Mona Jain Appointed Head – Strategic Investments IME

India Media Exchange has announced creation of the new role of India Head- Strategic Investments. Mona Jain, till now Executive Vice President – North, will move into this new role with immediate effect.

“Historically, the interaction between buyers and media owners has been tactical and adversarial. While it is popular to talk of partnership, hardly anyone devotes enough energy and senior management commitment to explore the game changing behaviour that true partnership involves. We created this new role to better leverage the scale represented by IMX clients, to change the nature of our conversation with media owners, and in order to turn our relationship with them more long term and strategic ,”
Ravi Kiran, CEO-South East & South Asia, Starcom MediaVest Group, who provides guidance and counsel to India Media Exchange in his regional management capacity,said.

In this role, Mona Jain will focus on taking the IMX engagement with key media owners to the next level- formulating and implementing 2nd generation investment practices, co-creating proactive opportunities and assets for IMX clients.

Added Mona Jain, newly appointed Head, Strategic Investments, India Media Exchange, “I have been on the front lines for the last sixteen odd months, building IMX along with my senior colleagues and it has been terrific. The new role will allow me to do what I like doing best- create unassailable competitive advantage for IMX clients by setting up new age practices and long term value based relationships with like minded media owners. I firmly believe that the transactional nature of the relationship between the buyer and the media owner must change and we must drive that transformation as India Media Exchange.”

In her new role, Mona Jain will continue to be based in Delhi.

Mona Jain has over eighteen years of experience working in various leading agencies – Hindustan Thompson, Contract, Mudra Communications, FCB, Cheil Communications and ZenithOptimedia . In Cheil Communications she set up the media function for Samsung and was awarded the Best International Employee of the year in 2005. She also did a short stint on the client side and worked for Glaxo Smithkine Beecham. She has a diverse category experience working on brands such as Pepsi, Horlicks, McDonalds, Whirlpool, Lays, Hyundai, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Nestle and Samsung. Work done by her have won awards at the Media Industry Forum- (EMVIES) – Best Strategy for Whirlpool and Best Innovation.

India Media Exchange [IMX] is the entity entrusted with the mainstream media negotiation for clients of two of India’s most powerful media networks – Starcom Worldwide and ZenithOptimedia, both independent brands within Publicis Groupe global company VivaKi. Launched on the platform of Scale in Context in 2007, IMX today represents the second largest buying volume in India and is the only entity of its kind. Powered by the compelling argument of IMX, Starcom Worldwide and ZenithOptimedia won a total 21 accounts, representing 36% of all new media-only business volume, amounting to nearly INR 660 Cr of annualized volume, that changed agencies in 2007. IMX operates out of four offices covering all key geographies in India and counts amongst its clients such renowned marketers as Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Nestle, Hyundai, Jet Airways, the Kotak Group, Heinz, Aircel and INX Media.

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