Metigon beefs up team with three senior hires

Bakul Gala joins as Director, Aarif Malik takes over as COO, while Sandeep Sarkar has been appointed as Group Account Director

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 21, 2013 7:17 PM
Metigon beefs up team with three senior hires

Metigon Enterprises has roped in three senior communications professionals. Bakul Gala, Aarif Malik and Sandeep Sarkar have taken office at Metigon in the last week in various senior capacities.

Bakul Gala joins Metigon’s board as Director and will spearhead the public affairs business of the company.

With over two decades in journalism and public relations, Gala comes with an experience that spans multiple sectors and geographies. He has been involved with providing senior consultancy to companies, several of them blue chip conglomerates in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Aarif Malik takes over as Chief Operating Officer and will head the public relations business of Metigon. A PR professional of 18 years, Malik’s career spans long stints with PR agencies such as Sampark PR, Perfect Relations and Madison PR. He had undertaken operational lead roles in his last two stints – at Madison and Sampark PR – where he headed the agency’s operations and helped set up practices.

Sandeep Sarkar joins Metigon from Reliance Industries as Group Account Director and will head the agency’s corporate practice. Sarkar has over 18 years experience in media and public relations, of which 14 years have been as a journalist with media houses such as The Indian Express, The Statesman, The Telegraph and Mumbai Mirror. His career in public relations has taken him to PR firms such as Sampark PR and Vaishnavi.

Commenting on the appointments, Nikhil Gerard, Managing Director, Metigon Enterprises said, “Metigon’s growth path is defined by its positioning, that of a boutique, integrated communications firm. And that is where communication stalwarts such as Bakul, Aarif and Sandeep fit in. After two decades of existence, the communications industry is poised to take a major leap in the near future. With the core leadership team in place, we will be leading the change in India.”

Established in early 2012, the Mumbai-based communications firm already has a roster of several senior professionals heading its regional operations in India, including VK Cherian and Chiranjit Chakraborty in the northern markets, and Jashoda Madhavji in the western markets. 

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