Amith Prabhu: 15 interesting moves in 2015

07 Dec,2015

By Amith Prabhu


This month I kick off a four-part series – one each week, on professionals, books youth in PR and events to highlight fifteen of these as a tribute to 2015. First in the series is a round-up in random order of people who made interesting career moves


a) Senjam Raj – Senjam is a pathbreaker. Few will know that he writes one of the longest running weekly column on a topic close to his and my heart – quizzing. He cut short his two-year sabbatical to take on the role of heading communications at Flipkart. Among the many things he has undertaken is Flipkart Stories.


b) Pooja Sabharwal – Pooja moved from Genesis Burson Marsteller after a decade long stint to head communications at PayPal India


c) Varghese Thomas – Varghese had a long career in two of the world’s better known technology brands. First at Cisco and later at BlackBerry. He moved from the latter to head global communications for homegrown TVS Group.


d) Nandini Goswami – After close to three years at GSK Pharma, Nandini moved to Kellogg’s India as its first Director of Communications. A role that was managed by a senior nutritionist until recently.


e) Amit Narayan – This was a prize catch. Edelman India hired Amit Narayan from Singapore Asia where he led external communications for the Vodafone Enterprise Group in Asia Pacific. This was followed by Vinod Moorthy being hired from H+K Startegies to lead the Tata mandate.


f) Kavita Bhaskaran – Abbott India’s former Public Affairs Head moved to Ogilvy PR to fill the vacuum of leading the India unit.


g) Atul Ahluwalia – Long time Weber Shandwick veteran moved on from the firm where he was India Vice Chairman.


h) Poonam Kaul – Poonam spent close to ten years at Nokia India before moving to PepsiCo India as Pradeep Wadhwa takes on a larger regional role.


i) Deepak Jolly – Talking about colas, Deepak moved internally to head a business unit after leading communications and public affairs at Coca-Cola India. This is a rare move. He was replaced by Ishteyaque Amjad who came in from Cargill in Singapore.


j) Shubhamoy Das – Shubhamoy moved on from PayPal India in Chennai to take on the role of Communications Head at Deloitte in Gurgaon.


k) Surajeet Dasgupta – This was the big journalism to consultancy move of the year. Surajeet was a National Corporate Editor at Business Standard where he spent over two decades before joining Ketchum Sampark as COO.


l) Purnima Mohanty – Purnima Sahni Mohanty made the move from Samsung to head communications at DuPont India


m) Sonali Madbhavi – Sonali was country head at Gutenberg Communications before she moved to client Quikr


n) Devashish Dasgupta – Devashish moved from Yum Foods to head Public Affairs at SAB Miller.


o) Zeenat Khan – Zeenat joined Housing Dot com from Apollo Hospitals and has dealt with all the changes at this start-up.


Other notable moves included Paroma Roy Chowdhury from Google to Soft Bank and Chavi Leekha from Uber to Nokia.


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