In the on-going process of re-structuring, and development of a new agency brand of Lintas Media Group (that will be headquartered in Mumbai), Suresh Balakrishna, chief executive officer of the new agency brand, has announced promotions at the Mumbai, Kolkata and Cochin offices.
Mahesh Motwani has been promoted to executive vice president of the Kolkata office and will develop new markets as well. The agency says this has been done, “On the back of strong new business wins and a healthy growth at Kolkata”.
Patrick Gomes has been elevated to head of the agency’s Mumbai business. He has fourteen years of experience, of which the past one and a half have been with LMG, where he headed financial accounts and the Bajaj Group. He was previously with Starcom, Mediacom,TME, and Madison.
Dhirendra Singh, who has been with LMG for eight years, has been promoted to head of planning for the Mumbai Office. He has been overseeing planning for accounts like UBI, Jyothy Laboratories, and Bombay Dyeing and now takes on a larger responsibility for the entire office.
Vidya Nandakumar returned to the agency earlier this month as head of the Cochin office and has taken charge of the Manappuram and other businesses. She was previously with Madison, Bangalore, and has more than 12 years of experience in the industry, having handled businesses like Britannia Industries Ltd., ITC Ltd., Hewlett Packard, and Muthoot Finance.
Premjeet Sodhi, as recently reported, has taken over as chief operating officer of LMG.
It has also been confirmed that Himanka Das (vice president, Karishma Initiative), Joydeep Raha (senior vice president, LMG Bangalore), and S Muthukumarasamy (senior vice president, LMG Chennai) will be leaving the agency.
Balakrishna said, “We are in the process of re-structuring and as a result some of these were planned exits and some due to some change in HR strategy.”