Grey Group has announced the appointment of Sunil Lulla as chairman and managing director of its India operations, reporting to Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific. Jishnu Sen, president and CEO of Grey Group India, is on his way out of the network.
Lulla joins Grey Group from BCCL, where he was president, corporate development, a role he moved into in January after being MD and CEO of Times Television Network.
Sen joined the agency in 2007 as head of its Mumbai office, and was elevated to the position of chief operating officer of Grey’s India operations in 2009. In 2011, he was elevated as president and CEO, Grey Group India.
In a career spanning three decades, Lulla has worked with another WPP agency, JWT, in India and other Asian markets. Among other stints, he has been with Sony Entertainment Television, MTV, Diageo and Indya.com.
In an official statement, Lulla said, “The creative and communication landscape in India is undergoing a huge transformation now and there’s no better time for me to join Grey Group, which has been doing wonderful work for leading brands in India and across the world. I look forward to working closely with the team to elevate Grey Group’s standing in a key market.”
On his exit, which the statement said was for ‘personal reasons’, Sen said, “Grey Group has been great to me and I am truly happy to have worked with some of the best people in the industry. We had a great run together. It is time for me now to move on to different and more exciting challenges. I wish the Grey family all the very best and I am sure they will continue to grow to greater success.”
Singh added, “I would like to thank Jishnu for all the great work he has done for us in India. He has come a long way with us and I am sure whatever he does next, he will be just as successful as his tenure with Grey Group. In Sunil Lulla, I see a proven professional with extensive experience who is a visionary. He will be the keystone to our growth strategy in India as we build a stronger network to provide truly holistic communication solutions to our clients.”
Sunil Lulla exits Times group