CEO @ Havas Media Group, APAC
Vishnu took up the responsibility of setting up the media network from scratch for Havas Group in Asia in 2005. The youngest international network has continued to grow aggressively under his watch and has emerged as a challenger brand well recognised for its unique positioning.
As the CEO of Havas Media Group Asia Pacific, he oversees offices in 18 countries in the region, spanning across 25 cities under the brand names of Havas Media, Arena Media, Havas Sports & Entertainment and specialist brands Mobext and Ecselis.
Having spent 20 years in the industry, Vishnu has worked across account management, strategic planning and agency management roles at creative and media agencies in India, China, Singapore and United Kingdom. Starting his advertising career with Y&R in India, where he looked after the Colgate Palmolive business, he moved to Euro RSCG (now Havas Worldwide) Singapore in 1995. Under his stewardship, Euro RSCG grew to be one of the most successfully integrated 360 agencies, winning the Agency of the Year at the very first Effies in Singapore.
Vishnu is a regular participant in regional and global industry event and has been invited on the jury of top festivals around the world. He is also on the board of the Asia Chapter of Mobile Marketing Forum and regularly speaks at industry events like Ad Tech, Festival of Media, Mobile Marketing Forum, and Asia Pacific Media Forum.
He is a passionate champion of the group’s global approach- Meaningful Brands – which outlines a huge opportunity for brands to reconnect with consumers. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. Based out of Singapore, Vishnu likes to spend his free time with his wife and two young daughters.