Y&R Delhi has reconstituted the team for Airtel, one of its biggest accounts. Three new business heads will lead the three verticals of the brand, mobility, Airtel Enterprise Services (AES) and broadband, and value added services (VAS).
Abhik Santara, who was earlier at JWT, will now look after Airtel's mobility business. Gurbir Singh, who moves in from O&M, will be in charge of AES and broadband services. Karambir Singh Rai, who joined Rediff at the beginning of 2008 as associate vice-president and general manager on LG's GSM and IT services, will now be responsible for Airtel's VAS portfolio. All three will report to Amitesh Rao, national head, Airtel, at Rediff.
Rai began his career in 1998 with Draft FCB Ulka (then FCB Ulka) Mumbai as a trainee. He then relocated to the Delhi branch and has stayed in Delhi ever since. He was at the agency till 2003, when he joined Mudra as associate account director. After spending two years at Mudra, he joined Publicis as account director in February 2005. He left there three years later to join Rediff.
TBWA happened to Singh three and a half years later and, while there, he worked on Pedigree. A year later, he joined O&M, where he worked for almost three and a half years on brands such as American Express, Seagram's and DLF Pramerica.
Talking about the appointments, Amitesh Rao says, "Each of the new entrants has a personality fit with the job. Santara has worked hands-on on a brand such as Nokia, and with his experience on big brands such as Pepsi and Nokia, he has experience of the big budget-big brand association. Rai is a huge film buff, so we're looking at some ideas from him on connecting with the youth through VAS. Moreover, he has worked on HP - its process as well as the brand - so that will help as well. For Singh, it's a comeback because he first worked on the Airtel business at Rediff around eight years ago."