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Building a Relationship of Trust with Leadership

Based in California, Zarul Shekhar, a Creative Production Lead and part of Publicis Sapient’s global Next Generation Leadership Team (NGLT), describes his experience over the past 10 years and the opportunities that have helped shape him as a leader.

Zarul Shekhar
Zarul Shekhar

10 years ago, while living in India, I was looking to join a company where I could explore and enhance my creativity. I came with a rather unconventional background – I’ve lived in China, Japan, and London with an education in Music technology; experience across communications, marketing, telecom, and a role as a primetime producer and anchor on India’s biggest lifestyle TV channel.

During my interview at Publicis Sapient, I could sense that this was the opportunity I had been seeking. I was interviewed by a VP at a café just below the office. In the 30 minutes, I was asked how I would tackle certain situations, what I’m passionate about, and how I can influence change. By the time we finished our coffee, I was offered the role.

Within my first year at Publicis Sapient, I put my words into action and built a fully developed Film Production capability. I led the transformation of the studio from an in-house team offering creative services in India, to a post-production solutions hub for our global organization. Seeing a need for a cost-effective way to cater to the growing demand for video, in 2010, we also quickly scaled to become a client offering, winning multiple advertising industry awards. Through this process, I learned how leadership at Publicis Sapient will listen to you, understand you, and help support your vision. Accessibility to senior leadership has helped shape me as an individual. Over the years, I have felt acknowledged and appreciated for my work, providing ample opportunities to better my craft.

This proved to be true in 2016 when I was given the opportunity to move to California – a life-changing moment for me. I’d been offered the chance to continue solving problems for the world’s largest organizations, all while doing what I love, in a brand-new and exciting environment. Again, I was reminded of the strong support structure at Publicis Sapient.

 

“Accessibility to senior leadership has helped shape me as an individual. Over the years, I have felt acknowledged and appreciated for my work, providing ample opportunities to better my craft.”

In 2019 I was honored to receive a congratulatory phone call from our CEO telling me I had been selected – from a pool of 300 internal candidates – to join a 26-person global team of next generation leaders. The Next Generation Leadership Team (NGLT) was built to inject new ideas that will have a real-world impact on our processes and people. Through the NGLT I have been able to expand on my passion for Diversity and Inclusion, working with other members on campaigns and initiatives that help us connect and understand each others’ perspectives. I’m excited about the positive impact cultural awareness has and proud to have created company-wide programs that help me achieve my love for ‘telling everyone’s story’.

I am thankful for everything I’ve experienced at Publicis Sapient so far. I will continue to challenge myself every day to do better and, in some way, enrich the lives of our people, the way they’ve enriched mine. I consider the past ten years to be a Decade of Delight.

Zarul Shekhar
Zarul Shekhar
Creative Production Lead
Based in California, Zarul Shekhar is a Creative Production Lead. Zarul’s favorite part about life at PS is the trust, support, and encouragement that he receives. This culmination is what has shaped him as both a leader and a learner and helped him realize his full potential.

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