iProspect India, the digital ‘performance’ agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has appointed Venkat Shankarnarayan as AVP - Paid Media. Shankarnarayan will lead the paid media practice at iProspect. He comes with a experience of 12 years in the industry. Having worked with leading agencies, Shankarnarayan has been instrumental in ensuring that his clients consistently deliver on their business objectives. Shankarnarayan has worked with leading organisations such as GroupM, VML, DirectI and Possible Worldwide. His last stint was at Mindshare where he was senior director.
In another annoucement, iProspect India has appointed Nihal Nambiar as AVP - Paid Media. Nambiar will lead the paid media practice at iProspect. Having worked across both India and international markets for over nine years, Nambiar brings global perspective to performance marketing. Prior to this, Nambiar was Associate Director at Per for mi cs. Con von ix, a Public is Media company.
iProspect India has also roped in Dinesh Swamy as national creative director. He will be reporting to Rubeena Singh, CEO, iProspect India and will be based out of Mumbai office. Swamy comes with over 17 years of experience and brings with him a strong digital orientation with experience across agencies such as BBDO Proximity, Tribal DDB, Digital Law & Kenneth, SapientRazorfish and Liqvd Asia. He follows customer-centric approach with game-changing technology at its core. His ever-growing portfolio includes clients such as Idea Cellular, MTV, Reliance Mobile, Volkswagen, Renault, Hero MotoCorp, Visa, Tourism Australia, UltraTech Cement, Sanctum and Jeep amongst others.
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. Also known as Fraz, Batla will be responsible for helping drive the group’s creative mandate.
Digitas, a Publicis Groupe brand, has recently announced a change in its country leadership. Himani Kapadia, CEO Digitas & SapientRazorfish, who has been with the company for 11 years, is stepping down to pursue other interests. Amaresh Godbole, currently MD India for Digitas, takes over the reins as CEO of the brand. He will report to Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India, and to Annette Male, CEO Digitas APAC for the brand. He will also join the Publicis Communications country leadership team.
The StoryLab (TSL), the content agency from Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), has roped in Kumar Deb Sinha as the new country head for its India operations. Sinha will be based in Mumbai, and report to Kartik Iyer, president Media Brands and Amplifi - DAN India and the executive sponsor for TSL in India. Prior to this, Sinha was national director content at Wavemaker India, a GroupM company.
Leo Burnett Orchard
Leo Burnett Orchard has strengthened its senior management. The Leo Group’s full-service agency has appointed Menaka Menon as
executive vice president (EVP) and branch head - Bengaluru. In her new role, she will report to Prashanth Challapalli, chief operating officer - Leo Burnett Orchard. Previously, Menon was working with FCB Ulka - Bengaluru where she was the vice president. Menon replaces Sharmine Panthaky, vice president and branch head - Bengaluru, who has moved on from the agency.