(By Apurva Chaudhary and Vikas SN)

Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd* (BCCL) has appointed Anita Nayyar as Director, customer strategy, reports afaqs. She will be joining BCCL by the end of this month.

Prior to this appointment, Anita Nayyar served as as Chief Executive Officer – India and SouthAsia, Havas Media for five years. She has previously served as executive director at Starcom, Vice President at Mudra Communications. She’s also had stints with agencies such as Ogilvy, Initiative Media, Sista’s (now Saatchi & Saatchi), Frank Simoes Advertising (now F S Advertising), MediaCom, Optimum Media Solutions and Interpublicity Pvt Ltd.

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Gaurav Kachru has stepped down as the CEO of DealsAndYou.com and has rejoined Smile Group’s Corporate Development and Strategy team, according to India Digital Review. Confirming this development, Harish Bahl, Founder and CEO, Smile Group stated that the company is currently looking for a new replacement which is expected to be announced soon.

Gaurav Kachru, who was previously the Executive Vice President (New Businesses and Corporate Development) at Smile Interactive Technology Group (SITG), had overseen the setup of DealsAndYou along with Harish Bahl and had taken on the role of CEO at DealsAndYou.com in November 2010, after the exit of the Guneet Singh, Co-Founder of DealsAndYou and currently the Lead, Consumer Marketing at Google India.

Prior to his stint at SITG, Gaurav Kachru served as the Regional Account Director, Asia-Pacific at Manpower Inc. Before that, he also served as the Country Director, Locomotive Sales at GE Transportation; Vice President, Enterprise Sales & Business Development, GE Corporate; Assistant Vice President – Strategic Projects at GE Capital India; Pricing Leader and later Assistant Vice President, Financial Planning at Genpact (previously known as GE Capital International Services).

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Amagi Media Labs which offers local, city based advertisers to buy ad spots on TV channels in India, has appointed LS Krishnan at a senior leadership position who will be directly reporting to the management, reports Exchange4Media.

Prior to this appointment, LS Krishnan was the Business Head at Sakal Papers Pvt Ltd for around two years. Before that, he served as the President of Mudra Communications Pvt. Ltd and Clear Media India Pvt Ltd. He’s also had stints with HTA Fulcrum, Group M, Mediaturf Worldwide India Pvt Ltd, J. Walter Thompson and Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd*.

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Sistema Shyam Teleservices (MTS India) has appointed Aasheesh Verma as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Andhra Pradesh circle, reports Telecompaper. He will be responsible for MTS’s business growth in the circle and will report to COO of South & West Regions Cheenu Seshadri.

Aasheesh Verma has an experience of over twenty years in IT and telecommunication companies and was previously the Associate Vice President (AVP) at Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL). Before that, he also served as the Vertical sales head – Postpay at TTSL. He’s also had stints with Aksh Optifibre, HFCL Infotel, InterPacket Group, and Micrograpics India.

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