Arun Iyer has stepped down as the chairman and chief creative officer (CCO) of Lowe Lintas. Talking to afaqs! Reporter, Iyer confirmed that he has decided to move on from the agency after spending over 15 years, to start his own venture. As part of the newly-appointed leadership team, Amer Jaleel (chairman at Mullen Lintas) will now be appointed as group chairman and CCO, while Virat Tandon (chief executive officer, Mullen Lintas) will be elevated as the group CEO. Iyer will continue to work as a fulltime employee till January 2019. Post that he will continue to remain associated with the agency as a consultant till mid next year.
WPP plc has announced the appointment of Mark Read as chief executive officer and his appointment to the Board of WPP as an executive director with immediate effect. Roberto Quarta has resumed his role as non-executive chairman. Andrew Scott will continue in his role as chief operating officer of WPP on a permanent basis as a key member of the senior management team.
DDB Mudra Group
Integrated Marketing Communications and services network DDB Mudra Group, has appointed Iraj Fraz Batla, as executive creative director, DDB Mudra West. Batla will be based out of the group’s Mumbai office,and will report to Rahul Mathew, national creative director, DDB Mudra Group.
BBDO India has recently appointed Ravi Bhat as vice president - planning, Delhi. In his new role, he will be working closely with the highly-talented world-ranking creatives and account management chiefs as he leads the strategic thinking on brands such as Mars, Pedigree, Wrigley’s, SC Johnson, HP Printers and Laptops, new business and projects from other BBDO offices. Bhat comes to BBDO India via BBDO Lanka and Happy McGarryBowen, Bangalore where he was director-planning. He brings with him 10 years of diverse planning experience on both national as well as multinational brands.
At the board meeting of The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) held recently, D. Shivakumar, group executive president, corporate strategy at Aditya Birla Group, was unanimously elected the chairman of the board of ASCI. Shivakumar is an accomplished business leader having spent over 19 years in sales, marketing and general management positions across consumer products and the luxury industry.
FCB Ulka has appointed Theresa Ronnie as the new head of office for Bengaluru. Ronnie will be responsible for upping the ante for the Bengaluru office. She will be reporting to Nitin Karkare, chief executive officer, FCB Ulka. Ronnie is a brand communications specialist with over 16 years in the business of shaping brands. She joins FCB Ulka from Publicis, where she was heading the Bengaluru operations.
iProspect India, digital performance agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has appointed Venkat Shankarnarayan and Nihal Nambiar as AVP - Paid Media. Both of them will lead the paid media practice at iProspect.