Publicis Worldwide has appointed Sanju Menon Chief Operating Officer of Publicis Ambience and Publicis Beehive. Menon succeeds Paritosh Srivastava, who was recently named MD of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, reporting to Srija Chatterjee, MD, Publicis Worldwide India. Menon was previously EVP at Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett.   

Menon’s mandate will be to drive growth while ushering in a fresh perspective and stimulus to brands under Publicis Ambience & Publicis Beehive.

Menon joins Publicis Worldwide from Leo Burnett India where he was Executive Vice President and was responsible for the Bajaj portfolio. He joined Burnett in 2015 having begun his career with SN Design in 2005.

Applauding the two appointments, Chatterjee said, “It’s been an emotional ride these past few days as one of our most dependable faces departs to take on a larger role at the Groupe level. But that’s an exciting journey to undertake and Paritosh deserves every bit of the success that has come his way. I’d like to thank Paritosh for setting up steady and solid-looking agencies under Publicis Ambience and Publicis Beehive. At the same time, I’d like to welcome Sanju to the Publicis Worldwide family and can vouch for his credibility as one of the most exciting talents to watch out for. His credentials in driving growth and strategy and his team-bonding skills make him a prized asset to possess. I look forward to partnering him and carving out an upward trajectory for several brands under the Publicis stable.”   

Paritosh Srivastava

Srivastava said, “Leaving is always tough, especially when it’s been a deep emotional relationship of over eight years. Publicis Worldwide will always be close to my heart and will root for its success and glory. However, the silver lining is that no one better than Sanju Menon could have taken the mantle. He’s a fantastic human being and an incredible professional who will add amazing value to our wonderful clients. I’m certain that he will take the agency to greater heights. My heartfelt wishes to Sanju, Srija, Ajay, Neeraj, Suraj, Sridhar and the entire PWW team for a great ride into the future.”   

Responding to  his new role, Menon said, “The last five years at Leo Burnett have been very rewarding. I will cherish the association I have had with the various teams I have worked with. These years have been of great learning too, and I hope to take every bit of it with me to Publicis Worldwide. From the outside, I have seen that Publicis Worldwide has fantastic talents and long-standing relationships with brands that are trusted, loved, and have enormous potential. I look forward to working with Srija and her talented team on building effective and innovative solutions that will make Publicis Worldwide more agile, and a powerhouse within the group. I’m looking forward to being a part of this exciting new journey.”