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Dentsu India Group beefs up senior team

Harjot Singh Narang appointed Delhi Branch Head, Dentsu Marcom, and Amit Wadhwa joining as Senior VP, Dentsu Creative Impact

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | November 25, 2011

Continuing with the series of senior-level appointments, the Dentsu India Group yesterday announced two key appointments. Harjot Singh Narang has been appointed Branch Head – Delhi for Dentsu Marcom, while Amit Wadhwa joins Delhi-based Dentsu Creative Impact as Senior VP, Dentsu Creative Impact.

Narang joins from Leo Burnett where, as Unit Business Head, he was responsible for overall operations and a team of 60 people in four offices across the country. As Dentsu Marcom’s Delhi Branch head he will be responsible for growing the client base.

Wadhwa too moves in from Leo Burnett, Delhi where he was Business Unit Head handling communication duties for Bacardi, Kohler, Indian Express and Coke Studio. At Dentsu Creative Impact, his key priority will be to partner the account management, creative and planning teams to deliver high quality creative across brands.

Commenting on the new appointments, Rohit Ohri, Executive Chairman, Dentsu India Group, said, “At Dentsu India, we are strengthening our teams across our agencies. Seasoned professionals like Harjot and Amit bring on board diverse category knowledge, strong brand capability and a passion for creative excellence. Both are excellent cross-functional team managers. I see their skills help us deliver the best integrated communication solutions for our clients. I am delighted to welcome both Harjot and Amit to Team Dentsu India!”

Commented Narang on his new assignment, "For me the excitement to join Dentsu comes as much from the positive energy that Rohit Ohri brings with him as from the clear vision that was shared with me in the discussions that led to this move. Dentsu is clearly looking to invest in and sustainably grow their position in the Indian market and that makes it the best place to be for any professional in this industry."

On his part, Wadhwa said, “The decision to join Dentsu wasn’t really a tough one. Worldwide, Dentsu is amongst the topmost communication groups. Also, in India there is a new focus and excitement about the group, a belief that got strengthened when I heard of its India plans. I believe that the joy of a successful journey is doubled when you are a part of it from the very beginning. Besides that, my role and an interesting brand mix made joining Dentsu Creative Impact even more tempting. "

Narang began his career with an intensive three-year, grassroots experience in garment export, managing a printing press and a travel agency. He soon gravitated to advertising and over the next 14 years, worked with leading marketing communications organisations like Ogilvy & Mather, JWT and Leo Burnett in various capacities in account management. He has worked on categories as diverse as soft drinks, snack foods, insurance, consumer electronics and telecom. Some of the brands he has worked on include Coca-Cola India, Pepsico India (Flavoured Beverages & Foods Divisions), GSK, Uninor, Hutch, Nokia, SBI Life Insurance, Radio Today, Nikon India, Sony India, Samsung India and Frito Lay India, to name a few. He was an integral part of the team that pushed brand Thums Up to new heights through the Thums Up Challenge initiative and he spearheaded the launch and evolution of Mountain Dew in India

Wadhwa started his career in marketing communications in Mumbai with Pathfinders (the Research wing of Lowe) and later relocated to Delhi and moved into mainstream advertising. Over the years he has worked in various agencies including Lowe, Mudra, Bates Enterprise (then Enterprise Nexus), JWT and Leo Burnett. Some of the key brands he has worked on are Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mirinda, Slice, Bacardi, Timejobs.com, Timematri.com, Kohler and Indian Express. He has also worked on automobile brands such as Maruti Suzuki, General Motors and Yamaha.


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