High profile exits and appointments in the industry

Dentsu International India has seen several exits and hires in the last three months. One reason is: it has sought to globally reduce the number of brands from 160 to six as it seeks to re-ignite growth, in India, it has recalibrated its business into three service lines: creative, media and CXM.

08 Sep 2021 | By Charmiane Alexander

The reshuffle at Dentsu International India, which started in June saw the exit of Agnello Dias as well as his partner Santosh Padhi who have moved out of the network.  

Between the announcement of the founders of Taproot exiting the network, Dentsu International India, has seen five more senior-level exits. Shamsuddin Jasani (MD - South Asia, Isobar), Anand Bhadkamkar (CEO, Dentsu India), Gautam Mehra (chief data and product officer, Apac); Rubeena Singh (CEO, iProspect); and Vivek Bhargava (head of Dentsu Performance Group), have all left the network. During this time Dentsu has appointed Ajay Gahlaut as group CCO, Rohit Suri as CHRO and Vinod Thadani as CEO of iProspect.

Meanwhile Oréal India has announced the appointment of Gaurav Anand as its chief digital and marketing officer (CDMO).  Anand moves from PepsiCo Europe, where he led the snacks business for central Europe and digitisation of sales strategy for Europe.   

Amit Jain, managing director, L’Oréal India, said, “The Indian consumer is making a rapid shift towards omni-channel. As a beauty tech company, L’Oréal India is addressing this evolving landscape by deploying new technologies to enhance our products and customer experience for a new O+O world. This new role is our commitment to strengthen the role of digital at the core of our business strategy. With his proven track record of accelerating disruptive business growth, Gaurav is best placed to scale our digital marketing efforts to harness new capabilities for the company.”

And finally, FCB Group India has announced the elevation of Vidyadhar Wabgaonkar as the CEO of FCB Cogito, its independent consulting arm. Prior to this, Wabgaonkar was president. He joined FCB India in 2005 as SVP - strategic planning at FCB Ulka.