Grey was synonymous with Nirvik Singh, hopefully that needle is moving, which is also because Nirvik had never stopped me from doing anything that I wanted to do. Nothing prepares you for the role of a CEO; a new dream or nightmare walks into my office every few minutes. I am aware of the legacy I have inherited. Hopefully, I will not just raise the bar, but clear it.
As one of the youngest countries on the planet, Indian advertising has no choice but to consider their view on the way we build brands. The post-liberalisation generation is poised to be the biggest consuming class in the country and both mass and class brands will have to stay relevant to them. The other aspect of being young is their natural comfort with technology. We need to be ready to reinvent our approaches to stay relevant to them.
Globally, the industry is at a crossroad. Growth has plateaued in the West and, in some markets, there is a contraction. Asia, on the other hand, is extremely encouraging. The industry is growing fast in India and faster in China. Asia is where the growth and future innovation will come from. In India, the industry will grow at more than 20 per cent for several years.