Campaign India Team
Aug 11, 2023

Bobby Pawar steps down as chairperson and CCO at Havas

To leave the agency in September

Bobby Pawar steps down as chairperson and CCO at Havas
Bobby Pawar, chairperson and chief creative officer, Havas India, has decided to move on. Pawar joined the agency in November 2018. He will be with the agency till September 2023 and will also consult with Havas when necessary.
According to a statement from Havas, Pawar has decided to move away from advertising. 
Pawar said, “There are some who will think there is some hanky-panky to my stepping away. I understand the appeal of it. It certainly makes for more interesting gossip sessions. The truth is, sometimes life leads you to a crossroad. Or, in my case, it is death. Over the last year, I lost way too many people I love, way too early. All of them had their ‘one day I will do this or that’. This made me realise that I had to find what I would love to do that ‘one day’ and do it right now. Yeah, it is hard to walk away from what I have loved for thirty-one years. But I have always chosen to do the hard thing. Like, take on the challenges of changing the course of the agencies I have helmed. Now it’s time to do that with my own life. What is certain though, is that writing will be a huge part of whatever I dive into next. I am nothing if not a storyteller, a craftsman who chisels prose with a pen."
He added, “The concept of Havas Village is what excited me the most. Moreover, both Rana and I were entrusted with the freedom to build and run Havas India from ground up, like entrepreneurs. Something I had not experienced before. It takes two to tango, and with a friend like Rana, who really is more of family than a friend, it was easy. And today, I can proudly say that we have built a brand-led, digital-first ecosystem, the results of which are here for all to see. Havas India has undergone an unprecedented transformation and has seen exponential growth over the last five years. We have made our place in the big league, and we are here to stay. I am grateful to Yannick Bollore for his faith in us, to our teams across all the companies of Havas India for giving their all to the mission, and Rana, you know how I feel about you.”
Rana Barua, group CEO, Havas India, said, “Ours is truly a Yin and Yang partnership. Especially when you know your creative half for nearly three decades, it becomes a seamless, productive, and truly memorable journey. Bobby helped me rebuild Havas’ presence in India, and with his creative prowess and reputation, he completely overhauled the creative vertical of the network. With his trademark humor and quirks, Bobby made Havas India more than just a place to work. Some goodbyes are bittersweet because while I will not see him around at work, he will continue to be an inextricable part of my life. I wish him all the very best for this new chapter of his life.”
Havas Worldwide will now be led by Anupama Ramaswamy who joined Havas Worldwide India as chief creative officer last year. Tarun Jha, CEO and Anirban Mozumdar, CSO, will oversee the three Havas Worldwide India offices and client relationships.
Barua added, “The other agencies in the creative and health network and their respective creative leads, namely - Havas Life Sorento (Sachin Talwalkar, chief creative officer), Havas CX India (Ashu Mhatre, executive creative director), Havas People (Arindam Sengupta, managing director), Conran Design Mumbai (Mayuri Nikumbh, head of design), Shobiz (Subir Majumdar, chief creative officer), Think Design (Arun Chauhan, design director) along with their CEOs – will continue to work closely across the Village (and Havas Media Network India) and report into me. 
Pawar has also worked with JWT, DDB Mudra, Ogilvy and BBDO across India and the USA.
Campaign India

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