Wieden+Kennedy has announced the appointment of Gautham Narayanan as managing director for its Delhi office. Narayanan will join in September 2018 and will replace Sidharth Loyal who has moved on from the agency.
Narayanan was regional director at BBDO South Africa prior. The transition is being managed by W+K alum Patrick Cahill, who spent close to seven years with the agency in New York and Delhi before starting his own creative consultancy CAHILL&PARTNERS.
He said, "I have always admired the simplicity and smarts of Wieden+Kennedy's work, from afar. For me, W+K’s ability to infiltrate popular culture has been the key to their success. It's a simple formula that drives fame for the brands they serve, which in turn, drives commercial success for their Clients' business.
I consider myself lucky to have worked for BBDO my whole career, and I can honestly say Wieden+Kennedy was the only agency network I considered leaving BBDO for. W+K’s independent culture and belief in compelling ideas, paired the opportunity to partner with extraordinary clients and lead an office in my country of birth, was too tempting to resist. After almost four years in Africa, I am relishing another adventure, both professionally and personally, for myself and my family. It's an exciting time to be in India and an exciting time to join the Wieden+Kennedy family.”
Neil Christie, COO, Wieden + Kennedy, said, “We're delighted that Gautham will bring his experience, energy and enthusiasm for groundbreaking work to Wieden+Kennedy Delhi. I am confident that under Gau's leadership W+K will go from strength to strength in India.”
Along with BBDO South Africa, Narayanan has also worked with AMVBBDO in London.