Social Kinnect bags digital duties for Runwal Developers

Social Kinnect’s mandate includes handling and managing the brand's various digital platforms, along with online response management, media buying, and the web & search optimization management.

exchange4media News Service 14-September-2018

Real estate brand Runwal Developers has assigned Social Kinnect the mandate of its digital duties.

Social Kinnect's understanding of the real estate sector coupled with its expertise in devising a creative and strategic approach to reach out to the digitally-forward audience, was the decisive factor for the partnership. The company said in a statement.

The mandate includes handling and managing the brand's various digital platforms, along with Online Response Management, media buying, and the web & Search Optimization management.

Commenting on the account win, Rohan Mehta - CEO, Social Kinnect said, "Runwal Developers have an extremely bullish approach on digital this year, and through this partnership, we will play a pivotal role in strengthening their growth on the platform. Our deep-rooted understanding of the real-estate landscape will help the brand establish its language on digital. With them entrusting us for a large gamut of services, we will ensure that we invest all our synergies to create a unique brand experience for its customers."
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Ashok Leyland’s CEO & MD Vinod K Dasari resigns

Dasari will be suceeded by Dheeraj Hinduja who will take over as Executive Chairman with immediate effect

exchange4media Staff 7 hours ago

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Hinduja Group's flagship firm Ashok Leyland's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Vinod K Dasari has quit citing personal reasons, according to media reports.

His resignation has been accepted by the company but he has been reportedly asked to continue till March 31, 2019. Dasari will be suceeded by Dheeraj Hinduja who will take over as Executive Chairman with immediate effect. 

“After completing 14 years with the company, Vinod K Dasari has decided to pursue his personal interests and seek new learning,” Media reports quoted the company as stating.

Reports also quoted Dheeraj Hinduja as saying, "I would like to place on record the contribution of Dasari in making Ashok Leyland a formidable force in the industry. He along with his leadership team steered the company to ensure significant all-round performance. We wish Dasari the very best in his future endeavors".

Dasari, meanwhile, has reportedly said that his decision to leave is purely personal as he wishes to pursue his personal interests. 

Dasari has been the Managing Director of Ashok Leyland Limited since April 2011. He was promoted as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. 
 

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FCB’s FuelContent launches first Asia office in India

Fuel India will be led by Debarpita Banerjee, President North and East, FCB Ulka

exchange4media Staff 8 hours ago

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Sébastien Desclée, Chief Executive Officer of FuelContent, the newest content production arm of FCB Global Network, on Wednesday announced its expansion into India. With offices pan India-- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi and Kolkata--, this new venture builds upon FuelContent’s existing hubs in Canada (Fuel Canada) and South Africa (Fuel SAF).

 

Talking about the venture, Desclée said, “Since its inception in 2016, FuelContent has been steadily gaining momentum to become a robust global network. This latest addition in India is the next piece in the puzzle, providing a rich market in which to tell ‘Never Finished’ stories to new audiences.”

 

“Forging a larger FuelContent network adds value to our clients’ businesses and provides the opportunity for us to strengthen our offerings in Asia and continue to grow our global footprint,” Desclée added.

 

Desclée took the helm at FuelContent earlier this year after spending four years at FCB International, where he served as President. After launching FuelContent in key markets, Desclée sought to expand the network further, in order to deliver both for existing clients looking to extend their partnership in new markets and for new clients in need of content production solutions.

 

Fuel Content on the whole specialises in film, animation, visual effects, post production, graphic design, photography and virtual reality.

 

Fuel India will be led by Debarpita Banerjee, President North and East, FCB Ulka, and the India operation will offer content creation solutions in an end-to-end format.

 

Fuel India will integrate key FCB tools like Brand Bedrock and align core brand strategy to content strategy, to create Never Finished content platforms. And since content creation is always a collaborative, Fuel India will also work closely with a network of individual content creators and different digital platforms to optimize content visibility and management,” Banerjee said.

