WPP appoints Angela Ahrendts to its board as Non Executive Director

Jun 11 2020

 

WPP today announces the appointment of Angela Ahrendts DBE to its Board as a Non Executive Director. With a career in fashion and retail spanning more than three decades, Angela Ahrendts was Senior Vice President, Retail at Apple, Inc. from May 2014 until April 2019. At Apple, Angela was responsible for overseeing global retail, creating a seamless customer experience by integrating the company’s physical and digital businesses across its online store, app and more than 500 retail stores in 25 countries. She also spearheaded Today at Apple, an initiative of free educational and creative sessions which reshaped Apple’s retail experience.

Angela joined Apple from Burberry, where she was CEO from 2006 to 2014. In this role, she led the company through a period of outstanding global growth through the adoption of new technologies, including ecommerce and updated in-store technology, the launch of new product lines and the expansion of retail operations into new markets. While at Burberr Angela emphasised culture and values and created the Burberry Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in communities and build a more sustainable future through innovation. Prior to Burberry, Angela was Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne, Inc. and President of Donna Karan International, Inc. Angela was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015 and was named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2014. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Oxford University Saïd Business School and a non-executive director on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corporation and Airbnb, Inc. Angela also sits on the boards of Charity: Water, which brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries, and The HOW Institute for Society.

Her appointment will be effective from 1 July 2020. Commenting on the appointment, Roberto Quarta, Chairman of WPP, said: “Angela’s reputation as a leader of creative and technology-driven businesses is second to none; she also has deep insight into our clients’ needs in a changing world. We are delighted that she will be joining the WPP Board.”


Angela Ahrendts DBE said: “WPP is one of the world’s leading creative companies. Mark and his excellent leadership team have a strong sense of purpose and a strategy that values
creative talent while embracing societal shifts and new technologies. I am so honoured to support their ongoing development as a member of the WPP Board.”


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Nov 23 2020 By Admin
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Oct 23 2020 By Admin
    Poddar Foundation, one of India’s largest organizations focusing working in the area of mental health, conducted a session on the importance of mental health awareness and wellbeing for adolescent girls.. The socially distanced interactive session was attended by 35 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. It was the first community session conducted by the Poddar Foundation since the lockdown.      “Adolescent girls do not seek professional help for mental health problems for a variety of reasons. Confidentiality concerns, lack of knowledge about professional services, the backward notion that symptoms of distress reflect a temporary crisis brought on by age and lack of appropriate responses from their families, who still look at mental health problems through the lens of stigma on account of the religious and cultural conditioning. Considering the high rates of mental health disorders among adolescent girls and their unique vulnerabilities, we decided to kickstart our field work with this interactive session to get a sense of what they have been going through since the lockdown and come to an understanding of how better we can help them,” said Dr. Prakriti Poddar, Mental Health Expert and MD, Poddar Foundation. The girls were encouraged to come forward and talk about the issues they face on a daily basis, the effect it has on their mental outlook and the psychological distress they face. Almost all of them said they didn’t know whom to turn to for help. Many of them were unaware of the magnitude of their problems and were not even sure whether they needed professional intervention. The session was designed to help them understand the importance of timely mental health intervention. “We learned a lot during our session. They asked us to talk about our problems and patiently answered all our questions. Many of us did not know that help was readily available for people like us. We now know where to turn to. We will surely tell our friends about it and encourage them to reach out as well” said Sandeep (Name Changed), a participant from Bhim Nagar. “There is a paucity of mental health literacy in low- and middle-income countries, and India is no exception. We need more studies to plan interventions and improve recognition of mental health problems. It will encourage more people to seek help and prevent fallouts. Mental illnesses in India are largely attributable to socio-economic factors. Studies have shown that poverty has a direct impact on the mental health of adolescents. Young women from disadvantaged communities and backgrounds are particularly vulnerable due to adversities associated with physical abuse, poverty, lack of access to education, sex trafficking, and rigid restrictions on mobility. With a rise in the cases of domestic violence since the lockdown, this was the first demographic we decided to address when we resumed our field work. We wanted to give them access to mental health resources so that they feel comfortable coming forward and talking about their problems” added Dr. Prakriti.  The foundation has conducted mass awareness campaigns in collaboration with Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission and NGOs like Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and Strujana Charitable Trust to empower, educate and equip disadvantaged and marginalized women. At present, the foundation is working with over 60,000 people in the state of Maharashtra, and has created a teaching and training manual for social workers, anganwaadis, teachers, students, and medical officers. 
