Havas Media Group India has announced the appointment of Balachandran V as executive vice president – buying North. He will be based in Gurugram and report to R Venkatasubramanian, president - investments and head - Havas Sports, Havas Media Group India.
Balachandran's last full-time stint was with Dentsu, where he was national trading director.
Venkatasubramanian said, “Bala is a seasoned media professional, and this is his second innings with Havas, having previously worked for the agency (then Euro RSCG) in 1997 as the media and administration lead for the Chennai market and later on led the investment portfolio for the Reckitt Benckiser Business in Delhi. We are delighted to have him back, this time to lead HMG India's North investment operations, one of our largest business units. I am confident Bala will drive the team forward and further strengthen our investments function by hiring talented professionals with domain expertise. We wish Bala a happy homecoming!”
Balachandran said, “I am excited to join back Havas and lead the media investments function for one of its biggest markets i.e., North. Havas Media Group India has been growing at a phenomenal rate over the years, and I look forward to working with the legacy and new-age brands, collaborating with media partners, and delivering the best ROI for clients by adding value.”
In a career spanning 25 years, he has also worked with Motivator, Mindshare and MPG.