Anuja Chauhan of ‘Yeh dil maange more’ fame back at JWT to pep up Pepsi campaigns

27 Aug,2014

By Pritha Mitra Dasgupta


Anuja Chauhan, who built a solid reputation in advertising (‘Yeh dil maange more’) before veering off into chick lit (‘The Zoya Factor’), is returning to J Walter Thompson India as creative consultant. She will be part of the Power of One (Po1) team that the ad agency is putting together to work on the PepsiCo contract, the first time that JWT will have a group of people solely dedicated to the promotion of one brand. Chauhan is returning to advertising at the behest of PepsiCo, having worked on several campaigns for the company, including ‘Mera number kab aayega’ and ‘Nothing official about it’, apart from the one cited above.


The agency set up the team about two months ago to work on the 15 PepsiCo brands that it handles. JWT has had the account for the last 25 years and it’s the agency largest.


Colvyn Harris

Colvyn Harris, CEO, JWT South Asia, said the agency has similar structure in other geographies which are formed “on the specific requests of clients, and depends on their scale and ambition.”


The Po1 team is headed by Babita Baruah, senior vice president and executive business director, JWT Delhi. Baruah, who recently took over the account from executive business director Saurabh Saxena, will be assisted by senior VP Mythili Chandrasekhar on the planning side. On the creative side, the account has been divided into three–cola, foods and juices–and placed under various executive creative directors.


Martin Sorrell

Commenting on this new initiative, Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, of which JWT is a part, said: “In creating “Power of One”, JWT has brought together skills and capabilities from across our Group, for both foods and beverages, under one single unit to provide integrated solutions to PepsiCo’s brands and businesses.” Chauhan said she was “excited to be part of the team”, which she describes as nimble and flexible.


PepsiCo is upbeat about Ms Chauhan’s return. “It’s great to have Anuja make a strong comeback on the PepsiCo portfolio,” said Deepika Warrier, vice president of marketing at PepsiCo India. “She conceptualised the #BackToSchool video that we recently released digitally. It became a big hit overnight!”


Santosh Desai

Santosh Desai, managing director and CEO of Futurebrands, said: PepsiCo needs to take risks and lead the youth rather than following them. Anuja Chauhan is associated with some of greatest ads and therefore the answer is clear. The company needs to go out on a limb and create some great advertising for others to follow.”


Source:The Economic Times

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