Indian admen go global as Creativity Inc takes note
In mid-September, JWT India CEO Colvyn Harris was elevated to a global post; he was named CEO for JWT’s South Asia operations. Two months ago, GroupM named Vikram Sakhuja, CEO, GroupM India and South Asia, as global CEO of Maxus.
“There’s greater recognition of Indian talent and Indian admen are now taking on global leadership roles,” says Prasoon Joshi, president, McCann Worldgroup South Asia who was elevated to this role six months ago.
Like Joshi, both GroupM’s Sakhuja and JWT’s Harris will be based in Mumbai. “The increasing importance of the Indian consumer and advertising markets should not be underestimated,” points out an industry observer.
In June this year, Ashutosh Srivastava was appointed chairman & CEO for global emerging markets and became Mindshare’s new global leader for products and services as also talent development. R Gowthaman, chief client officer, Mindshare APAC region, was promoted as CEO for South and Southeast Asia, Mindshare.
According to Sakhuja, over the past few years, the work done by Indians has been noticed more. Subhash Kamath, managing partner, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) India,
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