Ogilvy Bengaluru's creative director, Debangshu Kerr has moved to the Mumbai-based integrated brand services agency, Think WhyNot as executive creative director. Kerr will report to the agency's chief executive officer, Sangram Surve. Kerr was with Ogilvy for over three years, from September 2007 to December 2010.
Kerr's role involves encouraging a free flow of ideas between all group companies, mentoring creative talent across all four arms and thinking strategically across brands. These brands include Nirvana Jewellery, Singapore International School, Welingkar School of Management and some parts of Unit Trust of India (UTI). The group also has the mandate for a lot of BTL (below-the-line) communication for ICICI, IDBI and Diageo (marketers of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Vat 69).
His responsibilities back at Ogilvy were to ensure the health of brands across a portfolio comprising names such as Manipal University, IBM, Indus Pride Beer, Prestige Constructions, Megamart (a Meridian brand) and ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel, among others.
Citing reasons for his move out of Ogilvy, Kerr says that Think WhyNot offered him an opportunity to be part of setting the agenda for a particular place, and creating an ethos, a philosophy of work, which is his forte. "Also, there are no formats or precedents to follow. It is a young place, with young people, and therefore, young ideas," says Kerr. Ogilvy, he claims, was also a great place to work at. "Just that one feels like plowing one's own furrow, sometimes," he adds.
He went on to don the hat of copy supervisor at TBWA (then TBWA Anthem) where he worked on accounts such as Frooti, Appy, Bailley's Water and Soda, IndianOil, LIC and Nivea. Next, he moved to Saatchi & Saatchi (worked on brands such as HDFC Mutual Funds, Zandu Pharmaceuticals, Aptech, Bridgestone Tyres and Birla Cements), followed by a spell at Mudra (worked on Reliance Infocomm). He served as creative group head at both, Saatchi & Saatchi and Mudra.
His next stint was as creative director at Confluence Communications where he worked on the DKT India (Zaroor Condoms, XXX Condoms, Choice Birth Control Pills), Golden Tobacco Company, Shalimar Paints and TCL Televisions accounts. After a brief stop at Think WhyNot Communications, Kerr moved on to Ogilvy Bengaluru.
Now, he has come back to Think WhyNot Communications.
The Think WhyNot group is expanding and plans to explore cities beyond Mumbai.