Dentsu India, the advertising agency owned by Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), on Monday announced the appointment of Malvika Mehra as chief creative officer (CCO). Mehra will be responsible for the agency’s creative duties across all offices. Dentsu India will also launch a new design and innovation unit called Dentsu India Tomorrow Lab which will be headed by Mehra.
“I am delighted to welcome Malvika to the Dentsu family. I have worked with her in the past, and I must say it was a rather fruitful experience. I respect Malvika for her fine design thinking ability, entrepreneurial spirit and her hunger to create great work that works," said Simi Sabhaney, chief executive, Dentsu India.
With more than two decades of experience across advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and Grey, Mehra was running her own independent design venture, Tomorrow Creative Lab.
Some of the key brands she has worked on include ITC Foods’ snack brand Bingo!, Vodafone, State Bank of India, Gillette, Reliance Telecom, Dell, Fiat, Honda, Duracell and the Indian Army. As an entrepreneur, under the Tomorrow brand, Malvika has handled brand strategy, design and communication for the artificial intelligence and data analytics company, Fractal Analytics Inc., Hindustan Unilever Limited, Ashiana Housing, NDTV, Arvind Group, Hotstar, Oyo Rooms, Awfis Co-working Spaces, Streamcast Technologies, Vivaana Hospitality and Generico Chemists among others.
A two-time Cannes Gold Lion and D&AD pencil winner, Malvika has served jury duty across categories like film, print and design at international advertising and design festivals like Cannes, Clio and Spikes Asia.
On her new role Mehra said, “Change is the only constant. Anyone worth his or her salt interested in creating game changing brands of the future, needs to be agile and learn to adapt, quickly. Joining Dentsu India as CCO, has been the most interesting pivot in my entrepreneurial journey. With the backing of the robust, truly collaborative DAN network and teams and a solid, go-getter business partner in Simi, I get to play that fancy word, intrapreneur for real. And continue to place the brand, at the golden intersection of ideas (of course), but also design and technology, for all our amazing clients."
Dentsu Aegis Network’s presence in India comprises the global network brands Carat, iProspect, Isobar, Posterscope, Vizeum, MKTG, Amnet and mcgarrybowen along with the Dentsu branded agencies – Dentsu Impact, Dentsu One, Dentsu India, Dentsu Media, Taproot Dentsu and Dentsu Webchutney. The newly added acquisitions to the group include Milestone Brandcom, WATConsult, Fountainhead MKTG, the Perfect Relations Group, Happy mcgarrybowen, Fractal Design Studio, SVG Columbus and Merkle Sokrati.