Current CEO of JWT Colombo Thayalan Bartlett promoted to COO, JWT Jakarta.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 7, 2011
In a move that represents JWTâs dedication to deploying the best talent from around the network to pursue international opportunities, Michael Maedel, President and CEO of JWT Asia Pacific today announced the promotion of Thayalan Bartlett, current CEO of JWT Colombo to the role of Chief Operating Officer, JWT Jakarta.
Assuming the President position at JWT Colombo is Himanshu Saxena who brings with him 18 years experience across advertising, branding, consumer research and salesâcontributing to his unique multi-disciplinary business background.
Himanshuâs strategic and creative experience comes from the positions he has held at leading advertising agencies in India: McCann Worldgroup T.A.G., Lowe Lintas, McCann Erickson and Trikaya Grey where he worked on brands such as Unilever, Marico, AT&T, HSBC, Idea Cellular, Mauritius Tourism, Barclays, amongst others.
Colvyn Harris, JWT India CEO said, âThayalan has done an exceptional job in taking the Colombo office to the healthy place it is at today. We are more than confident that with Himanshuâs breadth and depth of experience with top agencies and clients, along with his keen business sense, the office will continue to prosper and grow. We look forward to ushering in a new era at JWT Colombo under Himanshuâs lead.â
Among Himanshuâs many accolades include a Grand India Effie for Saffola which also went on to win an APAC Bronze Effie. In 2007, Himanshu won the Yahoo! Big Idea Chair Award for Parachute Advansed in the category, Best-Integrated Campaign using Digital Media.
As COO of Jakarta, Thayalan will fill a new position created by the JWT Jakarta President, Lulut Asmoro, with whom he will work closely with. This assignment makes Thayalan the first JWT Sri Lankan CEO to be named Chief Operating Officer of a JWT office internationally.
Said Lulut, âThayalanâs appointment strengthens our management team at an opportune time for Indonesia. With his knowledge of JWT and passion for the business, I couldnât think of a better person to partner with me in optimizing the agencyâs growth strategy moving forward.â
Thayalan took the helm of JWT Colombo in June 2006. Despite the hardships the country has faced, under Thayalanâs leadership JWT elevated its position and reputation as Sri Lankaâs most sought after and respected agency for its vast client portfolio.
âWe are very excited to give Thayalan this opportunity in the Jakarta office,â said Maedel. âThis move is a demonstration of JWTâs philosophy on presenting international opportunities to our top talent who can think and operate globally with the goal being to create and deliver more diverse ideas for our offices and our clients. Thayalan is most suitable for this role, and will marry his skills and experience with that of our colleagues in Jakarta to capitalize on the growth potential Indonesia holds as an N-11 nation.â
Himanshuâs appointment is effective 18 July 2011. He will work together with Thayalan to ensure a smooth transition.
Heartiest congrats. for the new responsibility and assignment.