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Oct 15 2020 By Admin
  Ashwin Malik Meshram Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Mumbai has been working in the sectors of Education, Employment, and Healthcare. They have organized multiple free-of-cost drives dedicated to bringing actionable changes in the community. With a minimum turnout of 150 people per drive, Ashwin Malik Meshram Foundation has impacted thousands of locals to date.  Education – AMMF, under their initiative Disha – Ujjwal Bhavishya Ki Ore, organizes Career Guidance and Counselling Sessions for the students who have cleared their X and XII examinations. The sessions are conducted by expert counsellors, who help the students understand the various career options available to them while explaining the admission process for each to avoid parents’ and students’ anxiety.  Employment - Under the initiative ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar,’ the Foundation has been working towards facilitating employment opportunities for the locals. Acting as a link between corporates and the candidates, AMMF helps people from various backgrounds find several blue-and white-collar jobs like administration, accounting, security guards, delivery men, maintenance, etc. with their partner organizations.  Healthcare - Under the Healthcare sector, a Sanitary Pad Donation Drive called ‘Saheli’ aims to educate underprivileged women about the importance of personal hygiene, and to create a safe space for them to talk and discuss the various issues that they face. The volunteers create awareness about the various health issues for women like PCOD, postpartum depression, cervical cancer, etc. A 3-month supply of sanitary pads is provided to women in order to promote a healthy lifestyle.  On this initiative Ashwin Malik Meshram, Chairman, Ashwin Malik Meshram Foundation said“Education and employment have the power to transform the situation for any family. And we, at AMMF, are doing our part by making education and employment accessible to families in need.”   To promote the three sectors of Education, Employment & Healthcare and to decrease the knowledge gap, the Foundation also works on several other initiatives like Hum Honge Kamyab – Let’s Bridge The Digital Divide, Choose Life Not Addiction - Alcohol De-addiction Sessions, Shakti – Sashakt Naari Se Hi Banega Sashakt Samaaj, Food For All – Let’s Take A Bite Out Of Hunger, etc.   

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2021 marketing imperatives to support ‘rebound and recovery’ strategies.
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    More than two thirds (69%) of businesses expect to end the second half of 2020 in decline. Just under half (45%) of those expect their business to be down by 20% or less, while one in five of those leaders expects their business to be down in excess of 40% y/y. As news of positive stage 3 clinical trials emerges, just one quarter (23%) expect their business to recover within a six-month timeframe of a vaccine being widely available, while 41% expect recovery within a year. More than one quarter (27%) expect their business to take as long as two years to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis.  In Global Business Compass, a study of almost 4,500 business leaders around the world; Kantar identified that almost two thirds (61%) of companies had reduced their marketing spend by an average of 36.7% in 2020. This included half of companies (50%) cutting comms and media spend by an average of 39.3%. With this widespread economic concern, and the constraints being placed upon marketing, Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting company has identified the three core strategies marketing teams should pursue to support their business’s ‘rebound and recovery’ strategy.   Imperative #1: Digital Transformation: Omnichannel and ecommerce is surging. 40% of consumers say they have increased their ecommerce spend during lockdown, rising to 48% of households with children. 45% of consumers will continue shopping with online stores they found during the pandemic. 55% of companies invested in their ecommerce capabilities during the pandemic. The change is not only about online business, new buying patterns and behaviours are emerging making brands and companies more vulnerable to competition. With digital becoming an integral part of the new normal, brands that elevate the human experience will be strongest. Marketing teams can drive success through reinventing channel strategies, shifting towards the best performing channels. Testing new models of growth and partnerships (social commerce and direct to consumer) should be on the agenda of every CMO, while investigating changing needs, buying power and the importance of different touchpoints in new ecommerce journeys will inform those strategies. This understanding will require a purposeful data strategy that discovers the power of owned data within the organisation and integrates it with trusted third-party data to understand the new buying signals and deliver that data to the decision makers within the marketing and media teams.    Imperative #2:  Purpose and sustainability really will make a difference The pandemic has made people re-evaluate the importance of purpose and sustainability in their priorities. 85% of consumers think it is important to buy from companies that support causes in which they believe. Brands need to have an impact in people’s lives and the world they live in. Purpose is a systemic stabiliser for brands in times of global economic recession. It is paramount to revive and reinvent relationships that connect the brands to emerging consumer needs. Businesses are under pressure to play a more supporting role in giving meaning to people’s life and position themselves on issues such as diversity, local culture vs. globalism, racial justice, sustainability and community. Marketing teams in 2021 should reflect on what explicit or implicit needs are being met and consider the impact you can have on users’ lives, functionally or emotionally. Integrate purpose as a living element of the communication, product, brand experience and brand commitment rather than treat it as an isolated concept. Re-engage with consumers and their issues in a transparent, meaningful, connected way, and be ready to make sacrifices for the public good.   