Dentsu Asia-Pacific has appointed Prakash Kamdar as CEO in Indonesia, in addition to his current position as CEO of Dentsu Singapore. He replaces Maya Watuno, who will leave at the end of January to take up a role in a newly created holding company for state-owned companies in Indonesia, focusing on developing and promoting the country’s cultural, tourism and aviation assets.
Watono joined Dentsu in 2017 with the acquisition of Dwi Sapta where she was the managing director. Promoted to CEO of Dentsu Indonesia in January 2019. She was a member of the 40 Under 40 campaign in Asia Pacific in 2019.
Wendy Clark, global CEO of Dentsu International, acknowledged Watono’s contribution to the network in Indonesia. “[Dentsu Indonesia is] Recognized as one of the strongest agencies in the market, working with 15 of the 20 largest advertisers in Indonesia,” Clark said in a statement.
Wattono cited patriotism as a reason for the change. “Personally, my biggest desire was to serve my country one day, and that day came,” she said. “And I leave with great confidence and assurance that the wand has now been passed on to a beloved and proven leader I respect.”
Kamdar joined the network by acquiring his digital agency, Upstairs, in 2012, and was appointed CEO of Isobar Singapore. Promoted to CEO of Dentsu Singapore in 2019.
He will be assisted in his role by two new promotions to the executive team of Dentsu Indonesia: Wisnu Satya Putra to CEO of Creative Service Line and Arshad Rahman to CEO of CXM Service Line. Kamdar will start his new position on February 1. The appointments of Putra and Rahman are effective immediately.