Everest Brand Solutions has appointed Samir Chonkar as Executive Creative Director. Chonkar returns to Everest Brand Solutions after a successful stint at Draft FCB Ulka, where he was Creative Director since 2008, and handled a diverse portfolio of brands like Tata Indicom, Amul Ice Cream, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Corporate and Bajaj Almond Oil among others.
For Chonkar, this assignment is more of a home coming. Armed with an art degree and passion for advertising, Samir walked into Everest in 1992 and stayed on for 14 years to create some memorable advertising for the agency’s diverse clients.
During his stint at Everest, he worked on a slew of FMCG brands like Parle-G, Parle Monaco, Krackjack, and Hide & Seek cookies, Tortoise Mosquito Repellent, Frooti and Bailley. He handled brands ranging from Corelle to Emirates; LIC and ING Vysya to Hitachi, Siemens and SKF Bearings with aplomb. Samir’s work showed a spirited edge while working on brands like Bagpiper, Shark Tooth Vodka and Romanov.
His already well-rounded experience was further enriched by a stint at M&C Saatchi as Executive Creative Director, working on brands like Jet Airways, Franklin Templeton and Bajaj Allianz.
D. Rajappa, President, Everest Brand Solutions, said, “Everest is delighted to welcome Samir Chonkar at a senior leadership level. In his role as Executive Creative Director, we hope Samir will not only create impactful and great campaigns but also play a mentoring role to his team. As a mature advertising professional, Samir’s vast experience across categories will benefit the select set of blue chip brands that Everest represents.”
“Induction of senior professionals with exposure across categories is in line with Everest’s philosophy of offering valuable experience of mega brands and large agencies coupled with nimble-footed edge of a small agency--thus giving the best of both worlds to the clients,” added Rajappa.
“I would add to Team Everest’s passion for creating effective advertising that works well for its clients,” said Chonkar.