Campaign India Team
Feb 22, 2024

Toaster India appoints Mohini Varma and Abhishek Deshwal

Varma moves from Havas India and Deshwal was at Wieden + Kennedy

Abhishek Deshwal (left) and Mohini Varma
Abhishek Deshwal (left) and Mohini Varma
Toaster has announced the appointment of Mohini Varma as chief strategy officer and Abhishek Deshwal as executive creative director. 
Varma moves from Havas India, where she was executive vice president and head of strategy. 
Whereas, Deshwal moves from Wieden + Kennedy, where he was executive creative director. 
Bhawika Chhabra, managing director, Toaster India, said, “Past few years we have built a strong reputation by delivering great creative solutions for Google, YouTube, and new clients like Myntra, OYO, Swiggy, Nykaa, to name a few. With Toaster entering its next phase of growth and diversification, we needed someone who could lead and formulate our vision of brand strategy. Mohini comes with diverse experience across categories. Her curiosity and love for advertising make her a great cultural fit for Toaster. We believe her critical thinking will help us strengthen strategic partnerships with our client partners. This is also in line with our expansion of the Senior Management team this year with another significant hire, Abhishek Deshwal as ECD, who has joined us after his last stint at Wieden+Kennedy."
Ira G, chief creative officer, Toaster India, said, “Our tribe is growing! It’s fantastic to work with equally crazy and talented people - Toaster has always been extremely curated in its hirings and I am so proud to have Mohini and Abhishek on board who are not just great at what they do but also so amazing at who they are. Abhishek is one of the funniest people I know so looking forward to all the mad stuff he’s gonna be up to here. Also with Mohini heading strategy - so proud to be the only agency in India with three women at the fore. To more, more and more!”
Varma said, “I couldn't be more excited to join Toaster at such a great inflection point in their growth story. In a world that is getting increasingly more attention deficit, Toaster is testimony to the power of cut-through, disruptive, digital & culture-first storytelling. I cannot wait to write the next chapter of the Toaster success story in India along with Bhawika, Ira, and the rest of the fantastic team.”
Deshwal said, “When interesting people get together, interesting stuff happens. It's this simple belief that I share with Toaster. I'm looking forward to the magic I'll be a part of, working with this crazy creative gang."
Varma has over 15 years of experience and has also worked with FCB India and DDB Mudra Group, among others. 
Deshwal has over 17 years of experience and has also worked with Lowe Lintas and JWT, among others. 
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