John Thangaraj Appointed Chief Strategy Officer of Havas Creative Network India

Thangaraj brings 22 years of experience as a multi-functional marketing communications strategist.

Havas India has appointed John Thangaraj as the Chief Strategy Officer of Havas Creative Network India. Thangaraj’s remit will include Havas Worldwide India (creative), Havas CX India (customer experience), Conran Design Mumbai (brand design), Ekino (technology), and Havas People India (employer branding).

Based out of Gurugram and reporting to Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas India, South East Asia and North Asia (Japan & South Korea), he will also work closely with Havas Village India leaders to drive integration.

“Havas Creative Network India has gained tremendous scale and size over the last six years. One of the agencies which has seen unprecedented growth, new leaders, tremendous business traction is Havas Worldwide India and therefore John will work closely with Anupama Ramaswamy and Kundan Joshee to further drive the growth of the agency,” said Barua.


 

Thangaraj added, “I couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on this journey with Rana and the rest of the Havas India team. As the saying goes, it takes a village.

And the Havas Village remains one of the most deeply and seamlessly integrated creative networks in the world. The opportunities to create meaningful client value across the entire chain are quite literally, limitless, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Thangaraj brings 22 years of experience as a multi-functional marketing communications strategist across consumer research, marketing, advertising, and media. He began his career in PR in 2002. In 2007, he joined adidas, managing the launch and promotion of the adidas Originals brand in India.

In 2008, he transitioned to advertising with Rediffusion Y&R as Head of Strategic Planning, handling brands like Bacardi, Danone, and Tata Steel. At MullenLowe Lintas Group from 2010, he worked with brands including Hindustan Times, Nestle, and HCL Technologies. I


 

n 2013, he led strategic initiatives at Mindshare for clients such as Pepsico, Lufthansa, and GlaxoSmithKline. Most recently, at FCB Group India, he worked with major brands like Google, Uber, Bata, Pernod Ricard and Vistara

 

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