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MindShare restructures top management

By , agencyfaqs! | In Media Planning & Buying | June 23, 2006
Ashutosh Srivastava will be CEO, MindShare, Asia-Pacific, while Vikram Sakhuja will be COO, Group M, South Asia


In an official & #BANNER1 & # communiqué, MindShare has announced the restructuring of its senior management team. Under the restructuring, Ashutosh Srivastava, CEO, Group M, South Asia, has been appointed CEO, Group M, Asia Pacific.

Srivastava played an important role in setting up MindShare in South Asia in January 2002. Till 2004, he was the managing director of MindShare, India and, since then, CEO of Group M, South Asia.

Stepping into Srivastava's shoes is Vikram Sakhuja as COO, Group M, South Asia. For the time being, Group M has done away with the post of CEO. Till date, Sakhuja was managing director, MindShare and MindShare Fulcrum - the HLL division of MindShare.

Sakhuja's responsibilities at MindShare will now be shared by R Gowthaman, head of Fulcrum, and Sundar Raman, head of Mindshare, Delhi.

Gowthaman has been appointed managing director, MindShare, for West and South, India, while Raman will be managing director, MindShare, North and East, India.

In addition, Gowthaman will be responsible for the Unilever business across South Asia, whereas Raman has got the addition responsibilities of MindShare, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Suku Murti, who was head of the entertainment, sports and promotions unit of Group M, India, will now handle the same portfolio at the Asia Pacific level and be based in Singapore.

Murti's responsibilities in India will be taken care of by Hiren Pandit as national director. Pandit used to be general manager, MindShare, Mumbai.

Pandit is being replaced by Anita Kotwani, as general manager, MindShare, Mumbai.

For the record, MindShare, a member of the WPP group, is a global media investment management company and its network consists of 95 offices in 65 countries throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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