Publicis India reshuffles senior management

By , agencyfaqs!, New Delhi | In Advertising | September 19, 2007
Ambba Kuthiala, executive vice-president at Publicis India's Mumbai branch, is to take over as general manager and regional business director, Publicis Singapore


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.

Ambba Kuthiala
Commenting on the new developments, Nakul Chopra, MD and CEO of Publicis India, says, "The contribution of both Kuthiala and Narayan is valued and their presence in the team is significant for the agency. With these elevations, we are looking forward to their partnership with us in taking Publicis to the next level."

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.

Dipika Narayan
She has worked with Speer Communications, looking after accounts such as Nivea and Airbus Industries at a time when TBWA was exploring the country through the agency. After spending three years with Speer, she moved to TBWA Anthem in 1997, and was there for seven years. In 2003, she joined Publicis India, Mumbai. She has worked on accounts such as Brooke Bond, Parle Beverages, BPL Mobile,, Globus and Milton Homeware.

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."

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