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MSL India Appoints Rachna Sharma as Director Citizenship and Chief Mentoring Officer

Mon, 07/16/2018

Appointment signifies MSL’s ambition to strengthen its Social Purpose and Sustainability practice and its continued focus on developing talent to better serve clients and to be a great place to grow for colleagues.

Mumbai, July 16, 2018: MSL, Publicis Groupe’s strategic communications and engagement firm, today announced the appointment of Rachna Sharma to two newly created roles Director Citizenship and Chief Mentoring Officer. Her appointment signifies the firm’s ambition to strengthen its Citizenship practice and its continued focus on developing talent to better serve clients and continue to be a great place to grow for colleagues.

Reporting to Amit Misra, CEO of MSL India, Rachna as Director Citizenship, will head the Citizenship practice in India, which includes leading and developing mandates in the sector of social purpose, sustainability and community development. In addition, as Chief Mentoring Officer, she is tasked with contributing to career planning and growth initiatives. 

Rachna, a Post Graduate from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) comes with over 20 years of rich experience in integrated marketing communications, having held corporate and agency roles in markets of India and Indonesia. In a career span of two-decades, she has built expertise across industries such as technology, consumer, social development and in practices such as, digital communications, marketing communications, crisis and issues management, corporate communications and business operations. 

In her most recent role, she was Director, Communications & Research at Abt Associates, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project. She has also spent over 12 years working with global PR firm Edelman in Indonesia where she held several senior positions and subsequently with Cohn and Wolfe in Indonesia as Country Managing Director. 

Amit Misra, CEO, MSL India said, “We are thrilled that Rachna chose team MSL to join. With her superb credentials, leadership skills and a keen sense of culture and values, she will be a great addition to our executive leadership team. We understand our clients’ growing need for c-suite counsel on Citizenship and Sustainability, as well our internal need to consistently nurture the next line of leaders, this strategic appointment will bridge both needs.”

Commenting on her appointment, Rachna Sharma said, “MSL has built a market leading reputation as a great place to work and create exceptional work and it will be my privilege to join the team as a catalyst of our collective growth to take the firm to newer heights. I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues to build the next level of social purpose expertise and bring strategic and impactful communications skills to organizations focused on meeting challenging development goals.” 

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About MSL

MSL is Publicis Groupe’s public relations and integrated communications network, one of the world’s largest. Comprising of three brands in India -- MSL India, 20:20 MSL and Publicis Consultants Asia -- MSL provides strategic counsel and creative thinking while championing champions client interests through fearless and insightful campaigns that engage multiple perspectives and holistic thinking to build influence and deliver impact. The firm has been recognized as the 2017 Indian Consultancy of the Year by Fulcrum Awards and as the 2016 Asia Pacific Consultancy of The Year by both Holmes Report and PRWeek. The firm was recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’ in 2014 & 2015, and was certified again in 2016.

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