After a stint of almost five years, Manish Porwal, Managing Director, West and South, Starcom Worldwide, has put in his papers. Porwal would be at Starcom Worldwide till the end of this year. Prior to being the MD for the West and South regions, until December 2006, Porwal was looking after the western region for Starcom. Details on Porwal’s next destination were not available. However, he is not joining “competition”.
Ravi Kiran, CEO-South Asia, Starcom MediaVest Group has informed that Porwal’s replacement at Starcom Worldwide, India-West & South, would be announced soon. In the meanwhile, Nikhil Rangnekar, who was recently elevated as ED for West, will take formal charge on December 1, 2007. Narendra Kumar would continue to handle Chennai, while Sindhuja Rai would look after Bangalore.
Ravi Kiran said, “Manish has been a strong support to us during the last four years and has helped bring our vision for Starcom in India to life. He has led our teams in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai very effectively and engaged clients well. He has emerged as a big fan of our holistic planning and activation model. I would like to place on record his significant contribution to the organisation and wish him all the very best in his future career.”
Under Porwal’s leadership Starcom’s Mumbai office has grown strong with many new businesses. The year 2007 has been perhaps the best year for the agency’s Mumbai operations with businesses like Jet Airways, Future Group, Future Brands, Kotak Mahindra Group and Tata Housing, among others, added to Starcom’s kitty.
Porwal said, “My stint at Starcom has been the best five years of my professional life. I have enjoyed every moment here, got a lot of love, respect and guidance, and have grown as a person and as a professional. I can confidently say that there is hardly any organisation in the communications business, which is as clear in its purpose and as much a learning ground as Starcom. In fact, in my view Starcom is not just an organisation, it’s an institution. Much as it pains me to leave the network, I guess life has to move on. There is no doubt that I will miss Starcom.”