Cheil Worldwide SW Asia has appointed Hari Krishnan as chief operating officer. Krishnan will start his role from January 2013. He joins the agency from Global Team Ford - a consortium of JWT, Mindshare and Wunderman. He has also had stints with JWT India, Grey Worldwide, Bates, Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA.
Commenting on the appointment, John Koo, president and head of regional HQ, Cheil Worldwide SW Asia, said, “ We are delighted to have Hari take charge as the COO for the region. He has a proven track record in developing corporate strategy while managing on-going operations. His strength in building teams and people development is a perfect fit for Cheil. Moreover, his extensive knowledge and experience will go a long way in driving the business forward."
Bruce Haines, Global CSO, Cheil Worldwide, added, “Having Hari on board demonstrates our resolution to take the Indian market, which we identified as strong growth prospects. Our team in India has been very successful in both attracting new clients and providing good creatives. I am thrilled to have Hari lead the winning team."
On his appointment, Krishnan said, “Cheil is an innovative, forward-thinking communications agency which has carved out a niche for itself through its integrated service offering. The recent acquisitions of The Barbarian Group, Open Tide and its partnership with the iconic Beattie McGuiness Bungay makes it a powerhouse solution provider for brands across categories in India. Also, 12 Cannes Lions this year demonstrates the Agency’s commitment to idea excellence. I see exceptional potential for leveraging Cheil’s credentials for growth and look forward to working with the stellar team to make this vision a reality.”