T Gangadhar resigns as Essence APAC CEO

After a four-year tenure as CEO of Essence APAC, T Gangadhar ("Gangs") has resigned and is likely to follow new opportunities. During the pandemic year, in September 2020, he was made the CEO of the APAC region.
Ashutosh Srivastava, GroupM APAC CEO, said: “After four years with Essence, including serving as CEO for APAC since 2020, Gangs disclosed his intention to pursue new endeavours to us late last year. He has played a critical and important role for us in the region during truly unprecedented times. We’re grateful to him for his leadership and wish him the best. New leadership for the region will be announced in due course.”
Gangs was in charge of fostering client-centric innovation in analytics, data and technology, and driving and promoting business growth and company culture across the region, after succeeding Global CEO Kyoko Matsushita, who earlier served as APAC CEO. Gangs has worked with the global and APAC leadership teams from his base in Mumbai.
Gangs also worked at Essence as President, Growth and Strategy, APAC, where he was responsible for business development, strategy and expansion. In 2018, he joined Essence as Chairman of India. He has worked in media, advertising and marketing for over two decades. He was earlier MEC's Managing Director for South Asia and Sony Entertainment Television's Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing in India. Gangs got his start in account management and strategic planning for creative agencies.
WPP's GroupM announced the amalgamation of MediaCom and Essence a few weeks ago. EssenceMediacom will be the combined company's new name.
The united company will be led by Nick Lawson, MediaCom's Global CEO. WPP's CEO in Japan, Kyoko Matsushita, will be elevated to a new position. WPP's business in Japan will be handled by Kyoko. She is presently the CEO of Essence Worldwide, WPP's global data-driven full-service media agency with 23 offices in 12 countries.


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