ZS Consulting to add a Bangalore office to its India operations

28 September 2018 Consultancy.in

US-based sales and marketing consultancy ZS Consulting has announced plans to open its third office in India, to be situated in Bangalore. The new office will be headed by Principal at the firm Shankar Vishwanathan, who currently manages the advanced data science practice for ZS in India. 

Since its establishment in 1983, ZS Consulting has rapidly expanded into a firm with international character, currently operating with 23 offices situated in various parts of the globe. Of its international operations, India appears to be a particularly important market for ZS, given its concentration of employees in the country. 

ZS currently has 2 offices in India, which collectively house over 3,900 employees, comprising a staggering 65% of the firm’s global headcounts. The two offices are located in New Delhi and Mumbai, which will now be supplemented by a third presence in Bangalore, aimed at capitalising on the expanding advanced analytics sector.

The consulting firm offers a broad range of services, leveraging advanced analytics and delving into the fields of sales & marketing consulting, technology, outsourcing, software, graphic design, user experience, among a number of others. The firm’s current focus is to enter the life sciences and healthcare sector in India.

ZS Consulting to add a Bangalore office to its India operations

The office itself is expected to be a state-of-the-art facility, built to have a “smart” design and incorporate the core ZS principles of effectiveness, agility and collaboration. The new team will presumably build on its existing client base in the country, in addition to leading the expansion into new geographical and operational regions. 

Principal at ZS and Head of its advanced data science practice, Shankar Vishwanathan will take charge of the new establishment. He said of the new office, “The investment in our new location will build on our strategic success and allow us to grow our unique talent and capabilities in advanced analytics and technology.”

Shankar is a highly experienced professional with an extensive portfolio working with clients in the life sciences and healthcare domains. He has substantial expertise in the field of AI and machine learning, and has previously held the position of Managing Principal at ZS’ Pune Office – the firm’s largest presence in the country.

Commenting on the expansion, ZS Asia’s Managing Principal Sanjay Joshi said, “We are excited to be part of the India growth story. With over 65% of our talent in India, our local team is actively driving innovation and client solutions in collaboration with our global colleagues. Our plan to inaugurate a new office in Bangalore is further testament to our investment in strengthening our capabilities in big data and artificial intelligence. This will continue to deepen our partnership with clients in helping them navigate their digital transformation journey.”

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WPP leases Mumbai office space, prepares ‘co-location’ campus

09 January 2019 Consultancy.in

Global agency network WPP has signed a nine-year lease on a nearly 30,000-square-meter office space in Mumbai, according to the Economic Times.

The campus, located near Mumbai airport, will house nearly 30% of WPP’s 20,000 India-based employees by the end of 2019. “The plan is to establish the WPP Mumbai Campus s in line with our global strategy of establishing WPP campuses in key cities. India is a leading growth market for the firm,” said WPP India country manager CVL Srinivas.

The majority of WPP's Mumbai-based subsidiaries, including Group M, IMRB, and O&M, will be housed in the new office space, vacating their current offices at Oberoi Commerz in Goregaon and Lower Parel’s Peninsula. The firm’s other offices in the country are based in among others Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad.

WPP leases Mumbai office space, prepares ‘co-location’ campus

“To support our local presence, we are developing an exciting new workspace that will help to drive more collaboration and enable our clients to have the best access to our talent and work,” Srinivas said. 

WPP will also sign a similar lease for an office in the northern city of Gurgaon, as part of its “global campus co-location strategy,” which allows the company to consolidate its businesses in cities key to business. WPP also has campus locations in Amsterdam, Madrid, and Milan. A base in the Czech capital city of Prague is set to open in 2021.

The real estate deal was advised on by property consultants from JLL India.