Hires & Promotions: EssenceMediacom, Axis Securities, Diageo, Hitachi Payment Services

Quick look at new hirings, promotions and people movements this week

Mihir Palan joins EssenceMediacom as Senior Director, Planning- APAC

Mihir Palan has been appointed as Senior Director of Planning, APAC for Google SMB business at EssenceMediacom, GroupM’s newest and largest agency. Palan made the announcement on LinkedIn.  In his new role, he will manage strategic media planning initiatives for Google SMB business across the APAC region.

“I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Sr. Director Planning - APAC for Google SMB business at EssenceMediacom! Excited to learn about regional challenges and drive success for clients business”, his LinkedIn post said.

Prior to this, Palan was with Kinnect for 7 years where he held several key positions. His last held designation at the digital marketing company was Vice President- Media.

Palan is a media professional having an experience of more than 13 years. Previously, he has worked with adMixt, MSL Group, WATConsult, and The Glitch. As per his LinkedIn profile, he is also a visiting faculty in several top educational institutions. 

Axis Securities appoints Pranav Haridasan as MD and CEO

Axis Securities announced the appointment of Pranav Haridasan as its new Managing Director & CEO for a tenure of 3 years. 

This move follows the internal succession plan of Axis Group, with the current MD & CEO, B Gopkumar, transitioning to Axis Asset Management Company as MD & CEO.

Haridasan is currently Managing Director and Co-Head of Equities at Axis Capital. He comes with a rich experience of over 20 years in financial markets across different asset classes.He has a proven track record in upscaling the equities business, focusing on technology, compliance, and operations to create a robust, top-rated research, sales, trading, and derivatives platform. Before Axis Capital, Pranav worked at Citigroup Global Markets as Director & Head of India/ ASEAN Execution Services.

Haridasan is an MBA from the Indian School of Business and has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Christ University.

Debra Crew named Diageo’s first female CEO

Diageo has got its first female CEO. The company, which makes Guinness beer and Johnnie Walker whisky, has announced that its Chief Operating Officer Debra Crew would be the next CEO, according to media reports.

She will take over from Ivan Menezes, who will retire after 10 years in the role.

Crew will take charge on July 1, 2023, the company said in a statement. Her appointment means women will make up more than 50 per cent of Diageo’s executive committee, it added.

Hitachi Payment Services appoints Sumil Vikamsey as Managing Director

Hitachi Payment Services has announced the appointment of Sumil Vikamsey as its new Managing Director, in addition to his responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer - Cash Business. 

He will also be inducted into the company’s Board effective 1 April 2023. 

Rustom Irani has decided to retire as Managing Director effective 31 March 2023 and will continue to be associated with Hitachi Payment Services as an advisor. Rustom has been an integral part of the organisation since 2011 while holding various positions, including that of MD & CEO. 

Vikamsey’s tenure at Hitachi Payments began in early 2010, and since then, he has been an important part of the company's growth journey and has led functions spanning Finance, Strategy & Development, Analytics, White Label ATM programme and allied business domains. Sumil's wealth of experience and skills have played a crucial role in shaping Hitachi Payments' success story, cementing its position as a leading player in the payment industry. 

Anuj Khosla will continue as the Chief Executive Officer – Digital Business of Hitachi Payment Services.

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