Ashu Suyash joins HUL board

Suyash has been appointed Independent Director, effective November 12

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Nov 12, 2021 5:57 PM  | 2 min read
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Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) today announced the appointment of Ashu Suyash (54), as an Independent Director on its Board effective today, November 12, 2021.

Suyash comes with over 33 years of experience in the financial services and global information services sector. She was, until recently, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at CRISIL (Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited) and a member of the Operating Committee of S&P Global. She serves on Advisory Boards and Committees of several institutions like the Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, National Institute of Securities and Markets.

Suyash played a pivotal role in enabling CRISIL regain its Ratings Leadership position and transform to become a Global analytics company through widescale adoption of technology. She led CRISIL’s growth through acquisitions in a very challenging environment. Prior to her role as CEO and MD at CRISIL, Suyash worked with reputed financial organisations - L&T Financial Services Group, Fidelity International and Citibank. 

Suyash is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. 

Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, HUL said, “Suyash possesses deep experience in business transformation and handling M&As. She brings with her rich insights on strategy, execution, stakeholder management, managing risks and regulatory affairs. Her diverse knowledge and expertise will surely help us steer ahead in our future-fit journey.”

Suyash said, “It is a privilege to join the Board of such an iconic company. HUL is one of the best and most respected consumer goods companies in the country. I look forward to my role as an Independent Director.”

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Infectious Advertising ropes in Siddhartha Singh as Managing Partner & COO

Singh returns to advertising after a 2-year stint as Director, Marketing and Sales at Independence Brewing Company

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 6, 2022 10:19 AM   |   2 min read

Siddhartha Singh

Infectious Advertising has roped in Siddhartha Singh as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. Singh has returned to advertising after a two-year stint on the client side – as Director, Marketing and Sales at Independence Brewing Company.

He comes with over 26 years of experience in agencies such as Leo Burnett, Ambience Publicis and Rediffusion, and with boutique agencies like Salt Brand Solutions, Famous Innovations and Hyphen.

Speaking on the appointment Managing Partner & CEO of Infectious Advertising, Nisha Singhania said, "We've come a long way in the last ten years. Today, we are a sixty-five-member, digital-first agency for some of India's biggest names – UltraTech Cement, Bayer Crop Sciences, IDFC, and Tata Group, to name just a few. Traditional agencies don't get 'Digital' and digital agencies don't understand 'Brands'.  We are unique because we can build brands and create content for a digital-first marketplace. Hiring Siddhartha is a growth hack."

Ramanuj Shastry - Managing Partner & Creative Chairman of Infectious Advertising added, "As someone who has worked with Siddhartha before, I can vouch that Sid is loved by both clients and creatives - largely because he belongs to that rare breed of suits who can both 'sell great work' and know 'what keeps the client awake at night. He makes for a fantastic colleague and a great boss. I am delighted to have him as a partner."

Commenting on his new role, Singh said, "When Nisha and Ramanuj shared their vision for Infectious, I immediately agreed to partner with them. My primary responsibility will be to create the perfect ecosystem for the seamless delivery of solutions for businesses. Whether born in the old economy or the new, companies today are looking for partners to achieve transformational growth. I believe the time is just right for Infectious." 

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Priyadarshini Patwa named GQ India’s Managing Editor

She is currently the publication’s Entertainment Editor

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 6, 2022 10:11 AM   |   1 min read

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Priyadarshini Patwa has been appointed the Managing Editor of GQ India. She will be managing the responsibilities of Entertainment Editor too.

The role change was announced by Patwa via a social media post.

"2022 has been an interesting year with lots of learning and development. Happy to share that I am now the Managing Editor at GQ India! I shall continue my work as the Entertainment Editor too."

She has been with GQ India for two years.

Patwa was earlier Features Editor at Free Press Journal.

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GREY group India elevates Rahul Pahwa to SVP and Business Head (North)

He will report to CEO Ketan Desai

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 6, 2022 7:44 AM   |   2 min read

Rahul Pahwa

GREY group India has announced the elevation of Rahul Pahwa as Sr. Vice President and Business Head (North). Rahul will lead the team in North and will work closely with clients across various businesses delivering business solutions and strategies. He will report to Ketan Desai, Chief Operating Officer, GREY group India. 

