Publicis Worldwide India has appointed Sanju Menon as Chief Operating Officer of Publicis Ambience and Publicis Beehive.
Menon takes over the reins from Paritosh Srivastava, who recently was elevated to the role of Managing Director of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi. Menon will be responsible for driving the growth agenda while also providing fresh thinking and impetus to a host of brands under Publicis Ambience & Publicis Beehive.
Menon joins Publicis Worldwide from Leo Burnett India where his last role was as Executive Vice President managing the entire Bajaj portfolio for the agency. Apart from Bajaj, he was also instrumental in inculcating and driving the Power of One philosophy for some of the largest brands across the Publicis Groupe including Jeep, Viacom, Bridgestone, Sketchers, Abbott Nutrition and Cholayil among others.
Srija Chatterjee, MD, Publicis Worldwide, India, who Menon will report to said, “It’s been an emotional ride these past few days as one of our most dependable faces departs to take on a larger role at the Groupe level. But that’s an exciting journey to undertake and Paritosh deserves every bit of the success that has come his way. I’d like to thank Paritosh for setting up steady and solid-looking agencies under Publicis Ambience & Publicis Beehive. At the same time, I’d like to welcome Sanju to the Publicis Worldwide family and can vouch for his credibility as one of the most exciting talents to watch out for. His credentials in driving growth and strategy and his team-bonding skills make him a prized asset to possess. I look forward to partnering him and carving out an upward trajectory for several brands under the Publicis stable.”
Srivastava said, “Leaving is always tough, especially when it’s been a deep emotional relationship of over 8 years. Publicis Worldwide will always be close to my heart and will root for its success and glory. However, the silver lining is that no one better than Sanju Menon could have taken the mantle. He’s a fantastic human being and an incredible professional who will add amazing value to our wonderful clients. I’m certain that he will take the agency to greater heights. My heartfelt wishes to Sanju, Srija, Ajay, Neeraj, Suraj, Sridhar and the entire PWW team for a great ride into the future.”
Menon said, “The last five years at Leo Burnett have been very rewarding. I will cherish the association I have had with the various teams I have worked with. With LB’s rich history of innovation, these years have been of great learning too, and I hope to take every bit of it with me to Publicis Worldwide. From the outside, I have seen that Publicis Worldwide has fantastic talents and long-standing relationships with brands that are trusted, loved, and have enormous potential. Equipped with the Publicis Groupe’s ‘Power of One’ philosophy and with the trust of our partners, I look forward to working with Srija and her talented team on building effective and innovative solutions that will make Publicis Worldwide more agile, and a powerhouse within the group. I’m looking forward to being a part of this exciting new journey.”