Havas India ropes in John Thangaraj as chief strategy officer of Havas Creative Network India

Havas India has appointed John Thangaraj as the Chief Strategy Officer of Havas Creative Network India. His responsibilities will encompass Havas Worldwide India (creative), Havas CX India (customer experience), Conran Design Mumbai (brand design), Ekino (technology), and Havas People India (employer branding). John will drive the strategic direction of the creative network and collaborate closely with Havas Village India leaders to enhance integration.

Based in Gurugram, he will report to Rana Barua, Group CEO of Havas India, South East Asia, and North Asia (Japan & South Korea). Commenting on the appointment, Rana Barua stated, “Havas Creative Network India has experienced significant growth over the last six years. With John working closely with Anupama Ramaswamy and Kundan Joshee, we aim to further accelerate this growth. Additionally, he will collaborate with Geet Nazir (Conran Design Mumbai), Prashant Tekwani (Havas CX India), and Arindam Sengupta (Havas People India) to strengthen our strategic vision, consolidate client relationships, and establish our network as a leading creative conglomerate. I wish him all the best.”

Expressing his enthusiasm, John Thangaraj said, “I am thrilled to join Rana and the Havas India team. The Havas Village is one of the most integrated creative networks globally, and the opportunities to deliver meaningful client value are limitless. I am eager to get started.

John brings twenty-two years of experience as a marketing communications strategist across consumer research, marketing, advertising, and media. With a postgraduate degree in Marketing, Advertising, and Communication, he began his career in PR in 2002. In 2007, he joined Adidas, managing the launch of Adidas Originals in India. He transitioned to advertising with Rediffusion Y&R in 2008, followed by strategic roles at MullenLowe Lintas Group and Mindshare. Most recently, at FCB Group India, he worked with major brands like Google, Uber, Bata, Pernod Ricard, and Vistara.

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