JWT continues to strengthen its planning team with senior hires

MUMBAI: JWT India announced senior level appointments of Gulshan Singh as vice president and strategic planning director and Jasravee Kaur Chandra as vice president and strategic planning director across its Delhi and Mumbai offices.

JWT India VP and strategic planning director Gulshan Singh

A graduate of HEC Paris, Gulshan combines the skill sets of an MBA from a top global business school with over 10 years in building brands in various capacities. Gulshan joins from Lowe Lintas, Bangalore, where he was leading planning for brands such as Tanishq, Titan Sonata, MRF, USL, Apollo Hospitals, 3M and Tata Tea, which won an Effie in 2012.

His previous work experience includes market research with IMRB and TNS, planning with FCB and a brief stint in consulting - spread across India, the Middle East, and Europe. He has worked across categories such as automotive, consumer electronics, education, energy, FMCG, F&B, financial services, healthcare, logistics and media and entertainment with a wide array of brands including DHL, GM, Indian Oil, ITC Foods, Marico, Nestle, P&G, Voltas, and the Zee Network. He will be working towards creating an ?Indian consumer-friendly? approach to sustainable lifestyles, and is looking forward to exploring this in JWT.

JWT India VP strategic planning director Jasravee Kaur

JWT India chief strategy officer Bindu Sethi said, "We have responsibility of some of the most iconic, the biggest and best brands in the country. Our quest is to be thought and idea driven to ensure that our brands lead their markets and categories. Gulshan and Jasravee will add to JWT?s robust planning talent pool with fresh experiences and perspectives."

Jasravee has over 13 years of experience in understanding and building brands. She started her career with ORG-MARG where she was involved in innovative and participatory research (ethnography, critical incident, semiotics etc.) for brands like Knorr, Annapurna, HBO, Lux, Coke and Dove. She transited to strategic planning with stints at Lowe Lintas, Leo Burnett and Rediffusion Y&R. She has strategised for both national and MNC brands such as Lifebuoy, Hamam, FAL, Lacto Calamine and taken up blue sky projects for Uninor, Liril and Lakme.

Quick-witted and profound, Jasravee has a keen eye for the meeting point ?betwixt contradictions?. She loves arriving at paradoxes as well as breaking myths about consumers. Astute and intuitive, Jasravee loves to witness and participate in the inherent drama of diverse subcultures; be it rural households, youth, truckers or the small city migrants. Her exposure to diverse categories has ensured as well as sustained this.

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