McCann, FCB and MullenLowe Group all helped the strong growth, but APAC revenues slid 3%.
The regional responsibility is in addition to his role as the managing director of the Indian operations.
Media, healthcare marketing, PR and sports and entertainment offerings led growth.
Nationalism and protectionism are a worry, he told Campaign, hinting at a repositioning of investment in the world's second-largest economy.
The surprise appearance of the ousted Droga5 exec on stage at the London International Awards’ Creative Liaisons has reportedly led agency network FCB to terminate its relationship with the organisers.
Maex has been promoted from global chief operating officer, having only joined the agency in June
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