Cheil Worldwide SW Asia today announced four new appointments. The company has appointed Ravi Narain as Executive Creative DirectorSanjeev Hajela as Sr. Vice President BTL -South West Asian Markets, Vikram Bhardwaj as DGM-Interactive and Saswati Sinha as Head-Human Resources.

While Narain will be responsible for driving the marketing as well as design segment of the company, Haleja will be looking after the Below the Line Advertising in the South West Asian markets.

Cheil Worldwide Inc is a Korean company that was established in the year 1973. The company functions in 27 countries with 49 offices and about 3,000 employees. Cheil offers services like marketing communications including advertising, PR, sports marketing, exhibition and display production, and production of large-scale performance events. The Indian operations started in the year 2003 with the head office in Gurgaon. The company claims to be among the top 15 advertising agencies in India.


Affle, a digital media and messaging company has appointed Vikas Katoch as National Sales Head and Prashant Kripps as Head of Publisher development and management, for its new digital business unit, which is yet to be launched. Katoch has an experience of 12 years in sales and marketing, having worked with companies like Jivox, Hungama, IT Nation and Asian Paints while Kripps has worked for companies like Times Innovative Media, HT Media, Media2Win and GroupM Mindshare. Vikas and Prashant were both working at Komli Media prior to joining Affle. Katoch was the national sales head of video advertising and Kripps used to head the publisher groups nationally. Also, Gaurav Pahwa has now been given the role of National Sales Head of the mobile division of the company. Pahwa moved to Affle from Network18, last year.


According to Bestmediainfo, Urmilesh has stepped down from the position of Executive Editor, Rajya Sabha TV(RSTV). He confirmed to the website that his resignation had been accepted. Urmilesh was with RSTV since October 2010 and was commanding all the Hindi language programmes for the channel along with production and distribution. Urmilesh started his career in  the 80’s when he joined Navbharat Times, after which he moved to Hindustan in Delhi and had a 13 year long stint. Later, he moved to Business Bhaskar as Political Editor and worked there for almost two years before joining RSTV.


Ryan Valles has been appointed as the new CEO of, according to VC Circle. DealsAndYou is owned by the Smile Group. Valles will be replacing Gaurav Kachru, who had earlier been internally transferred, to the Corporate Development and Strategy team at Smile. Valles has previously worked with Halcyon Private Equity, Everest Group and Accenture.

The Smile group was founded by Harish Bahl and has Quasar, Tyroo, Squad, Bestylish, Fashion & You, Deals & You, Zoomtra, Health PA, Free Cultr, Creons Infrastructure and Spring Star, under its portfolio. Switzerland-based Group Buying Global AG, holds the majority stake in DealsAndYou as in November 2010, Guneet Singh, co-founder and director, had sold his stake to the company. In November 2011, DealsAndYou had raised funds worth rs.84 crores from Mayfield Fund and (NVP) Norwest Venture Partners. Nokia Growth Partners and Intel Capital have also invested in the company.