Mumbai: Shavon Barua, former president of Havas Worldwide, is joining Omnicom media group agency PHD in the newly-created role of managing partner.
Barua will work closely with Jyoti Bansal, managing director, PHD India. With two decades of experience in creative agencies, this is the first time she will explore her opportunities at a media agency.
One of her key responsibilities will be managing the entire digital mandate of Hindustan Unilever. Last year, PHD picked up the coveted gold at the Cannes Lion festival for its HUL campaign, Kan Khajura Teshan, the on-demand entertainment channel on mobile phones.
“Shavon’s leadership experience with a creative communication agency will be a great addition in strengthening our product,” said Jasmin Sohrabji, chief executive officer, Omnicom Media Group, India and South East Asia.
Barua started her career with SSC&B Lintas in 1995 as account director. She moved to Rediffusion Y&R in 2000 as client servicing director and in 2004 joined Ambience Publicis as associate vice-president. In 2007, she moved to JWT as executive business director and in 2009 shifted to Euro RSCG as director. She joined Havas in 2010.