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Anil Nair joins VMLY&R as India CEO

Global marketing agency VMLY&R today announced the immediate appointment of Anil Nair as CEO, VMLY&R India. Based out of VMLY&R’s Mumbai office, he will report to VMLY&R Asia Co-CEO Tripti Lochan, who is based in Singapore.

An influential marketing industry leader, Anil brings with him more than 24 years of advertising and digital experience, most recently as CEO (Digital) and Managing Partner for Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi India.

An entrepreneur at heart, Anil was part of the founding team at Law and Kenneth (L&K) Communications in 2002. He is recognised for his role in helping build Law & Kenneth Communications from the ground up into India’s largest independent agency, prior to its merger with Saatchi & Saatchi in 2014. Since that time, Anil has been responsible for growing the Saatchi & Saatchi business and integrated practice in India, with a focus on strategic planningbrand stewardship and digital transformation.

An innovative thinker, integrated solutions crusader and believer in sustainable business growth, Anil will oversee VMLY&R’s India operation, driving growth and building on VMLY&R’s fully integrated service offering spanning creative, technology and data services.

Tripti Lochan, said: “We are committed to cultivating truly connected brands that generate real ROI for our clients and their clients. Anil comes to us with the right vision and experience to make this happen, marrying strategy with an understanding of brand, digital and commerce. He boasts an exemplary record for driving agency excellence and innovation, while exhibiting a deep understanding of the Indian marketplace. This is an exciting time for VMLY&R as we continue to flourish in India, and I can think of no one better to lead the way.”

Commenting on his appointment, Anil Nair, said: “At a time when consumer behaviour and demand continues to evolve in line with advancing technology, VMLY&R. with its “marketing-company meets creative-agency” rigour, represents a breath of fresh air for its clients via a service offering which is arguably the most relevant , necessary and contemporary in the market today.

“It’s an honour to join the VMLY&R family at such an exciting time, and I look forward to playing my part in VMLY&R’s continued success story in India.”

Anil joins the agency in the wake of a flurry of senior hires in recent months, following the appointment of Kevin Lobo as Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R India and Sujay Kar as Commerce Group Lead, VMLY&R SEA & India.

Anil has an MBA in Marketing from the Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR) Mumbai, and a bachelor’s degree(B.E) in Biomedical Engineering . Prior to Law & Kenneth, he was a Brand Planning Director with Lowe Lintas.

VMLY&R continues to grow its reputation in the region by harnessing creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands that drive value for their clients and impact the world. The agency has been recognised for both effective marketing and creativity, being named a Strong Performer and one of the top 10 agencies in APAC in Forrester Wave ™: Digital Experience Providers – APAC; as well as the most awarded agency in Asia at Cannes over the last 5 years. VMLY&R was also named a leader on Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Global Digital Marketing Agencies.

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