Maja Pawinska Sims 18 Sep 2020 // 11:34AM GMT
MUMBAI — FleishmanHillard has restructured its leadership team in India, as Yusuf Hatia, who built the local network from scratch, returns to the UK in an expanded international role.
Hatia moved to India in 2007 to set up FH’s offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore, working with clients including UN Foundation, TCS, the World Health Organization, Free A Girl Foundation, General Motors, J&J and British Airways.
As senior partner and managing director of client experience, international markets, Hatia will continue to report to AsiaPacific regional president Lynne Anne Davis, who said his “sterling reputation as a trusted C-suite advisor for major network clients on high-stakes situations and strategies has fueled India’s growth.”
Hatia started his career in journalism before moving into PR and spending nearly a decade in the UK working for companies including BT, Fujitsu and Unilever. He also worked in government for the UK Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and spent nearly a year in the Middle East supporting clients such as Saudi Telecom, Aramco, Gulf Air and Al Othaim Group.
Davis said: “Yusuf will leverage his new London vantage point to consult on clients cultivated in India and extend services for them across the broader global network. This involves regular return visits to India as he remains an active, integral part of FH India’s leadership team, supporting the operations, teams and our clients.”
Meanwhile, Munavar Attari is promoted from general manager to managing director, SVP and partner, FH India.
Attari joined the agency in 2016 after working for Edelman, Weber Shandwick and Adfactors in Mumbai and has focused on consulting and advocacy work for local and international clients, including managing most of FH India’s top accounts and building out the firm’s social offering.
In addition, Rafi Khan, who has been with the agency since 2018, becomes SVP and head of client service and business development, based in Delhi, and Dhawal Parvatikar is elevated to CFO of FH India.
Davis said the India network was in good shape despite the pandemic: “Before the Covid impact in India, we were on track to deliver further growth after nearly doubling revenues in the past three years. Today, we can be proud that despite the toughest lockdowns, our business has held firm and FH India remains on track to deliver on its commitment to the 2020 plan.
"Our leadership transition in India has set the stage for the next chapter of healthy, sustainable growth and career opportunities for our people and our business in India and beyond.”