The opening of Cohn & Wolfe India is the latest of several endeavours by Cohn & Wolfe to build its presence in Asia, including last year’s acquisitions of impactasia and XPR in China and Southeast Asia, respectively.
Cohn & Wolfe India has appointed Charlotte Chunawala as CEO.
The agency now has eight offices in the Asia Pacific region. With offices in Mumbai and Delhi, Cohn & Wolfe India will be supported by former Unilever India Communications Head Irfan Khan, who will serve as Chairman of the Board and Prema Sagar, a PR thought leader in India, who will sit on the Board and serve in a mentoring role as the agency continues its expansion.
Chunawala will report to Donna Imperato, CEO, Cohn & Wolfe. She will be supported by Dolly Tayal and Piyal Banerjee, heading Mumbai and Delhi offices, respectively. She will be responsible for all operations in India, providing strategic client counsel, leading new business efforts and ensuring integration with the agency’s offices across the Asia Pacific region and around the world.
Chunawala’s global experience includes over 15 years of agency and consultant work in UK, Europe and South Asia, where she managed high-profile client programmes across key verticals, including consumer, corporate and financial communications as well as public affairs. Formerly, Chunawala was CEO of Good Relations India and General Manager of Edelman Brussels, where she helped build the agency’s public affairs offer and led business for Toy Industries of Europe, Chiquita and Pfizer.
“These are dynamic times for development in India and there is tremendous potential for growth in the region. Charlotte brings a deep understanding of these market dynamics. Her experience will greatly enhance our ability to serve clients who are looking for communications support in one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Imperato.
Chunawala added here, “I am excited to be heading Cohn & Wolfe’s entry into the Indian market.”
Part of WPP, Cohn & Wolfe is a global communications agency. The agency, which was set up 40 years ago, has more than 1,100 employees in over 50 offices across North America, EMEA, and Asia.