Leo Burnett Orchard appoints Mahuya Chaturvedi as COO

01 Feb,2017

By A Correspondent


Mahuya Chaturvedi

Leo Group has appointed Mahuya Chaturvedi as Chief Operating Officer of its second agency, Leo Burnett Orchard. She takes over from Kaizad Pardiwalla who quit the agency as COO in November 2016. Meanwhile, the Leo Group has elevated the status of the agency as the second agency in the group and not just as a subsidiary of the Leo Burnett India.


The core management team of Saurabh Varma, Rajdeepak Das, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia, and Dheeraj Sinha, Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia, will oversee both the agencies in their respective capacities.


Said Saurabh Varma, Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Communications, India: “Both the agencies will have the same DNA and will work to further the core philosophy of HumanKind that is so distinct to The Leo Group. In the last three years, the group has invested in assets like Indigo Consulting, IndigoiStrat, Leo Burnett Experience, and Greenhouse. These core offerings will be deployed by both agencies to create integrated solutions for their clients. Leo Burnett Orchard will also access MSL Group, Publicis.Media and Sapient in India to offer transformative solutions to its clients.”


Meanswhile, Chaturvedi will be based in Mumbai and will report to Varma. Rohitash Srivastava has been appointed as National Head of Strategy at Leo Burnett Orchard. He comes in from Sapient.Nitro, where he was the Strategy Planning Lead – North India. Rohitash will be based out of Bengaluru. AmodDani has joined the agency as the Executive Creative Director, Mumbai. Daniis a multiple award-winning creative powerhouse with 10 years of solid creative knowhow. He has worked across agencies like Sapient.Nitro and Publicis, and has spent over five years in Leo Burnett, during the course of his career.


Sharmine Panthaky will continue to be the Branch Head at Leo Burnett Orchard, Mumbai. Partnering her will be Amritraj Thakur, who has joined as the Vice President – Brand Strategy, Mumbai. Amod will work closely with Sharmine and Amritraj to further the creative product from the west region.


Ganga Ganapathi, Branch Head, Leo Burnett Orchard, Bangalore will continue to work closely with Neel Roy and Vinod Eshwer, Executive Creative Directors, Bangalore. Additionally, Rina Francis, Finance Director, and Reena Nair, the People & Culture Manager and Head of HR at Leo Burnett Orchard, will oversee respective functions across the Mumbai and Bangalore offices. With this, the key leadership structure at Leo Burnett Orchard is now in place.


On her new role, Chaturvedi said:“I am extremely excited to be a part of Leo Burnett Orchard, especially to lead over a 100 people across Mumbai and Bengaluru. I couldn’t have come in at a more opportune moment, when the agency is seeing such dynamic momentum and is handling some of the most marquee brands in the country. My vision isn’t to just make Leo Burnett Orchard the fastest growing agency, but to also create some incredible integrated work using the ‘Power of One’ and harnessing the Group’s cutting-edge specialist functions.”


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