Mumbai, India – Global brand and customer experience agency VMLY&R in India has appointed Mukund Olety, former group creative director at advertising company BBDO Worldwide, to be its new chief creative officer.
Olety brings with him two decades of career experience across India, China, and Southeast Asia. Aside from his previous role at BBDO, Olety has partnered with advertising agency Ogilvy in Beijing to create digital and integrated campaigns for Nestle and Audi. He has also had stints with various creative agencies such as Leo Burnett Malaysia, O&M India, JWT, and DDB Mudra, where he worked with brands such as Mercedes, McDonald’s, and Samsung, as well as Durex, and Unilever, among others.
In addition, Olety has also served on jury panels and partnered with One Club, a nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire, encourage, and develop creative excellence in advertising and design, to mentor young creatives.
In his new role, Olety will be a part of VMLY&R India’s senior leadership council. He will be instrumental in developing and boosting the creative capabilities in India in tandem with VMLY&R’s positioning of creating connected brands that add value for clients by harnessing creativity, technology, and culture. His mandate will also include driving the agency’s creative vision and nurturing its creative talent.
Commenting on his appointment, Olety said that VMLY&R has this potent mix of creativity, technology, culture, and commerce, and the ambition that they have for the India office astounded him.
“With industry legends like Tripti, Valerie, and Anil at the helm, there is not a better group of people I want to take this ride with. I am looking forward to creating connected, future-facing and awesome work for our key clients and brands,” said Olety.
Meanwhile, Anil Nair, the CEO at VMLY&R India, commented that he could not have thought of a better person to lead their creative team in these thought-provoking times.
“Mukund has extensive experience working on both local and global brands and working at both Indian and international levels. This grasp of both, coupled with his passion for creativity, makes him an outstanding addition to the VMLY&R family,” said Nair.
Just recently, VMLY&R India also announced the appointment of Payal Vaidya as its new executive vice president of experience design. She will be leading the customer experience design vertical, and will be responsible for evangelizing design thinking and customer-first experiences within the agency and with clients.