Bangalore : Ogilvy has announced the appointment of Joono Simon as Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, Bangalore, India.
Prateek Srivastava, President of Ogilvy South, said, “We are sure that under Joono’s creative leadership, and with the guidance of our national creative directors, Ogilvy Bangalore’s creative reputation will shine brighter than ever before. Joono comes to us with a robust and much applauded background having won at Cannes, Spikes Asia, and at Adfest.”
Joono, who previously was head of Leo Burnett Solutions–Colombo in Sri Lanka as Chief Creative Officer, joins Ogilvy with 18 years of industry experience. He has also acquired 40 international awards, including several Cannes, D&AD and Clio awards. He has worked on multinational brands such as Jockey, Louis Philippe, Himalaya, Signature Whiskey, Peter England, Ford, and Pepsi Foods.
“For many years, we’d been hearing from industry peers about someone named Joono who’s got an interesting point of view on things,” said Abhijit Avasthi, National Creative Director of Ogilvy India. “Rajiv [Rao, Executive Creative Director of Ogilvy India] and I finally got to meet up with him and hear him out early this year and immediately figured he’s the guy we’ve been looking for–a worthy Creative Head for the Bangalore office after Amit and Maalu, who did a great job for us there. I’m glad we are getting to work with Joono. I believe it’s an association that will be extremely productive and satisfying for our clients, Ogilvy and Joono.”
Before his Colombo stint , Joono led the creative team in Mudra South, overseeing the Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi offices. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President and Senior Creative Director of JWT Chennai. He has also worked across agencies like Contract, RK Swami BBDO, SSC&B Lintas, and MAA Bozell. He was recently ranked in the top 50 Creative Rankings in the Asia Pacific, proving that for this botany graduate, a shift to advertising was certainly the right move.