J Walter Thompson India has appointed Vijay Jacob Parakkal as the SVP and managing partner of its Kolkata office.
Based in Delhi NCR, Parakkal's previous role was as the country head for Commonwealth McCann.
Tarun Rai, CEO, JWT South Asia said, “Vijay’s energy and positivity are infectious. He has very fond memories of his earlier stint in Kolkata and is raring to get back.”
Parakkal is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in advertising and marketing communications. He started his career in marketing with Eveready Industries in Kolkata and was an integral part of the business growth across multiple markets for over half a decade. During his tenure with Ebay.com, he spearheaded the launch of Baazee.com and its business operation in Chennai. He subsequently worked with some of the leading advertising agencies in India and Sri Lanka like Mc Cann, Grey and Bates 141, managing iconic brands like Aditya Birla, Ashok Leyland, Britannia, Bharti AXA, Fortis Healthcare, ITC, Sify, Tata Tea and UB Group, to name a few.
Parakkal said, “Today, clients are looking at more than communication solutions and I hope to bring my varied experience across diverse categories to help build stronger brands and businesses. On the personal front, I started my career in Kolkata as a management trainee with Eveready. I have some fabulous memories from there and it will be great to give my family a slice of the myriad joys of Kolkata.”