GroupM’s Sunitha Gopalakrishnan and Manjiri Kamat are all set to take on senior positions within the network in Asia. While Goplakrishnan, Mindshare India’s General Manager, will shift base to Jakarta and spearhead the launch of GroupM’s Indonesia operations, Kamat, GM, Maxus Mumbai, is moving to head GroupM’s Mediaedge:cia (MEC) in Malaysia.
Gopalakrishnan will be heading Mindshare’s new unit in Jakarta to take care of the newly bagged Unilever business. She had joined Mindshare from O&M in 2001 and has handled clients like ICICI bank, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Prudential ICICI, Mirc Electronics, Kodak, Castrol, Alembic, DuPont and Leela Hotels.
Divya Gururaj, Business Director, Mindshare, will be taking over from Gopalakrishnan as the new General Manager. “This is a very nice opportunity for me. Indonesia is a different country and this new assignment will be very challenging and surely very exciting. I will be moving to Indonesia as Managing Director, Mindshare, Jakarta, and Divya Gururaj will be the new GM. We have worked very well as a team and she has been doing good work on ICICI Prudential Life Insurance and Onida,” said Gopalakrishnan.
Vikram Sakhuja, Managing Director, Mindshare said that these moves were part of the natural career progression.
Commenting on her move to Malaysia, Kamat said, “I look forward to the challenge of working in a new market. I am sure the experience that I have gathered, working in a market like India, will help me. I am glad that I am leaving Maxus Mumbai in the able hands of Rathi Gangappa. She was groomed for this job and is well equipped to carry on our agenda in Mumbai.”
Kamat has contributed to growing the Maxus business in Mumbai and was overseeing accounts such as Hutch, Tata Motors, Pidilite, VIP, Walt Disney, IDBI, Bajaj Allianz. She has been with the group for close to 15 years, starting with HTA in 1991, then moving on to Mindshare in 2001, and Maxus in 2003.
Gangappa, Business Director in Maxus Mumbai, takes over from Kamat as GM Maxus Mumbai. Gangappa has close to 10 years’ experience, having worked in Lintas and Maxus Bangalore before moving to Maxus Mumbai in 2004.
CVL Srinivas, CEO, Maxus, said, “Manjiri has done a great job at Maxus Mumbai, and we are sure she will turn out to be a big asset to MEC Malaysia. The big advantage of working in a network like ours is the career development opportunity one gets. Manjiri’s move is yet another example of that.”