Following the exit of Sanjeev Bhargava, J. Walter Thompson India has made changes to its leadership team. Bhargava's role as head of Delhi has been taken up by Joy Chauhan, who headed the Bengaluru office prior.
Kishore Tadepalli, SVP and global brand director for Radiant (Rin in India), and business head on Hindustan Unilever, has taken over from Chauhan as head of Bengaluru.
Tarun Rai, CEO, J. Walter Thompson Company South Asia, said, “Sanjeev has done an excellent job in growing JWT Delhi. He is a fantastic professional and has had a stellar career in advertising. He now leaves to start a new career in media and I am sure he will do a great job. I thank him for all that he has done for us and wish him the very best for the future."
Babita Baruah, who was executive business director at J. Walter Thompson Delhi, has been given independent charge of the agency's business unit – Power of One (PO1). The unit handles a number of PepsiCo brands. She will report to Tarun Rai.
Rai added, "Joy, Babita and Kishore have been performing exceptionally well. They are at a stage in their careers where they have a great balance of experience and youth. I am really happy that, as an organisation, we are able to provide opportunities, at the right time, for people to grow. This is also a reflection on the ‘bench strength’ of JWT. And a signal to all our employees that whenever there is any opportunity in our company we will first look at internal candidates. I am confident that the three of them will continue to perform at the highest level."
The changes come into effect from 1 January 2017.