Last updated : June 16, 2006
(Venke) has put in his papers as country head of Tribal DDB India, the digital arm of Mudra and a member of the worldwide Tribal DDB network.
Sharma was based in Mumbai and has been associated with Mudra for six years now. He was the founding member of Tribal DDB India, which eventually became a significant digital agency with clients across India, the US and the UK. Tribal DDB is spread across India, with branches in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
Sharma started his career with the Indian Navy as a marine engineering officer. His spell with the Navy stretched across the Naval Academy, Goa, 'INS Shivaji', Lonavla and Eastern Naval Command, on board 'INS Udaygiri'. An accident ended his career in the Navy and he had to come back to the life of the city.
He then did his MBA from Osmania University, receiving a gold medal from the university for excellent performance. He also did an executive programme from IIM, Ahmedabad. He experimented with his own enterprises in Hyderabad in market research, event management and software before joining Mudra as a business manager in 2000.
Sharma has been associated with the digital space in India for the last 10 years now. His prominent achievements include helping the loss-making magindia.com
break even within six months of joining Mudra. While helping magindia.com, he hit upon the idea for building an Internet agency called Digital Branding Solutions, which was later established as Tribal DDB, India, due to the increase in its size of operations.
Commenting on his reason for quitting, Sharma says, "One cannot go beyond the highest level if it has been already accomplished. With Tribal DDB, I have achieved the optimum level. I am personally looking out for a fresh challenge now."
When asked about his next destination, Sharma refused to reveal his plans.
During his career span, Sharma has worked with clients such as Citibank, LIC, Reliance ADAG group, Reliance Petroleum, HDFC Bank, Times Group, British Telecom, Madura Garments and Paras Pharma.
© 2006 agencyfaqs!First Published : June 16, 2006