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Havas Creative bolsters Mumbai team with two senior hires

Gururaj Rao joins as Executive Creative Director and Durgesh Singh as Associate Creative Director, Copy. Both will report to Mayur Hola

(L) Gururaj Rao and Durgesh Singh (R)

Global communication group Havas Creative has strengthened its creative offering with two senior hires in its Mumbai office. Gururaj Rao joins as Executive Creative Director and Durgesh Singh as Associate Creative Director, Copy. Both Rao and Singh will report to Mayur Hola, National Creative Director, Havas Creative.

The duo will aim to foster creativity in line with the group’s integrated approach manifested in the ‘Havas Village’ model.

Having worked across agencies like Publicis, Ogilvy, JWT and DDB Mudra, Rao has nearly 13 years of experience in advertising. Prior to Havas, he was working with an Indie creative shop Tiqui-Taka.  He has worked on brands like Nerolac Paints, Sony Sports, Urban Clap, Dr. Fixit, Fevicol, Skoda, Cadbury 5 Star, Havmor Ice-cream, Volkswagen and HDFC Mutual Fund. His work has been recognised at Clio Awards, Young Guns, Effies and Abbys. He has been nominated by the Ad Club Bombay for the ‘Young Achievers Award’ as well as being ranked 35th in the Young Guns Global Young Creatives Ranking in 2008.

Singh carries with him eight years of experience in the field of content generation and creative writing with agencies like DDB Mudra and Publicis India. He has worked across brands like HDFC, Skoda, Zee and Nerolac.

Mayur Hola

Hola said, “Guru brings an infectious energy that Bobby and I are sure will light up the Havas Mumbai office and give it purpose. His interaction with people is at a granular level and he’s just a straight up solid guy who puts his head down and gets work done. We’re very happy to have a kindred spirit such as him on board. Durgesh is a bright spark. His ideas are just what we need as we add creative muscle to the Mumbai office. We’re sure that Durgesh and Guru will create a powerful alliance and work with the rest as part of a great team.”

“I am really looking forward to being part of this exciting new team and working with Bobby Pawar and Mayur Hola and their vision of a refreshed creative proposition for Havas Group India,” said Rao.

“I feel I've come to Havas at a very interesting time. Havas Group’s integrated operating model and Vivendi (an entertainment powerhouse) parentage creates a world of opportunities. I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to doing some amazing work,” said Singh.

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