hanley_kingMedia network Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), a subsidiary of French advertising and public relations company Publicis Groupe, has appointed Hanley King as Chairman, of SMG India. He will report to John Sheehy, President, Global Operations and will focus on key client relationships, new business and commercial operations for the agency.

Malli CR, CEO SMG India and Vishal Sampat, CEO SMG Convonix will report to King, who will continue to lead daily operations for their respective organizations. Publicis had acquired the Mumbai-based Convonix for an undisclosed amount in March last year. Publicis had acquired several other companies in India such Mumbai-based digital marketing and web development agency Indigo consulting, performance marketing firm Resultrix and two digital media agencies – iStrat, and MarketGate. It is not clear if he will be overseeing these firms too.

Before this, King was SMG Global Client Lead for Asia Pacific region (APAC), based in Singapore and managed SMG client teams for Samsung, Mars Wrigley, Kellogg’s, Novartis and Bank of America and others in the region. Prior to joining SMG, King was CEE President for Universal McCann, where he was responsible for 22 markets across the Central European region. He was also UM CEO, Czech Republic, and has spent seven years working for media independents and full service communications agencies in New Zealand.

SMG India’s client list includes Dabur, Axis Bank, Aircel and Ranbaxy. Convonix employs more than 400 digital marketing specialists and has clients such as Tata Motors, Reliance Industries, Budweiser, Taj Hotels, DBS, Mahindra Holidays, Tata Global Beverages among others.