Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Vishnu-HavasMedia- Smarties2012 Awards

In this video, i catch up with Vishnu, the chairman of the jury of the Smarties India Awards 2012 by the Smarties -Mobile Marketing Association in 2012- which had 117 entries that were deliberated and whittled down to 48- across categories such as innovation, strategy, CRM, Lead Generation, Awareness etc... the full list of winners of the india event are in this link

Vishnu, as he is introduced on the Havas Website : In an earlier incarnation as an offshore oil engineer, Vishnu had developed the ability to get to the core of a problem. In his post-MBA career of advertising, he has honed it to perfection.

This bright young alumnus of Asia's number one management institute, Indian Institute of Management -, started out at DY&R in Bombay principally looking after the Colgate Palmolive account. His liking for media (and the Times crossword) led him to play dual roles as an account service-cum-media professional. Vishnu continued this dual tradition in his next job at Saatchi & Saatchi India. Where he took on a New Business role alongside his position as Director, Strategic Planning on P&G.

Moving to Singapore in 1995 to work with Euro RSCG Partnership, Vishnu helped raise the media department to a new level of pro-active functioning. His second job was devising strategic plans for many key clients. Vishnu was back with account servicing in mid 1998 starting with regional brand custodianship of the network's largest brands viz. Philips and Dell. He continued to do so wearing a dual hat of management stepping into the shoes of Managing Director of the agency in 2001.

The love for media saw Vishnu back in action with a media hat this time with MPG, the media arm of Havas in mid 2004. While consolidating existing business, Vishnu helped put many more countries on the MPG network map. By the start of 2007, he had set up a network of 26 operations across 18 cities in Asia Pacific covering the disciplines of traditional, digital and sports marketing all of which report into him in his role as the CEO for Havas Media in Asia Pacific as well as Havas Digital Regional Manager in APAC.

Some of his key experiences include Colgate Palmolive, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, Tata Group, Compaq, Intel, Dell, Volvo, Peugeot, Singapore Telecom, HSBC Bank, Vietnam Airlines and Philips.

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