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Hanley King appointed Chairman of Starcom MediaVest Group, India

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) announced the appointment of Hanley King
as chairman, SMG India. Hanley will be reporting to Global Operations President,
John Sheehy and will be based in SMG’s Mumbai office.  

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) announced the appointment of Hanley King
as chairman, SMG India. Hanley will be reporting to Global Operations President,
John Sheehy and will be based in SMG’s Mumbai office.  

As Chairman, SMG India, King will be focused on key client
relationships, new business and commercial operations for the agency. SMG India
CEO Malli CR and SMG Convonix CEO Vishal Sampat will dually report to King and
will continue to lead daily operations for their respective organisations.

Sheehy said, “Hanley is a consummate professional with a proven track
record of delivering results across our globally networked clients. Our recent
acquisition of Convonix and our robust digital and analytics practice prove
that our operations in India are among our most future-focused. I look to
Hanley to work hand in hand with Malli and Vishal to continue to build upon our
momentum in India.”

King was most recently SMG Global Client Lead for APAC, based in
Singapore. In this role he managed multifaceted SMG client teams for Samsung,
Mars Wrigley, Kellogg’s, Novartis and Bank of America and others across the
APAC region.

Prior to joining SMG, King was CEE President for Universal McCann, where
he was responsible for 22 markets across the Central European region with 500
plus staff and billings of close to $1 billion. Prior to this role, he was UM
CEO, Czech Republic, and previous to this he spent seven years working for
media independents and full service communications agencies in his native New
Zealand. In his career Hanley has worked on many global accounts in Asia,
Europe or New Zealand spanning FMCG, Auto, Financial, Breweries and Telcos.

King said, “India is a fascinating, fast-paced and constantly
evolving market. That’s why it’s such an honor to be joining SMG India and
working with Malli and Vishal – a team that is so relentlessly focused on the
future.”

SMG India’s client list includes Dabur, Axis Bank, Aircel, Tata Motors,
Reliance Industries, Budweiser, Taj Hotels, DBS, Mahindra Holidays, Tata
Global Beverages and Ranbaxy. In 2013, PublicisGroupe acquired Convonix,
which aligned with SMG India. Founded in 2003, Convonix today employs more than
400 digital marketing specialists.

 

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