Flipkart restructures senior leadership with key appointments

Sriram Venkataraman has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, while Amar Nagaram is set to become Chief of Engineering at Myntra

exchange4media Staff 19-December-2018

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Flipkart has announced an internal restructuring of its senior leadership with the appointment of Sriram Venkataraman as its Chief Operating Officer, according to news reports. Venkataraman is also serving as the company's Chief Financial Officer. He will be stepping into the COO role after Nitin Seth resigned last year and will oversee the logistics arm, Ekart, the marketplace and the retail aspect of the business.

Venkataraman joined the e-commerce giant three years ago and is an alumnus of the Institute of Technology, Chennai and Indian Business School, Hyderabad. He began his career with Hindustan Unilever, where he worked for more 11 years in the Finance and Treasury Department.

Another key appointment announced was that of Amar Nagaram of Flipkart, who is set to become Chief of Engineering at Myntra, under CEO Ananth Narayan. It has also been reported that Flipkart's Chief Technology Officer, Ravi Garikipati and Shoumyan Biswas, CMO and Head of Loyalty, Partnerships & Advertising, are also expected to leave the company.

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Havas Group India appoints Priyanka Mehra as Director, Marketing & Communications

A media professional with 14 years of experience in the media and marketing arena, Mehra’s last stint was at Creativeland Asia as Editor-in-chief, Content Marketing

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

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Havas Group India has appointed Priyanka Mehra as Director- Marketing & Communications. Her appointment is in line with unifying communications across all disciplines under the Havas Group umbrella. Her remit includes working with the senior leadership in India and the regional communications team to elevate brand reputation and awareness, the company said in a statement.

Her mandate also includes key strategic tie-ups in line with the Group’s “Together” strategy, the statement said.

A media professional who leverages over 14 years of experience in the media and marketing arena, Mehra’s last stint was at Creativeland Asia as Editor-in-chief - Content Marketing. Prior to this, she was Associate Editor at exchange4media wherein she was spearheading the Group’s flagship property exchange4media.com. She was with the group in various roles for nearly six years.  Mehra also has varied experience across brand verticals, including luxury and e-commerce in content consulting, marketing and brand management.

Talking about the appointment, Bobby Pawar Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Group India, said, “The sheer length and breadth of communications at Havas collaborating with Vivendi entertainment and content platforms provide us with great marketing ammunition and Priyanka’s appointment is a step forward in showcasing our strength as a Group in the Indian market.”

Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group India, said, “Given Priyanka’s understanding of content and communications, her appointment is part of a management structure that brings together all communication disciplines – creative, media, healthcare under the Havas Village umbrella. Part of her mandate will be overall communications and going forward key strategic tie -ups and initiatives given Havas Group India’s future-forward vision.”

Talking about her new role, Mehra said, “What makes Havas Group India an exciting place to be is the integrated offering across media creative and healthcare. Added to this, is the collaboration with Vivendi which includes Universal Music, GameLoft and Daily Motion, which in turn creates a unique narrative and a unique marketing force."

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Ogilvy announces key appointments to its APAC capability leadership team

Giri Jadhav, Sheilen Rathod, Ali Kazmi, and Andrew Thomas will join Ogilvy’s capability leadership team

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

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Ogilvy has announced key appointments to its capability leadership team in the Asia-Pacific region as a next step in the agency’s transformation journey.

While Ogilvy operates now as a fully integrated business centered around client needs, developing and nurturing key specialist skills is the role of Capability Leaders. These leaders have the modern marketing skills to meet the changing needs of clients and demonstrate the depth and breadth of the expertise that exemplifies the new Ogilvy.

“Today, brands are facing unprecedented change and we must continue to evolve to meet their needs”, said Kent Wertime, Co-Chief Executive, Ogilvy Asia. “This core group of leaders reflects the diversity of Ogilvy’s offering and expertise, which is brought together holistically as innovative, integrated solutions that build our clients’ brands.”

Ogilvy’s six core global capabilities are Brand Strategy, Advertising, Customer Engagement and Commerce, PR and Influence, Digital Transformation, and Partnerships.

