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Ogilvy Gurgaon strengthens its leadership team

Alok Sinha roped in as President, Planning; Chandana Agarwal made Managing Partner of the Advertising function; Namrata Balwani appointed as Senior VP & Head of OgilvyOne, Gurgaon

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 21, 2015

(L-R) Alok Sinha, Chandana Agarwal and Namrata Balwani (L-R) Alok Sinha, Chandana Agarwal and Namrata Balwani

The Gurgaon office of Ogilvy has recently announced a number of additions to its senior management team. Alok Sinha has been brought in as President, Planning. Chandana Agarwal has taken on the role of Managing Partner of the Advertising function. Namrata Balwani has been appointed as Senior Vice-President and Head of OgilvyOne, Gurgaon.

Kapil Arora Kapil Arora

Kapil Arora, Branch Head, Ogilvy Gurgaon, commented, “Over the last three years, the office has grown significantly across disciplines and we felt the need to bring in the right talent to help navigate our clients’ businesses through a rapidly changing environment.”

Ajay Gahlaut Ajay Gahlaut

Ajay Gahlaut, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy North, added here, “As our business gets more dynamic and interconnected every day, we are constantly looking for leaders who can join the dots effectively and enable a better, more integrated creative product.”

With over 20 years of experience across research, advertising, media and digital, Alok Sinha has worked with brands like IBM, Unilever and Vodafone. He has also had extensive experience across South East Asia, in a regional communications planning role at Aegis and subsequently as lead on the P&G businesses at Carat, Philippines. Most recently, he led the strategic digital mandate for Mindshare in South Asia, where his focus was on strengthening Mindshare’s planning product and the strong integration of digital thinking on businesses, including futuristic projects like the Loop Room.

On joining Ogilvy, Sinha said, “It’s a homecoming for me. I’m quite excited at the prospect of bringing a ‘no boundaries’ approach to account planning for clients – having traversed the entire spectrum myself. The communication business is at the confluence of two tectonic forces – content and data. Ogilvy Delhi has some of the most prestigious clients and talent in the country and my job is to try help both our clients and our talent effectively navigate this confluence for business success.”

Chandana Agarwal has been with Soho Square and Ogilvy Gurgaon for over four years now and has been responsible for work across brands like Philips, Sprite, Taco Bell, Pernod Ricard and Honda, amongst others. In her role as Managing Partner, she will work with Arora to steward the advertising business of Ogilvy.

Agarwal remarked, “The business and process of advertising is going through a tectonic change. These are exciting and challenging times and I am all charged and geared to work with Kapil and the leadership team here to ensure that Ogilvy advertising is at the forefront of this change.”

Namrata Balwani moves in from Media2win, a digital agency she co-founded, where she was CEO. She has been at the forefront of media and the digital medium in particular. On her new role, she said, “I am excited to lead an amazing OgilvyOne team in Gurgaon. Digital platforms and connectivity, especially mobile, are transforming India at a speed never seen before. This is the best time to not only be a part of the transformation but also lead the charge and OgilvyOne is well poised to do that for all its brand partners.”

Arora and Gahlaut said, “We are really excited about these new additions. Between Alok, Chandana and Namrata, we have some of the best talent at hand, to fuel the creative product and to partner our clients in building their businesses.”

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