ExlService Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of outsourcing and transformation services, has announced that Executive Chairman of the Board, Vikram Talwar, will transition to the role of non-executive Chairman of the Board of the company effective April 1, 2011. Talwar said, “As one of the founders of EXL over 11 years ago, I have worked closely with EXL’s employees, clients, advisors, partners and Board of Directors to help create a company that is recognised as a leader in the business process outsourcing and transformation space. The next six months will allow me to transition my responsibilities to Rohit (Kapoor, President & CEO) and his highly professional management team.”
Saregama India has appointed Rajeev Rakshit as Head – Corporate Sales & New Initiatives. This is a key role, which aims at innovatively positioning music as the solution to various corporate gifting needs and other out of box ways to reach directly to customers. Rakshit comes to Saregama with 16 years of advertising experience with agencies like Orchard Advertising, where he was Executive Director. He also was solely responsible for the launch of Leo Group’s third agency brand, Black Pencil. Rakshit has also worked with agencies like Everest Brand Solutions, Publicis India, Euro RSCG Advertising, McCann Erickson and Ogilvy.
Percept Out of Home launched an awareness campaign for DKT, a charitable non-profit organization. The campaign kick started in the month of September 2010, and will continue for a period of 11 months covering the entire state of Gujarat. The campaign will start rolling in Maharashtra from October 2010 onwards.
‘The Week that Wasn’t’, a show that makes you look at a lighter side of the otherwise serious business of news is all set to complete its 200 episodes. The show is hosted by television’s popular stand-up comedian and prankster – Cyrus Broacha. To celebrate the completion of a milestone figure of 200, the show would feature the happenings of the week in Cyrus’s signature satirical style in a one-hour episode. Watch Cyrus at his humorous best on the 200th episode of ‘The week that Wasn’t’ on Saturday 9th October at 10:00 PM and Sunday 10th October at 12 noon.
Dinesh Chandra, General Manager - Brand Marketing, Samsung India, has joined Kohler India as Director Marketing. In his new role, Chandra will be responsible for leading the marketing efforts of Kohler’s kitchen and bath products in the Indian Sub-continent. He took charge from the first week of October 2010.
The Kolkata Metro Railway has invited bids for installation, maintenance and display of ads inside and outside of coaches, including in front of the ‘front cab’ and ‘rear cab’ of 17 rakes. The ad rights are being offered for a total display area of 255,216 sq. inch.
After a stint of two years, Priti Nair has quit BBH India as Managing Partner. She had joined BBH India in July 2008 as National Creative Director, along with Subhash Kamath and Partha Sinha, when the multinational agency had set up its India operations.
It is strange for me to write the Reporter’s Diary for I am not a reporter. My daily duties do not involve meeting people or interviews or running helter-skelter for comments or even putting them all down in a story. I handle the other side of the desk – of corrections and all things that happen when the rest of the correspondents are in their beds.
The appointment committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Takru (IAS office of 1979 batch) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He is currently serving as Director General of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) under the Ministry of Textiles. Takru will replace Uday Kumar Verma (IAS officer of 1976 batch).
“Same way the books won’t die because you have a e-reader, magazine’s wouldn’t die because of electronic media. I think that the idea of the demise of print is nothing but a fallacy. I think is wise to adapt to where the market is going. But I think there is a core, and there will always be a core,” say Nick Carugati, Director of International Advertising and Brand Partnerships, Time Out International, and Neelam Kapoor, Publisher and Vice President, Paprika Media.