Ravi Narain joins as ECD, Sanjeev Hajela as Senior VP for BTL, Vikram Bhardwaj as DGM – Interactive, and Saswati Sinha as HR Head
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 19, 2012
Cheil Worldwide SW Asia is on a talent acquisition spree. It has announced a series of new appointments across BTL, Creative, Digital, and HR. The agency has brought in Ravi Narain as Executive Creative Director, Sanjeev Hajela as Senior Vice-President BTL - South West Asian Markets, Vikram Bhardwaj as Deputy General Manager – Interactive, and Saswati Sinha as Head - Human Resources.
Narain joins from Emaar MGF where he was VP - Marketing & Design, while Hajela moves from DDB Mudra Group where he was President - Retail and Wayfinding Business. Bhardwaj comes in from ThoughtBuzz India where he was Country Head, and Sinha was with Evalueserve.
Alok Agrawal, COO, Cheil Worldwide SW Asia, said, “Cheil India is expanding at a rapid pace and as a fully integrated, one -solution agency we offer a great opportunity for growth of talent. With Ravi, Sanjeev, Vikram on board we see more client successes and acquisitions coming our way. Saswati’s joining us also demonstrates the power of brand Cheil even for HR management.”
Narain gained tremendous marketing and communications insights during his five-year stint with Emaar MGF. He believes that selling real estate after having spent over 17 years in marketing and advertising added a phenomenal dimension to his thinking.
Prior to Emaar MGF he was Executive Creative Director with Bates David Enterprise. He has also worked with Contract Advertising as Associate VP from 1997-2005; with Foote Cone & Belding in Toronto, Canada, as Senior Art Director from 1995-96, and as Associate Creative Director with Grey Advertising from 1993-95. He started his career with JWT in the mid-90s as an Art Director.
Hajela is a marketing professional with almost two and a half decades of experience. He began his career with ITC (Tobacco Division) from 1988 until 1995. Therafter, he worked with Brown Forman Beverages Worldwide, a US Fortune 500 Company marketing bourbon whiskeys and prestigious wines. Brown Forman went into a joint venture and floated the Indian operations with Jagatjit Industries in India where he launched two global brands before he moved on in 1998. Hajela then joined LG Chemicals, Korea, as Marketing Manager, to set up their operation in India. In June 2001 he moved to outdoor agency Primesite as Chief Manager.
Bhardwaj, a PGDM in International Business from University of Birmingham, UK, brings almost 10 years of marketing management expertise and resourceful insight in strategic marketing methodologies. He moves to Cheil from ThoughtBuzzIndia, a social media brand monitoring company where he was Country Head.
Bhardwaj commenced his professional life with Jet Airways as Manager - Inflight Services from 1998-2004. He then moved into the technology space as a senior trainer at IBM, which was followed by business development roles at WNS and Annik Technology Services. In the recent past he has worked as Director Business Development with Buzzintown, developing and managing high-profile deal acquisitions as well as engaging with clients through differentiators and consultation. From 2008-2010 he worked with Veda Informatics as Director Marketing, managing strategic planning business development, communication and service delivery aimed towards optimum client satisfaction
Sinha, a veteran HR professional, comes with more than 13 years’ experience across industries. She started her career in the manufacturing industry and moved on to IT Media with Cyber Media India Limited in 2000. She moved on to advertising in 2006 as HR Director in JWT Delhi. Her stint in advertising opened a whole new vista of people management.