After 30 years with the advertising industry in India, Tarun Rai, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives at Wunderman Thompson APAC has retired the agency announced today.
Over the course of his career, Rai has held a variety of roles at Wunderman Thompson, first joining the company as a young Account Executive in 1988. He quickly rose through the ranks to Managing Partner position at JWT by 2002. After a stint in Media following he returned to JWT as Group CEO, South Asia.
After leading the merger between Wunderman and JWT, Rai was appointed Chairman and Group CEO for South Asia and began to help steer the organization through the pandemic. At the beginning of last year, he stepped into the role of Executive Director of Strategic Initatives across the APAC region.
“I owe my career to Wunderman Thompson which provided me innumerable opportunities to grow,” said Rai.
“Over these years I have so many leaders of Wunderman Thompson and WPP to thank for placing their trust in me. It was an honor to lead exceptional teams in my different roles. Excellent professionals who made my job both easy and enjoyable. I am also indebted to all our clients who I have worked with over the last three decades, for their friendship and support. We partnered them in building some of the most powerful brands in the country. It has been an incredible journey – exciting, fulfilling and rewarding.”
Ewen Sturgeon, CEO, International, Wunderman Thompson added: “We would like to thank Tarun for his leadership and contribution to Wunderman Thompson and the industry over the past thirty years. His leadership in India helped pave the way for great success for our agencies and we wish him a happy retirement.”