exchange4media has learned from reliable sources that Mr. Sunil Gupta, head of Mumbai operations of Hindustan Thompson Associates Limited and one of the pillars of Indian advertising industry, has put in his papers.
Mr. Sunil Gupta known for his no-nonsense attitude started his professional career in McMillan in 1978. In the late 1978, he joined HTA as an account representative. He became the head of Calcutta office in the year 1988 and held the post till 1992. He was asked to head the Delhi office after Mr. Nikhil Nehru resigned. Under his stewardship, Delhi office had the distinction of being nominated as the agency of the year for three consecutive years. Under him Delhi office produced some well known campaigns i.e. VDIS, Indian Army, Pepsi, Kit Kat etc. to name a few.
In the year 1999, he was called to head the Bombay office after the sudden demise of Mr. Anil Bhatia. It was widely expected that he would take over from Mr. Mike Khanna after his long innings at HTA. He was personally responsible in creating the Rural wing of HTA. A multifaceted personality, he has anchored TV shows like ‘What’s The Big Idea’, acted and directed many plays and is a cricket enthusiast too.
According to people who know him, he will missed by the agency and the industry as a whole. His immediate plans are not known.