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Gautam Kiyawat joins Madison Media as Group CEO

He replaces Punitha Arumugam. His last assignment was with Research in Motion (RIM)  Singapore as APAC marketing head

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | April 2, 2012

Madison Media has just announced the appointment of Gautam Kiyawat as CEO, Madison Media Group, Kiyawat moves from Research in Motion (RIM) in Singapore where he was heading APAC marketing operations. He is relocating to Mumbai.

Kiyawat replaces Punitha Arumugam who completed her notice period with the company on March 30, 2012.

An accomplished marketing, communications and media professional with experience across various markets including India, South-East Asia and the USA, Kiyawat has over 17 years of experience. A graduate from IIM Bangalore, he started his career with Procter & Gamble in India. His career highlights:

  • 1995-02 P&G, India and Asean
  • 2002-04 Philips, Asia Pacific
  • 2005-09 News Corp(Star TV), South East Asia
  • 2009-11 AdVerb, (digital creative media company)
  • 2012 Research in Motion (Blackberry), Asia Pacific

Sam Balsara, Chairman & Managing Director, Madison World, said on Kiyawat’s appointment, “I am delighted to have Gautam join us. His cross-market experience of managing brands, media companies and a digital startup are all very relevant to the exciting future we see for Madison. I am sure he will add a lot of value to Madison Media clients and bring a fresh new holistic business perspective.”

Said Kiyawat on his joining Madison, “It is fantastic to be joining an organisation that I have respected immensely as a client for its expertise, its values and for always being guided by doing the right thing. Along with Sam, Sriram and the Madison team I look forward to an exciting time in building on the momentum and taking Madison to greater heights.”

As has been recently reported, Madison alumnus D Sriram is to join Madison Media as Consulting Director and will spend approximately one week every month advising on agency operations, and will also be available for key clients. Sriram was Madison's first Media Director in 1995 and he moved on within DMB&B and Starcom Mediavest Group to eventually become APAC CEO for Starcom Mediavest Group. Sriram also had a stint as COO, China for Aegis Group, and for the last 18 months has been operating as an independent consultant to startup agencies and media companies across the region.


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