Rahul has been an integral part of GREY for over 7 years and has led some important local and global client partnerships for the agency. In addition, he has experience across a wide breadth of categories and brands including; Haleon (Formerly GSK Consumer Care, Etihad Airways, Volvo, SBI Cards, Volvo, Bacardi, Realme mobiles to name a few. 

Ketan Desai, Chief Operating Officer, GREY group India said, “Rahul will lead the development of GREY’s unified network offering, true to its borderless vision, with enhanced creativity, collaboration and speed to market. Most importantly, he will focus on developing GREY’s future-facing integrated agency offering in North region” 

“Over the last few years GREY has created a unified team of Strategy, creative, tech and data specialists, equipped to offer creative solutions for a modern marketer’s diverse business challenges. We have demonstrated the power of this unified thinking to many of our existing clients.  On the back of this talented bunch of people, I am looking forward to take the Gurugram office to newer heights and ensure agency’s services and divisions are integrated seamlessly to deliver the best communication solutions to our clients.” said Rahul on taking over the new role.

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iCubesWire promotes Pooja Sharma to Business Director of Brand Advocacy

Sharma holds more than 14 years of experience in Influencer marketing

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 5, 2022 12:16 PM   |   2 min read

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iCubesWire, an ad technology-based Digital Marketing Conglomerate, has announced the promotion of Pooja Sharma to Business Director of Brand Advocacy vertical. Founded in 2010, iCubesWire has a team of more than 300 people across India, Dubai, Indonesia, Singapore and manages more than 250 brands across its array of services. 

After successfully spearheading a series of Influencer Marketing programs for the company, Pooja will now take over as the Business Director for the company’s Brand Advocacy vertical. Pooja holds more than 14 years of experience in Influencer marketing departments of companies like India Today, Outlook, One India, and many more, and has worked with brands like Flipkart, Swiggy, Tata Tea, Myntra, to name a few. 

Speaking on her new role, Pooja Sharma, said, “I’m delighted to be playing a crucial role in this growth journey of iCubesWire. Since Influencer Marketing has become the next big step for brands, we are happy to have taken the lead with successful brand campaigns. I am thankful to the team for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity to lead the vertical.” 

Speaking about the promotion, Sahil Chopra, Founder & CEO, iCubesWire, says, “Pooja has played a pivotal role in the growth of our brand advocacy business. She has led from the front and has helped us create a strong foothold in the Influencer Marketing Industry. We are confident that Pooja at the helm will fuel the growth for the next phase.”

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TheSmallBigIdea makes key elevations to strengthen leadership team

Sanmesh Sapkal and Hima Bulusu have been promoted as Associate Directors, Key Accounts (M&E) and Kruthika Ravindran as Associate Director, Key Accounts (Non-media)

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 5, 2022 11:40 AM   |   1 min read

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In an endeavour to strengthen its leadership team, TheSmallBigIdea recently announced top-level elevations in its senior leadership team.

The agency has announced the elevation of Sanmesh Sapkal and Hima Bulusu as Associate Director, Key Accounts (Media and Entertainment) and Kruthika Ravindran as Associate Director, Key Accounts (Non-media). The three executives have been critical in establishing and strengthening TheSmallBigIdea as a leading digital marketing agency.

Commenting on the elevations, Harikrishnan Pillai, CEO and co-founder, TheSmallBigIdea, said, "TSBI is made up of a fine balance of home-grown leaders and those who get the outside perspective. Between, Sanmesh, Kruthika, and Hima, they have over 15 years of ‘TSBI experience’. They understand the craft and the culture and are some of the best in the business. We have seen them grow in the organization and now as we see them take leadership roles, it is truly fulfilling.”

With a clear vision of building a truly integrated digital agency that deepens linkages between creativity, media, and data, TheSmallBigIdea has grown to become a preferred partner for clients across segments.

