Rakesh Thukral has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Comma. He will take charge from September 1, 2005. His previous assignment was as at IPAN, where he had served for 14 years.
Thukral has built competence in virtually all the key PR functions. He has provided critical inputs in developing media strategies for several companies, Indian and as well as international.
Thukral also has considerable experience in the area of marketing communications and has been a key figure in product launches, brand building and promotional activities such as events, exhibitions and trade shows.
He has counseled prestigious organizations, including Ford, Delphi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ESPN, and World Bank among others. He was instrumental in setting up IPAN offices in Bangalore and Chennai.
As COO of Comma, Thukral will be responsible for relationship management, research and advocacy, media monitoring and relations, and all aspects of planning and implementation of PR programmes for clients. In addition, he will be in charge of business development and the expansion of the Comma franchise.
Incidentally, IPAN founder Rajiv Desai promotes Comma.