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Shavon Barua resigns from PHD India as Chief Client Officer

Shavon Barua has stepped down as Chief Client Officer, PHD India according to media reports. Barua's resignation comes shortly after the resignation of Jyoti Bansal and exited as CEO in June.

Shavon Barua joined PHD in 2015 as Managing Partner to work on the Hindustan Unilever business from the agency’s Mumbai office. Over the past three years, she has played an instrumental role in growing the business and was appointed Chief Client Officer for the agency in 2018. Now, she works closely with CEO Jyoti Bansal to further develop PHD’s market-leading and award-winning client offering.

With over two decades of experience, Shavon moved to PHD from Havas Worldwide, where as president she led the P&L for West and South, across various verticals of mainline advertising, digital, health, engagement and experiential. A seasoned leader with two decades of experience, she has partnered with large local and global brands like HDFC Bank, Sony, Six, Bharat Petroleum, Sanofi, Colgate Palmolive, Unilever, Lakme Lever, Parle, ITC, PepsiCo, Nestle and Reckitt Benckiser. She has also led on some breakthrough communications, such as Parle G's “G mane Genius” and Colgate Gel “Talk to Me”, which swept up both national and international awards.

Prior to Havas, Barua was executive business director with JWT India, leading one of its biggest portfolios - Nestle and Pepsi Foods. The Kurkure positioning of “Tedha hai par mera hai” and Lay's “Be a little Dillogical” was championed and created under her leadership.


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