GroupM announces new head of digital investment

WPP’s GroupM has appointed Deepak Tahiliani as head of digital investment.

According to a GroupM statement, Tahiliani is replacing Venessa Hunt, who left the agency to become general manager at ThinkPremiumDigital in January this year. Hunt was previously GroupM chief digital strategy officer.

Deepak Tahiliani

Tahiliani joins from GroupM in India, where he had held the role of head – digital media buying & partnerships since September 2015. He has relocated to Sydney, and will start this month.

Ashtosh Srivastava, GroupM APAC CEO and acting CEO of GroupM Australia, said: “In Deepak we have a digital superstar who is well-versed in our business and our partnerships and ready to hit the ground running. We are pleased to welcome Deepak to Australia for the next phase of his career with GroupM.”

Tahiliani said of his appointment: “India is a hyper-growth market, a hugely fragmented and complex media landscape with a ton of potential in media growth in years to come. My time with GroupM India has given me great learnings to tackle these nuances and I’m excited to bring this experience to my new role and help drive growth and value for our clients in the Australian market.”

The announcement comes three months after the departure of Mark Lollback as GroupM’s CEO.

Other recent changes at GroupM include Willie Pang who was appointed as managing director of GroupM Services in April and Sebastian Rennie appointed as chief investment officer in May.


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