Piyush Pandey, current chairman of Ogilvy India, has been appointed as the agency’s next chief creative officer (CCO) Worldwide, replacing Tham Khai Meng. Pandey will retain his current responsibilities, and will be based in Mumbai. From January 1, 2019 he will work in partnership with Ogilvy’s global chief executive John Seifert to oversee creative standards at the company. The agency also announced that Joe Sciarrotta has been appointed as the deputy CCO, Worldwide.
Contract Advertising has appointed Sagar Mahabaleshwarkar as the chief creative officer. With over three decades of experience across advertising agencies in India and abroad, Mahabaleshwarkar is a highly feted creative professional with multiple domestic and international awards under his belt. He has also been on the jury of several award festivals. In his long career, he has left his mark on brands such as Samsung, Adidas, Grants, Apollo Munich, Jet Airways, Tata Motors, Fiat, Colgate, Airtel, Virgin Mobile, Uninor, Close Up, Dell, Tata Sky, Taj Hotels, Unilever Teas, ITC, Titan, Neo Sports, Star TV, MTV, Kingfisher, Himalayan, to name a few.
Ashish Chakravarty heads back to McCann as executive director and head of creative, India. He has been recognised as one of the top creative directors in India and also has been ranked among the top 50 ECDs in the world. He was till recently chief creative officer of WPP’s Contract, overseeing creative output of Contract Advertising, iContract, Designsutra, and Core Consulting.
Nima Namchu, chief creative officer (CCO), Havas Worldwide India has quit the agency. Namchu worked with the agency for more than three years. Prior to joining Havas Worldwide India, Namchu worked with Cheil India as CCO. Before that he worked with Contract Advertising as executive creative director. With over 23 years of experience, Namchu has also worked with Publicis India, McCann Erickson, Capital Advertising, Leo Burnett, TBWA Anthem and Sista’s (now Saatchi & Saacthi) in the past.
Ajay Gahlaut who recently quit as chief creative officer (CCO) of Ogilvy North and deputy CCO, Ogilvy India, is joining Publicis, confirm industry sources. Interestingly, couple of days back the news of Bobby Pawar’s exit from Publicis was broken. Pawar, who was managing director and CCO, Publicis Worldwide South Asia, is headed to Havas Media in January.
Cheil WW India
Advertising and marketing communication agency Cheil WW India has announced the appointment of Emmanuel Upputuru as chief creative officer. Upputuru will be responsible for strengthening the creative capability and reputation of the agency. With over two decades of experience across communication networks, Upputuru has had stints with houses such as WPP and Publicis. His last venture was an exploration with communication entrepreneurship named ITSA.