Indranil Datta to head Starcom Bangalore; Rathore moves to Mumbai as investment group head

MUMBAI: Publicis Groupe owned Starcom Worldwide today announced the appointment of Indranil Datta as executive director in charge of its Bangalore operations.

Subsequently, Starcom veteran Dinesh Singh Rathore, media director, who has been in charge of the agency’s Bangalore operations for the last five years, is slated to move to Mumbai as head of India Investment Group, the agency’s national negotiation team, reporting to Manish Porwal, Starcom’s executive director, India-West.

Datta comes to Starcom from Bates Colombo where he has been media head since February 2005.



Commenting on the developments, Ravi Kiran, Starcom CEO South-Asia said, "Dinesh has built our Bangalore operations rapidly over the last five years, making us a top 3 agency in that market, as well as being our best performing office in India for two straight years. Under his unique and participative style of leadership, our Bangalore office has turned out to be a model in collaboration, client delight and productivity. We are now looking forward to Dinesh continuing his magic in Mumbai as well."



"Indranil, who comes with a long and commendable innings of 16 years across 4 cities, will pick up where Dinesh leaves our Bangalore story, and take it to the next level. Our Bangalore team is larger and stronger than ever and many of our clients there are looking at 2006 with enthusiasm. Indraneel will have his hands full when he takes over."


Before moving to Bates Colombo, Datta headed Zenith Media’s Delhi office for over five years and was part of the founding team of Publicis Groupe owned ZenithOptimedia, when the agency was launched in mid-2004.



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