The founding team of the recently launched luxury private online shopping club Fashionandyou.com is complete with Rahul Narvekar on the team as Co-Founder and Director. As is known, Pearl Uppal, former Director, Sales, Yahoo India is a part of the team as its Co-founder & CEO. It has also been learnt that Fashion and You is on the hunt for creative and PR agencies.
Nilay Kumar has joined digital and mobile entertainment company Hungama Digital Media as Assistant Vice President – Managed Business, for their Mobile Business. Prior to this, Kumar was Deputy General Manager – Hubs & Managed Services at Comviva (erstwhile Bharti Telesoft Ltd). At Humgama, Kumar will be responsible for the Managed Services portfolio, where he will be overlooking initiatives that will enable value added managed services for telecom service providers across the globe. Kumar will be reporting into Albert Almeida, COO, Hungama Mobile. Kumar has spent 11 years in the telecom industry, of which the last four years have been focused on the telecom value added services space. In addition to the Indian market, he has worked in close quarters in the international telecom market, having handled many of the leading global telecom groups, operator associations and international long distance carriers. Apart from Comviva, Kumar has also worked with leading players such as Airtel Mob
Swati Katakam, AVP, Grey Public Relations, has put in her papers. She now joins STC Associates as Regional Director. Prior to Grey, Katakam was with The Times of India’s ‘Newspaper in Education’ and then for an education dotcom. Later, she joined a silver boutique company.
Online travel agency Yatra.com has appointed Pratik Mazumder as Head of Marketing. He replaces Nikhil Rungta, who recently moved to Google (India) as Marketing Head. Mazumder has more than 15 years of experience spanning advertising and marketing. Prior to joining Yatra.com, he was running his own brand consultancy firm, Trojan Horse. Before that, he was Head of Brand and Communication at Bharti Airtel for a span of seven years. In the advertising space, Mazumder has worked with agencies such as Ogilvy One Worldwide and Enterprise Nexus Direct.
Ideacts Innovations, an Internet media company that has Clinck Desktop, has announced the appointment of Ratnakar Bharti as Head of Sales. Prior to Ideacts, Bharti was with Rediff.com India Ltd, where he was Director - Media Sales, West. He was with Rediff.com for nearly seven years. At Ideacts, Bharti will be responsible to further build and strengthen Ideacts’ position in the new media segment by leveraging the potential of the burgeoning Internet market and cyber café business.
Walt Disney Television International India is rebranding its Jetix/Toon Disney platform to Disney XD, a boy-focused, girl-inclusive entertainment brand for kids in the 6-14 age group, on Children’s Day, November 14, 2009, from 12 noon. Disney XD’s content will be marked by themes of adventure, accomplishment, gaming, music and sports.
Over the years, Hamdard’s cold and cough syrup brand Joshina has been known to be a natural remedy for cold and cough. Prepared on the principles of Unani system of medicine, Joshina has, however, not been able to keep up with the changing consumer perceptions. To create a greater connect, Hamdard has now come up with a new campaign for Joshina, conceptualised by JWT Kolkata.
WagonR and The Times of India are jointly presenting the ‘Think Big Challenge’. The contest invites Indians to come forward to contest for ‘the title’. The idea behind the contest is to bring out innovative business ideas. The activity, which is spread across 19 cities and 160 Maruti dealerships nationally, was kicked off on November 12, 2009.
Madhukar Kamath, Managing Director & CEO, Mudra Communications, has stepped down as President of AAAI at its AGM held in Mumbai on November 13, 2009. Taking over from him is Colvyn Harris, CEO, JWT, who has been unanimously elected as the AAAI President. Nagesh Alai, Regional CFO, Draft FCB, Asia Pacific and Africa, has been elected the Vice President.
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Jharkhand, Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar has embarked on a massive campaign to educate people on their voting rights. The paper is using hoardings, pamphlets, books and public gatherings to make people aware of their democratic rights, besides running a series of ‘Jage Jharkhand - Badle Jharkhand’ campaigns.
“We have done better than 99 per cent of the global networks in terms of new business, consolidating with our global clients and the quality of our works. But every market has been hit hard. The good news is that we’ve been incredibly resourceful in terms of continuing to invest in what we think are priorities,” says Tom Carroll, President & CEO, TBWA Worldwide.