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Wieden + Kennedy Mumbai office hires Yogesh Rijhwani and Abhishek Deshwal as Creative Heads

Before W+K, both Rijhwani and Deshwal were ECD at Taproot Dentsu

(Left) Yogesh Rijhwani, Abhishek Deshwal (Right)

Wieden + Kennedy has appointed Yogesh Rijhwani and Abhishek Deshwal as Creative Heads for the Mumbai office.

Before W+K, both Rijhwani and Deshwal were ECD at Taproot Dentsu.

Earlier in March 2022, the agency announced the launch of its ninth office in Mumbai under Santosh Padhi’s (Paddy) creative leadership. Back then, Padhi took over India operations as CCO for both India offices (Delhi and Mumbai).

While the Delhi office is already a decade and a half old, the Mumbai office is in the process of being set up. Recently, Wieden + Kennedy also announced the appointment of Ayesha Ghosh as President.

While they have worked across diverse brands and agencies, both Yogesh and Abhishek, have 15 years of experience each.

Rijhwani spent five years Taproot Dentsu, working across brands like Parle, Star Sports, Airtel, Aditya Birla Capital and Times of India, among others. He also led the work on Aquaguard and Marico’s Set Wet gel over the past few years. He has more than 15 years of experience in the business, having worked at Scarecrow M&C Saatchi before this. His work has won more than 25 awards, with his work on Nitco Tiles winning multiple awards from Kyoorius Writing Craft to Mirchi Kaan’s Writer of the year, the win he remembers most fondly.

Deshwal has previously been associated with Lowe Lintas, Wunderman Thompson and Contract. His most popular work has been on Micromax, OLX and Google among many others. He considers ‘helping Hugh Jackman escape a high-security prison’ and ‘making stand-up comedians roast the brand he was advertising’, the highlights of his career. Right from flirting with ‘Oddvertising’ to pursuing a higher purpose through advertising, Deshwal continues to experiment with innovative ways to make brands stand out.

“The legacy of Wieden has always been awe-inspiring. But over the last few weeks, it's the infectious, inclusive creative culture that's surprised me. The knack of sharing creative wisdom across the 8, now 9, offices is what I think makes the place what it is. And with all of this, there’s Paddy’s zen-like clarity. I can’t wait to be part of what team India will create” said Rijhwani.

"I remember once I was eavesdropping on a great conversation between some really interesting people in a restaurant. I really wanted to say something but couldn't because well, it was another table. Joining Wieden and Kennedy feels like being invited to that table. And I really hope I'm able to share some really entertaining nuggets with this crazy tribe of storytellers" added Deshwal.

“Both Yogesh and Abhishek are wonderful human beings and holistic creative thinkers, both have a track record of performing on different categories, mediums and platforms which is exactly what we are looking for. W+K is known for its eclectic thinking, and I want to be true to this spirit, and I think both of these guys are a great fit. This is just the beginning of the growth plan of W+K India. We are looking for a variety of creative minds like these, who will take the legacy forward with us,” said Padhi.


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