Ipsos has appointed Suresh Ramalingam (pictured) as CEO of Southeast Asia with immediate effect. His remit includes Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, and will see him being based in Kuala Lumpur. He will also report to Christophe Cambournac, CEO of AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa).
Prior to joining Ipsos, Ramalingam was the managing director of Nielsen Consumer Insights (LATAM, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia). He had been with Nielsen for more than two decades in various leadership roles, along with extensive research and management experience across sectors.
In a statement, Ipsos chairman and CEO, Didier Truchot, said that Ipsos will aggressively pursue its accelerated growth plan with emphasis on significant business opportunities from the emerging markets. As such, Ramalingam will help map out and implement a Southeast Asia strategy focused on leveraging the company’s capabilities, solutions and people to assist current and potential clients address their business priorities.
“There is a significant potential to further grow Ipsos’ business in Southeast Asia. Ramalingam is an expert in emerging markets and knows Southeast Asia very well having lived and worked there. Having Suresh join our team is a clear demonstration of our commitment in realising Ipsos’ accelerated growth ambition, but also clear evidence of the attraction of our vision and ambition,” Ipsos CEO (AMEA), Christophe Cambournac, added.
Also weighing in was Ramalingam, who added that talent mentorship and development, coupled with laser sharp client focus, and providing innovative solutions will be a key priority for the region.