Giri Jadhav has been announced as the Head of Advertising in Asia. Jadhav is a long-term Ogilvy veteran who started with the network in India and has held various regional positions based out of Singapore – most recently heading the agency’s global client portfolio in the region. Jadhav will take on the important role of driving the evolution of the Advertising offering in a digital and content-driven world. He will continue to be based in Singapore.

Sheilen Rathod is taking on the leadership of Ogilvy’s Customer Experience and Commerce capabilities across Asia. This extends from his current China role in charge of this capability area. These services continue to build upon Ogilvy’s long history of data-driven one-to-one marketing services. This includes the fast-growing area of commerce and user experience marketing. Rathod is also an Ogilvy veteran, who has previously worked in Hong Kong before moving to his current posting in China. He now takes on this regional position based in Shanghai.

Ali Kazmi will head Ogilvy’s Partnerships in Asia – also an extension of his current role in China. Over the past several years, Ogilvy has developed critical relationships with a host of partners – particularly digital platforms in China (like Alibaba, and Tencent), international partners (such as Facebook, Google, and Adobe), and Asian homegrown platforms and partners. Kazmi’s role will be to build these and other partnerships and assure that clients have access to deep platform knowledge. He will take on this regional position from Shanghai.

Andrew Thomas will be taking on an increased role in developing Ogilvy’s PR and Influence offerings in the ASEAN markets. PR and Influence services also constitute a significant business for Ogilvy in Asia, and Ogilvy was recognized in last year’s Sabre awards as Asia’s leading PR Consultancy. Thomas will continue to be based in Singapore.

Jadhav, Rathod, Kazmi, and Thomas will join Ogilvy’s capability leadership already in place in the region led by Scott Kronick (PR and Influence), Benoit Wiesser (Brand Strategy), and Jerry Smith (Digital Transformation).

Digital Transformation in Asia entails enterprise-level Digital Strategy and Marketing Automation. Smith will also continue to oversee Ogilvy’s specialist digital agencies such as Verticurl, ARBA, and Pennywise; in addition to maintaining his Chief Operations Officer role for Ogilvy Asia, and his position as Chairman of Ogilvy Consulting in Asia.

“As we look to the new year, Kent and I look forward to partnering with our renewed capability leadership team to continue to meet the changing needs of our clients while also developing a pipeline of talent with the modern marketing skills needed to take Ogilvy into the future” added Chris Reitermann, Co-Chief Executive, Ogilvy Asia.

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HUL spent Rs 3445 cr on advertising from April to Dec of 2018

Its net profit has gone up by 9 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1,444 crore for quarter ended December 31, 2018

exchange4media Staff 3 days ago

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Hindustan Unilever Ltd’s (HUL) reported a 14.6 per cent Y-o-Y growth in advertising spend over 2017 for the nine month period ended December 31, 2018. The company spent Rs 3,445 cr on advertising and promotional activities during the period. The company spent Rs 1186 cr on advertising during the third quarter of the financial year. The quartely spend was up by only around 7 per cent over 2017.

The company's quarterly profit has risen at its slowest pace in more than a year, in line with the expectations of analysts. Its net profit has gone up by 9 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1,444 crore in the quarter ended December. The consumer goods firm had paid Rs 510 crore taxes during the period as compared with Rs 297 crore a year ago. 

The company’s revenue rose 11.3 per cent on a yearly basis to Rs 9,558 crore, compared to the Rs 9,447 crore estimate. The volumes rose 10 per cent as per the forecast by analysts. The company has reported double-digit volume growth for the fifth straight quarter. 

The operating income has increased 21.8 per cent year-on-year to Rs 2,046 crore. 

“Mixed improvement and operating leverage contributed to the margin expansion,” Chief Financial Officer Srinivas Pathak was reported as saying. “The consumer demand was stable during the quarter. The rural demand is ahead of the urban,” Pathak said recently. 

The company has said that its near-term demand outlook looked stable. Pathak said the macroeconomic factors would be monitored to keep a track of consumer demand and costs. “Our focus is on volume-driven growth and improvement in operating margin,” he said.

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Annette Male named APAC CEO of Wunderman Thompson

Male will join WPP from Publicis Groupe where she was the Chief Executive Officer of Digitas APAC

exchange4media Staff 3 days ago

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WPP has announced the appointment of Annette Male as the APAC CEO of the newly formed Wunderman Thompson agency, according to media reports. Male will join WPP from Publicis Groupe where she was the Chief Executive Officer of Digitas APAC.


