JWT has appointed Himanshu Saxena as president for their Colombo office. Saxena joins JWT with 18 years of experience across advertising, branding, consumer research and sales. Prior to joining JWT, Saxena was with McCann Worldgroup T.A.G. He has also had stints with Lowe Lintas, McCann Erickson and Trikaya Grey. His appointment is effective 18 July 2011.
Saxena replaces Thayalan Bartlett at JWT Colombo. Bartlett has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer, JWT Jakarta.
Commenting on the appointments, Colvyn Harris, chief executive officer, JWT India, said, “Thayalan has done an exceptional job in taking the Colombo office to the healthy place it is at today. We are more than confident that with Himanshu’s breadth and depth of experience with top agencies and clients, along with his keen business sense, the office will continue to prosper and grow. We look forward to ushering in a new era at JWT Colombo under Himanshu’s lead.”
As COO of Jakarta, Bartlett will fill a new position created by the JWT Jakarta president, Lulut Asmoro, with whom he will work closely with. This assignment makes him the first chief executive officer from JWT Sri Lanka to be named chief operating officer of a JWT office internationally.
On Bartlett's appointment, Lulut, said, “Thayalan’s appointment strengthens our management team at an opportune time for Indonesia. With his knowledge of JWT and passion for the business, I couldn’t think of a better person to partner with me in optimizing the agency’s growth strategy moving forward.”
Michael Maedel, president JWT, APAC and MENA, added, “We are very excited to give Thayalan this opportunity in the Jakarta office. This move is a demonstration of JWT’s philosophy on presenting international opportunities to our top talent who can think and operate globally with the goal being to create and deliver more diverse ideas for our offices and our clients. Thayalan is most suitable for this role, and will marry his skills and experience with that of our colleagues in Jakarta to capitalize on the growth potential Indonesia holds as an N-11 nation.”