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MullenLowe Lintas Group names Subbu as Group CEO; Virat Tandon and Amer Jaleel quit

Jaleel was CCO and Chairman and Tandon was the Group CEO at MullenLowe Lintas Group

(Left-Right) Amer Jaleel, Virat Tandon and Subramanyeswar S

MullenLowe Group announced the appointment of S Subramanyeswar, aka Subbu, as the Group Chief Executive Officer of MullenLowe Lintas Group India, effective immediately.

This has come on the back of Amer Jaleel, CCO and Chairman and Virat Tandon, Group CEO, moving on from the Group.

Jaleel joined Lowe Lintas in 2002 and held multiple creative leadership positions including Chief Creative Officer and Chairman.

Tandon joined the group in 2004 in the New Delhi offices of Lowe Lintas and has since played various senior roles in the network in India and Singapore. 

When the group started Mullen Lintas in 2015, it named Jaleel and Tandon as Chairman and CCO, and CEO respectively.

The group said in a press statement, “In a strategic re-alignment from the previous model, all the functions of the Group will now report to Subbu. In addition, Subbu will continue to directly lead the Strategy function for the Group in India and maintain his role as Chief Strategy Officer for the MullenLowe APAC region.”

Alex Leikikh

Alex Leikikh, Chairman of MullenLowe Group and Executive Vice-President of Interpublic Group, said, “During these transformative times where we are all facing many challenges, I believe, there is no better person to lead MullenLowe Lintas Group than Subbu. He is a proven leader with hard-core strategic skills, business imagination and the ability to bring people together. Subbu has a global perspective on how brands, communication and technology will intersect in the future. He’s also a big believer in brand purpose. This combination is exactly what we need as the company enters the next chapter.

As we move into this new era, I want to thank Amer Jaleel and Virat Tandon for their dedication, passion and leadership throughout the years for us and all of our clients. I wish them the best in their next endeavours.”

Since joining the company in 2011, Subbu has played a leading role in MullenLowe Lintas Group becoming the No.1 agency in India and APAC, and No. 2 globally on the Effie Index ranking.

Leikikh noted, “Subbu is a genuine thought leader who is passionate, ambitious, analytical, creative, self-aware, and very humble. He leads with heart and soul and is someone whom we trust as CEO to bring value to our clients, employees, and communities.”

Subbu said, “Lintas is one of those extraordinary institutions to have truly impacted Indian society for decades through big, bold, culture-leading ideas based on a decisive stand taken by the brand. I couldn’t be more honoured to have been given the charge to lead the company at a very important time. The opportunity that lies ahead in an ever-expanding world of possibilities is limitless, but to seize it, we must focus precisely, move at a rapid pace, and be transformational. A big part of my job is to widen our creative and strategic aperture to innovatively apply technology and talent to solve new problems for clients, for people, and the world at large. I’m excited, grounded on the challenges, and upbeat, all at once.”

Most recently, Subbu authored ‘Brands to Stands,’ a book that celebrates the authentic and highly captivating stories of how 25+ of India’s leading brands have created brand marketing history by adopting a point of view, taking a stand, and spearheading purposeful action.

In addition, Subbu has authored and won 142 awards at India Effies, APAC Effies, Global Effies, Asian Marketing Effectiveness, WARC and by 4A’s – American Association of Advertising Agencies. He has also been Jury Chair at Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence in 2021 and 2022 and judged the coveted IPA Effectiveness Awards 2022 in UK.

A regular columnist and passionate educationalist, he is also a visiting faculty at IIMs across India and delivered several talks at the distinguished Kellogg School of Management, MIT Sloan, and leading global business forums like SXSW, Austin and IPA Effworks in London.

He has spent two-and-a-half decades in advertising and marketing, having worked at Wipro, Publics, Rediffusion Y&R, and Saatchi & Saatchi in the markets of India, US, and UK.

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