Havas Creative Group India named Debopriyo Bhattacherjee as EVP & Planning Head – North


Debopriyo (Debo) Bhattacherjee has been named EVP & Planning Head – North at Havas Creative Group India, starting immediately. Debo will be responsible for offering strategic assistance to Havas Creative in his new job, with a particular focus on all Reckitt brands and a portfolio of Dabur products. He’ll also be in charge of a number of key clients, including Suzuki, Norton, Fortis, William Grants, and ITC, as well as working closely with the Senior Leadership team to drive new client acquisitions and ensure that the group’s integration and collaboration processes are implemented smoothly.

He, will be based out of the Gurgaon office and will be reporting to Neeraj Bassi, Chief Strategy Officer, HavasGroup India.

Debo is a strategic planner with 17 years of work experience. He has worked with reputed agencies in India and Southeast Asia such as Ogilvy, Dentsu, DDB and McCann to name a few. He also served as the Head of Strategy Planning for over three years in Havas at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His expertise lies in solving business problems by sparking and nurturing creative possibilities. During his storied career, he has worked on a multitude of blue-chip accounts, namely, Unilever, Danone, Mondelez, L’Oréal, Coke,Mitsubishi, Toyota, Diageo, SABMiller, Carlsberg, Maxis, AXA, ICICI, PETRONAS and Tesco, among others.

Manas Lahiri, President – Havas Creative Group India, said, “Havas Gurgaon has had an amazing momentum in the last few years. And we now have some fantastic brands that require a senior strategic professional with multi-industry experience. Debohas both the experience and knowledge of handling brands across a wide range of categories. He has been part of the Havas network earlier and understands the culture of Integration that Havas offers to its clients. His unique perspectives and ideas will undoubtedly increase our abilities to produce interesting work for our client portfolio.”

“I’m thrilled to join Havas Village Gurgaon and spearheading the planning for our key office in creative. For me, it is a homecoming to a network that I admire, and especially in India, it’s currently one of the most talked-about agencies with a tremendous momentum and an interesting mix of marquee clients in its portfolio. So, with the change in consumer behaviour specially post the pandemic, the endeavour will be to keep working on creating differentiated strategies for all the leading brands of Reckitt, Dabur, Suzuki and many others. I’m looking forward toworking with the dynamic team of Havas Village India,”
 said Debo. 

Commenting on the appointment, Neeraj Bassi, Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Group India, said, “I am delighted to welcome Debo onboard. He brings a lot of value to the team because of his passion for understanding customer concerns and finding creative solutions to business problems. I’m confident that his strategic planning skills will help us continue to achieve our goal of making brands more meaningful.”

Debo is an alumnus of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi. It’s a passion that stimulates Debo to constantly develop his understanding of people and triggers a keen interest in unearthing conflicts and dilemmas we face in our lives. Debo loves taking long walks and enjoys clicking photos of things that make him take a second look.