Navin Theeng has joined Havas Worldwide as executive creative director (ECD), Gurgaon. He moves from Cheil Worldwide, Gurgaon, where he was Group creative director. At Cheil, Theeng led the team which handled Samsung mobiles, televisions, and home appliances, besides other businesses.
Theeng, who replaces the erstwhile ECD team of Nakul Sharma and Tirtha Ghosh, will be joining Havas for the second time, after a fairly long first stint. "It's a bit of a homecoming," he says, adding, "Everything has changed. Technology was a bugbear 10 years back, but now the possibilities are endless. You can expect to see more technology-infused ideas coming from Havas."
In his 18-year-old career, Theeng has worked with Bates, McCann Erickson, Euro RSCG, Rediffusion - Y&R, Contract, and Cheil, handling brands across categories such as consumer durables, colas, airlines, mobile phones, liquor, real-estate, and sports.
Speaking about Theeng's appointment, Nima D T Namchu, chief creative officer, Havas Worldwide, India, says, "At Havas, we are working towards not just blurring the line between digital and traditional creative, but completely erasing it. And, a creative leader who is comfortable with and excited by both is what we needed. I think we have found that person in (Navin) Theeng."
Theeng will report to Namchu and will be responsible for the digital and traditional creative output of the Gurgaon office.
Welcoming Theeng aboard, chief executive officer Nirmalya Sen, says, "Theeng's appointment is part of our strengthening of an already robust offering in Gurgaon. He brings with him not just an impressive track record as a creative mind, but also a reputation for leading his team to creative excellence. I wish him great success with Havas Worldwide."