Ogilvy has announced the elevations of Abhik Santara and VR Rajesh as Mumbai Office Head and Managing Partner, respectively. These changes are effective immediately. As part of their responsibilities, they will also oversee the growth of the agency’s Kolkata office.
Kunal Jeswani, CEO, Ogilvy India, said, “Santara and Rajesh are the new captains at Ogilvy Mumbai. With these appointments, Ogilvy Mumbai now has a stellar business, creative and strategic leadership team in place. They, along with the Mumbai ExCo, will drive our transformation agenda together, leading India’s best modern marketing communications agency office to new heights.”
Santara started his career in Delhi and worked with JWT before moving on to lead offices for Rediffusion Y&R and the Lowe Lintas Group. He managed a range of brands in his time with these companies, including Nokia, Pepsi, Airtel, Adidas, Dabur and LG. He joined Ogilvy Mumbai a few years ago and has become a part of Ogilvy’s fabric, reflecting Ogilvy values, building strong client relationships and agency partnerships. He leads the business relationships across Unilever Beverages, Bajaj Auto and Marico and, along with the Mumbai ExCo, will now focus on driving the office forward.
Rajesh was rejected by Ogilvy three times before he was finally taken on by the company 15 years ago. However, in past 15 years, he has grown to become a passionate Ogilvy leader and ambassador. In his long career with Ogilvy, Rajesh has worked across a range of clients and brands including Asian Paints, Tata Sky, ITC, Unilever Beverages and Star Plus. Along with the other talented agency leaders in Kolkata, he has also helped energise and grow Kolkata office through a very tough market environment. Many of the agency’s clients in Kolkata - Bandhan Bank, ITC Kwiknic, Greenply, MP Birla and Yatra – have also felt his great passion and influence. Rajesh will partner Santara to lead Ogilvy Mumbai.