Imperative #3: Organisation performance and innovation: Almost two in three leaders don’t feel they have the right operating model to be competitive. During the pandemic 20% of businesses experienced growth. There are lessons to be learned from these companies that will transform how businesses are run. 59% of companies that achieved growth during the pandemic pivoted their business model, while more than a quarter invested more in innovation. Recovery will require businesses to make drastic changes to old ways of working and significantly review and invest in organisational performance. Create a feedback loop with your employees and consumers to ensure your corporate narrative and long-term strategic priorities are still relevant and to accelerate your learning curve and consistently scale best practices. People’s new rituals need to be at the heart of the portfolio innovation strategy. Innovation is one of the key characteristics that enable meaningfully different brands to rebound up to nine times faster. Reinvent channel strategies - remember people crave human connection. Elevate the human experience even in digital environments. Only one in four consumers are satisfied with retailers omnichannel presence. Siloed-organisations that isolate customer experience from sales and marketing need urgent reorganisation to get a holistic view of how to reactivate demand.    In discussing Kantar’s advice for marketing leaders Rosie Hawkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Kantar commented “Adapting to new conditions and being brave are key to fast recovery. Virtually every business we interviewed for this study agreed that consumer behaviour has changed for good. Whether it is how they shop, their product needs, their customer service needs, we need to reset what we know about customer behaviour in the future. History has taught us that businesses that are brave during these recessionary periods rebound stronger. Understand your changing customer needs, invest as much as possible in gaining share of voice (and share of market), adapt your strategy to leverage more digital shopping and service channels. Every company has an opportunity to reframe the experiences they deliver to offer purpose-driven actions and they should not be afraid of serving this important new role in society.”    Preeti Reddy, CEO – South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar added, “In this changing world order, it is an imperative that organizations and brands continue learning about changing consumer preferences and adapting strategies on a real time basis. This will need businesses to be agile and to develop mechanisms that capture information from multiple sources to aid decision making. This will also mean that the need to build stronger, more resilient brands will only increase further; and also to build a strong communication network to communicate brand value and intent to customers on an ongoing basis. Consequently, the role of marketing in driving future strategies of the organization will become even more significant.”   Kantar’s three imperatives for rebound and recovery are part of Global Business Compass. More insights can be found on Kantar.com.  
Innovation, Pioneering and Differentiation key for business success shares Marico’s Harsh Mariwala with budding entrepreneurs at TiECON Chennai 2020
Oct 07 2020 By Admin
  Addressing budding entrepreneurs on the various nuances of setting up successful and sustainable business in India, Harsh Mariwala, Founder and Chairman of Marico delivered an insightful keynote address in the second day of TiECON Chennai 2020. Taking the audience through various high points of Marico’s journey, Harsh Mariwala urged entrepreneurs of today to identify business models that are innovative, pioneering and a differentiator in the market place to overcome competition. During this power-packed talk, he further emphasized the importance of entrepreneurs playing to their strengths in order to create a successful business. With back-to-back power-packed sessions, the conference witnessed an overwhelming participation. Enlightening the entrepreneurs with interesting anecdotes from Marico journey, Harsh Mariwala also spoke about how entrepreneurs can enable themselves to tackle challenges by focusing on customer insights. From converting market trends to entering international markets with a deeper understanding of local customers, Harsh Mariwala’s session was an eye-opener on the evolving business climate in the country to aspiring entrepreneurs. Sharing his views on tackling competition from market leaders, Mr. Harsh Mariwala said “Identifying right opportunity by pioneering a segment has enabled us to earn large market share today. Hence, it is very important for entrepreneurs to identify what will work in the market place – either it has to be pioneering or differentiating or innovative. Otherwise, it will become difficult to compete with just another ‘me too’ product.” He also added, “Identify an opportunity, debate the concept with people to understand the blind spots and then actually try it out with customers. I am a firm believer in prototyping. Start with consumer insights, find out what consumers want, discuss your product with consumers, incorporate their feedback and then launch it in a test market to get a feeler. This will help entrepreneurs launch their business on