Ruder Finn has announced the elevation of Atul Sharma as CEO for India and head, Middle East.
He will be responsible for leading the team in India and expanding the firm’s network by setting up operations in the Middle East.
Prior to this, Sharma was managing director and vice president at the company.
Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO, Ruder Finn, said, "We are delighted to appoint Atul as the CEO of Ruder Finn India and head of our new ventures in the Middle East. RF India’s transformative growth has been led by a strong leadership team under Atul. Atul has been leading the charge of consulting for our clients on emerging technologies with the growing team in India. Further, we have envisioned paving our way in the Middle East for some time, and I am confident that Atul will help us to tap into the market as we mark our next growth phase in that region.”
Elan Shou, regional director, Asia, Ruder Finn, added, “We are thrilled to have Atul expand his role. As a respected industry veteran his strong understanding of business growth but also staying ahead of the curve with innovation makes him a strong leader to drive this next chapter of growth for us. We are certain with our footprint expanding globally, we will truly be able to integrate and drive more synergy for global mandates across locations, especially in newer sectors like defence, Web3, aggregator economy etc.”
Sharma said, “It is an honour to be named CEO of the Ruder Finn India Group, which has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing mid-size public relations firms in the region, with a strong portfolio of clients backed by exceptional talent. I am also excited about the opportunities in the Middle East for its strong presence in sectors including energy, luxury and retail. I am looking forward to helping build and establish the Ruder Finn presence in the GCC markets.”