Devika Bolchandani, the new president of Ogilvy, joins a long list of CEOs of Indian origin


Devika Bolchandani, the new president of Ogilvy, joins a long list of CEOs of Indian origin

Ogilvy appoints India-born Devika Bolchandani as its global CEO

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Global advertising and public relations agency Ogilvy has appointed India-born Divika Bolchandani as its global CEO.

Polchandani, who previously served as global president and CEO of Ogilvy North America, succeeds Andy Main, who is stepping down as global CEO, and will serve as senior advisor through the end of the year, the company said in a statement.

She added that in her new role, she will be responsible for all aspects of the creative network’s business across 131 offices in 93 countries and will include its advertising, public relations, expertise, consulting and health units.

Ogilvy is part of WPP’s global marketing and communications group.

The company said it will also join the WPP executive committee as she takes up her new position.

“Devika is a champion of creativity who brings passion, purpose, and relentless focus to making an impact in everything she does,” said Mark Reed, CEO of WPP.

He added that her love of the industry, deep understanding of client needs, and track record of delivering growth for agencies and brands make her the perfect choice to lead Ogilvy to greater success.

Amritsar-born Pulchandani, who has spent 26 years in McCann in various leadership roles including President of McCann North America, is the latest in a group of Indian-origin executives to assume a leadership role in global multinational corporations in diverse fields.

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Last week, coffee giant Starbucks appointed Laxman Narasimhan as its CEO.

The list includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narain, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, Chanel’s Leena Nair and Arvind Krishna -CEO IBM Group.

Popularly known as Dev in the industry, “Bulchandani’s proudest achievements have occurred at the intersection of the social causes she supports and brand building efforts on behalf of customers”.

The statement said it was the driving force behind Mastercard’s long-running “Invaluable” campaign as well as “True Name,” a feature launched in 2019 that enables transgender and non-binary people to display their chosen name on Mastercard.

She added that she also helped launch the “Fearless Girl” campaign, a campaign that became one of the most honored campaigns in the history of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California.