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Global communications agency Redhill unveils line of new MDs

Singapore – Redhill, the global full-service communications agency headquartered in Singapore, bolsters its senior leadership team with key hires for its Malaysia, Indonesia, and India teams.

Umesh Nair (leftmost in photo) has been named as deputy managing director and will lead Redhill’s technology practice and operations in Malaysia. Nair brings with him 15 years of experience in digital marketing and corporate reputation across technology, banking, aerospace, and telecom. Before joining Redhill, he was managing partner at Publicis Groupe’s PR firm MSL Malaysia, and also served as head of reputation at Edelman Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Pavan Sahu (rightmost in photo) has been elevated to the role of deputy managing director, and will continue to accelerate Redhill’s growth in Indonesia and India.

Sahu joined Redhill in 2019 as senior director and has played a crucial role in leading communications strategies across India, Indonesia, and Singapore, while leading crisis communications and brand reputation management for Redhill’s office in India. Some of the key clients Sahu has worked with include Danone, Truecaller, Crayon,, and GudangAda.

Aside from the key appointments in APAC, the agency has also unveiled leadership for its market in the Middle East and for helming the agency’s accounts in the government, public and corporate sectors.

Seasoned communications expert Anit Kurian (second from left in photo), who carries with him nearly two decades of experience, will be managing director for Middle East and Africa. Meanwhile, Charu Srivastava (second from right in photo), like Sahu, has been promoted to deputy managing director

For the role, Srivastava will lead the agency’s business within the government, public, and corporate sector. Srivastava joined the agency in 2019 as director, building the company’s government and corporate practice to include a diverse portfolio of clients.

On the appointment of Kurian and Nair, Pranav Rastogi, Redhill’s managing director, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Anit [Kurian] and Umesh [Nair] to the Redhill team. Both Anit and Umesh bring decades of management and communications experience to the table across multiple countries and verticals.”

On Sahu and Srivastava, Rastogi continues, “Charu [Srivastava] and Pavan [Sahu] have performed exceptionally well in growing their respective verticals exponentially despite the challenging environment due to the pandemic. Even as we hire externally, we are also investing in our current senior leaders. Charu and Pavan have proven track records and a wealth of experience and expertise to keep up with our rapid growth. I am confident that Anit, Umesh, Charu, and Pavan will help take Redhill to new heights in the coming years.”

The agency recently celebrated its seventh anniversary in October this year. In June, Redhill entered MARKETECH APAC’s Top 5 Stories for welcoming its new MDs, Marienelle Castelino and Tavy Cussinel.

In an exclusive conversation with its CEO and Founder Jacob Puthenparambil, he shared the agency’s philosophy in building and growing its team.

“It’s extremely vital for our growth that we have people who stay with us for a very long time because it’s a people-based industry, especially PR. A lot of the company culture is based on the long-term people that we have. You can’t write those things down or learn from a textbook,” said Puthenparambil.