Wunderman Thompson India has announced the appointment of two senior hires, Rakesh Varma and Abhay Godbole at its Mumbai office. Both of them will report to Anurag Tandon, Managing Partner, Wunderman Thompson Mumbai.
Varma has joined as Vice-President and Executive Business Director, while Godbole returns to the agency for a second innings as Vice-President and Client Servicing Director.
Varma has over 15 years of advertising experience, having worked across a diverse range of brands with a special liking for the automobile and the auto ancillary category with brands like Volkswagen, TVS Motorcycles, Ashok Leyland and Gulf Oil. In the past, he has been associated with brands like Hotstar, Radio City, FBB, Gelusil and Tata AIA amongst others. He has in-depth understanding and experience in brand strategy, campaign planning and leading integrated marketing efforts.
Having previously worked with Wunderman Thompson Mumbai, Godbole returns to the agency for a second innings as Vice-President and Client Servicing Director. During his previous stint with the agency, he was instrumental in leading the ‘Mutual Funds Sahi Hai’ for AMFI.
He has close to two decades of experience in marketing communications working across categories like FMCG, Automobile and BFSI. Passionate about advertising and creativity, Godbole believes any marketing challenge can be addressed through compelling creative solutions.
Anurag Tandon, Managing Partner, Wunderman Thompson Mumbai, said, “As we continue to diversify our client roster and grow our talent base, it was critical for us to have the right hands on deck. Rakesh and Abhay bring with them extensive experience and domain knowledge that will propel us to drive growth in key industry domains and deliver the best outcomes for our clients. Both our senior hires have an impressive track record of building strong consumer brands and I am looking forward to scaling new heights with our client partners.”
Varma commented, “At Wunderman Thompson, we’re building a future that’s as exciting as its legacy. And I’m really fortunate to be a part of this transformation. With its diverse brand portfolio, integrated service approach and promising growth vision, WT is all set to thrive. Looking forward to nurturing some of the long-standing client relationships and creating new ones.”
Godbole added, “I am delighted to be back at Wunderman Thompson, one of India’s finest agencies that has nurtured and built multiple brands in the country. Wunderman Thompson is in a unique position of creating the agency of the future, an agency that is capable of delivering the best of both mainline and data led digital communications. I look forward to be a part of this exciting and transformational journey.”