Hires & Promotions: Carat India, Kantar

Quick update on new hires and promotions this week

Carat India Appointed Ashish Singh As Vice President - Planning

In his new role, Ashish will report into Anita Kotwani, CEO, Carat India and will lead the agency’s digital mandate for North and Eas. tHe will focus on developing and leading client relationships for Carat in addition to helping the agency deliver enhanced digital solutions to clients.

“I have had the pleasure of working with many digital professionals and Ashish Singh clearly stands out as one amongst the best. Ashish will add immense value as part of my core team and help shape the Carat Digital offering. He comes in with the mandate to drive the larger North and East offices for Carat India and help drive value for our key global clients like Microsoft, Mastercard, Phillips and local clients like Havells, DS group and others. With his domain expertise across the changing digital eco-system and his love for being a lifelong learner, I am confident that our clients will see the best of data, creative and technology amalgamation under his leadership to help drive their business outcomes,” comments Anita Kotwani, CEO, Carat India.

Prior to this, Ashish was with Mindshare India where he held the position of Partner – Digital. During his 7-year-stint with Mindshare, Ashish was responsible for driving revenue growth for the network agency. He has been instrumental in leading several client relationships at Mindshare and has actively lead pitches for businesses like HUL, Disney+ (Star & Hotstar) and General Mills. He has also worked on brands such as Godrej Consumer Products, Facebook apps (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram), Ferrero, Castrol and Sanofi. Armed with more than 15 years of experience, Ashish has liaised with numerous clients across multiple categories to build the roadmap to numerous path-breaking digital strategies. 

“With continuous change in the media ecosystem, digital is the battleground for all types of businesses where consumers are accustomed to connectedness. Carat is known for its Integrated communication planning backed by some of the cutting-edge analytical tools in the industry. I am delighted to join Carat - the first specialist agency in the country and the world’s first media agency - to contribute my experience to create a meaningful connection for brands in the digital ecosystem for business outcomes. I look forward to this journey where together we focus on growth, expansion and nurture talent," expresses Singh.

Kantar Public Name Gaurav Sabharwal As India, South Asia CEO

Kantar Public has appointed Gaurav Sabharwal as CEO of India and South Asia, based in New Delhi.

Gaurav was formerly an Executive Director / Associate Partner at consulting firm Ernst & Young (‘EY’) where he was involved in business, technology and transaction consulting across various domains within the Government and Public Services division.  Prior to that he was Head-Central Government for Tata Consultancy Services. 

Gaurav has extensive experience in digital transformation, analytics, mobile, blockchain and cloud computing, gained through working across a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, urban, housing, transport, health and education.

“Our team in India and South Asia are proven partners with government in providing the tools for impactful, evidence-based public policy. I am confident that Gaurav’s appointment will enable us to accelerate and expand our provision of innovation and analytics in evidence with expert, advisory services for your clients," mentions Global CEO of Kantar Public, Dr Michelle Harrison.

Of his appointment to the role, Sabharwal expresses, “I am excited to take on this role, working to deliver the next steps in India’s powerful and impactful development journey. I look forward to operating in the environment of converging advisory expertise with data capabilities that Kantar Public provides. The organization is one of the oldest evidence providers in India and I am pleased to lead the expert team in India and South Asia to continue to bring evidence-based public policy services to our clients.”