Dentsu Aegis Network has announced top-level elevations across its media team.
Kartik Iyer has been elevated as president, Media Brands and Amplifi. Iyer was MD at Carat Media prior.
Ashish Bhasin, chairman and CEO, South Asia - Dentsu Aegis Network, said, “To enable a more future ready product for our clients, our media agencies have been reorganised for the rapidly changing market environment under the unified leadership of Kartik Iyer who has been leading our fastest growing media agency, Carat, for over eight years now. He will be responsible for enabling the continued fast track growth of the brands and will provide senior executive council level oversight to the media brands, in addition to his Amplifi responsibilities.”
Himanka Das will be taking over as CEO of Vizeum as Shripad Kulkarni, MD of the agency has decided to move on and will leave the agency by the end of the year.
Bhasin added, “Shripad has contributed significantly to the growth of Vizeum in India. His focus on business and managing client relationships has enabled Vizeum to grow from strength to strength in the last two years. We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”
Rajni Menon, currently EVP, Carat, has been appointed as CEO. Joydeep Raha, currently SVP at Carat Media Services, has been elevated as CEO of Carat Context.
Iyer said, “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and look forward to working with the agencies in their growth path over the years. Carat is future proofing to take on the new opportunities that the market dynamics have provided in order to be able to provide world class service to our clients. Rajni is a true blue One DAN exponent. In the past eight years that Rajni has been with Carat, she has led some of the agency’s most significant developments in capabilities, especially in the area of ICP, CCS, CCS Planner, multi-screen planning (TV Stack) and digitising of Carat, which has enabled the entire group to deliver more consumer focused and business oriented solutions and is best placed to drive it to the next level. Joydeep has been a pillar in the growth path that Carat has seen over the years, particularly in the South markets. With his focus on business growth backed by delivering integrated solutions, he has constantly been adding business for the group. Himanka has been a part of Dentsu Aegis Network Media leadership for the last five years and has a proven ability in managing and growing client relationships both Multinational and Indian."
He added, “The Leadership of our Media group will continue to focus on delivering business outcomes and digitally ahead solutions. Over the next few weeks, each of the agencies will be setting up their plans for the coming years and you can expect some very significant initiatives in this area. Rajni, Joydeep and Himanka, as leaders of their respective media agencies, will continue to innovate the way brands are built.”