Note: We’re off for the year. So a quick update, as a part of our Holiday Wire:
Concept Communication has acquired a majority stake in Liqvd Asia, an experiential digital marketing company. Liqvd Asia’s two founders Arnab Mitra and Zubin Nalawalla “along with their team of 28 will become an integrated part of the Concept Group driving the digital mandate in the country & some other selected markets of Asia.” Liqvd Asia was started in 2013, and has clients like Celkon Mobile, Axis Bank, Benetton, LifeCell, Lonely Planet, Sennheiser, Kalpataru, Glanbia plc and Adidas Originals.
The Press Release:
Concept Communication acquires majority stake in LIQVD ASIA
Mumbai, December 22, 2014: Concept Communication Ltd announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Liqvd Asia, an experiential digital marketing company. With this, the two founding members of Liqvd Asia – Mr. Arnab Mitra and Mr. Zubin Nalawalla along with their team of 28 will become an integrated part of the Concept Group driving the digital mandate in the country & some other selected markets of Asia.
As Asia’s first experiential multicultural marketing entity, Liqvd Asia started operations in 2013. Its clients include Celkon Mobile, Axis Bank, Benetton, LifeCell, Lonely Planet, Sennheiser, Kalpataru, Glanbia plc and Adidas Originals. In just over a year & a half, LIQVD ASIA has already established itself as a strong contender in the Digital ideas space. The company is headquartered in Mumbai and has a presence in Singapore as well.
Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Vivek Suchanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Concept Communication, said: “This acquisition consolidates our position in the digital space. Arnab is experienced at establishing operational excellence within diverse new age marketing techniques, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies, and planning and executing multi-faceted national and regional advertising campaigns. His expertise will help us create a bouquet of offerings to our clients across various Group entities. With the addition of Liqvd Asia, we are taking another step in helping our clients ‘get digitally right’. We are delighted to welcome Arnab & his team to be an integral part of Concept Family.”
Arnab Mitra is a well recognised and respected name in the Digital Industry. Having spent more than a decade strategizing & implementing digital strategies for multinational brands like Samsung, Research In Motion, Volkswagen, General Motors, Capgemini, Redbull etc., he has led his teams to winning several prestigious digital accolades.
Awarded in Impact Digital Power 100 (2013-2014), the 100 most influential people in digital media in India, Arnab is indeed the go-to-man for everything digital.
Before starting up, Arnab worked as National Director for Starcom Mediavest Group and prior to that he has worked with Havas Media, where he was heading the agency in South Asia.
Sharing his views on the merger, Mr. Arnab Mitra said: “We’re very excited to become a part of the Concept Group. Concept is recognized as a formidable brand in the country & Vivek has been one of most respected names in the Indian advertising and related services industry. With this merger we will soon emerge to be the leaders in providing digital experiential solutions in the country & region.”
Concept Group with a team strength of over 750, is one of the fastest growing Independent Indian agency networks. Concept Communication has been a name to reckon with in the Financial communication space since its inception. Scarecrow Communications, led by Raghu Bhat, Manish Bhatt and Arunava Sengupta; ITSA Brand Innovations, led by Emmanuel Upputuru and Anirban Mozumdar; Enormous Brands LLP, led by Ashish Khazanchi and Ajay Verma and Brandnomics Consultancy, envisioned by Viren Razdan, are a part of the Concept Group.
The Group also includes one of the country’s leading Public Relations firms, Concept PR. It has in the recent years acquired and merged Zzebra PR, (recognised for Sports and Entertainment PR) and Iconnect Enterprises (recognised for Brand and Lifestyle PR), expanding the services portfolio of the erstwhile Concept PR team, that was recognised for its expertise in the Financial & corporate Communication space.