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Grey Group India appoints first female leader as chairman Sunil Lulla exits

Grey Group India’s first female leader, Yashaswini Samat

The boss of Grey Group India has announced his departure after nearly four years.

Sunil Lulla, who has been with the WPP-owned creative agency since 2014, has stepped down as managing director and chairman to “pursue other opportunities”, the agency said in a statement.

He will be replaced by Yashaswini Samat, who in taking on the role will become Grey India’s first female leader since the agency’s inception.

A Grey veteran of 25 years, Samat joined the agency as an account director on Pantene and has worked in multiple markets across Asia, Europe and North America.

Before moving back to Asia, she was the global brand agency leader for Pantene based out of New York.

Samat joins one of a number of female leaders across the Grey network, which includes Sarah Trombetta in Hong Kong, Irene Wong in Malaysia, Kanaporn Hutcheson at Thailand’s GREYnJ United and Yukiko Ochiai in Japan.

Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, said: “Sunil has done a tremendous job with all aspects of the agency – the creative work and accolades, the working culture and environment and his winning ways which has landed us so many high-calibre clients.”

Lulla – “His winning ways which has landed us so many high-calibre clients.”

He added: “Yash is a perfect example of a Grey-career person who has risen to now head our largest business. She has a proven track record in understanding the clients’ business and the challenges they face. With an uncanny ability to analyse and resolve business issues, she will be a great asset and her depth of experience will continue to add tremendous value to our clientele as well as to the Grey Group India brand.”

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