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Jos Smyth leads new performance function as Global Head of Performance

Zenith has created a new function to drive performance services for global clients, which will be led by Jos Smyth, who has been appointed to the newly created role of Global Head of Performance.

The new global performance capability at Zenith will take responsibility for defining the overall direction and delivery of all areas of performance marketing for Zenith’s global clients, working closely with Performics, Publicis Media’s performance practice.

Reporting to Benoit Cacheux, Global Head of Digital and Innovation at Zenith, Jos has been tasked with designing the structure of Zenith’s new performance team, and will take responsibility for hiring leads across three key areas: paid search, SEO and social. He will define how Zenith’s performance services, planning processes and tools will be integrated into ROI+, the network’s way of working and planning platform. Jos will also take charge of designing the performance vision and roadmap for Zenith’s global clients.

Performance is critical to much of the innovative communications work at Zenith, so I am delighted to be taking on this new role.”

As Zenith pushes into new areas of technology and innovation to drive brand growth for clients, Jos will work closely with leaders such as Cassandra Stevens, Global Commerce Director, to ensure that performance is fully integrated into our new approaches.

Jos joins Zenith from Digitas, where he was VP, Group Director, National Lead of SEO for North America, working with clients such as Accenture, T-Mobile, MillerCoors and Comcast. Before that he was Head of SEO, NYC – Client Director at iProspect. During his career, Jos has also worked for Neo @Ogilvy, where he was SEO Manager, and i-level, where has was a Senior Search Strategist.

Benoit Cacheux, Global Head of Digital & Innovation at Zenith, said: “As the ROI Agency, performance marketing is key part of our approach to driving brand growth for clients. The creation of this new function will take our performance services to the next level and we are delighted to have an expert of Jos Smyth’s calibre leading this important work.”

Jos Smyth, Global Head of Performance, said: “Performance is critical to much of the innovative communications work at Zenith, so I am delighted to be taking on this new role. I am really looking forward to working with the leaders across Zenith and Performics to define the new roadmap for excellence in performance.”

Indian Footballer Sunil Chhetri and eminent Canadian investor Prem Watsa win Global Indian Icon and NRI of the Year award respectively

Times NOW, India’s leading English news channel from the Times Network and ICICI Bank hosted the 5th edition of NRI of the Year Awards 2018 today in Mumbai. The NRI of the Year Awards salute the spirit of global Indians who have been an inspiration and made a mark for themselves worldwide. Sunil Chhetri, Indian football team Captain was presented with the prestigious Global Indian Icon and Prem Watsa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Fairfax Financial Holdings was conferred with the Special Jury NRI of the Year Award, amidst a glittering evening.

To celebrate NRI of the Year Awards 5th edition, a coffee table book was launched by Kiren Rijiju, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network, Vijay Chandok, Executive Director ICICI Bank, Lt. Gen Sudhir Sharma, Advisory Board - India, GIIS and Farokh Balsara -Partner and National Director - Consumer Products and Health Services, Ernst & Young. A new trophy designed by renowned jewellery designer Poonam Soni was also unveiled at the ceremony by Bollywood actress, Chitrangada Singh. Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India was the chief guest for the evening and the event was graced by notable personalities including Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri, actress Chitrangada Singh, singer Akriti Kakar many more from the TV and Bollywood industry. Anukreethy Vas, Miss India 2018, Meenakshi Chaudhary, First Runner Up, and Shreya Rao Kamavarapu, Second Runner Up made their first appearances on the red carpet after winning the Miss India tittles. The gala event was hosted by Sameer Kochhar and Mandira Bedi. The evening also witnessed a mesmerizing dance performance by Terrence Lewis Dance Institute.

NRI of the Year is India’s most distinctive awards recognising the outstanding achievements of the Indian diaspora globally. With their grit and perseverance, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have achieved tremendous success in various fields in the countries they have chosen to adopt as their homes. The awards were given in six different categories – Entrepreneur, Professional, Academics, Arts & Culture, Philanthropy, and Start-up, along with other awards such as India’s Global Icon Award Special Jury Award.

This year, the awards covered the top four regions across the globe – North America, UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific, where 23 winners were selected and awarded. NRI of the Year Awards 2018 was open to all Non-Resident Indians (NRI), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO). The high-profile jury for NRI of the Year Awards 2018 comprised Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India; Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE; Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India; Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator and Dalip Tahil, renowned film, television and theatre actor.

Commenting on the 5th edition of NRI of the Year Awards 2018, MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network said, “Over the course of 5 editions, NRI of the Year, our flagship property has emerged as the most distinctive and coveted awards platform, instituted to recognize the achievements of the global Indians. It is an important component of our engagement with the Indian diaspora as a media group representing a nation with a global agenda. This year, NRI of the Year awards has set new benchmarks and it, indeed, is a matter of great pride and honor for us to recognize the indelible mark made by each one of them. I congratulate all the winners present here tonight and I’m sure their success stories will inspire a new generation of Indians.”

