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Ex-BBH Russell Barrett joins TBWA\India as chief creative experience officer

Mumbai, India – Advertising agency TBWA in India has appointed Russell Barrett as its chief creative experience officer to further the agency’s commitment to delivering disruptive brand experience solutions for its clients.

In the newly created role, Barrett will be setting the creative vision and delivering TBWA\India’s total brand experience approach to the agency’s portfolio of clients. He will likewise be working closely with the agency’s key management team in India and its global creative leadership to drive the global ambition for TBWA’s creative product.

Prior to joining TBWA, Barrett was managing partner and chief creative officer at ad agency BBH India. He also has 27 years of experience working with brands like Abbott, Google Chrome, Red Bull, Audi, and Uber, amongst others.

On his new appointment, Barrett said, “TBWA is a brilliant brand globally with a sharply defined culture of creativity and innovation. The opportunity to create brand experiences rather than just another campaign speaks directly to my own creative ambitions. Through conversations with the TBWA leadership, it is clear we’re chasing the same goals.”

Govind Pandey, chief executive officer at TBWA\India, also commented that Barrett will be helping elevate the agency’s disruptive creative thinking that its clients demand.

“His depth of experience and varied skill set will sharpen our creative thinking and deliver ongoing value across the entire brand experience for our clients,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sean Donovan, president of TBWA\Asia, also said, “With Russell on board, we will be accelerating our collective mission to provide category-defining solutions that defy convention while delivering meaningful business impact.”

Ben Williams, chief creative experience officer at TBWA\Worldwide, also shared his excitement over Barrett’s appointment. 

“A changed world requires a changed approach to creative work. With Russell joining the\ collective, I look forward to seeing him bring his unique perspective and experience to the table in crafting disruptive work with brand experience at its core.”

Previously, TBWA\India has also appointed Amit Kekre as its CSO to elevate its strategic approach across its planning department.

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JSW Paints paints clearer picture of responsible purchasing with Alia Vs Sawalia TVC

Mumbai, India — Paint manufacturer JSW Paints has come out with a new entry to its paints landscape disruptor campaign – Any Colour One Price – a TVC campaign entitled ‘Alia Vs Sawalia’. The campaign was done in collaboration with TBWA\India.

The TVC turns the spotlight on the truth – that people don’t know about differential pricing because people don’t ask. It prompts people to ask the right questions before buying paint instead of blindly making decisions that will cost them dearly. It is easy to see Sawalia gaining pop-culture currency and nudging behaviour change. Something that shouldn’t be too difficult considering the fact that Indians are a questioning lot, just that being charged different prices for different colours seems to have become a blind spot. Alia in her Sawalia avatar stands out as a symbol of a discerning mind.

In a traditionally low involvement category, JSW Paints’ newest entry on the ACOP campaign brings to focus the fact that choosing paint is in fact a high stakes decision because it stays on and costs you more than it should if you don’t ask the right questions.

Commenting on the conceptualisation of this unique campaign, Parixit Bhattacharya, managing partner for Creative of TBWA\India, said Indians have a blackbelt in questioning things but when it comes to painting our homes, Indians like to outsource their discernment.

“It is uncharacteristic of us. We want to remind people to ask questions before they paint their home. Only then would the rest of the paint category be more transparent like JSW Paints and its disruptive Any Colour One Price. Dropping Sawalia into culture is our latest ploy to get people to ask key questions before painting their homes,” Bhattacharya said.

Adding to that, Govind Pandey, CEO of TBWA\India, said, “JSW Paints is an innovator that’s challenging the category norms. Over the past 2 years, they’ve set out to bring out an outdated convention of different colours costing differently by driving the proposition of ‘Any Colour One Price’ which is an industry first. With this campaign, we’re using Alia as an Agent Provocateur – who is questioning the unquestioned in the category.”