Himani Kapadia steps down as Digitas CEO, Amaresh Godbole to take over

Godbole, currently MD India for Digitas, will report to Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India, and to Annette Male, CEO Digitas APAC

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Aug 23, 2018 2:12 PM Updated: Aug 23, 2018 2:12 PM

Digitas, a digital agency under Publicis Groupe, has announced a change in its country leadership.

Himani Kapadia, CEO Digitas & SapientRazorfish, who has been with the company for 11 years, is stepping down to pursue other interests. Amaresh Godbole, currently MD India for Digitas, takes over the reins as CEO of the brand. He will report to Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India, and to Annette Male, CEO Digitas APAC, for the brand. He will also join the Publicis Communications country leadership team.

Talking about the development, Saurabh Varma said, “Himani has done an incredible job, building the country’s largest digital agency, and she could not have left it in a better place, with strong client relationships and a seasoned leadership team. I’m excited about Amaresh’s elevation. He is one of the few people in our industry who truly understands the power of combining data, creativity, media and technology to deliver successful marketing outcomes. I look forward to the next chapter of Digitas’ ascent.”

Annette Male said, “Himani has been the architect of the India story for Digitas and a champion of our unique culture. She will be dearly missed, all across the network. In Amaresh, she has had an able partner through this journey, and she has mentored him to take on the mantle of country leadership. I am confident he will deliver the next phase of growth for the brand in India.”

Talking about her decision to quit, Himani Kapadia said, “It’s been an exhilarating ride, taking the company from its inception as a startup to a recognised A-list agency. It was a rewarding journey with stories, learnings and relationships that I will carry with me for a lifetime. I feel I’m now ready for a new challenge. In Amaresh and the Digitas leadership team, I feel assured knowing that the company is in safe hands.”

Commenting on his new role, Amaresh Godbole said, “I’m about to step into an industry giant’s shoes. What gives me confidence to take this on are the lessons learnt from Himani over the last decade, where we’ve seen the company through myriad circumstances. I look forward to working closely with Saurabh to learn new lessons. I am a big believer of the Publicis Groupe vision and the ‘power of one’ philosophy. Digitas has extremely unique capabilities and talent, and I hope to deploy these towards continued growth for the brand and the Groupe in India.”

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