Havas Media India and Southeast Asia chief executive Anita Nayyar is to depart, after more than 13 years at the group.
Nayyar is set to leave in May. She will be replaced by Mohit Joshi who will lead the agency as group MD and will report to Rana Barua, CEO, Havas Group India.
Nayyar joined Havas in 2007 as CEO of Havas Media India. In 2018, she was promoted to CEO of Havas Media Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the group, she was an executive director at Starcom in Delhi, and vice president of Mudra Communications.
Vishnu Mohan, chairman and CEO, Havas Group, India and Southeast Asia said: “Anita has played a pivotal role in Havas Media India’s success and growth over the years. A future forward-thinking leader with a deep understanding of people, brand and media, Anita has also been an inspiration to many young professionals. We are grateful for her significant and lasting contribution to Havas Media India and wish her the very best for her next chapter.”
Nayyar commented: “It has been an extremely fulfilling and meaningful journey at Havas India over the last 13 years. I am grateful for the opportunities given by the network including the broader remit of SEA in 2018. As Havas Group India continues to reinforce its integrated model of operations, I am confident the Group will continue to chart its success story and I wish the team at Havas Group well with its future development.”
Barua added: “Anita is credited with growing Havas Media India’s footprint and elevating it’s presence. Her dedication and passion are exemplary that has led to her becoming a strong voice in the industry. On behalf of the network, I would like to thank Anita for all that she has done and wish her all the best going ahead.”
Joshi said: “Working with Anita for over a decade has been an immensely rewarding and learning experience. She has been an integral part of Havas Media and valued by both clients and colleagues alike. As I welcome the new challenge, I would like to thank the network for the opportunity and Anita for her mentorship and guidance."