Hires & Promotions: Star-Disney India, Httpool, Cars24, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, Areteans

Quick update on the appointments and promotions this week

Httpool Indonesia Appoints Devinder Sharma As Partner Director For Twitter

Httpool has appointed Devinder Sharma as Httpool Indonesia Partner Director for Twitter. He will report to Siddharth Correya, Managing Director, Httpool Indonesia.

Httpool is Twitter's Authorised Sales Partner in Indonesia, where it exclusively represents also a reseller partner for Dailymotion, Accuweather, and Lifesight.

“As we prepare to exponentially scale the Httpool Indonesia business, from the strong foundation we have laid over the past 3 years, one of our key areas of focus has been securing the right talent. Devinder comes with a wide-ranging and in-depth experience of proven success across geographies, including Indonesia. His hands-on approach and wealth of experience will allow us to continue delivering demonstrable value to our partners both on the platform and demand side.

We are looking forward to the next stage of our journey together with Devinder,” said Siddharth Correya, Managing Director, Httpool Indonesia.

On the appointment, Devinder added, "I am super thrilled and excited to be a part of this journey at Httpool. Indonesia is the fastest-growing market with lots of unique challenges, and I am confident that Httpool's multi-platform solutions are the best fit to fulfill the advertiser's requirements. Twitter has seen phenomenal growth over the past few years, and I am glad to have the opportunity to ride the wave. Looking forward to more learning and implementing the experience I have gained so far."

Devinder has more than 18 years of digital sales and business development experience with brand solutions as the core. Before joining Httpool, he was heading the Business Development of India and Indonesia with MediaDonuts.

Kunal Mundra Is New CEO For Cars Vertical At CARS24

CARS24 has named Kunal Mundra as CEO, Cars India, CARS24. Kunal has worked in senior roles across several industries, including auto, manufacturing and services.

In this newly created role, Mundra will be responsible for the company's car business in India, while closely working with the co-founders to device expansion strategy.

“I am delighted to have Kunal Mundra join our team at CARS24. In his new role, Kunal will help futureproof the brand as we continue to grow and revolutionise the way Indians buy or sell pre-owned vehicles. In this hyper growth stage, it has become imperative for us to invest in building strong leadership teams and Kunal’s experience across various sectors will go a long way in strengthening CARS24’s four-wheeler vertical- by playing on our existing strengths and at the same time keeping the brand agile for the next leap. We are confident that Kunal’s obsession with cars, bikes and engines will further help us strengthen our foothold in this highly fragmented pre-owned car market in India, which showcases an immense potential to grow,” asserted Vikram Chopra, Co-Founder and CEO, CARS24 India.

Speaking about his new role, Kunal Mundra mentioned, "I'm really looking forward to my ride with the Cars24 team. They have done an incredible job building a trusted consumer brand, a uniquely scalable business model and a strong competitive position in just a few years. The potential for growth in the global used car space is however vast and I look forward to helping the company drive this momentum forward."

An IIM-B Alumnus, Kunal Mundra is a seasoned professional with over 16 years of experience across different industries. His passion for being a business builder took him to CEAT to build a new specialty tires business. He was the CEO and Founder of CEAT Specialty Tyres for 5 years, and a member of ExCom for CEAT Tyres. In his recent past, he was an Executive Vice President at Bain Capital Private Equity, where as an operating partner he helped their portfolio companies navigate several formidable challenges.

Star-Disney India Names Tirthankar Dutta As VP & CISO

Star-Disney India has on-boarded Tirthankar Dutta as Vice President & chief information security officer (CISO). He joined the company in January and will be based in Mumbai.

Prior to Star and Disney India, he was with Infoedge India as SVP & Head of Information Security. He has 14+ years of experience as an Information Technology (IT) professional with strong expertise in IT management, IT Security management, and IT enterprise architecture. He has also worked with companies like Expedia, Religare, HCL, and TCS.

