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At the board meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Ad­ver­tis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IAA) held in Bucharest, Ro­ma­nia re­cently, Srini­vasan Swamy, chair­man of the R K SWAMY HANSA Group, has taken over as the chair­man and world pres­i­dent, IAA, for a pe­riod of two years. The first In­dian ever to hold this post, Swamy’s ap­point­ment as chair­man re­in­forces In­dia’s con­tri­bu­tion to the global ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try and is proof of the im­pact that In­dian tal­ent is mak­ing in global lead­er­ship roles. Swamy takes over the reins from leg­endary ad­ver­tis­ing pro­fes­sional Felix Tataru from Ro­ma­nia.

Cheil WW In­dia

Sa­gar Ma­ha­balesh­warkar, chief creative of­fi­cer at Cheil WW In­dia, has quit the agency. Ma­ha­balesh­warkar had been with the agency since De­cem­ber, 2015. He has de­cided to move on from the or­gan­i­sa­tion to pur­sue new op­por­tu­ni­ties. Em­manuel Upputuru will be re­plac­ing Sa­gar with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 2018. An of­fi­cial state­ment says, “We would like to thank Sa­gar for his con­tri­bu­tion to­wards build­ing Cheil’s creative rep­u­ta­tion and wish him good luck in all his fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

Havas Group In­dia

Havas Group In­dia has ap­pointed Rana Barua as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. In his new role, Barua’s man­date will be to chart Havas In­dia’s jour­ney of trans­for­ma­tion and ex­po­nen­tial growth with a fo­cus on col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ships, new busi­ness mo­men­tum, and build­ing and lead­ing fu­ture-ready teams. Barua will re­port to Vishnu Mo­han, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Havas Group, In­dia and South­east Asia, and work closely with the ex­ist­ing lead­er­ship teams. The ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Dig­i­tas, In­dia

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. In his new role, McDon­ald will over­see the creative team and out­put for Dig­i­tas across its of­fices in In­dia in­clud­ing Mum­bai, Delhi, Ben­galuru and Ahmed­abad. He will re­port to Prithvi­raj Ban­er­jee, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Dig­i­tas In­dia.

IAA In­dia Chap­ter

Pu­nit Goenka, man­ag­ing direc­tor and CEO, Zee En­ter­tain­ment En­ter­prises Ltd (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.

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