Mohan Menon has decided to quit his position as Director, South after a lifetime career of 32 years in Ogilvy.
It was the Indian advertising legend Ranjan Kapur who hired Menon as a cub copywriter in Ogilvy Mumbai. And, he went ahead to take over as the Creative Director of Chennai and Bangalore outfits. "In his creative avatar, he was always on call as a 'trouble shooter' to help out Ogilvy offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Dubai," reads an official release.
Later on Menon emerged as a 'suit' and was chosen as the Head of the Chennai operations and going further ahead he became the 'City Father' for Ogilvy offices in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Menon was also closely involved with Ogilvy's Sri Lankan operations during the pre and post-acquisition phase.
A graduate in senior management programmes from Toronto and New York, Menon was a one-time visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, besides a horde of other institutions.
Menon however prides himself on his role as mentor to a number of highly successful advertising professionals. He is also one of the few to be in direct contact with the legendary David Ogilvy.
The advertising major laments Menon's departure. As the release says: "Ogilvy and Ogilvy South in particular will miss Mohan." Miles Young, Ogilvy's Chairman for the Asia Pacific Region, described him as 'a gentleman with brains, in the true Ogilvy tradition'.
Piyush Pandey, Ogilvy India's Executive Chairman, was quoted as saying: "Mohan embodies the very best of Ogilvy values. Behind the relaxed look one could always see an intense Ogilvy warrior, doing everything in his ability to make the organisation shine."