Shekhar Deshpande, Global Planning Director – JWT

Shekhar is Global Planning Director on Shell Retail, motor oils and IHG (Europe) group of hotels. Previously, he has run the global Planning on Nokia, Unilever, Diageo, and Kraft. Having done his share of food and beverage, he now enjoys working on things you don’t (and shouldn’t) put anywhere near your mouth.

He moved to London in summer 2006, from JWT India, mainly to fulfil his dream of playing cricket in England.

Shekhar also looks after capability development for Planning in JWT London. He has designed and run training programmes for JWT in Europe, Asia Pacific and India, and also taught strategy classes in India’s most prestigious business schools. He is a Mentor and trainer for the WPP Fellowship Programme, and has designed and run programmes for the APG in the UK.

Before London, he was head of Planning at JWT Bangalore, where he worked on several businesses, including Nike and Unilever.

He has been fortunate to have been on the winning team for creative awards at Cannes, NY Fests, Asia and India, and effectiveness awards at Cannes, AME New York and Asian Marketing Festivals. He is, however, most proud of the strategy and creative work for Nike’s entry into cricket in India.

Shekhar is a songwriter and musician by hobby, and a huge Harry Potter fan. He is vegetarian and hates mushrooms.