 

The region will also collaborate with Fuel Canada and Fuel SAF. Fuel Canada, led by FCB Canada CEO Tyler Turnbull, focuses on photography, graphic design and banner animation, while Fuel SAF, led by group Managing Director Mark Tomlinson, boasts expertise in TVC production & post production, 2D & 3D animation, 3D modeling & texturing and video editing.

 

Between these three regional offices, FuelContent will be able to provide 24/hour service for its clients.

 

The organisation currently represents Adidas, BMW Cell C, Coca-Cola, Lexus, Lord & Taylor, MTV, NIVEA and Toyota, among others.


Carter Murray, FCB Worldwide CEO, said, “In our fast-paced modern world, content has become one of the most powerful forms of communication. Growing FuelContent – FCB’s branch at the forefront of brand storytelling – provides increased connectivity and allows us to stay ahead of the curve. I am very excited about the potential this expansion brings.”

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Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal resigns after allegations of ‘personal misconduct’

While the probe did not find evidence to corroborate complainant’s assertions against Binny, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, Walmart said in a statement.

exchange4media Staff 1 day ago

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Flipkart's Co-founder & Group CEO Binny Bansal has resigned from the company with immediate effect following an internal investigation conducted by Flipkart and its parent firm Walmart into an allegation of “serious personal misconduct.” Though the company has not provided any detail about the nature of the allegation, some media reports suggest that it pertains to sexual misconduct.

Bansal (37) has, however, strongly denied the allegations, Walmart has said in a statement issued on Tuesday, according to media reports.  

The statement reportedly read, "Earlier today, Binny Bansal announced his resignation as CEO of Flipkart Group, effective immediately. Binny has been an important part of Flipkart since co-founding the company, but recent events risked becoming a distraction and Binny has made a decision to step down.” 

“His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct. He strongly denies the allegation. Nevertheless, we had a responsibility to ensure the investigation was deliberate and thorough. While the investigation did not find evidence to corroborate the complainant’s assertions against Binny, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation. Because of this, we have accepted his decision to resign,” the statement added.

The statement further read, “Binny has been contemplating a transition for some time and we have been working together on a succession plan, which has now been accelerated. Going forward, Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue to be CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong, continuing to operate as separate platforms within the Flipkart business. Ananth Narayanan will continue providing great leadership as CEO of Myntra and Jabong, and will report into Kalyan. Sameer Nigam will continue leading PhonePe as CEO. Both Kalyan and Sameer will report directly into the board."

Bansal had stayed on at Flipkart while his other co-founder Sachin Bansal left the company after Walmart acquired majority ownership in the online retailer earlier this year. 

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Neville Bastawalla takes over as Marketing Head of SPNI's sports cluster

Neville Bastawalla has been associated with SPNI for more than five years now.

exchange4media News Service 1 day ago

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Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI)’s Senior Vice President and Head Marketing- English Channels Neville Bastawalla has got a new role. He will now be the Marketing Head of the network's sports cluster.  The development has been confirmed to exchange4media by highly placed sources.

Bastawalla will succeed Kedar Teny, who quit in September.

Bastawalla has been associated with SPNI for more than five years now. Prior to joining SPNI, he was with Star India as AVP and Head Marketing, Hindi Movies Cluster. He joined Star India in January 2011 as AVP & Head, Marketing, English channels.

He has also worked with Mid Day Infomedia as Head Marketing for more than three years. Bastawalla has also been associated with brands such as Nickeloden, HSBC, Walt Disney Company, Contract Advertising and Mudra communications, DDB India.


 

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Apple appoints Nokia’s Ashish Chowdhary as Country Manager for India

Ashish Chowdhary will succeed Michel Coulomb. He had been associated with Nokia as the Chief Customer Operations Officer

exchange4media Staff 1 day ago

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Apple has appointed Ashish Chowdhary as its new Country Manager for India. He will join in January 2019, according to media reports. Chowdhary will succeed Michel Coulomb.