In this new role, Male will be responsible for all North Asian and South East Asian markets. Male will report to Wunderman Thompson Global CEO Mel Edwards.

Some media reports quoted Edwards as saying that APAC is a key growth market for Wunderman Thompson, and that they couldn’t be more delighted to have Male leading their team.

Wunderman Thompson has been created by the merger of J. Walter Thompson and Wunderman. J. Walter Thompson was led in APAC by John Gutteridge, who will now take up a new role leading the newly formed group as Chief Executive Officer of Wunderman Thompson in the AUNZ region. Caspar Schlickum, who was running Wunderman as Chief Executive Officer of APAC, will not be continuing with the company.

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WPP named in Bloomberg’s 2019 gender-equality index

The gender-equality index identifies companies committed to advancing women in the workplace

exchange4media Staff 3 days ago

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WPP has been named an industry leader in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) which recognises companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

Bloomberg’s 2019 index includes 230 firms from 10 sectors, headquartered across 36 countries and regions. Assessing information against a globally-established threshold, the GEI looks at how companies promote gender equality across four separate areas: company statistics, policies, community engagement and products and services.

WPP is the only company among its peers to be included in the list.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said, “As we continue to build a culture at WPP that is inclusive, collaborative and diverse in our talent and in the work we create, we’re proud to be recognised in the Gender-Equality Index as a leader in our industry.”

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the US 30% Club, said, “WPP’s GEI inclusion is a strong indicator to its employees, investors and industry peers alike that it is leading by example to advance ongoing efforts for a truly inclusive workplace.”

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Uniqlo appoints India Marketing Head ahead of 2019 launch

The Japanese fashion retailer has chosen Shantanu, ex-Senior Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Greater China, to head its India marketing operations

Venkata Susmita Biswas 3 days ago

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Ahead of Uniqlo’s India launch in the last quarter of 2019, the Japanese fashion retailer has appointed a marketing officer for its India operations-- Shantanu. 

Shantanu, an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, has 14 years of diversified leadership experience in the FMCG space in Asia. Prior to joining Uniqlo, Shantanu was the Senior Brand Manager, Haircare, Procter & Gamble, Greater China. He joined P&G first in India in 2008 as Assistant Brand Manager for Tide. 

Shantanu announced his move to Uniqlo by updating his professional profile on LinkedIn. He has taken up the role of Marketing Director for Uniqlo India.

Uniqlo has around 2,000 stores in 19 markets worldwide, including the United States, the UK, France, Germany, China and Canada. The first Uniqlo story in India will be located in Delhi.  
 

Susmita is a digital marketing reporter at exchange4media. She writes on latest developments in the ever-changing world of digital media and in-depth stories on all things advertising.

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The Editors Guild of India has announced its list of new members

With an aim to strengthen the organisation, editorial leaders from across the news and media sector to are invited to apply

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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The Editor's Guild of India has announced its list of new members. Other members include Mukund Padmanabhan and Sonia Singh. With an aim to strengthen the organisation and introduce new members, the Editors Guild of India has also invited editorial leaders from across the news and media sector to apply. Applications will be reviewed by a three-member credentials committee headed by TN Ninan and will be approved by the Executive Committee.

Application details can be found on their website: https://editorsguild.in/

Here is the full list of new members:

Alok Joshi

Amit Baruah

Brajesh Kumar Singh

DK Singh

Harvir Panwar

Jyoti Malhotra

Kumkum Chadha

Maneesh Chhibber

Meera Devi

Nandagopal Rajan

P Vaidhyanathan Iyer

Raghavan Srinivasan

Rakesh Sinha

Rama Lakshmi

Ruben Banerjee

Sanjay Pugalia

Shailesh Dobhal

Shaji Vikraman

Shalini Langer

Shyamal Majumdar

Smita Prakash

Sugata Srinivasaraju

Vandita Mishra

YP Rajesh

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Rohitash Srivastava appointed as the Planning Head of Ogilvy North

Srivastava was previously the National Head of Planning at Orchard Advertising, based in Bangalore. 

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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Ogilvy Gurugram has appointed Rohitash Srivastava as the head of its planning unit. Srivastava was previously the National Head of Planning at Orchard Advertising, based in Bangalore. 

