Havas Creative Group India has announced the appointment of Debopriyo (Debo) Bhattacherjee as EVP and Planning Head, North, with immediate effect.
In his new role, Bhattacherjee will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to Havas Creative with a special focus on all brands of Reckitt and a portfolio of brands from the Dabur stable. He will spearhead many leading clients such as Suzuki, Norton, Fortis, William Grants, ITC and work closely with the senior leadership team to drive new client acquisitions and ensure seamless adoption of the process of integration and collaboration across the group.
Bhattacherjee will be based in the Gurugram office and report to Neeraj Bassi, Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Group India.
Bhattacherjee is a strategic planner with 17 years of work experience. He has worked with agencies in India and Southeast Asia such as Ogilvy, Dentsu, DDB and McCann to name a few. He also served as the Head of Strategy Planning for over three years at Havas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
During his career, he has worked on accounts such as Unilever, Danone, Mondelez, L’Oréal, Coke, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Diageo, SABMiller, Carlsberg, Maxis, AXA, ICICI, Petronas and Tesco.
Manas Lahiri, President, Havas Creative Group India, said, “Havas Gurgaon has had an amazing momentum in the last few years. And we now have some fantastic brands that require a senior strategic professional with multi-industry experience. Debo has both the experience and knowledge of handling brands across a wide range of categories. He has been part of the Havas network earlier and understands the culture of integration that Havas offers to its clients. His unique perspectives and ideas will undoubtedly increase our abilities to produce interesting work for our client portfolio.”
Neeraj Bassi, Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Group India, said, “I am delighted to welcome Debo on board. He brings a lot of value to the team because of his passion for understanding customer concerns and finding creative solutions to business problems. I’m confident that his strategic planning skills will help us continue to achieve our goal of making brands more meaningful.”
“I’m thrilled to join Havas Village Gurgaon and spearhead the planning for our key office in creative. For me, it is a homecoming to a network that I admire, and especially in India, it’s currently one of the most talked-about agencies with tremendous momentum and an interesting mix of marquee clients in its portfolio. So, with the change in consumer behaviour, especially post the pandemic, the endeavour will be to keep working on creating differentiated strategies for all the leading brands of Reckitt, Dabur, Suzuki and many others. I’m looking forward to working with the dynamic team at Havas Village India,” said Bhattacherjee.