Whyness surprised with allegations against Ravi Deshpande. “Will look into and verify”

26 Oct,2018

By A Correspondent


Yet another #MeToo revelation shook the advertising fraternity industry on Thursday with a tweet from awardwinning author Meghna Pant (@meghnapant) carrying anonymous accounts of two women on the sexual acts of veteran adperson Ravi Deshpande.


Other than helming agencies like Contract in the past, Deshpande has now set up his own agency called Whyness, and also runs a design school at Ecole Intuit.lab.


When we asked Deshpande and Whyness to respond to the allegations, this is what we receive via email: “We are surprised to learn about the allegations made against Ravi. We will look into and verify this.”


There have been several allegations against advertising professionals ever since the #MeToo revelations rocked the country earlier this month. The co-founders of Happy Creative Services, now a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, and a few other senior professionals have already faced the axe from their respective employment.


There have also been allegations against the founders of Creativeland Asia and Famous Innovations. According to sources, some leading advertisers who have retained big to small-named agencies are also conducting their own investigations and may terminate mandates if the acts of agency professionals are found to be in dissonance with their own values and ethics, and if the agencies do not act against the ‘erring’ professionals.



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