An alumnus of SRCC and MICA, Srivastava has explored the domain of strategy from various perspectives. As a communication planner in agencies like DDB, McCann and Leo Burnett; as a strategy consultant when he co-founded Water Consulting (now Interbrand India); and as an experience strategist when he led the function for SapientNitro in India.

Srivastava believes in solutions that are powered by creativity and his portfolio also reflects this belief and diversity of experience - with work for brands like Amazon, Saffola, Thumbs Up, Limca; digital acts for British Airways, Nestle, Grants Whisky and even digital transformation programs for clients like the Taj Group of Hotels. His work has been awarded multiple times at the Effies (including the Grand Effie), APAC Effies, WARC and features in the Facebook India case study playbook.

Kapil Arora, President, Ogilvy North said, “Getting a multi-faceted planning lead like Rohitash on board, is in line with the One-Ogilvy approach to building brands, with strategic planning stringing together our channel-agnostic thinking and solutions. I’m looking forward to working with Rohitash in our Gurugram office, as he brings in an infectious energy, an envious track record and our shared passion for the creative product, as a means to deliver on client business objectives.”

Commenting on the appointment, Prem Narayan, Ogilvy India Planning Lead said, “Clients today are looking for seamless end to end marketing solutions. An ideal strategic planner needs to have core brand building skills to craft big culture shaping brand ideas and have a sharp understanding of new media, data and technology to create great brand experiences. In Rohitash, we have someone who straddles both brilliantly. What I found refreshing in him is his ability to 'simplify', in a marketing world that is getting rather complicated. Above all, he is a happy person who we feel will build a happy culture. That is very important for us at Ogilvy.”

On his part, Srivastava sees his move to Ogilvy as an opportunity to further unleash the potential of its impressive portfolio of clients. He says, “Even before I started a conversation with Ogilvy, I was aware that they have a huge leverage with clients, a great culture and some of the best talent in the country. What I wasn't prepared for, was to meet a bunch of people who were unanimously obsessed about just one thing - their product. I am excited to be part of this team and my ambition for Ogilvy North is to build a cutting edge strategy team that further sharpens the work and leads to client solutions that help build business.”

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P V Vijaykumar, VP, Initiative Mumbai no more

He had two successful innings with Initiative, from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2003

exchange4media Staff 4 days ago

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P V Vijaykumar, VP, Initiative Mumbai passed away on Tuesday. PV, as he was fondly called, was battling illness for the last one year. 

He had two successful innings with Initiative, from 1995 to 1997 and then again from 2003 onwards. 

He started off heading the media operations for Bajaj Auto in Mumbai, then moved to Chennai to head the Chennai operations. 

More recently, he was managing Union Bank, Dr. Batra and BPCL accounts. 

PV’s commitment and dedication made him popular with both clients and his team members alike. Jovial and fun loving, he will be remembered for his warmth and his characteristic sense of humor. 

A statement by his company said: “We have lost a colleague, a dear friend and a true fighter. Our heart goes out to his wife and young daughter and we hope that they will find the strength to deal with this irreparable loss. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Former Lowe Lintas Chairman and CCO Arun Iyer launches new VC, Spring Marketing Capital

The VC co-founded by Iyer, Raja Ganapathy ex-Chief of Marketing of Sequoia India and former DDB Mudra Group CEO Vineet Gupta, will provide capital and consultancy service to technology start-ups

exchange4media Staff 5 days ago

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Former Lowe Lintas Chairman and CCO, Arun Iyer has teamed up with Raja Ganapathy, former Chief of Marketing of Sequoia India and former DDB Mudra Group CEO Vineet Gupta to launch their own Venture Capital, Spring Marketing Capital, according to news reports.

This development adds to the growing trend of top executives branching out to start their own ventures. According to reports, the VC will provide capital and consultancy services in the areas of marketing and branding to new technology start-ups. It is believed that Spring Marketing Capital already has several assignments including from Healthkart and BYJUs.

The fund has a target corpus of $30 million, which it plans to invest across five to seven startups every year under ticket sizes ranging from $1-2 million. Ganapathy's team is believed to have already had the backing of several investors and is at the advanced stage of finalising LLPs. The VC is expected to close $20 million by June 2019.

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