Chowdhary had been associated with Nokia as the Chief Customer Operations Officer (CCOO).  

He had joined Nokia in December 2003 and had also been part of the company’s executive board of Nokia Networks and NSN since 2009. Chowdhary has also served as Head of Global Services at Nokia Siemens Networks and Vice President for Enterprise Business at Hughes Communications Ltd.
 

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Sitaraman Shankar appointed as Editor of Deccan Herald

Shankar comes with 25 years of experience with brands such as the Economic Times, Reuters, Hindustan Times and most recently, Network18

exchange4media Staff 1 day ago

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The Printers Mysore, the publisher of Deccan Herald from Bengaluru and six other cities in Karnataka, has appointed Sitaraman Shankar as Editor of the newspaper and the website deccanherald.com. A chemical technologist-turned-journalist, Shankar comes with 25 years of experience with brands such as the Economic Times, Reuters, Hindustan Times and most recently, Network18. 

He has worked in developed, emerging and frontier markets across the various disciplines of reporting, feature writing, editing, news editing, and managing teams. He has been based in Mumbai, New Delhi, Frankfurt, London and Dubai and also reported out of Moscow, Vienna and Singapore.

"Shankar's appointment as Editor comes as part of an organisation-wide transformation", said K N Tilak Kumar, Joint Managing Director, who previously held the editorship of the paper.

Commenting on the appointment, Karthik Balakrishnan, CEO of The Printers Mysore, said, "Deccan Herald, one of the most trusted media brands, is poised to move into a higher orbit. Shankar coming on board will surely accelerate this transition".

Speaking on his new role, Sitaraman Shankar said, “I feel privileged to be closely associated with Deccan Herald, a brand with a great legacy that is embarking on an exciting journey".

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Ravindra Bhat appointed as Executive Editor of Prajavani

Bhat, a veteran journalist with The Printers Mysore, was tasked with the leadership role after the decision was made by the board of directors and the company's executive leadership

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Prajavani, the Kannada daily newspaper, has appointed Ravindra Bhat as Executive Editor in September this year.

Bhat, a veteran journalist with The Printers Mysore, the company that publishes the daily, was tasked with the leadership role after the board of directors and the company's executive leadership decided to make this change.

Ravindra Bhat hails from Siddapura, in Karnataka and is a post graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharawad. He started his career with Samyukta Karnataka as a sub-editor in 1990 and later served as a sub-editor/ reporter in Udayavani.

He joined Prajavani in 1995, where he has served in multiple roles as sub-editor, district correspondent, staff correspondent and news bureau chief (Mysore) before assuming his current role as the executive editor of Prajavani. He has published 10 books on culture and social issues.

He is a recipient of Media Academy Honorary Award, Karnataka Government Development Journalism Award, Charaka Award and many others. Prajvani has seen substantial gain in recent years and we would like to keep that momentum going.

"With that intent, the board and executive leadership took the decision to put Bhat in charge of the Prajavani newsroom," said K N Shanth Kumar, Director, who was Editor of Prajavani until recently.

"Readers are demanding ever-increasing quality of content in the vernacular space too. Prajavani, being one of the pioneering brands in this space, will continue to deliver on this promise," said Karthik Balakrishnan, CEO of The Printers Mysore, adding, "Ravindra Bhat, a veteran journalist, understands this and is well-positioned to meet the high expectations of Kannada readers."

Speaking about his appointment, Ravindra Bhat said, “I feel honoured and privileged for the new role with Prajavani a brand with a great legacy that is embarking on an exciting journey".

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Nestle’s Akash Deep Batra joins Twitter India as Business Head, West & South regions

Twitter also appoints SPNI's Rahul Pushkarna as APAC Head of Content Partnerships

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

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 Twitter has recently made two senior appointments. 

 

Akash Deep Batra, the former Head of Brand Communication, Corporate Brand & NHW at Nestle, has joined Twitter India as its new Business Head for West & South regions. Sources confirmed Batra's news to exchange4media. 

