Mullen Lintas announces Azazul Haque and Garima Khandelwal as CCOs

Azazul Haque moves from Ogilvy; Garima Khandelwal was the ECD at Mullen Lintas. Both will be based out of the agency’s Mumbai office.

Jan 24, 2019 01:44:00 PM | Article | Campaign India Team

Mullen Lintas has announced the new creative leadership at the agency. Azazul Haque (previously CCO, Ogilvy South) and Garima Khandelwal (currently ECD Mullen Lintas) will be the new chief creative officers of the agency. The announcement follows Vikas Mehta's appointment as the agency's CEO.
Amer Jaleel, group CCO and chairman, MullenLowe Lintas Group said "Mullen Lintas is a very special agency to the group. It was hand-crafted by a select bunch and managed to get into the top 10 among agencies on reputation probably faster than any agency in living memory. We took our time in figuring out the leadership and I have to laud our clients for exemplary conviction that they gave us this space and time. Garima Khandelwal and Azazul Haque are not just the best bets for the agency, they are the best bets for each other too. Gari is supremely artistically inclined and intuitive as a mind and Azaz is a fantastic articulator and craftsperson both of lofty truths and consumer language. Plus the two are among the coolest people in advertising. They are going to rocket our trail-blazing agency to stratospheric levels with dark shades firmly in place!"
Haque started his career with Lowe Lintas (then Lowe Lintas + Partners) back in 2001. Over the years that followed, he has worked with Bates, Publicis, Mudra, McCann, Contract and Ogilvy. He said "Leaving Ogilvy after 5-6 dream years is my life’s toughest career decision. And if it wasn’t Mullen Lintas then perhaps such a thought wouldn’t have crossed my mind ever. Mullen Lintas is a rare breed of agency. It has the solidity and experience of India’s one of the oldest agency, Lintas and the enthusiasm, passion, fearlessness of one of the youngest agency, Mullen Lintas; and most of its work reflects that. The invincible combination of deep-rooted insights and fearless, gutsy, experimental creative solutions has led to exponential growth of the agency. I love the way Amer has laid the foundation of the agency - there were no generals giving instructions but leaders like him working closely with the teams to inspire them. And that’s also my style of leading. Like Achilles. He swung his sword to inspire. I like swinging my pen to lead. It’s a herculean task to take Mullen Lintas to the next phase of glory. But I trust my Spartans here, and together, I believe, we can easily achieve it."
Khandelwal kicked-off her career in advertising with Ogilvy Delhi approximately 18 years ago. She moved to Mullen Lintas in 2015, and her former role as ECD gave her an opportunity to influence the creative direction for some of India's most celebrated brands. She was the founding member of Team Mullen Lintas. She said "I am very proud to be part of the journey Mullen Lintas has had so far, the collective energy and the vision to punch above its weight. It has been a roller coaster of a ride, these 3 years have undoubtedly been the most exciting years of my career, with no two weeks the same. The icing is the trust that Amer has handed with the baton of its creative leadership. I want to nurture the culture that was home grown and embraced by everyone who came on board. And retain the child like enthusiasm and hunger to create work that stood out. I am looking forward to the next phase of the ride with Azaz, as we gear up to having a larger place under the sun. 2019 is going to be exciting."