Havas Group has announced the appointment of Rana Barua as its first group CEO in India. He will report to Vishnu Mohan, chairman, and CEO of Havas Group, India and South East Asia.
Mohan said, “Rana’s appointment is a key milestone in the Group’s ongoing efforts to build agile teams and integrated structures to deliver the most impact for clients. Rana is an ideal candidate as his expertise will build on what we have already achieved in India and take Havas Group India forward in its next phase of growth and expansion. Not only will his leadership strengthen our integrated product but also facilitate the collaboration between Havas Group and other Vivendi companies – Universal Music, Gameloft, Daily Motion – to create a powerful marketing force, unique only to Havas Group in the market. As a Group, we are committed in our efforts to make Havas Group an indomitable force in the industry and Rana’s appointment is the first of a number of significant appointments and developments to move us ahead in that direction. I am delighted to welcome Rana to the Havas family and I am confident that he will propel Havas Group India in its next phase of evolution.”
Barua said, “The growing complexity of platforms and channels calls for a multi-dimensional approach to marketing and advertising and the Havas Village model of collaboration and integration is exactly what clients are looking for. I am extremely excited to be a part of Havas Group’s futuristic agency model and looking forward to working with the team to start a new chapter for Havas Group in India.”
Prior to this move, Barua was CEO at Creativeland Asia. He has also worked with Contract India, Ogilvy, Rediffusion, McCann, JWT, Red FM, and Radio City.