Gourav Tandon, COO, Navia Asia calls it a day

By Surina Sayal , afaqs!, Mumbai | In OOH News | June 01, 2010
Tandon will serve a longish notice period at the agency but plans to move within the same industry

Navia Asia, the out of home specialist network, has announced that Gourav Tandon, chief operating officer, Navia Asia has put in his papers at the organisation.

In January, the agency had announced the promotion of Tandon to the position of chief operating officer, India. Earlier, Tandon was national director, Navia Asia, and was in charge of business development since April 2009. As COO, Tandon had full operational responsibility for all four full service offices.

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Stating that it is too early to share his next move, Tandon tells afaqs!, "I haven't decided where I'm moving to yet but the idea is to move within the same industry."

Tandon has more than 12 years of experience in the out of home media business and has worked in all aspects of OOH including printing, signages, acquisition and sale of media, besides planning and buying.

He began his career with GMS Technologies and then worked with agencies such as MOMS, Aaren Initiative and Ogilvy. He has also worked for Clear Channel, where he was handling the assets and AOR divisions for the North region. He has worked on national brands such as LG, Emaar MGF, Voltas, Michelin Tyres, Yamaha, Sony Ericsson and Panasonic.

Tandon will serve a long notice period at Navia Asia but plans to part at the earliest to make it easier for the company and himself.

In an official communiqu, Sanjay Shah, chief executive officer, Navia Asia, says, "We thank Gourav for leading the team efficiently and helping the business grow during his stint at Navia. As he moves on, we wish him well in his future endeavours."

Shah will look after Tandon's responsibilities in the interim period and until further announcement.

For the record, Navia Asia was originally launched as StarSight in 2004 and was renamed as Navia in 2007. It is the specialist brand under which all VivaKi Media companies in India, including Starcom Worldwide, MediaVest Worldwide, ZenithOptimedia and Equinox, offer integrated out of home and ambient media solutions to their clients.

Each Navia country unit operates independently as a specialist brand of the local Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) unit and reports to the local SMG management. It works with a team of more than 150 people and has a network strength spanning 32 cities in India.

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