Ashok Kurien

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"Ashok Kurien has been in the business of building brands for over 35 years now, particularly in the fields of Media, Marketing and Communications. An early bird, Ashok Kurien has the keen eye of driving start-ups in emerging businesses, helping in guiding them to size and scale. These include Advertising, TV, Lottery, PR and dot coms, where he both, invested and mentored, creating resounding success stories. Ashok’s passion to ‘go on his own’ fired his ambition, resulting in the formation of Ambience Advertising in 1987. The most formidable creative powerhouse in its first decade, It was later sold to the Publicis Groupe. As a special advisor to the US$7 billion Publicis Groupe, he leads their mergers and acquisitions for India. Ashok is a Founder-Promoter/Director of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), under the leadership of Subhash Chandra. He is a Founder-Promoter/Director and Strategic Marketing Advisor to Dish TV and Playwin.

"Ashok is a Founder-Promoter of, the Joint Venture between ZEEL and, which he helped conceptualize and establish. He is also a Founder Partner of Hanmer & Partners, one of India’s top-three Public Relations agencies. He is Founder Partner in Flora2000, one of the leading global online flower distribution services, as well as Remindo, an Office Employee Engagement Network. Despite the heights he’s achieved in his career, Ashok Kurien has his feet firmly rooted to the ground. He believes in commitment to society and is involved with a number of charities, NGOs and social service organizations." [1]


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  1. Venture Fund Ashok Kurien, organizational web page, accessed October 20, 2012.