Ogilvy India has appointed Abhik Santara and VR Rajesh as Mumbai Office Head and Managing Partner, respectively. As part of their responsibilities, they will also oversee the growth of their Kolkata office.
Santara started his career in Delhi and worked with JWT before moving on to lead offices for Rediffusion Y&R and the Lowe Lintas Group. He managed a range of brands in his time with these companies, including Nokia, Pepsi, Airtel, Adidas, Dabur, and LG.
Rajesh was rejected by Ogilvy three times before he was finally taken on by the company 15 years ago, according to the release, which added, “Ogilvy stated they obviously did a lousy job of the interview process because they cannot think of a person with a greater cultural fit with Ogilvy, a person who has grown to become a passionate Ogilvy leader and ambassador.”
“Abhik Santara and VR Rajesh are the new captains at Ogilvy Mumbai,” said Kunal Jeswani, CEO, Ogilvy India. “With these appointments, Ogilvy Mumbai now has a stellar business, creative and strategic leadership team in place. They, along with the Mumbai EXCO, will drive our transformation agenda together, leading India’s best modern marketing communications agency office to new heights.”