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Updated: May 30 2012, 02:36am hrs
Arijit Ray appointed as CEO, Dentsu Communications

Continuing with the series of senior-level appointments, the Dentsu India Group has roped inArijit Ray as chief executive officer, Dentsu Communications. Rays key priority will be to enhance and reinforce the agencys competencies and output including overall creative, strategy and services along with strengthening media synergies and driving growth. Prior to this role, Ray was president Mudra West, the DDB Mudra Groups Mumbai-based agency. He was reporting to Jude Fernandes, chief executive officer, Mudra India, before Fernandes quit the agency last year.Welcoming him to Dentsu, Rohit Ohri, executive chairman, Dentsu India Group said, Arijits experience across diverse product categories and in traditional as well as new media is what will help us drive Dentsus ambitious plans for India. I look forward to working closely with Arijit and Taira Kimura, COO, Dentsu Communications, to create a world-class integrated communications agency in India..

Oriflame ropes in Sonali Bendre as brand ambassador

Swedish Cosmetics major Oriflame has roped in actor Sonali Bendre as brand ambassador for 2012. Speaking on the occasion, Niklas Frisk, vice president and head of Oriflame South Asia and managing director Oriflame India said, This year Oriflame celebrates 45 years of fulfilling dreams globally and we look forward to making 2012 a momentous year for Oriflame India. We will be looking to significantly increase our 2 lac strong family and make further inroads into consumer outreach. On her association with Oriflame India, Bendre, said, The commitment and devotion of the Oriflame towards its consultants and consumers is extremely commendable. I am indeed proud to be associated with a company that believes in empowering women and look forward to a long association with the brand.

Vivek Bahl joins Viacom18 as network advisor, content

Viacom18 has roped in Vivek Bahl as network advisor, content. As part of his latest mandate, Bahls immediate focus will be to work on the regional channels that the group intends to foray into. He will also play a strategic role in planning and developing new content for the network. Bahl will report to Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors. Commenting on the appointment, Nayak said, Vivek comes with great experience in developing content for different genres and his understanding of the television and entertainment industry is quite phenomenal. We believe he will play a significant role not only in further developing and strengthening the current content on Viacom18s offerings but also in the expansion of the networks upcoming regional channels. Bahl joins Viacom18 from Turner International, where he was chief content officer for India and was responsible for overseeing the content strategy and development for Turners diverse portfolio of entertainment brands in India, including Imagine TV, Cartoon Network, Pogo and Warner Brothers.