Dentsu International has announced the appointment of Rohit Suri as its CHRO for South Asia. Suri will take up this role effective September 15. In this new assignment, Suri will build high-performance teams in India and Sri Lanka. He will play a pivotal role in fulfilling the agenda of transformation 2.0 in India and also lead the talent and leadership agenda for the Company for long-term competitiveness. In his own words, he will focus on ways to bring “incremental value by fostering a team spirit of excellence and togetherness” in the coming months.
Suri will report to Ashish Bhasin, CEO, dentsu Asia Pacific (APAC) and chairman dentsu India and Kinch Ong, regional HR director, dentsu APAC.
Prior to this appointment, Suri was leading HR for GroupM as its chief talent officer. As part of the leadership team, he focused on ensuring enriching career experiences and development for all employees, while maximising their full potential in line with the business objectives.
Suri comes with over two decades of experience in HR and has worked across geographies and sectors in various leadership positions in the HR domain. Having worked in sectors such as consumer internet, technology and media, he is known to be a business-focussed HR leader. Suri’s career has exposed him to areas such as business transformation, leadership development programmes, HR project management, and cultural integration.
Ashish Bhasin, CEO dentsu APAC and chairman dentsu India, calls this appointment “the beginning of our transformation journey and the dentsu India 2.0 path to success.” He has full faith in Suri’s proven abilities as “dedicated talent-acquisition expert, within the industry and beyond, in driving a high-performance culture”. He admits that Suri will be “a leading force in our journey in building a new team for South Asia. He will ensure we have a compelling talent-acquisition strategy for future talent.”
The appointment is a crucial one given that the region is attempting to become the “most integrated network in the world, making us more agile and simpler for our clients to access our world-class capabilities and talents,” shares Bhasin.
In the words of Kinch Ong, regional HR director, dentsu Asia Pacific, “Rohit is a pivotal hire for our team, a well-known name in the industry with a solid track record that we are confident will extend to our dentsu HR function through the impact from his integral role in India’s transformation 2.0.”
Sunil Seth, head of HR transformation for South Asia at dentsu International will report to Suri and continue to support the business with a focus on HR transformation and the Sri Lanka market.