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MTV India appoints Ryan Mendonca as head of creative

MUMBAI: MTV India has appointed Ryan Mendonca as the head of creative for its youth business which includes MTV and MTV Beats.

The recipient of multiple wards including Cannes Lions and the Young Achievers Awards by The Advertising Club in 2009, Mendonca will report to Viacom18 Youth and English entertainment head Ferzad Palia.

With more than a decade of experience in the world of advertising, prior to joining MTV, Mendonca worked with Ogilvy & Mather where he developed campaigns for iconic brands from Unilever, Cadbury, Perfetti and more. Known for being a man who lets his work speak for himself, over the years, Ryan has not only worked to deliver exemplary campaigns for clients but has also won accolades both nationally and internationally. As he takes over the Head of Creative for MTV, Ryan’s primary responsibility will be to lead the team at MTV and MTV BEATS to push the creative boundaries with brand communication across the MTV universe of TV, digital and branded content.

Palia said, “People are the biggest asset of our business and we are continuously looking for talent that believes in the power of MTV and are also hungry to push the envelope and challenge status quos. Ryan is one of the hottest young creative minds in the industry today and going by the work that he has been doing, I believe he is the perfect fit for our multi-platform business, the MTV universe. Now, as we are gearing up for some exciting launches and with multiple new initiatives in the pipeline, Ryan is going to have his hands full at MTV. All I can say is, welcome to the madness Ryan!”

Discussing his new role, Mendonca said, “Like several others from my generation, I grew up on MTV. It showed us the way, it was our voice. Now I join that voice again. It’s a privilege to be working alongside the brightest minds in the industry. I look forward to the ride.”

During his stint with Ogilvy & Mather, Ryan handled creative duties for brands like Mondelez (Bournvita), ICICI Bank and BCCI (IPL) and has worked on several other brands such as Unilever (Dove, Ponds), Kodak, Perfetti, Star, Zigy, Apollo hospitals, Breakthrough Trust, Taj Holidays, World Gold Council and KFC amongst others. In his decade-long illustrious career, Ryan has not only made a name for himself as a creative hotshot but has also been the recipient of numerous awards. The Advertising Club of India named him Copywriter of the Year and Social Thinker of the year in 2009. His other laurels include being awarded at Cannes, The One Show, London International, Spikes Asia, WARC, Effies (India and Asia), AMEs and Young Guns to name a few.

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