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Srikant Sastri stepping down from his role as a country chair

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MUMBAI: In his more than two and a half decades of experience Vivaki country chair Srikant Sastri will be stepping down from his position on 1 July.

Vivaki CEO Frank Voris said, "Sastri will continue to serve in a consulting capacity for Publicis Groupe in the near term, while also nurturing start-up companies in India and Asia-Pacific as an independent investor and operating partner as it is his desire to work with a new companies. But, he agreed to help the organisation on-board Neev, Resultrix and Convonix."

"Srikant has successfully orchestrated three acquisitions and integrations that have simultaneously fortified the founding Vivaki agencies, while also solidifying Publicis Groupe?s position as the leading digital marketing operation in India," added Voris

For the foreseeable future, Sastri will continue to work closely with VivaKi and also with Razorfish & DigitasLBi in a consulting capacity. For the former, he will surface and evaluate emerging opportunities, exploring tech start-ups who can benefit the agencies of Publicis Groupe and their clients. For Razorfish and Digitas-LBi India.

VivaKi Country Chair Srikant Sastri: "I?ve successfully completed a big mandate as VCC in India and I am absolutely thrilled that we achieved the goal we set for ourselves 18 months ago—driving digital dominance in India through organic growth and three key acquisitions. We are now twice the size of our largest competitor. With this mission accomplished, I?d like to focus more on three areas that I am passionate about. In addition to working with start-ups, I intend to foster the Indian start-up eco-system by actively leading key initiatives at professional and trade bodies, including The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and Indian Angel Network. I will also help drive the growth of ventures that are focused on social enterprises and other Indian development issues."

Sastri has started his career from Ponds India as a regional sales manager than he has also worked with Tara Sinha Associates, TSME, McCann Erickson, Team4U, Solutions Integrated Marketing Services and Growth-For-All.

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