Homecoming for Tarun Rai as he takes charge as CEO, JWT South Asia

02 Mar,2015

By A Correspondent


Tarun Rai

Tarun Rai formally assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer J. Walter Thompson South Asia today. He will be based out of the agency’s Mumbai office. He succeeds Colvyn Harris who will assume the role of Executive Director, Global Growth and Client Development.


In his new role as CEO, Mr Rai will lead J. Walter Thompson South Asia, which includes India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, as well as J. Walter Thompson’s Indian companies, including Contract Advertising, Hungama Digital Services, J. Walter Thompson Mindset, Encompass and Social Wavelength.


“I am delighted to take charge of J. Walter Thompson’s South Asia operations and look forward to connecting with each of our offices and clients across the region. It’s a great homecoming for me and I am very excited to kick start this new inning,” Mr Rai said.


Mr Rai joins J. Walter Thompson from Worldwide Media, where he held the role of CEO since 2008. During his previous tenure at J. Walter Thompson, he helped build some of the world’s most reputed brands; his clients included Hindustan Unilever, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Pizza Hut, De Beers, ITC, Tata Steel, Nestlé, Hero, Godrej and Kellogg’s.


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