Vijay Chandok, Executive Director ICICI Bank said, “The ‘TIMES NOW & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year’ awards programme has completed five glorious years and it continues to grow in stature and relevance among the NRI diaspora. This year’s nominations have far exceeded last seasons’. This is an indication of the award’s growing popularity. Our association with this programme is a testimony to our commitment to the NRI community and the pride we feel on witnessing the overwhelming achievements of the NRIs across the globe.”

Mr. Atul Temurnikar, Co -Founder & Chairman Global Schools Foundation, Singapore said, “I have been working with expats and the NRI community for the last 16 years and have experienced the great contributions of NRIs and PIOs to Singapore. The NRI community has done lots of amazing work not only in social circles but also around the world. They have been an inspiration to many. Times Now NRI awards have recognized the talent and contributions of these achievers to the society. Such recognition has motivated other people to follow in the footsteps of these achievers and excel in their own fields”.

Mr. Naveen Chandra, Head - International Business, Times Network shared, “We are delighted that this year, NRI of the Year awards received an overwhelming 11500 registrations which is testimony of the high esteem the awards are held in. The journey over the last five years has been incredible and not only the awards become a gateway for accomplished Indians to contribute to India’s growth story and also our partners have expanded their international operations. As we move ahead, we hope to expand our footprint into new markets to reach the Indian diasporas and contribute significantly to India’s progress”.

Times Now & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year awards, powered by Global Indian International School (GIIS) captures the journey of global Indians who have kept the Indian flag flying high globally and continue to inspire other Indians. Ernst & Young is the Process Advisors for NRI of the Year awards and has been associated with the event since its inception. EY has defined the process for evaluating the entries received and facilitating winner determination., a premium digital platform that offers in-depth news coverage, expert analysis and easy-to-consume information on business, stock market and the economy, has expanded its top level management by appointing Mr. Rohit Gandhi as National Sales Head at CNBC Digital.

Rohit comes with 14 years of experience in print, TV and digital media. His responsibilities in the new role comprise developing effective strategies and leading the team to maintain high sales performance in the organization. Prior to occupying his current role at, Rohit has worked with digital brands like Times Internet, Condé Nast India, and he had also been part of CNBC-TV18 channel, a decade ago.

At Times Internet, Rohit led the team as National Head in Content Marketing & Native Advertising and was responsible for driving ‘Demand Plus’ business nationally across Times digital platforms. In Condé Nast India, he was actively involved in scaling up their digital business by bringing innovative offerings like branded video content, native advertising and programmatic advertising.

Commenting on the new appointment, Ranjita Sehgal, Business Head, said, “We are happy to welcome Rohit to the CNBC Digital family. His extensive experience in the digital sphere, along with his in-depth understanding of Branded content both on Business and Lifestyleplatforms is an excellent fit. His understanding of TV sales and CNBC TV18 is an added advantage for the integrated approach we are adopting.

Speaking about his new role at, Rohit Gandhi, National Sales Head said, “Having been a part of CNBC-TV18 in the past, and having seen the platform grow year after year, it gives me immense pleasure to again join the CNBC family and work with an outstanding team. I am looking forward to drive innovation and creativity through robust strategies, towards elevating the sales department at CNBC Digital.”

Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00

93.5 RED FM launches in Dehradun

 Dehradun’s first FM station launch witnessed the presence of Dehradun’s Chief Minister- Trivendra Singh Rawat along with RED FM’s COO, Nisha Narayanan

· Tune in to 93.5 RED FM and stand a chance to win exciting prizes

93.5 RED FM, India’s most awarded private radio network under its Phase III expansion launched its new station in Uttarakhand’s capital- Dehradun. Through this launch RED FM continues to strengthen its presence across India. The Chief Minister of Dehradun - Trivendra Singh Rawat was present at the station launch celebrating along with the entire RED FM team.

As part of the launch, RED FM has launched an exciting campaign on-air to get the denizens of Doon to tune-in, sample the station and win big.

Speaking about the new launch, Nisha Narayanan, COO, RED FM said, “We are extremely excited to launch the first FM station in Dehradun. In line with our Phase III launch, the expansion is a strategic endeavour to tap into newer markets. With Dehradun we launched our 66th Station and strengthen our foothold further in the northern part of India. In the first half of 2018, RED FM has seen great response in newer markets and we aim to keep getting bigger and better! We hope to entertain and engage our listeners 24X7 with superhit music and content which is truly Bajaate Raho.”

Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Dehradun said, “I am very proud to announce 93.5 RED FM’s launch in Dehradun. Dehradun is honoured to have its first FM station launched and I am glad to be a part of it. Looking forward to some exciting entertainment from RED FM in the coming times. ”

The programming strategy will be aligned as per RED FM’s brand personality of being irreverent, young, cool and trendy offering only superhit music. The station will have CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) format for the city, playing Hindi and Punjabi superhit music. With the brand philosophy and attitude that is ‘Bajaate Raho!’

