Tarun Rai was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J Walter Thompson South Asia. The appointment was announced on 14 January 2015 by the J Walter Thompson (JWT) company. JWT is an advertising agency.
He replaced Colvyn Harris who has been elevated to the role of Executive Director, Global growth and Client development. Both will report to Gustavo Martinez, Global CEO of JWT.
Rai in his role of CEO of South Asia will look after India, Sri Lanka and Nepal region as well as Indian companies of J Walter Thompson which includes Contract Advertising, Hungama Digital Services, J. Walter Thompson Mindset, Encompass and Social Wavelength.
Prior to this appointment, Rai served as CEO of Worldwide Media since 2008. Before 2008, he was associated with JWT wherein he helped build brands like Hindustan Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Pizza Hut, De Beers, Tata Steel, Nestlé, Hero, Godrej and Kellogg’s.
Rai is an alumnus of London School of Economics and has been associated with advertising and media for more than 25 years.
Who: Tarun Rai
When: 14 January 2015