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Havas Worldwide makes senior level appointments

Vikas Parihar has joined as Head of Digital, while Punita Lakhani comes in as Associate VP - Digital Strategy. Lokesh Sah has joined as VP on the agency’s largest business, Reckitt Benckiser

BestMediainfo Bureau | Delhi | June 2, 2015

Havas-WorldwideHavas Worldwide has made some significant additions to its digital team in Gurgaon including two senior level appointments. Vikas Parihar has joined the agency as Senior Vice-president – Digital and will be the business lead on the digital mandates of the agency.

Parihar comes on board from Magnon\TBWA where he was VP - Digital Strategy and Key accounts. He has a 10-year career behind him which has ranged from heading the marketing function for brands to leading large digital businesses at digital agencies.

Joining him in the digital team is Punita Lakhani, who has joined as Associate Vice-president - Digital Strategy. She will lead the strategic planning function on Microsoft. Havas Worldwide is the digital agency on record at Microsoft for its hand-held devices business. Lakhani has been involved in digital strategy across companies such as Webitude, BC Webwise, Red FM and Big FM.
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Welcoming them on board, Nirmalya Sen, CEO, Havas Worldwide, said, "Digital is not a division for Havas Worldwide. It lies at the heart of the agency. In a world where consumers toggle seamlessly between the online and offline worlds along their entire purchase journey, it is imperative that agencies can mirror that. Vikas and Punita will work closely with our mainline talent to design consumer journeys that are truly integrated."

On his appointment, Parihar said, "Being young is empowering, being hungry is awesome. This is where I connected with Havas Worldwide. Havas has built its reputation on great work and I am honoured to be now a part of the success story. I look forward to working with this young agency where digital and business results are at its core.”

Lakhani added, "Havas Worldwide is the welcome change I was looking for. I am truly excited to be a part of this growing team. Havas has a wonderful portfolio of clients who are now getting an appetite for digital, which was the sweet spot."

Another significant hire made by Havas Worldwide, Gurgaon, is Lokesh Sah, who joined as Vice-president on its largest business in India, Reckitt Benckiser. Sah joined the agency from Lowe Worldwide, Bangkok. He brings with him 14 years of experience working for Lowe Worldwide, SOTC and TBWA. On his appointment, Sah said, "Feels great to be a part of a change team that is painting a new face of the agency. Its challenging and the twists and turns make it exciting."

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