The RJ and Show line-up for the new station will be as follows:

Morning No. 1- RJ Kaavya (7 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

To make the most of your morning, RJ Kaavya brings you all the concise of the happenings in the smartest way. While you slurp and sip chai ka pyaala, he makes sure to keep you entertained and boost your energy in doubles. Morning#1 awakens you to the cool breeze of the Dehradun with our Uttar Ka Puttar RJ Kaavya, Tune in from Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11a.m. only @Superhits 93.5 FM, Bajaate Raho!

UK935 - RJ Payal (7 a.m. to

A complete fun filled show with RJ Payal, who brings to her listener the latest in the movies but in her own witty style. Every movie here is put to a fun diagnosis with a scissor of humor and a scalpel of laughter. For a perfect evening be ready with your chai-pakodas for RJ Payal is here to put a fun tadka to your evenings. Tune in from Monday to Saturday from 5p.m. - 9p.m. only @Superhits 93.5 FM, Bajaate Raho!

Dramaqueen- RJ Aakriti (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Super Crazy, Super Nautanki. RJ Akriti brings the bollywood masala to the show with to make you worry less and laugh more throughout. It's dramatic from the very start of the show which continues till the end without ever getting serious on any note. All the guys of the valley with any problem here's a perfect blend of masti with remedies with jaadui powers of RJ aakriti.

Tune in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all the drama you’ll ever need @Superhits 93.5 FM, Bajaate Raho! - RJ Gaurav (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

A born vella who knows nothing except chatting, is always there to eat people's head and their paneer. If you are ever bored during the daytime, do not listen to this vella, he might make you laugh with his chaattar-pattar. He is Enigmatic in a dramatic manner. Caution: keep away from him as his enigmas might not keep you on edge of your seat but with his laughter packed wit might just make you of seat. And listen college and hostel fuchchas, you all have your 3 a.m. friends, I bet he will be your 3 p.m. friend. Tune in from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for all the vellapanti you’ll ever need @Superhits 93.5 FM, Bajaate Raho!

Midnight Masala - RJ Atishay (9 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

Shhh....don't tell papas and mamas about his show, your radios might be confiscated for listening to him. To keep you dreaming about your fantasies, to keep you rolling in your beds under your quilts, here's the most insanest of person in the town with his sizzling yet fun chats. Naughtiest surprise call you’ll ever have in life is from Midnight RJ Atishay. So stay awake till midnight, who knows? You could get the next surprise call and make the most of the night. Tune in sharp at 9p.m. to 12a.m. Shhh @superhits 93.5 RED FM, Bajaate Raho.

 Maharashtra’s Best Employer Brand for best practices in talent management, promoting women in the workforce, attracting millennials, retention strategies and employee empowerment

• VWGSIPL has 550 employees spread across the country

Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. was recently commemorated with the Maharashtra Best Employer Brand Award at the 13th Employer Branding Awards hosted by World HRD Congress in Mumbai. The VWGSIPL team received the award as Maharashtra’s Best Employer Brand for best practices in talent management, promoting women in the workforce, attracting millennials, retention strategies and employee empowerment.

"We have always strived to nurture the talents of our employees and improve their productivity with regular practical and theoretical trainings. We believe in learning from each other and creating a pool of experienced and talented employees who can contribute to the company’s growth, which in turn resonates in their personal growth. This award validates the company’s efforts taken towards the employees and motivates us further to keep pushing our limits,” said Ms. Usha Ramoo, Director, Human Resources and Administration, VWGSIPL.

VWGSIPL’s talent philosophy, which forms the very foundation of all its endeavors, is designed to focus on certain principles, which stand for who they are, and the culture of talent excellence they wish to build. VWGSIPL broke the glass ceiling perception and equipped people to take on larger roles globally. The organization reduced dependence on foreign talent, making it a preferred employer for local talent. VWGSIPL also promoted internal local talent and enhanced their visibility by providing them with growth opportunities and avenues to showcase their potential.

The Maharashtra Best Employer Brand awards had multiple evaluation criteria’s. The research cell consisted of Post Graduates in History & Management with over 7 years research experience posts their studies. It is an iconic job of the research cell to produce a shortlist of top organizations doing extraordinary work and track the record of their achievements. A Jury comprising of senior professionals from across the globe then reviewed the shortlist.

The criteria and competencies benchmarked were:

• Talent Management Strategies
• Employee Engagement & Employee Benefits
• Innovation in Recruitment & Retention strategies
• Equal opportunities for the Women Leaders
• Strategies for the Millennials

The Jury consisted of senior leaders, researchers and academicians and included some prominent names as below:

• Prof. Indira Parikh, Ex Dean of IIM Ahmedabad & President – Antardisha ( Directions from Within )
• Dr. Arun Arora, Ex-President and CEO, The Economic Times ; Chairman, Edvance Pre-schools Pvt. Ltd. & Emeritus Chairman - World HRD Congress
• Dr. Harish Mehta, Chairman & MD - Onward Technologies Ltd.; Emeritus Chairman - World HRD Congress & Founder Member – NASSCOM
• Dr. R L Bhatia, Founder, World CSR Day and World Sustainability
• Nina E. Woodard, President & Chief "N" Sights Officer , Nina E. Woodard & Associates, a division of NDPendence, Inc

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