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. Rohit Gupta, president - network sales and international business, Sony Pictures Networks India, was elected the vice-chairman and Shashidhar Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands, was re-appointed as the honorary treasurer.
Indian Society of Advertisers
Sunil Kataria, chief executive officer, India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products, has been re-elected as chairman of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA). Kataria has been leading the committee as chairman from 2016.
Rajesh Mani joins McCann Mumbai as executive creative director. With over 18 years in the advertising industry Mani has had stints with agencies like Triton, Ogilvy & Mather Bangalore, Leo Burnett among others. His last assignment was with Happy mcgarrybowen, Bangalore.
IAA India Chapter
Punit Goenka, managing director and CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) has been elected president of India Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) at its AGM held on September 24, 2018 in Mumbai. Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Media Brands India was elected vice president. Other office bearers includes Pradeep Dwivedi, CEO, Sakal Media Group - Hon. Secretary; Jaideep Gandhi, founder , Another Idea - Hon. Treasurer and Ramesh Narayan, immediate past president. The Members of the managing committee include Megha Tata, COO BTVI; Janak Sarda, director, Deshdhoot Group; MV Shreyams Kumar, JMD Mathrubhumi Group; I Venkat. Director, Eenadu and Abhishek Karnani, director Free Press Journal.
Idependent agency Thinkstr has brought Sanjay Tandon on board as chief executive officer. Former chief operating officer at FCB Ulka Delhi, Tandon was last with the Indian FMCG giant RSPL as consumer marketing head for one of the verticals. Focused on the digitally savvy consumer, Thinkstr works with NITI Aayog, William Grants’ Glenfiddich, Twinings, Usha International, Soothe Healthcare, among others.
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.
FCB Ulka, Bengaluru
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. Ronnie will be reporting to Nitin Karkare, chief executive officer, FCB Ulka. She joins FCB Ulka from Publicis, where she was heading the Bengaluru operations.
Digitas, a digital agency from the stable of Publicis Groupe, has announced the elevation of Mark McDonald to a national role as head of creative, India. Prior to this McDonald was leading the creative team for the agency’s Mumbai office.