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Mindshare elevates Himanshu Shekhar to ASEAN CEO

Mindshare has appointed Himanshu Shekhar as the Chief Executive Officer for the newly created position focussing on the ASEAN division. The objective behind the move is to provide greater momentum and focus to scaling up services, and will working closely with marketers to unlock higher growth. A seasoned Mindshare talent, Mr Shekhar has led the Mindshare team in Indonesia since 2012 and has energised the market with focus on new media and partnerships.

“It’s a privilege to be part of Mindshare leadership team and the opportunity to influence a never before world. ASEAN is going to be key driver of global growth in next decade and I am excited to work with our clients and participate in this journey,” said Mr Shekhar on his appointment.

Mindshare has consolidated resources to provide customised marketing communication solutions for marketers in the ASEAN region recognising the increasing need for them to tap into the growing consumption potential in the region, especially Myanmar and Cambodia.

“The ASEAN landscape is unique with a rich diversity of culture, however there remains the underlying similarity in challenges faced by marketers today. As an economic region, it is poised to embark on greater economic integration in 2015, and by leveraging our partnerships with Newton Circus, Out There Media and Geometry Global, we can provide solutions to engage with the emerging class consumers with real scale, and help our client’s grow their brands,” said Gowthaman Ragothaman, Chief Operation Officer of Mindshare Asia Pacific on the ASEAN opportunity.

“While Mindshare is already the largest agency in every major country in ASEAN, the potential to expand is still vast, especially with Myanmar and Cambodia remaining untapped. The widespread adoption of mobile and the creation of our emerging class consumer marketing unit, in collaboration with Geometry Global, has opened up highly effective new channels for mass customized communication. These allow marketers to reach people living in rural and semi urban areas on scale, and unlock a much bigger growth opportunity for brands,” said Ashutosh Srivastava, Chairman & CEO for Asia Pacific and Global Growth Markets at Mindshare Worldwide.

In his new role, Mr Shekhar will continue to be based in Jakarta as CEO Indonesia but will also lead and bring new services to all ASEAN offices- Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, in addition to launching Mindshare’s operations in new markets of Myanmar and Cambodia.