.”