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Dentsu hires Coca-Cola’s Pankaj Thapar as group CFO

04-April-2006
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Dentsu hires Coca-Cola’s Pankaj Thapar as group CFO

Dentsu India has announced the appointment of Pankaj Thapar as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of its India and Middle-East operations. Thapar joins Dentsu from Coca-Cola, where he spent almost a decade in various senior operating, accounting and finance positions.

An MBA (Finance) from FMS, Delhi (1984), Thapar began his career with ICICI before moving to Citibank and subsequently to Grindlays Bank, mostly dealing in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions. He then moved to Coca-Cola, where he worked for almost 10 years, prior to moving to Dentsu.

The entire finance and accounts functions of Dentsu’s three agencies in India and its new agency in Dubai will report to Thapar.

Commenting on the new appointment, Sandeep Goyal, Chairman Dentsu India, said, “Pankaj brings to Dentsu many years of high-quality experience and exposure in top-notch organisations. He will help us run a more prudent and process driven finance function.”

“Dentsu is a global communications powerhouse. The Dentsu India operation is young and full of energy. I hope to contribute in shaping its business growth along more robust lines,” said Thapar, who will be based in Delhi.

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