Leadership change at H+K Strategies India; Kavita Rao named Interim CEO

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has announced that Kavita Rao has been named Interim Chief Executive of H+K Strategies India, effective immediately, as current India CEO, Chetan Mahajan, leaves to pursue personal interests. 

Commenting on the executive shift, Jack Martin, Global Executive Chairman and CEO, said, “We welcome Kavita Rao, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of Strategic Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Kavita will be working closely with me and my team as she moves our India operation forward.” 

“To achieve success in today’s business environment,” Martin continued, “companies must look beyond traditional sources of insight and advice. At Hill+Knowlton, we believe in the importance of the public; we also understand how to use this powerful platform to leverage our wisdom in clear and actionable ways –  regarding management, finance, law and other core areas of interest to our clients.” 

Regarding India as one of the largest and most dynamic communications markets in the world, Martin said, “We believe that we have the knowledge and the expertise to play a significant role in India, and Kavita is joining us at a very interesting time in terms of our going-forward prospects. In recognition, Kavita will be working directly with me over the next few months to deliver on our shared vision for H+K in India.” 

“I also want to acknowledge and personally thank Prema Sagar, Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller Asia Pacific & Principal/Founder of Genesis Burson-Marsteller, who has played a key role during this transition,” Martin added. Prema Sagar will continue to serve as an advisor and mentor in India.

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