With over 14 years of experience in Advertising, and having worked across a wide range of categories, Abu shies calling himself a veteran. He calls himself a student…of marketing communication. A student who wears many a hats as the role demands. For sometimes he is bulldozer removing the roadblocks for his team and at times he is a mentor and agony uncle for his team. At times he acts as a punching bag for the clients to remove their frustration and at times he becomes “The Wise One” for them. At times he is brainstorming with the team on proactive work or at times you will see him working the telephone trying to establish a contact with some brand. Never a dull moment in this profession and that’s what keeps him going. A workaholic by nature…he unwinds usually on weekends over a book and some music for company and some chatter with his wife and daughter.
It's a question that bogs down virtually every entity in the space of creative communication. How does a brand get itself to be seen, heard and remembered amidst all that media clutter? Young gets its answer to this one with Anup Kotekar, a senior media expert with top drawer experience in media marketing and management. Anup's career has had long and rewarding stopovers at the Times of India - where he was involved in hard-core media marketing for 12 years, WPP – where he set new benchmarks as the National Head (Sales) and Group M. Anup has also been a part of the core team which set up India's first retail media company Future Media – where he served as the Business Head for the audio visual media vertical.
A fun-loving and happy -go- lucky girl, A big foodie, Danica just loves to be happy in any kind of situation, live life as it comes, not an emotional person but a little sensitive by heart, loves making new friends, Music and Photography are favourite pastime hobbies. Danica does things in a planned manner and pretty obsessive about her actions. Has affection for people and cherishes her time alone, loves her home and has a constant urge to travel.
A keen observer, quick practitioner, and a man of few select monosyllables, Hrushikesh is on a constant quest to explore new avenues, and do other things usually found in motivational posters. His passions include leaving the world behind on his bike with classic tunes in the background. In a leather jacket, we’d like to imagine.
Nature lover, traveller, meat eater, compulsive shopper and a believer, Jacintha’s is the first face you’ll see when you walk into Young. Lucky you, because you wouldn’t know what sparkles more - her matching accessories or that charming smile. If you ask her, she’d tell you that once she’s rich and famous, she’ll be spending the rest of her life lounging somewhere in the Himalayas.
Jitendra, along with being an expert media strategist, is also an avid learner. Armed with an MBA in marketing, he has previously lent his expertise to leading media establishments such as Times of India, Mid Day and Radio City. Needless to say, he brings vast knowledge and experience to the agency. At Young, he has taken up the challenge of creating and marketing new business initiatives in the media vertical. Interested in fresh, innovative avenues to explore, he’s always on a lookout for new and effective media offerings for our clients.
With over 16 years of experience with media and entertainment giants like The Times Of India, Hindustan Times, India Today, Eros International, People Interactive, Optimystix Entertainment, Go Fish Entertainment etc., Lloyd provides Young with a wealth of experience. Besides this experience across conventional media, he has also set up and successfully led business teams in the digital media space. He has also managed businesses in the Film and TV entertainment space as well. One who is always up for a challenge with the never-ending enthusiasm of a newbie in the industry. Also passionate about dogs, Lloyd would gladly spend his free time in the company of these four-legged friends.
PC our Studio Head, has the heart of a classical music virtuoso and the hands of an expert tabla player. A lover of the harmonium and sudden spurts of singing, he believes that a life worth living is a life coloured with hobbies. He stands by the age old motto of ‘build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs’. Hear hear.
The quieter you are, the more you can hear. This is certainly true in the case of Sangram - the person with a perennial happy face. Never one to shy away from any kind of assistance on work, he is also the one responsible for almost all of the content in its various formats on our website. One of the un-work-related things that Sangram likes to listen to is Bollywood & remix music. We assume he does this in silence too.
Everyone close to Sanjay knows that the way to his heart is a little bit of affection and a lot of chicken. His gastronomic love affair takes him around the city searching for food to satisfy his soul. A fiercely loyal friend, he constantly strives to excel at work and otherwise.
An MBA in Marketing, Sanju has worked with network agencies as well as independent ones. He has 15 years of industry experience across industry verticals like Automobile, Consumer Durables, FMCG, Healthcare, Fashion, Real Estate, Retail and Events. A firm believer in doing idea-driven work based on sound consumer insight, Sanju feels that creativity can give brands an unfair advantage in the market. Besides advertising, he loves cricket, cinema, cooking and casinos. His other interests include typography and graphology. On weekends, he likes to spend time with friends over military rum and some well-made dhansak.
Swati likes to dance through life on the tune of Working Man, her magic fingers expertly playing with numbers, feeding her life-long affair with finance. When not busy trying to keep us away from her box full of change, she enjoys going to places, buying things, reading and music.
Tapas’ core functional strengths include creating and overseeing marketing and promotional strategies. He uses his marketing acumen to identify and analyze the marketing trends of competitors in the industry. His expertise lies in using appropriate marketing channels to bring the target audience closer to selling entities. A post-graduate diploma in Advertisement, Communication and Marketing with a career spanning more than a decade, Tapas has served in senior marketing roles in prestigious corporates like FCB Ulka and Lowe Lintas. He was part of the team that won the first prize at the Global Professional Baby Awards 2013 for Johnson and Johnson Babycare “Segmented communication to paediatricians”. He was also a key member of the team that bagged the Silver at PMAA 2006 for Best Use of Innovative Communication Strategy for Nokia DYT.
Living life with the Sound Of Music soundtrack playing in the background, Veena is one of those few people who can say things like ‘life is beautiful’ and ‘power is within us’ and make it sound believable and inspiring. When not spreading smiles, she can be found sprawled on a secluded beach at a beautiful somewhere with a book, living by the famous motto: You get the drinks and I’ll get the suntan lotion.
Innovative thinking at Young begins right at the top. With a reputation for cutting through marketing clutter with fresh business approaches, Wilfred Fernandes keeps the momentum at Young going with initiatives that take it out of the league of its contemporaries. The founder of Young distributes his zeal and energies between overseeing the performance of all Young verticals, driving new business development, and thinking up big ideas to set Young apart from the crowd. Not really a surprising package to expect from a professional who has pioneered several innovations during his 14 year stint at the Bennett Coleman Company Group, the Times Property supplement being a fitting example. Wilfred has also been the Chief Marketing Officer at Ekta World.
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