MindShare, part of GroupM, on Wednesday announced the appointment of R Gowthaman as Managing Director of MindShare for West and South India, and Sundar Raman as Managing Director of MindShare for North and East. While Gowthaman will also be responsible for the Unilever business across South Asia, Raman will oversee Bangladesh and Sri Lanka operations as well. This, in effect, changes the structure of MindShare, putting the era of one MD for the entire India operations to an end.
These changes follow from the recent announcement that Ashutosh Srivastava, currently CEO of GroupM South Asia, will move to Singapore as MindShare Asia Pacific CEO. On the heels of Srivastava’s impending move to Singapore, Vikram Sakhuja, currently Managing Director of MindShare South Asia, moves into his position as COO, GroupM South Asia.
Srivastava was part of the team that established MindShare in South Asia in January 2002. He was the MD for MindShare India till 2004, after which he took up the role of CEO for GroupM South Asia and was part of the regional executive committee.
Sakhuja has been MD of Fulcrum (HLL division of Mindshare) and since then moved to take on the bigger role of managing the South Asia business for Mindshare.
Prior to moving in as MD of Mindshare, Gowthaman has been the Head of Fulcrum and has been responsible for its steady growth since 1999.
Raman, on the other hand, has been leading the businesses of Mindshare in Delhi, which is the key booming market for Mindshare.
GroupM also announced other promotions on Wednesday. Suku Murti, who is currently responsible for running the Entertainment, Sports and Promotions unit of GroupM India, moves to Singapore to run the same business across Asia Pacific.
Hiren Pandit, General Manager, MindShare, moves into Suku’s position as National Director, Entertainment, Sports and Promotions. Anita Kotwani moves into Hiren’s position as General Manager, MindShare.
These series of leadership changes augurs well for this media conglomerate’s Indian operation. Promotions from within the organisation often speak volumes on people grooming, growth and people management. Good bosses, they say, often have great successors that are home grown and share the passion that is passed on from the leaders. GroupM surges forward with the same passion and looks to build many more leaders across all media and allied media services that they parent.
MindShare India is a powerhouse in the network in terms of growth of diversified services such as branded entertainment, data analytics, digital media, and brand activation. It is viewed in the market as the premier media agency in South Asia.
MindShare is a global media investment management company with billings in excess of $21.5 billion (source: RECMA). The network consists of 95 offices in 65 countries throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
GroupM, the world’s leading full service media investment management operation, was created by WPP Group to oversee its assets in this sector. These assets include MindShare, Mediaedge:cia, MediaCom and Maxus.