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Sidharth Rao passes away

Webchutney and Punt Partners co-founder is survived by his parents and wife

Sidharth Rao

Sidharth Rao is no more. He is survived by his parents and wife. 

He suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on April 21 at his home in Karjat.

Rao was the Founder of Webchutney and remained with the company for 23 years. Most recently, along with the entrepreneur Madhu Sudhan, he co-founded the martech company Punt Partners.

An official statement of Punt Partners read, "Sid's sudden demise has left us all in shock, and we request everyone's time to grieve the loss of our beloved friend, son, brother, husband and colleague. Sid's family is especially thankful for all the condolences and messages of support during this time."

Rao founded Webchutney along with Sudesh Samaria in 1999.  

Webchutney was then acquired by dentsu in 2013 after buying out Network 18's stake in the agency. This was dentsu’s first local acquisition in India.

After the acquisition of Webchutney by Dentsu, he was the CEO of the company. 

In January 2020, Rao became the Chairman of dentsu’s creative agency Happy mcgarrybowen (HMB) India and Dentsu Webchutney. Before that, he was CEO of Dentsu Webchutney. 

Rao was given the additional responsibility of Group CEO of the dentsuMB Group in June 2021 as part of dentsu’s creative, digital and PR services restructuring.

In May 2022, he quit dentsuMB and launched Punt Partners.

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