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JWT undergoes senior level restructuring

By , agencyfaqs!, Mumbai | In Advertising | January 08, 2008
Tarun Rai, Dhunji Wadia and Rajesh Gangwani have all been assigned new roles

JWT India & #BANNER1 & # is making changes early in the new year. Shortly after the exit of its co-national creative director Josy Paul, JWT has announced a revamped senior management structure.

JWT Mumbai branch head and managing partner Tarun Rai has been assigned a larger corporate role. Rai will now be managing partner and national business development head, a role which entails identifying new business opportunities and creating various verticals/services to better cater to clients' needs. This could include acquisitions in the new media space. Rai has worked for JWT for the past 17 years.

Dhunji Wadia

Tarun Rai
Taking over from Rai as Mumbai head is Dhunji Wadia, who used to manage the Bangalore branch as managing partner and senior vice-president. He will maintain the same designation in Mumbai and be in charge of growing existing businesses in the city as well as providing focus on new ones. This is not Wadia's first stint at JWT in Mumbai; for the past five years or so, he has been heading the Bangalore branch, prior to which he used to be based in Mumbai. He has spent some 15 years with JWT.

Wadia's position in Bangalore will be occupied by Rajesh Gangwani, vice-president and general manager, JWT Bangalore, who now moves up a rank as senior vice-president. Gangwani, too, has had a long spell at JWT - a total of 17 years.

Commenting on these developments, Colvyn Harris, chief executive officer, JWT, says, "This restructuring is from a growth perspective as also from a client standpoint. It is our way of rejuvenating things at the agency."

Harris explains that while Rai's role will be that of a strategic thinker, Wadia is expected to grow JWT Mumbai's businesses and improve its own standards, as according to Harris, "we must be permanently dissatisfied with our own benchmarks". Gangwani's promotion, he says, was "long overdue".

Some more restructuring and appointments on the creative side can be expected at JWT in the next few days.