India, Mumbai, has restructured its senior management. First, Ambba Kuthiala, who is executive vice-president with the agency's Mumbai branch, is to move to a larger role at the Asia Pacific level. Her next destination is Publicis Singapore, where she will take over as general manager and regional business director. At Publicis Singapore, Kuthiala will overview the entire multinational portfolio.
Kuthiala has been in the advertising industry for 20 years now. Her career ranges from stints in DY&R and Ambience Advertising to a brand consultancy firm, Momentum. She has worked on brands such as Colgate, Unilever, Marico, Fidelity and L'Oreal. She has also been responsible for setting up a health-care division in her office to look at the Sanofi-Aventis business. She has been a strong hand in building and putting in place the Mumbai office from scratch.
Stepping into her shoes in Mumbai is Dipika Narayan as senior vice-president. Till now, she was vice-president.
Narayan will be in charge of the operations of the Mumbai office, and will report to Hemant Mishra, COO, Publicis India.
Narayan, armed with 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, has been with Publicis India, Mumbai, for four years now. She has been heading the Garnier account. Narayan began her career with Bates David Enterprise (Enterprise), way back in 1987, as a trainee. In 1988, she moved to Saatchi & Saatchi (then Sista's), Bangalore, as account executive. In 1990, she set up the agency's Ahmedabad office at a time when Mudra was the only agency in that city. She won the Tata Press Yellow Pages and Wagh Bakri Tea businesses for the branch there.
Hemant Misra, president and COO, Publicis India, says, "Kuthiala's move and Narayan's elevation are a demonstration of how Publicis values its people. Charting people's careers to ensure employee satisfaction and organisational excellence is not merely corporate talk, but a best practice at Publicis."