At Star and Disney India, he will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the Disney information security program. He will provide guidance and counsel to the CTO/CFO and key members of the Business leadership team, working closely with senior administration, business leaders, and the developer community in defining objectives for information security, while building relationships and goodwill.

He will also be responsible for managing the company-wide information security governance processes, chair the Information Security Advisory Committee and lead Information Security Liaisons in the establishment of an information security program and project priorities.

Dutta will also lead information security planning processes to establish an inclusive and comprehensive information security program for the entire company in support of development, research, and administrative information systems and technology.

Further, he will lead the development and implementation of effective and reasonable policies and practices to secure protected and sensitive data and ensure information security and compliance with relevant legislation and legal interpretation.

Dutta's responsibility also includes internally assessing, evaluating, and making recommendations to management regarding the adequacy of the security controls for the Company's information and technology systems.

He will work with Internal Audit, Finance controller, Legal and outside consultants as appropriate on required security assessments and audits. He will work with company leadership and relevant responsible compliance department leadership to build cohesive security and compliance programs for the company to effectively address state and Country statutory and regulatory requirements.

He will also develop a strategy for dealing with an increasing number of audits, compliance checks, and external assessment processes for internal/external auditors, PCI, ISO27001, and IT Act 2000.

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi Onboards Dipti Rode As Senior Creative Director

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi has strengthened its creative team and has announced the appointment of Dipti Rode as Senior Creative Director. She will be based out of Mumbai and report to Rohit Malkani, Joint National Creative Director.

Dipti is a seasoned creative hand with over 14 years of professional experience across leading agencies in India. She joins the agency from What’s Your Problem (WYP) where she was instrumental in driving creative engagement and strategy for brands like Arrow, Tanishq, Future Generali, Johnnie Walker among others.

“We’ve waited patiently for Dipti to join us! She is an amazing talent with a wealth of experience and solid work behind her. She brings on board a load full of new thinking and we can’t wait to have her on board,” added Rohit Malkani.

Prior to WYP, Dipti has worked with Publicis Ambience, DDB Mudra and Think Why Not. She has played a key role in managing the creative responsibilities for brands across many sectors like FMCG, Finance, Fashion & Lifestyle, Retail among others. Some of the brands that have benefited from her creative expertise include Lakmé, Elle18, Enamor, Zee5, Havmor, Healthspring, Vicks, Oral-B, Henko, Park Avenue, Big Bazaar, LIC, Emami, Diageo, etc.

Commenting on her joining and the role ahead at the agency, Dipti said, “Truly excited to embark on this wonderful new journey. I look forward to collaborating with my team and helping our clients with effective, efficient and relevant creative solutions.”

Bhuvaneshwari Cheruvu Joins Areteans As Chief Marketing Officer

Bhuvaneshwari Cheruvu (Bhuvana) formerly with Microsoft India, has joined Areteans as their Chief Marketing Officer. She is a part of the Areteans senior management team and will be responsible for enhancing the company’s reputation globally, executive thought leadership and driving employee engagement through internal communications.

Operating across New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and UK, with plans of expansion in the US, Areteans provides solutions for clients across Banking, Insurance, Government and Media & Communications including IFFCO Tokio General Insurance, Tymebank and FE Credit amongst many more.

“Bhuvana comes with a record of having built global brands in India, working closely with the business to align branding with business priorities. She brings to the table a rich experience of having worked in global roles and we look forward to amplifying brand Areteans under her leadership as we embark on our next phase of growth,” stated Gaurav Mathur, COO at Areteans

“I am excited to part of the Areteans senior management team and am looking forward to enancing the brand awareness and share of voice in the Pega ecosystem. Having worked for Fortune 100 companies across the areas of employee communications, branding and public relations, I am keen on contributing my best to Areteans,” added Bhuvana.

Bhuvana has over two decades of experience in communications and public relations, transforming the way companies engage with their markets, their clients, and their employees. In her previous assignment, she was heading the technology thought leadership for Microsoft in India, prior to which she led communications for GE Energy, Allstate and Mytrah Energy.