Group's venture, AMO Communications, has got itself its first COO from amongst its own fraternity. Jitendra Khokle, who was heading the planning department at AMO as director, strategic planning, till now, has taken over as the agency's first COO.
The agency is on the lookout for someone who can be its planning head, but till such time as it finds the right person, Khokle will continue to head planning. Khokle's mandate as COO will include handling new business development, as well as driving the existing business.
Khokle says, "With the growing demands of the business and AMO's own plans to expand, there was a need to have the position of a COO among the senior ranks. However, it is too early to disclose our expansion plans."
Meanwhile, AMO's managing director, Elvis Dias, will look after avenues beyond advertising. "Dias will now be in charge of diversification into new media avenues such as online or broadband and mobile phones, to name a few," Khokle says.
Khokle will also be AMO's official spokesperson from now.
Khokle has been a part of AMO for the last four years, moving up the ladder from account director to director, strategic planning. Overall, he has over seven years of experience with an equally vast educational background with qualifications in business management, advertising, electrical engineering and computer programming.
During his career span, he has serviced such clients as Godrej & Boyce, Air Mauritius, Sun Pharma, Glaxo Smithkline and Hindustan Construction Company.
Dias remarks, "Khokle has been responsible for various account gains at AMO and has steered the organisation on a rapid growth path. Khokle was the obvious choice for this position as he had already been silently managing the overall operations of the agency."
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