BBH India picks Kamble

Raj Kamble to take on managing partner role left vacant by Priti Nair’s exit

Apr 06, 2011 03:02:00 PM | Article | Bindu Nair Maitra

(L to R) Subhash Kamath, Paul Ward, Raj Kamble, Sir John Hegarty and Partha Sinha

BBH has appointed Raj Kamble as managing partner for its India office. Kamble who joins from BBDO New York, where he was senior VP and creative director, will be joining the agency from May 1, 2011. Kamble steps into the role left vacant by the departure of Priti Nair in October last year, as managing partner.

Confirming the news to Campaign India, Sir John Hegarty, worldwide creative director for BBH said, “When I met Raj way back, the thing that impressed me was his work because that to us is everything. But what really impressed me also was his enthusiasm and that Raj crosses borders. He crosses borders of attitude, class, beliefs - physical as well as mental borders. I think the world has been made by people like that because they are the ones who went out to do something different. And in a way that’s what the Black Sheep represents- doing something different and not following the crowd.”

Added Raj Kamble, “It’s a very interesting decision for me. BBH is the only agency till today that is constantly building a brand. In my career I’ve seen agencies  that do one or two pieces of good work and then flop. This agency has won ‘Agency of the year’ in 20 places. I was doing pretty well in New York but when BBH and Sir John Hegarty called me, it was very tough for me not to join him.”

Added Subhash Kamath, managing partner, BBH India, “Raj has come on board as managing partner and head of creative. Paul Ward has also come in as managing partner. It’s going to be a management group consisting of the four of us - me, Partha, Paul and Raj and Rishit who’s our finance director and Russell  who’s our executive creative director.”