VMLY&R Commerce Encompass, a new end-to-end creative commerce company of WPP, recently elevated Shankar Shinde to the post of Chief Operating Officer. He earlier served as a Managing Partner in Geometry Encompass and was responsible for duties across rural, shopper and urban activation practices.
Shinde has around 20 years of experience in the field of advertising and marketing. Over time, he developed an expertise in shopper and rural consumer insights, specialising in the FMCG, healthcare, agribusiness, sanitation, and finance sector. He has a great amount of experience in working for start-ups, advertising, media and government sectors.
Spending a large part of his career working for Ogilvy Group India, FCB, Indian Express Group, BCCL, contributed to the acquisition of his expertise. He co-founded a personal care FMCG company before re-joining Ogilvy in 2011. Over the years, he has worked on long-term relationship projects for Unilever, Mondelez, Coke, Tata Motors, ITC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mahindra & Mahindra, Britannia, among many others. Shinde has been a guest lecturer at the INSEAD Singapore Campus, IIM (Ahmedabad and Bangalore), NUS and SMU to name a few.
Ranjit Raina, CEO, VMLY&R, Commerce Encompass, said, “2020 was a particularly challenging year for all of us, during the past year Shankar has played an invaluable role in helping lead the agency. His promotion comes at a very interesting time as we are embarking on a new journey with the formation of VMLY&R Commerce Encompass.”
Roshan Abbas, MD, VMLY&R, Commerce Encompass, said, “Shankar is most deserving of the promotion and his dedication to the company and team is incredible. As commerce continues to grow and become a focus his experience will be invaluable.”
Recently, Geometry Encompass was merged into VMLY&R to create VMLY&R Commerce Encompass, billed as an end-to-end 'creative commerce company' that combines the talent and reach of both Geometry and VMLY&R.