a much larger scale. “Also to make this happen it is very important that you have the right talent pool. It is very important for entrepreneurs to create the right employee value proposition in the job market because there is a war for talent today. Entrepreneurs have to win this war in a highly competitive talent market by identifying what is the unique thing you are offering which will help you attract talent. Empowerment, agility and a flat organization structure has helped Marico attract the right talent. Flat organization structure has to be balanced with good quality of talent at the middle and senior level so that challenge is viewed as empowerment.” Following the keynote address, an intriguing fire-side chat was conducted between Mr. Harsh Mariwala and Ms. Meenakshi Ramesh, Executive Director of United Way Chennai on the rapidly changing business landscape amidst a pandemic. Sharing his views on how small businesses can co-exist during these tough times, Harsh Mariwala said, “High degree of consolidation is taking place and it will continue to happen partly because of COVID-19 and partly because of certain trends. COVID-19 itself has accelerated many trends which we had seen earlier by moving in a very fast manner. In many of the FMCG segment, it was difficult to launch new products and create a brand because of the distribution infrastructure and the need to advertise on television. Now with the digital spread, e-commerce and modern trade there are new opportunities for young entrepreneurs to launch brands that are created and sold digitally. However, all India distribution network will be a challenge for budding entrepreneurs with a minimum turnover that might force them to sell their business. But I feel that they can co-exist based on their offering and also by identifying a niche where the bigwigs don’t operate. With removal of distribution and advertisement barriers in the FMCG sector, newer niches are getting occupied in the segment providing a scope for co-existence.” Following this dynamic session, the second of TiECON Chennai 2020 had interesting sessions covering a diverse set of topics. A panel discussion on “Make your own mistakes - lessons from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs” had Ashok Anand, the Founder and CEO of Appiyo Technologies; Madhumitha, the Co-Founder and Chief Cook at The Indus Valley; and Sneha Priya, Co-Founder of SP Robotics sharing their perspectives on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. The day’s conference came to a conclusion with a session that captured a striking conversation between Dr. Prashantam, a world-renowned psychologist and senior writer Ms. Meera S on how we cope with COVID-19 and the world that lies ahead of us. Is it the pandemic a tomato or a tennis ball? For the first time in the history of TiECON Chennai, an exclusive regional platform to conduct conferences in Tamil was initiated today. The Tamil TiECON 2020 will have regional entrepreneurs talking about their growth story and challenges faced along the journey for the benefit of budding entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. In today’s session, Mr B Srinivasan, Managing Director of Vikatan Group was engaged in an insightful conversation with Mr CA G Karthikeyan, Founder – GKM Tax on how new-age entrepreneurs should channelize hurdles into opportunities, especially in the time of crisis.
The Advertising Club re-elects Partho Dasgupta as President
Sep 30 2020 By Admin
  Advertising, Marketing and Media industry’s apex body – The Advertising Club today announced the Managing Committee for the current fiscal i.e. FY 2020-21 at its 66th Annual General Meeting. Its current President Partho Dasgupta has been re-elected to lead the body. Under his able leadership, in the past one year, TAC has covered new grounds especially in the area of learning & development, enabling Indian Advertising industry to imbibe global best practices, innovate and garner global recognition. He has also come out in support of the industry in these unprecedented times by proactively refunding entry fees for the ABBY Awards 2020.   Speaking about the re-appointment Mr. Partho Dasgupta, President, The Advertising Club said “It has been an honor to serve and be re-elected as the President of one of the most prestigious Advertising Clubs in the country, and I am truly humbled by the faith and trust that my Industry peers and seniors have bestowed upon me. This is a difficult year for all of us and I look forward to doing our best for the Club in the forthcoming year. As expressed in the beginning of the year, the committee has gone beyond our Marquee events and tried to do new things this year. Initiatives like Leadership Development Programme is something we would like to push forward this year too.”  The below members were elected unopposed.  The Office Bearers of The Advertising Club for 2020-2021 are:  Partho Dasgupta: President  Partha Sinha: Vice President  Dr. Bhaskar Das: Secretary    Aditya Swamy: Jt. Secretary    Shashi Sinha: Treasurer  Managing Committee Members include the below industry leaders who will play a decisive role in driving synergies and ensuring the success of all The Advertising Club initiatives:  Vikas Khanchandani  Pradeep Dwivedi  Sonia Huria  Mitrajit Bhattacharya  Sidharth Rao  Punitha Arumugam  Raj Nayak   Additional below is the list co-opted industry professionals:  Ajay Kakar  Rana Barua  Sabbas Joseph    The below list of leaders will continue to bring value to The Advertising Club through their expertise and deep understanding of the respective industry segments:  Debabrata Mukherjee  Avinash Pant   Ajay Chandwani  Kartik Sharma  Asha Kharga  Rathi Gangappa  Sapangeet Rajwant  Namrata Tata  Sanjay Adesara  Vikram Sakhuja will continue as a member of the Managing Committee as the Immediate Past President for the ensuing year.    
The Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) elects Sunil Kataria as the Chairman
Sep 21 2020 By Admin
      The newly elected Executive Council of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) met on September 21, 2020.  Mr. Sunil Kataria, Chief Executive Officer, India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, was elected Chairman of the ISA. Sunil has led the Society over the past four years to newer heights drawing support from his colleagues in the Executive Council, the ISA members and all fraternity entities.   On his election for the fifth consecutive term as the Chairman of the ISA, Sunil said, “In our journey towards creating greater value proposition for the ISA in the industry, the focus will be to make this unique body future ready for the new normal that is emerging around us and to provide value added support to our members. With the digital advertising having ascended as second only to TV and growing even further, our endeavour this year would be take forward our efforts in the area of digital measurement .The ISA has plans ahead to work with BARC to create a Multimedia Measurement that can be implemented very soon. We heartily thank all fraternity organizations for their strong partnering and this will surely help us accomplish new milestones. I also acknowledge the continuing support by our members in all our endeavours.”   He further added, “In particular reference to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am glad to acknowledge the cooperation of all our members, industry associates, vendors and ISA Secretariat team in staying safe adhering to directives by health authorities and governments. ” ISA is the only national body as a strong voice to advertisers over the last 68 years. It has advertiser members from across industries who approximately contribute to over two-thirds of the annual national non-governmental ad spends.  ISA, which is a founder member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and one of the founders of ASCI, continues to partner with other industry bodies that connect to the advertisers.  The ISA played a significant role in formation of BARC and is closely partnering with it towards advertisers getting robust and credible data.  The Executive Council members of the ISA thanked Sunil for his substantial contribution to the ISA as Chairman over past four years and expressed pleasure to elect him again for 2020-21.   Other members of the Executive Council are:   Mr. Atul Agrawal, Senior Vice President – Corporate Brand and Marketing,Tata Services Limited   Mr. Abraham Mathew Alapatt, President & Group Head-Marketing, Service Quality Financial Services & Innovation, Thomas Cook (India) Limited    Mr. Narendra Ambwani, Director, Agro Tech Foods Limited   Mr. Ravi A. Desai, Director, Mass & Brand Mktg International, Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.   Mrs. Paulomi Dhawan, Independent Director, Whistling Woods International Ltd.   Mr. Girish Kalyanaraman, Senior Director Brand Operations, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and    Health Care Limited   Mr. Chandru Kalro, Managing Director, TTK Prestige Limited   Mr. Sandeep Kaul, Divisional Chief Executive - India Tobacco Division, ITC Limited   Mr. Bharat V. Patel, Independent Director, Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd.   Mr. Ramakrishnan Ramamurthi, Adviser J. K. Enterprises   Mr. Amit Tiwari, Vice President – Marketing, Havells India Ltd.   Mr. Subhadip Dutta Choudhury, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Hawkins Cookers Limited   Mr. Anuj Poddar, Executive Director, Bajaj Electricals Limited   Mr. Ram Raghavan, Managing Director, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited    Mr Gauravjeet Singh, General Manager – Media Services (South Asia) Media, Hindustan Unilever Limited   Mr. Sanjeev Handa, Sr. V. P.  Corporate Communications, Maruti Suzuki India Limited