Publics Promotes Suraj Pombra to Executive Director in India

Publicis India has promoted Suraj Pombra to the role of Executive Director. He was until recently the Executive Vice President, managing business and clients for Publicis Capital’s Mumbai office.

Pombra will continue to manage other brands under Publicis Capital including L’Oréal,, Zee5 India, Linen Club among others while also being involved in new business growth duties for the agency. He will continue to report to Srija Chatterjee, MD, Publicis India.

In addition, Pombra also takes over the role of Market Acceleration Lead (Country Head) at Publicis Emil, the bespoke new model integrated agency created by the Publicis Groupe to specially manage the global digital transformation duties for Mercedes-Benz.


“Suraj has been one of our top performers managing key clients and winning new businesses consistently for over 3 years now,” said Chatterjee. “Under his leadership, the Mumbai office has seen an exponential growth while he also effectively continues to drive and mentor a strong and dedicated team of doers. I am also thrilled as he undertakes a new role to steer Publicis Emil in India and am confident he will continue to exceed expectations as always.”

Pombra’s career spans over two decades where he has worked across reputed firms managing multiple clients & brands across agencies such as DDB Mudra, Grey, JWT, and of course Publicis, where he has had two stints including the current one of 3+ years. Prior to Publicis India, he had co-founded a Mumbai based start-up called Minority that focused on brand consulting & full-service communications for a number of clients.

“After my entrepreneurial adventure, the challenge of growing a modest operation at Publicis Capital Mumbai was naturally enticing,” said Pombra. “I’m fortunate to have had a fantastic & committed team that’s partnered me in chasing this growth and I’m sure will help take it farther. I’m also honored to have been entrusted with the leadership of Publicis Emil India, to partner Daimler India in their journey of transformation and in the process take the Mercedes-Benz brand and business to even greater heights. And I’m once again fortunate to have a young, enthusiastic and talented team to help do just that.”


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