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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

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.

Mc­Cann World­group

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.

Havas World­wide

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.

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