Ramanuj Shastry, senior
creative director, McCann-Erickson, has put in his papers. Shastry, who is an MBA and holds degrees in Economics and Mathematics, has been with McCann for the last 11 years.
Confirming this development to agencyfaqs!, Prasoon Joshi, regional creative director, McCann-Erickson, South and South East Asia, says, "Ramanuj's exit is certainly a loss for McCann. He was one the best creative minds McCann had. But then, each one of us has our own personal as well as professional preferences and needs to move on in life."
"Ramanuj was also a personal friend and I can only wish him luck in his future assignments," Joshi adds.
Both Joshi and Shastry have worked together at Ogilvy & Mather prior to McCann-Erickson.
When asked whether Shastry had been pondering over quitting for a long time, Joshi says, "Even if he was, I wouldn't know about it. It was on Friday morning that Shastry put in his papers."
Shastry is a winner of more than 20 awards, which include several Abbys and many metals at the New York Festivals. He has also been a finalist at the Clios.
Sources close to the development reveal that Shastry's next destination is Ambience Publicis, where he is slated to join as the national creative director, a position that has been vacant since Pushpinder Singh quit Ambience in October 2005.
However, when contacted, Rajiv Sabnis, COO, Ambience Publicis, declined to comment on the possible development.
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