 

 

Rahul Pushkarna has been made APAC Head of Content Partnerships at Twitter. He will based in Singapore. Prior to this, Pushkarna was with Sony Pictures Entertainment as Director, Sales Development, Asia, in Hong Kong. 

 

Batra stepped down from Nestle recently after being associated with the company for almost seven years. Prior to joining Nestle, he was Consultant - Digital Consumer Innovations, Retail, CPG & Logistics Business Unit at Infosys. Batra holds Masters in Business Administration from the prestigious IIM Bengaluru and B.Tech in IT from Kurukshetra University.

 

Announcing Pushkarna's appointment, Maya Hari, VP & MD, Asia-Pacific, Twitter, said in her tweet:

 

Sharing the news of his appointment, Pushkarna tweeted:

 

Thanking his friends and colleagues at Sony Pictures, Rahul further tweeted:

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Ranadeep Chakravarty elevated to Marketing Head of Firstpost, News18 and in.com

Ranadeep Chakravarty brings with him 15 years of experience in both digital and mainline advertising and marketing.

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

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Network18 Digital (N18D), the digital arm of Network18, has announced the elevation of Ranadeep Chakravarty to Marketing Head of Firstpost, News18 and in.com. In his new role, he will lead all marketing, communications and strategic partnerships for Firstpost, News18 (English) and in.com. He will also oversee the public relations and trade communication activities for the three brands.

Ranadeep Chakravarty brings with him 15 years of experience in both digital and mainline advertising and marketing. With a keen eye for design and vast knowledge in branding, he has significantly contributed in designing a number of commendable digital products, campaigns and brand identities for Network18. Prior to joining Network18, Chakravarty was at the forefront in leading creative and brand strategy duties at various MNCs and Indian agencies, namely Bates Worldwide, Rediffusion, Madison, Rediff.com and LK Saatchi & Saatchi to name a few.

Commenting on the announcement, Azim Lalani, Business Head, English General News cluster, Network18 Digital, said, “Network18 is strengthening its foothold in the digital space at a rapid pace. This is visible by the fact that it has acquired a very high number of unique visitors in a short period of time. By bringing the marketing activities of the three properties - Firstpost, News18.com and in.com – under one head, we plan to further align, strengthen and accelerate the growth of immensely popular news portals.”

“Ranadeep has been instrumental in leading the marketing activities and effective brand collaborations at Firstpost. We are confident that his in-depth expertise and exceptional creativity will enable the websites to be recognized as the desired news destination that provides relevant, insightful and hard-hitting news,” Lalani added.

Speaking about his new role, Ranadeep Chakravarty said, “I am excited to undertake the new responsibilities with Network18. It has been a great journey till now. Our efforts have got Firstpost in the top five leading Indian media digital publications. In my new role, the focus will be to continue to engage a diverse set of audience with strong, relevant and original content. I look forward to leading the team and enhancing the brand resonance through innovative ideas, brand partnerships and unique properties across segments.”   
 

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Jason Peterson leaves Havas North America as CCO & Co-Chairman

Peterson has been working with Havas for eight years and was promoted to Co-Chairman of the North American network last year

exchange4media Staff 2 days ago

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Jason Peterson Chief Creative Officer and Co-Chairman of Havas, North America has left the agency “on mutual agreement” according to media reports. Peterson, attracted criticism with an “Employee of the Month” exhibit in the front lobby of the agency’s Chicago office that appeared to shame staffers who criticized his and other executives' leadership styles on anonymous chat app Fishbowl.

He also courted controversy after an internal video surfaced, showing him criticizing other agencies such as Leo Burnett and BBDO.

A statement from the agency said, “We thank Jason for his contributions to our creative organization in North America and wish him all the very best in the future".

Peterson has been working with Havas for eight years, he and Havas Chicago CEO Paul Marobella were promoted to Co-Chairmen of the North American network last year. 

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