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Indigo Consulting appoints Rajesh Ghatge as CEO

Ghatge will be based in Mumbai and will report to Saurabh Varma, CEO, Leo Burnett, South Asia

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | November 14, 2016

Rajesh Ghatge Rajesh Ghatge

Indigo Consulting, Leo Burnett Group’s full-service digital agency, has brought on board Rajesh Ghatge as Chief Executive Officer. In his new mandate, Ghatge will lead over 300 employees across Indigo Consulting and Indigo iStrat. He will report to Saurabh Varma, Chief Executive Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia and will be based in Mumbai.

Saurabh Varma Saurabh Varma

Welcoming Rajesh on board, Saurabh Varma, Chief Executive Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia, said, “Indigo is already one of the largest full service digital agencies in the business, with a reputation for using technology and intelligence to solve business problems. We wanted a leader who can create a new curve for a team of over 300 Indigo employees; Rajesh brings with him the energy, the passion and the drive to create a new destiny for Indigo Consulting. My brief to him is to make us the most respected digital agency in the country, bar none.”

Ghatge has a staggering 24 years of experience, 18 of which were spent in the activation and digital business, and two in the technology start-up world. Ghatge’s previous stint was with start-up, iCare Life, where he was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. The company has created a technology platform to skill, certify and find employment for school dropouts and contract workers and transform them into professional caregivers and chauffeurs.

Speaking about his new role at Indigo Consulting, Ghatge said, “Driving effective consumer engagement on omnipresent digital touchpoints is a function of technology, content, analytics and the ability to execute flawlessly in an ‘always on’ mode. Using data and platforms to create impactful and relevant experiences has been my ongoing work. Indigo Consulting, built on a deep foundation of technology has emerged as a leading digital agency. I am excited at the prospect of working with a team of passionate strategy, technology and creative champions at Indigo Consulting to grow the agency into the future and leverage ‘digital’ comprehensively for brands and businesses.”

Having begun his career in marketing and sales in the FMCG and Pharma sectors, in 1997, he co-promoted Bates CHI & Sercon (erstwhile Sercon). Under his leadership, the company leveraged technology and digital for activation marketing and demand generation and grew to become a top-ranked agency in India and Singapore. Bates CHI & Sercon also gathered prestigious laurels such as the ‘Best Brand Promotion Agency’ (ET), the B2B Marketing Award (London) and DMA (Asia and India).

Ghatge has extensive knowledge and experience in brand activation, digital and retail marketing, web and app-enabled products and services and the training domain. He has led award-winning campaigns for large brands like P&G, Colgate, Oracle, Nokia, Dell and Castrol.

An alumnus of the Institute of Rural Management in Anand, Ghatge has an MBA degree. Outside his work, he is involved in leveraging technology for social impact. He loves yoga and volunteering in his spare time.


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