Ogilvy Asia announced the appointment of Kunal Jeswani as its new Group CEO for Ogilvy Singapore and Malaysia, succeeding Chris Riley, who is departing the agency. Jeswani has been with Ogilvy in India for the last 17 years. He was CEO of Ogilvy India since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Chief Digital Officer of Ogilvy India. He spent over two decades in the communications business working with a range of clients, including Unilever, Mondelez, Vodafone, Pidilite, The Tata Group, and The ITC Group. He has also worked on the launch of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the South Asia Cricket Boards’ successful bid for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that Kunal is taking up this important role. Kunal lives the Ogilvy spirit: he cares deeply about Ogilvy people and what we stand for, he is focused on building close client relationships, he is deeply passionate about the creative product for our clients, and he constantly aims to shape and transform the Ogilvy service offer through innovation, new capabilities and new partnerships,” said Ogilvy Asia co-CEO and Chairman of Ogilvy Singapore and Malaysia Group, Kent Wertime.
It was additionally announced that effective 1st June 2022, VR Rajesh will be elevated to Group President, Ogilvy India. As Group President, he will lead the integrated Ogilvy India P&L across all offices and will be responsible for the acceleration of all core Ogilvy capabilities in India – Advertising, Brand & Content; Experience; Health; PR & Influence and Ogilvy Consulting.
“Since 2018, he has led Ogilvy Mumbai & Kolkata, growing the business consistently year after year,” said Piyush Pandey, Ogilvy’s Chairman of Global Creative & Executive Chairman, Ogilvy India
“He embodies Ogilvy values and knows how critical it is to nurture strong talent in our business. He is a powerful growth driver, an influential client partner, and a passionate creative partner. VR also understands the importance of transformation in our business and has demonstrated this time and again – championing new transformative roles, new capabilities and new revenue streams.”.