Havas Worldwide as brought on board Gaurav Soi and Tiraz Balaporia for its Mumbai and Bangalore offices, respectively. Soi joins as Vice President, Havas Worldwide Mumbai, while Balaporia joins as Vice President and Office Head, Havas Worldwide Bangalore. Both will report to Shavon Barua, President - West and South, Havas Worldwide.
Soi has spent 13 years in the advertising industry. He has worked on a variety of brand and categories during this tenure, including Saffola Oil & Salt, ITC Expressions Greeting Cards, VST, BPL Mobile, Frooti, Appy Fizz, Dainik Bhaskar Group, Audi, Suzlon Energy, Reliance Mutual Funds, Cox & Kings, and Fortis Healthcare, among others.
In the past he has worked in agencies such as Grey Worldwide (Mumbai), Ambience Publicis and Metal Communications.
Soi has also been closely associated with the Events & Activation side of the business. His stint at Line Communications gave him the opportunity to work on big and small scale events and activation programmes. Some of the clients that he worked on include Kotak, Fiat, Perfetti, and Orangina, among others.
Balaporia moves from Bates, where he had a stint of over a year and a half. At Bates, he had worked on brands such as Tata AIA, TVS, Fiat, Ashok Leyland, Park Avenue and so on. This is Balaporia’s second stint with Havas Worldwide (earlier Euro RSCG). He had earlier spent six and a half years as part of both Mumbai and Bangalore teams. While in Euro RSCG, he had handled brands such as HDFC Payment Cards, Emirates, Sanofi-Aventis, Bhaskar Group, BPCL Allergan, and IBM, to name a few.
With close to 13 years of work experience across multiple bands and categories, Balaporia has been appointed Office Head with a mandate to take the Bangalore office to greater heights, picking up where he left off from.