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News Flash: VR Rajesh to take over the reins of Ogilvy India as Kunal Jeswani moves to Singapore

Rajesh’s new role will be effective from June 1, 2022

(Left) VR Rajesh and Kunal Jeswani (Right)

After 17 years with Ogilvy India, Kunal Jeswani, CEO, Ogilvy India, will be moving to Singapore as Group Chief Executive, Ogilvy Singapore & Malaysia. Jeswani has led the Ogilvy India business for the last seven years and will be based in India for the next two months to manage the country's leadership transition.  

Effective June 1, 2022, VR Rajesh will be elevated to Group President, Ogilvy India. 

As Group President, he will lead the integrated Ogilvy India P&L across all offices and will be responsible for the acceleration of all core capabilities in India – Advertising, Brand & Content; Experience; Health; PR and Influence and Ogilvy Consulting. 

Rajesh joined Ogilvy in 2004. Since 2018, he has led Ogilvy Mumbai & Kolkata.

“I am delighted that after a stellar performance at Ogilvy India, Kunal is moving to head Ogilvy Singapore and Malaysia. This important responsibility will add international exposure to Kunal’s rich experience across the many aspects of the communications business. I am sure he will be successful in his new role. VR Rajesh, who takes on the baton from Kunal, is an Ogilvy stalwart and I am confident he will take Ogilvy India and our clients to greater heights. On behalf of the Ogilvy India Board, I welcome VR to this new responsibility, said Piyush Pandey, Chairman of Global Creative and Executive Chairman, Ogilvy India.

“Ogilvy India is easily one of the best agencies in the world and it has been an absolute privilege to spend the last 17 years in the company of giants who I love, respect and has grown with. As I move to a different market and a different Ogilvy experience – Ogilvy India is bigger, better and more vibrant than it has ever been. The company is in fantastic hands with immensely talented business, strategic and creative leaders. I am sure that under VR’s leadership, our client relationships will thrive, and our work will shine even brighter,” said Jeswani.

“Over the last seven years, Kunal has shaped a people-centric culture and laid foundations for Ogilvy's digital transformation. It's a privilege to take the baton from him and continue the journey. The next couple of years will see us accelerate new-age digital competencies and strengthen our content offering by being more regional and local. It's going to be an exciting ride in creating a comprehensive Ogilvy offering for our clients. I am sure it won’t be difficult when one has a family of giants,” commented Rajesh.

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