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Mindshare APAC promotes Srivastava and Gowthaman to new roles

Srivastava has been made Chairman & CEO for Global Emerging Markets. Gowthaman will take on the role of CEO for South and South East Asia

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 6, 2012

Mindshare Asia Pacific has unveiled a new global to local structure with a new leadership team. Ashutosh Srivastava, currently CEO Asia Pacific, Mindshare, has been appointed Chairman & CEO for Global Emerging Markets, and is also Mindshare’s new global leader for products/services and talent development.

Srivastava will continue to be based in Singapore, and will focus on emerging markets such as Russia, in addition to APAC. He will also work closely with global and regional leaders in London and Asia to drive new products and services and strengthen the agency's talent pool and leadership globally.

Commenting on Srivastava’s appointment, Nick Emery, CEO, Mindshare Worldwide, said, “I’m delighted that Ashutosh is taking on the global role to drive Mindshare’s development.  Ashu is the epitome of a new world leader and our product, people and growth markets are in safe hands.”

Srivastava’s promotion is accompanied by a change in the structure of Mindshare in the region, reorganising it around three clusters. He will continue to oversee the Greater China offices directly.

R Gowthaman, currently Chief Client Officer, will take on the role of CEO for South and South East Asia, based in Singapore. Gowthaman has been with the agency since it started in India in 2002, and has proven his ability to grow, share and develop services across the region. During his past tenure as CEO of Mindshare India, Gowthaman led the industry in awards and creativity, and grew the business consistently while never losing the market leadership position.

James Greet, currently CEO, Australia, will add Japan, Korea and New Zealand to his responsibilities, and also be the APAC regional leader for talent. Greet is an established leader in the area of talent and brings a unique and valuable perspective to the role. Prior to joining Mindshare in 2010 he founded and ran the top talent recruitment firm, The Ladder. Since 2010 he has turned around Mindshare's business in Australia winning major accounts, awards and building one the market's strongest teams. He will continue to be based in Sydney.

Commenting on the new structure, Emery said, “In Ashu, James and G’man there is no better leadership trio and I am privileged to work with them.”

Srivastava said, "James has in a very short time turned our Australia office into a powerhouse of great work and talent. G’Man has crafted our success in India, which is a world class office – and in the past few months built up our product for regional clients. Alongwith China, they have been the driving force behind the momentum we have across Asia Pacific. They are both outstanding leaders, and I look forward to working with them in their new roles.”

The new structure of Mindshare in Asia Pacific brings it into line with Mindshare’s operation in Europe, which is also organised around a cluster approach, and provides a global to local approach for the agency around the four core areas of trading, emerging markets, new products/services and talent development.

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