Subramanian Swaminathan (aka Subbu), GM, Bangalore and Chennai, Mindshare is moving on. Mindshare has named Sindhu Raghavan as partner- client leadership, Chennai, and her new designation is effective from 1st November 2008. Abhijat Sharma has been named as partner-client leadership, Bangalore for Mindshare. He will be fully on board from 1st of December 2008.
R Gowthaman, leader, South Asia, Mindshare said, “In his capacity as GM, Bangalore and Chennai, Swaminathan has done an awesome job of accelerating the growth of the business in South India. Today, apart from having offices in Bangalore and Chennai, we do have an office in Hyderabad along with two more satellite offices in Cochin and Coimbatore.”
He further added, “Sindhu and Abhijat’s appointments are pretty much in line with our client focussed structures. With this we now have an 11 member client leadership team across South Asia ready to roll."
Raghavan started her career in Universal McCann, Delhi, handling Reckitts, GM and Bacardi, moving on to Initiative to handle LG and Maruti. She joined Mindshare to handle Pepsi flavours in 2006 and then relocated to Chennai in October 2006. Sharma has been part of the media business for the past 12 years and worked across a rich cross section of multinational and local accounts including Pepsico, Maruti Suzuki, GlaxoSmithKline, Nokia and Audi-VW across India, the Middle East and the African continent. He was responsible for developing, managing and finally launching MediaCom as a network in the last 5 years as group director for the Middle East and North Africa region. As part of the stint he also handled Nokia for the entire MEA (a footprint of 69 countries) region. He also worked as a strategic resource with Grey Worldwide, MENA during his stint.
Sharma’s early three years were with HTA handling key FMCG businesses like Pepsi and Glaxo SmithKline. Thereafter, he was with MediaCom working on clients like Glaxo SmithKline and General Motors. He then moved to Madison to work till 2003 with Madison on key businesses like Maruti-Suzuki, Perfetti Van Melle and ABN AMRO.