Nikhil Dey joins Weber Shandwick as Vice Chair. Valerie Pinto to stay as India CEO

20 Mar,2019

By A Correspondent [updated on March 22]


Nikhil Dey

Weber Shandwick has announced the appointment of Nikhil Dey as Vice Chair of the firm’s India operations. Dey will focus on shaping the firm’s employee experience, strengthening existing client relationships and creating opportunities for global clients in India.

Dey, who joined the organisation late last month, will be part of the firm’s India leadership board, working with senior leadership across the Asia Pacific region – including Valerie Pinto, CEO of Weber Shandwick India – to build synergies and service outcomes.

We asked a spokesperson at Weber Shandwick on what the reporting of Dey and Pinto will be – whether they will be at the same level or will Dey report to Pinto or vice versa. The response we received was in line with what sources in the industry told us — that both will report to the APAC leadership and for the now there will be a joint leadership of India operations. Weber Shandwick did revert to MxM – albeit two days after publication of this report. The response: “Valerie is CEO Weber Shandwick India. Nikhil is Vice Chair, India. Operating within a matrix structure, both Valerie and Nikhil are part of the firm’s India leadership board and report into Baxter Jolly, CEO, Asia Pacific. They will work with senior leadership across the Asia Pacific region to build synergies and service outcomes for Weber Shandwick teams in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.”

“With Nikhil’s depth of knowledge and experience, we aim to significantly grow our talent base, revenue streams and continue to lead with a client-first approach to deliver stronger and higher value to our clients,” said Baxter Jolly, CEO of Weber Shandwick Asia Pacific. “We are also tremendously proud of our achievements in India under Valerie’s leadership and are extremely bullish on our potential in the India market. We believe this combination of strengths will be unbeatable in the market and will enable us to grow significantly in India.”

Commented Pinto: “Building Weber Shandwick as a strong employer brand with a work environment that attracts the best talent to our profession is an integral part of our growth strategy in India. Our people are an essential part of the firm, and creativity is the foundation of everything we do. Nikhil, with his unmatched knowledge and expertise will help us further build our culture of creativity and collaboration. Along with this, he will help the agency to continue to provide our clients with unique solutions and a forward-thinking approach to their communications challenges.”


MxMView: It’s good to see two seasoned professionals at the helm at Weber Shandwick India. However, joint leadership amongst professionals doesn’t work too well in the short or long run. While one can dream up a countless designations, there’s got to be a clear Big Boss. And clear accountability.



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