Indian-origin Devika Bulchandani appointed Global CEO of advertising giant Ogilvy 

With her appointment, Amritsar-born and Mumbai-educated Devika Bulchandani will join a growing group of Indian-origin business leaders at the helm of multinational corporations.

Advertising, marketing and public relations giant Ogilvy has appointed Devika Bulchandani as its Global Chief Executive Officer.

Amritsar-born and Mumbai-educated Bulchandani completed degrees in English and Psychology at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, before moving to the US in 1990 to pursue a Master’s degree in communications from the University of South California.

Bulchandani most recently served as Global President and CEO of Ogilvy North America. Prior to joining Ogilvy, she spent 26 years at McCann in various leadership roles including President of McCann North America.

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Ogilvy said in a press release that Bulchandani will be responsible for all aspects of the creative network’s business across 131 offices in 93 countries.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said in a statement:

“Devika is a champion of creativity who brings passion, purpose, and an uncompromising focus on generating impact to everything she does. In partnership with Andy and Liz Taylor, she has been instrumental in Ogilvy’s recent growth and development.”

Commenting on her elevation, Devika Bulchandani said:

“I am honored and humbled to take on this role, and to do it with all our incredibly talented people all over the world.”

With her appointment, Bulchandani will join the following growing group of Indian-origin business leaders at the helm of multinational corporations: Laxman Narasimhan – Starbucks, Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google LLC & Alphabet Inc, Satya Nadella – CEO, Microsoft, Parag Agrawal – CEO, Twitter, Leena Nair, Chanel, Arvind Krishna – CEO, IBM Group, Shantanu Narayen – CEO, Adobe Inc, and Ajaypal Singh Banga – CEO, Mastercard.