JWT India has been witnessing a number of people exits since October 2013. According to industry sources, around 25-26 people have quit the agency in recent times.
One of the reasons cited is the restructuring or reshuffling that has been in play at the agency October onward, which has reportedly left employees unhappy. The reshuffling entails a change in partnerships that have lasted for years across disciplines, which includes creative and servicing. In some instances, accounts have also been reshuffled, confirmed industry sources.
Some of the senior exits include Vistap Hodiwalla, Vice-President and Senior Creative Director, JWT, who had been with the agency for around seven years. He put in his papers in December. Another senior person who is moving out is Debu Purkayastha, Executive Creative Director and Vice-President, JWT, at the end of this month.
There are more exits in the pipeline, confirmed industry sources. On the other hand, JWT maintains that the restructuring is a step towards strengthening skill sets and capabilities in order to leverage talent in an optimal manner.
“We are custodians of our clients’ brands. They trust us to manage their brands and we are committed to ensuring we provide them with the best talent and right skill sets available. As a result of the changing requirements of our business and clients, we are modifying our talent mix. We will continue to bolster our creative and digital teams to better support our clients,” said Colvyn Harris, CEO, JWT South Asia.