Hires & Promotions: Publicis Media, Donear, Qyou Media

A quick look at new hiring, promotions and people movements this week

Anil K Pandit to lead Programmatic at Publicis Media

Anil K Pandit has recently been elevated to the role of Executive Vice President - Head of Programmatic, Data, and Tech at Publicis Media, he revealed in a LinkedIn post. With a career spanning over two decades in digital and mobile marketing, Pandit has accumulated extensive experience, making him a valuable asset to the company. Having served as Senior Vice President of Programmatic since 2019, his elevation highlights his consistent and successful tenure at Publicis Media.

In his new capacity, Pandit will be tasked with overseeing the programmatic practice and driving data-centric marketing solutions in the dynamic Indian market. His track record suggests that he is well-equipped to deliver outstanding performance and foster growth across diverse verticals and platforms.

Pandit's professional journey commenced at the Times of India and traversed through prominent organizations such as India Today, Apnapaisa, People Interactive India, Omnicom Media Group, and MicroAd. His previous role as Vice President at Omnicom Media, where he spearheaded programmatic strategies and led Accuen India, underscores his leadership in the field.

Beyond his responsibilities at Publicis Media, Pandit actively contributes to the industry and academia. As a council member of MMA - Data and Martech, a guest speaker at Symbiosis Institute Of Media And Communication in Pune, and a guest faculty for International Management Institute in New Delhi, he plays a role in fostering knowledge sharing and industry engagement.

Aakash Mishra comes onboard as AVP of Marketing, Donear 

Donear Group has roped in Aakash Mishra as the Assistant Vice President - Group Brand Marketing.

Mishra shared this exciting development on LinkedIn, expressing his enthusiasm for the new role. In his post, he stated, "I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new mandate as AVP - Group Brand Marketing at Donear Group- India's Leading Lifestyle and Fashion house where I'll be leading Group Marketing Efforts for three Group companies - Donear, Grasim BTL, OCM."

Mishra will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day marketing activities across the group, taking charge of several prominent brands, including NeoStretch, Donear Suitings, Grado (formerly Grasim Suitings), OCM, Mayur, Graviera, Ferrara Italian Luxury, Ferrino Mizzoni, Moda Biella Italy, Lanificio Corleone, Eurico, and Dcot Retail.

Prior to joining Donear Group, he spent over 16 years at World Wide Media, part of the Times Group. Throughout his career, which spans more than two decades, Mishra has also contributed his expertise to companies like Euro Vitrified & Wall Tiles and Tex Co.

Pankaj Rai bids adieu to Qyou Media

Pankaj Rai, who served as the National Head of The Q and Gaming Solutions and concurrently held the position of Head at The Qyou Network overseeing Broadcast, Gaming, and CTV, has resigned from the organisation after dedicating over two years to the role.

Announcing his departure on LinkedIn, Rai shared, “Today is my last day at QYOU MEDIA, and it's a bittersweet feeling. As I reflect on my journey, I am reminded of my first day here and all the amazing experiences I've had since then.”

With 17 years of experience, Rai is a seasoned professional in broadcast media sales and a passionate advocate of digital platforms. During a significant portion of his career, he contributed to Zee Entertainment, where he held the role of Zonal Head for the Hindi Movie channel Zee Cinema in the North and East regions. Notably, he spearheaded the launch of two Hindi movie channels, &pictures and Zee Bollywood, in the North.

Rai's professional journey also includes roles at Mid-day and People Interactive, showcasing his diverse expertise in the media industry. Additionally, he holds a postgraduate degree certification in digital marketing and communications from MICA, Ahmedabad.