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FCB Interface names Gaurav Dudeja as COO

Dudeja will report to Vice Chairman and CEO Joemon Thaliath

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 5, 2022 11:24 AM   |   3 min read

Gaurav Dudeja

As a part of the agency’s reorganization towards becoming future-ready and providing strategic partnerships to its clients, FCB Interface announces the appointment of Gaurav Dudeja as the Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Gaurav will lead the business operations to drive the next level of growth for the agency. He will be based out of the agency’s Mumbai office and report to Joemon Thaliath, Vice Chairman and CEO of FCB Interface.

His goal will be to use innovation to create a variety of frameworks, platforms, and business procedures that support efficiency and effectiveness for FCB Interface's clients.

With over 21 years in the industry, Gaurav brings the expertise of building and leading high-performing marketing communication teams. This is on the back of playing leadership roles across advertising and marketing in the last 10 years at Leo Burnett, Fortis Healthcare, Philips India and DDB Mudra.

Speaking on the appointment, Rohit Ohri, Chairman and CEO of FCB Group India, said, “We can realise our philosophy of ‘Never Finished’ ideas and timely and timeless solutions for our brands only with the right people at the helm. Gaurav is a remarkable leader with a unique blend of business insight, operational know-how, cultural sensitivity, and a profound understanding of people and their motivations. He is the ideal addition to our FCB Interface leadership because of his demonstrated skill and extensive experience delivering creative, disruptive solutions across digital, technology, media, and business services. I am delighted to have him join the FCB Group in India.”

“Gaurav has proven track record of successfully navigating businesses and brands and delivering growth targets in some of the toughest categories. Apart from his impressive credentials, Gaurav is humble, a fantastic team builder, and a great collaborator. Overall, someone who will fit in well with FCB Interface’s culture," said Joemon Thaliath, Vice Chairman and CEO, FCB Interface

"We believe Gaurav will be critical in defining the next chapter of our growth. He has the right combination of leadership skills and understanding of the new-age platforms to drive our agency’s transformation agenda,” said Robby Mathew, Vice Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, FCB Interface

On joining the FCB family, Gaurav said, “I'm extremely excited to be taking up this role. FCB Interface has retained its top clients and talent for incredibly long periods of time, and that speaks volumes of the agency's strong fundamentals and people-centric culture. On top of it the agency has gone through an amazing creative transformation in recent years, embracing newer platforms of storytelling and driving ideas where creativity and technology seamlessly come together to impact human behaviour. The integration of digital planning & full funnel solutioning within the mainline capabilities has already happened here and that truly makes FCB Interface a future-ready agency. 

I look forward to my role in taking the agency to the next level of success and, at the same time, bringing a fresh dimension to its already strong culture. Much like the 'Never Finished' philosophy of FCB, the best part of my story is yet to be told, and I'm committed to making it happen at FCB Interface, not just for myself but also for the agency and all our clients.”

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Shubham Jain to head group strategy and business transformation at ICRA Ltd

This is Jain’s second stint at ICRA

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 5, 2022 11:09 AM   |   2 min read

Shubham Jain

ICRA Limited has appointed Shubham Jain as the Head of Group Strategy and Business Transformation to drive growth and operating efficiencies for the company and its subsidiaries. Jain will be responsible for scaling up the company’s revenue streams through new business initiatives and implementing business transformation strategies to enhance efficiencies in its operations. 

This is Jain’s second stint at ICRA. Earlier, he had joined ICRA in 2006 as an Analyst in Delhi and left as Senior Vice President and Group Head - Corporate Sector Ratings in September 2021 to join Yubi (formerly CredAvenue). Jain is an Electrical Engineer from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and holds an MBA degree from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. 

Commenting on his appointment, Ramnath Krishnan, MD & Group CEO, ICRA Ltd, said: “Given our focus on growth and improvement in operating efficiencies consistent with our Strategic Plan, establishing a Group level strategy and business transformation function is critical. I am delighted that Shubham is returning to the ICRA family to be a part of our Senior Leadership team. I am confident that he will play a vital role in propelling us towards achieving our strategic imperatives.” 

Shubham Jain said: “It was always a privilege to be a part of this best-in-class organisation and I am excited to take up this new role. Group ICRA’s dynamic management team, high talent density, and strong market standing puts it in a great position to capitalise on significant opportunities being offered by the rapidly evolving ecosystem for financial services. I look forward to being an integral part of this growth and transformational journey.” 

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